Yesterday November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving blessings

I started my Thanksgiving a little early.  It was unexpected and certainly not traditional, but no less meaningful. There was no turkey or football or...

Tuesday November 21, 2017

West Virginia should finish the job on single-member districts

West Virginia continues to be an outlier on how House of Delegates districts are determined.  Forty-seven of the 67 districts are single-member—one delegate per district. ...

Monday November 20, 2017

Tax reform benefits West Virginia and the country

It has taken three decades, but the Congress is finally close to passing comprehensive and badly needed tax reform.  The House of Representatives passed its...

Friday November 17, 2017

Legislators turn focus on Supreme Court spending following report on luxury purchases

The issue of the lack of legislative review of the judiciary’s budget has been simmering at the State Capitol for a few years now.  Some...

Thursday November 16, 2017

West Virginia’s shining moment in civil rights

(Editor’s note: This is a reprint of a commentary I posted two years ago on the anniversary of the decision.) One-hundred and nineteen years ago...

Wednesday November 15, 2017

State Supreme Court spends big on office furniture

West Virginia is not a wealthy state.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, our median household income is $43,385, one of the lowest in the...

Tuesday November 14, 2017

Jobs are opening, but you need the training

The image of a shuttered factory representing the decline of blue collar jobs has been etched in our minds, and for good reason.  Since 1991...

Monday November 13, 2017

Charleston takes on its panhandling problem

Charleston City Council is considering ordinances that would place some prohibitions on panhandlers. One ordinance would restrict where people could solicit money. Another would require...

Friday November 10, 2017

West Virginia’s Big Deal with China

The announcement was stunning if, for no other reason, than the size of the number.  China Energy says it will invest $83.7 billion in natural...

Thursday November 9, 2017

What does the Virginia election say about West Virginia?

Democrats are understandably pumped after Tuesday’s elections.  Democrats won the governor’s races in Virginia and New Jersey and scored additional victories across the country.  The...

Wednesday November 8, 2017

Texas shooter should have been poster child for who cannot get a gun

Devin Kelley should not have been able to buy or possess the guns he used in the Sutherland Springs, Texas homicidal massacre. That’s not an...

Tuesday November 7, 2017

WV revenues match expenditures, keeping the budget in balance

West Virginia state government’s budget looks decidedly better four months into the new fiscal year than at the same time the two previous years. Figures...

Monday November 6, 2017

CDC quantifies extent of fentanyl-related overdose deaths

We have heard plenty of reports from first responders and medical experts about how fentanyl and fentanyl-related drugs have worsened the opioid epidemic, and now...

Friday November 3, 2017

An old sailor tells his story

When I asked retired Navy Lt. Jim Downing about the ship’s bell, his eyes lit up.  “The bell on a ship is used for everything,...

Thursday November 2, 2017

WV starts limited drug testing of welfare applicants

West Virginia has started drug testing some welfare recipients.  The state Department of Health and Human Resources started last week implementing a three-year pilot program...

Wednesday November 1, 2017

Inmate escape highlights correctional officer problem

Last Wednesday, Todd Boyes escaped from the South Central Regional Jail in Charleston. Well, “escaped” is a bit strong.  Don’t think of Shawshank Redemption or...

Tuesday October 31, 2017

Why Halloween throws me for a loop

I try to keep it simple for Halloween—answer the door and deliver the goods.  Anything else usually causes me trouble. My most memorable Halloween came...

Monday October 30, 2017

The power of incumbency

We hear a lot about a deeply divided country and fissures within the two main parties. The division among the Democrats was evident in the...

Friday October 27, 2017

West Virginia’s road bond gets thumbs up from Moody’s

The bond rating agencies remained mum prior to the road bond election because they did not want to be seen as influencing the outcome. But...

Thursday October 26, 2017

Charleston couple at White House for drug announcement

Cece Brown was sitting on the couch in her Charleston home looking at a picture of her son, Ryan, who had died from a heroin...

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