Hoppy’s Commentary

Today October 2, 2014

35 years later, former WV delegate still seeks absolution for sex crime

Metronews is publishing a story today that raises questions about the guilt of former Monongalia County House of Delegates member Clyde Richey. He was convicted...

Yesterday October 1, 2014

Some good news for a change?

In West Virginia, we often hear it said that we are our own worst enemy. A fatalistic attitude, deeply rooted in our Appalachian culture and...

Tuesday September 30, 2014

Abortion fight in WV-2 congressional race

Polls consistently show that most West Virginia voters are concerned about jobs and the economy. Abortion doesn’t rank near the top, but it’s an emotional...

Monday September 29, 2014

Capito-Tennant race gets personal

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant is apparently about to play her best card in an attempt to catch Representative Shelley Moore Capito in the race...

Friday September 26, 2014

Dirty money

Comedian Steve Martin has an old joke where he says he’s going to teach people how to become a millionaire. “First, get a million dollars.”...

Thursday September 25, 2014

WV-3 Congressional race gets nasty on black lung

Nick Joe Rahall and Evan Jenkins are exchanging a series of body blows in the race for West Virginia’s 3rd District Congressional seat.  The most...

Wednesday September 24, 2014

A President and his priorities

Had the arc of this presidency followed Barack Obama’s preferred path, the cable channels would have been consumed yesterday by the climate summit in New...

Tuesday September 23, 2014

Supreme Court should let GOP fill ballot slot

The question of whether the Kanawha County Republican Party should be allowed to appoint a replacement for Suzette Raines on the ballot in the 35th...

Monday September 22, 2014

Losing the “war on poverty.”

“It’s no shame to be poor.  But it’s no great honor either.”  Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof. New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau...

Friday September 19, 2014

Marple’s frivolous lawsuit

Jorea Marple had a long and distinguished career in public education in West Virginia.  She capped her career with a stint as the state Superintendent...

Thursday September 18, 2014

Daryl Worley’s bad behavior … and bad timing

They say timing is everything. Had West Virginia cornerback Daryl Worley been charged with battery over the summer stemming from a dustup at a bar,...

Wednesday September 17, 2014

Duke research: fracking not to blame for groundwater contamination

A favorite gimmick of the anti-fracking movement is to post a video of someone setting fire to the water coming out of a faucet. The...

Tuesday September 16, 2014

New school super faces long haul

West Virginia’s new Superintendent of Schools sprinted through his first day on the job.  Dr. Michael Martirano took his oath of office at the Culture...

Monday September 15, 2014

Tomblin puts faith in DEP, tank law compromise

Gov. Tomblin, members of his administration and the state Department of Environmental Protection have put in a lot of overtime in recent weeks, trying to...

Friday September 12, 2014

WVU’s academic embarrassment

Just a few years ago, Anoop Shankar was a rising academic star at WVU, on the verge of being appointed to the new “Chair of...

Thursday September 11, 2014

September 11, 2001

Growing up, I knew well the significance of Dec. 7, 1941.  I was not born until 14 years after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor,...

Wednesday September 10, 2014

Finding a balance on abortion

Earlier this year, Governor Tomblin made one of the most controversial decisions during his time in office. He vetoed the “fetal pain” bill that would...

Tuesday September 9, 2014

Judge Wilfong’s poor judgment

The case of Randolph County Circuit Court Judge Jaymie Wilfong presents an awkward conundrum. The first-term judge admits to a two-year long affair with Travis...

Monday September 8, 2014

Governor readies compromise tank law fix

The Tomblin administration is putting the finishing touches on guidelines it hopes will resolve the controversy over implementation of the new tank law.     Small oil...

Friday September 5, 2014

Misplaced mustering for minimum wage

Protesters were out in some 150 cities yesterday calling for a higher minimum wage for workers at fast food restaurants.  The Service Employees International Union...

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