Hoppy’s Commentary

Today May 29, 2015

Bad news bombards coal

Another day and more bad news for West Virginia’s number one industry. This time it comes from WVU’s Bureau of Business and Economics Research. Coal...

Yesterday May 28, 2015

The EPA’s next target: Farmers

It has taken awhile, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finally got down to regulating ditches. The EPA, along with the U.S. Army Corps of...

Wednesday May 27, 2015

Lipitor and me

I’ve been blessed throughout my life with good health. I say that not to brag or tempt fate, but rather as a statement of fact....

Tuesday May 26, 2015

The GOP gubernatorial primary: That’s just racin’

West Virginia State Senate President Bill Cole got to drop the green flag at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Sunday night, signaling the start of the...

Monday May 25, 2015

Remembering and honoring the ultimate sacrifice

(Today’s commentary is a reprint of one previously posted on Memorial Day.) Memorial Day, which we celebrate today, grew out of the immense loss of...

Friday May 22, 2015

The road report is out. Now what?

Governing is, at its most basic level, about picking priorities. Government cannot, nor should it, do everything and resources are not unlimited. Public policy debates...

Thursday May 21, 2015

The difference between creating wealth and winning the lottery

When it comes to wealth, the left loves to invoke powerful emotions—guilt for those who have it and envy or even resentment by those who...

Wednesday May 20, 2015

What about the roads?

Governor Tomblin’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways at last releases its final report later today… nearly three years after Tomblin issued an executive order creating the...

Tuesday May 19, 2015

Mayor Danny Jones gives up gun fight

As Danny Jones begins his unprecedented fourth term as mayor of the state’s capital city, there is one fight he does not want to have...

Monday May 18, 2015

WV Supreme Court misses on drug case

The West Virginia Legislature made significant progress during its session earlier this year returning balance to the state’s civil justice system. The bills passed with...

Friday May 15, 2015

Please, no more help!

The Obama Administration has created a new government program that is supposed to help coal communities that have been hurt by what it calls the...

Thursday May 14, 2015

Empty pews

How many preachers have looked out into the congregation and wondered, “Why aren’t there more people here?” Not every church faces that predicament, but an...

Wednesday May 13, 2015

The Jim Justice political curve ball

Fox News digital politics editor Chris Stirewalt, who covered West Virginia politics for years before moving on to Washington, D.C., was surprised to hear Jim...

Tuesday May 12, 2015

In praise of the police

This is National Police Week, a time set aside to honor the tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from across this country that put...

Monday May 11, 2015

Justice enters governor’s race

The 2016 West Virginia governor’s race undergoes a seismic shift later today when Jim Justice enters the race for the Democratic nomination. The well-known owner...

Friday May 8, 2015

Marshall takes swift action against football player

I suspect every college sports information director has in their computer a template for a news release to use when an athlete gets into trouble. The text...

Thursday May 7, 2015

Tax reform: Begin at the beginning

Mention taxes going up (or down) and folks are going to pay attention. Start a discussion on the principles of tax reform and you can...

Wednesday May 6, 2015

Dems searching for challenger in WV-3

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin churned up the political waters last week when he told reporters he has been approached about running for West Virginia’s 3rd...

Tuesday May 5, 2015

The free speech fight against radical Islam

Last January, two Islamic terrorists attacked the Paris offices of the magazine Charlie Hebdo, murdering 12 people and wounding 11 others.   The terrorists targeted the...

Monday May 4, 2015

Blankenship tapes could spell bad news for mine operator

It’s sometimes speculated that Richard Nixon could have survived the Watergate scandal had it not been for the disclosure of the president’s secret taping system....

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