Today April 22, 2019

West Virginia needs immigrants

The debate over immigration in this country is now centered on issues of border security, sanctuary cities, Central American caravans and asylum.  These are hot...

Friday April 19, 2019

WVU’s decision to hold the line on tuition and fees should be the start of a trend

Last week, the West Virginia University Board of Governors approved increases in tuition and fees for next school year.  The changes are significant for their...

Thursday April 18, 2019

When the drug dealer is the doctor

Battling the ongoing opioid crisis is extremely difficult. The prescription drugs are highly addictive, and the newer wave of illegal synthetics are many times more...

Wednesday April 17, 2019

Find out where your state income tax money goes

Do you ever wonder how your state income taxes are spent? Of course you do, and now there is a helpful tool on the website...

Tuesday April 16, 2019

If We Can Keep It: Michael Tomasky on how the republic collapsed and how it might be saved

Some of the common political questions these days are, why are our politics so polarized and why can’t we get back to a time in...

Monday April 15, 2019

Justice gets a helping hand from Trump

Governor Jim Justice will need some help to win a second term, and he’s going to get it from one of the most popular political...

Friday April 12, 2019

West Virginia’s industrial rejuvenation is right under our feet

Improved drilling technology and increased demand have contributed to a dramatic resurgence of the natural gas industry in our region. According to IHS Markit, the...

Thursday April 11, 2019

Governor Justice’s very bad week

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice is having a very bad week. The Harrison County Republican Party Executive Committee voted Monday in favor of a resolution...

Wednesday April 10, 2019

Poor state, poor educational outcomes

It often feels like everything is just a little bit harder in West Virginia, and public education is no different.  The state Constitution requires that...

Tuesday April 9, 2019

Social media—can’t live with it, can’t live without it

The idiom, “Women… can’t live with them, can’t live without them,” was coined by Desiderius Erasmus.  Before you start an outrage mob against the Dutch...

Monday April 8, 2019

More West Virginians are cutting their lives short

Americans are killing themselves at ever higher rates. A new report by the Trust for America’s Health and Well Being says “Deaths from synthetic opioids...

Friday April 5, 2019

Richwood’s reckoning, and a warning for other communities

It has been almost three years since a devastating flood in West Virginia. The Nicholas County community of Richwood was among the hardest hit. The...

Thursday April 4, 2019

Kanawha County GOP hits Gov. Justice with ‘no confidence’ resolution

Governor Justice’s road to reelection is hitting some bumps, and they are not just the potholes in the state roads that he has promised to...

Friday March 29, 2019

I’m off…

… for a couple of days. So, in my absence, I invite you to complete the following sentence.  “I wish just once Hoppy would…” I...

Thursday March 28, 2019

Woody Thrasher expected to enter Governor’s race

Woody Thrasher, who Governor Jim Justice forced out as Commerce Secretary last year, is said to be seriously considering running for Governor.  Thrasher won’t comment...

Wednesday March 27, 2019

The long list of road repairs (#FTDR)

Last week, Governor Jim Justice told Department of Highways county supervisors and district engineers that he wanted prioritized lists of all the road work necessary,...

Tuesday March 26, 2019

The good news and the bad news in the Mueller Report

It is possible that an objective reader of the summary of the Mueller Report would agree that the investigation includes both good news and bad...

Monday March 25, 2019

When police go over the line

We have finally gotten a chance to watch the police cruiser dashcam video of last November’s arrest of a hit-and-run driver where the suspect was...

Friday March 22, 2019

Campaign finance bill is a step forward for WV elections

West Virginia’s campaign finance laws need work. They are outdated and include too many loopholes. Senate bill 622 makes several significant changes that will benefit...

Thursday March 21, 2019

Trump’s pointless feuds

The late Don Marsh, who co-hosted Talkline with me for a few years after he retired from his longtime position as editor of the Charleston...

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