Hoppy’s Commentary

Friday April 17, 2015

Common Core woes continue in WV

West Virginia is transitioning to the new Common Core standards in public education. These standards are supposed to improve the quality of education in the...

Thursday April 16, 2015

West Virginia feels impact of climate change policies

West Virginia Solicitor General Elbert Lin will make oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., this morning, trying to convince the...

Wednesday April 15, 2015

Polls show Manchin leads governor’s race … if he runs

The overriding political question currently in West Virginia is, “What’s Joe Manchin going to do?” The Democratic U.S. Senator and former two-term governor continues to...

Tuesday April 14, 2015

The policeman’s predicament: When to shoot?

The police head out each day prepared to deal with the worst of the worst in our society. They are armed and trained to uphold...

Monday April 13, 2015

PEIA pushes harder on wellness

The health insurance program for West Virginia’s public employees is a necessary but expensive proposition. The Public Employees Insurance Agency projects expenses of over $1...

Friday April 10, 2015

Long-time broadcaster Kay Murray signs off

Kay Murray will turn off the microphone at 10 o’clock this morning for what she says will be the last time, and that’s hard to...

Thursday April 9, 2015

Audit shows CENTRA bus system failures

Public service is an admirable endeavor.   Some of the best among us choose to dedicate their time, energies and expertise to community service for altruistic...

Wednesday April 8, 2015

Booth Goodwin eyes governor’s race

Add another name to the list of potential West Virginia gubernatorial candidates in 2016: Booth Goodwin. The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District is said...

Tuesday April 7, 2015

Parkersburg mayor says affair allegations are exaggerated

The City of Parkersburg is in the midst of a bitter and unseemly soap opera that is dominating the headlines and coffee shop discussions. Mayor...

Monday April 6, 2015

Governor, state board get serious about 180 days

Governor Tomblin spent considerable time in his 2013 State of the State address talking about improving public education in West Virginia.  One of his proposals...

Friday April 3, 2015

West Virginia’s pill addiction

“Mother needs something today to calm her down And though she’s not really ill, there’s a little yellow pill She goes running for the shelter...

Thursday April 2, 2015

Early list for WV Governor’s race

The West Virginia Primary Election is still 13 months away (May 10, 2016), but several people have already emerged as possible or probable Gubernatorial candidates. ...

Wednesday April 1, 2015

Who’s right in Indiana?

The preamble to the U.S. Constitution says the document was established to, among other things, “form a more perfect Union,” and the subsequent 226 years...

Tuesday March 31, 2015

Senate President eyes special session for tax reform

State Senate President Bill Cole wants Governor Tomblin to call a special session of the Legislature later this year to work exclusively on tax reform.  ...

Monday March 30, 2015

Millennials don’t measure up

Millennials (those born between 1980 and the early 2000s) must have the technical skills necessary for the workforce, right? After all, they are the most tech-centric...

Friday March 27, 2015

West Virginia makes bold bid to host 2016 debate

West Virginia has only rarely played a significant role in Presidential elections in the modern era. In the 1960 Democratic Primary, John Kennedy famously convinced...

Wednesday March 25, 2015

The EPA’s fish story

Fifteen percent of all babies in utero in West Virginia have mothers who are subsistence fisherwomen — each of whom eats up to 300 pounds...

Tuesday March 24, 2015

Kessler eyes Governor’s race; embraces Democratic Party

The historic victories by West Virginia Republicans in last year’s election have plenty of Democratic hopefuls searching for the way forward in 2016.  One of...

Monday March 23, 2015

Governor Tomblin demonstrates political courage on gun bill

Governor Tomblin demonstrated a significant amount of political courage last Friday when he vetoed SB 347. The bill would have eliminated a state requirement for...

Friday March 20, 2015

“I’ll have a caffe latte and a candid conversation about race.”

You have to give Howard Schultz credit.  The CEO of Starbucks has turned the tradition of a morning cup of coffee into an experience that...

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