Today October 23, 2017

Lincoln told us how to honor the war dead

As I sat to write this commentary, CNN was having a panel discussion on the controversy over what Presidents have said to families who have...

Friday October 20, 2017

President Mirta Martin’s circuitous route to Fairmont State University

The Fairmont State University Board of Governors has made an intriguing hire for president.  Dr. Mirta (pronounced MEER-tah) Martin will assume her responsibilities at the...

Thursday October 19, 2017

Justice is feeling good after bond, legislative victories

Governor Jim Justice was asked repeatedly during his campaign in support of the road bond whether the jobs created would go to West Virginians. Each...

Wednesday October 18, 2017

Trump’s gambit on Obamacare

Donald Trump has frequently touted his deal-making prowess. He has called deals his art form.  In a December 29, 2014 tweet he said, “Other people...

Tuesday October 17, 2017

WV ventures into potatoes and cow breeding with little success

When Walt Helmick was State Agriculture Commissioner he wanted to encourage the expansion of the agri-food industry.  Helmick argued the state was underachieving in food...

Monday October 16, 2017

Nicholas County needs professional help

Nicholas County has had a rough go of it over the last couple of years. The decline of the coal industry led to shutdowns and...

Friday October 13, 2017

Morrisey on thin ice with consumer protection fund distribution

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey held a news conference with the State Police earlier this month where he announced his office was transferring $1...

Thursday October 12, 2017

Manchin, Jenkins, Morrisey jockey for position on campaign fundraising

You know a political race is going to be hot when the candidates are pushing out spin on their fundraising months before the election.  That’s...

Wednesday October 11, 2017

The war on coal is over… sort of

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has announced that his agency is beginning the formal process to repeal the Clean Power Plan.  “The war on coal is...

Tuesday October 10, 2017

Road bond passage signals optimism in West Virginia

I thought the road bond amendment would pass, but frankly I began to waiver last week.  The calls, texts and emails to Talkline were running...

Sunday October 8, 2017

A breakdown of the bond vote

Heading into the road bond amendment election Saturday there was very little certainty about the outcome. Supporters were cautiously optimistic, while opponents believed a low...

Friday October 6, 2017

#FTDR

I hope the road bond passes. I know there’s a lot of opposition.  I’ve heard it and read it every day for the past month...

Thursday October 5, 2017

Judicial pay sparks debate

Judicial salaries are tricky matters. On one hand, it is in the best interest of the state and its citizens to pay well enough to...

Wednesday October 4, 2017

The agonizing but necessary gun debate

The mass shooting in Las Vegas has rekindled the gun control debate, as happens every time a homicidal maniac targets innocents, but we never get...

Tuesday October 3, 2017

Our search for answers in the face of evil

The country woke up Monday morning to the horrific news about a gunman’s attack during the Jason Aldean performance at the Route 91 Harvest festival...

Monday October 2, 2017

America mourns… again

The first thing I did this morning, as I do every morning, was check my phone for breaking news.  And like many of you, I...

Friday September 29, 2017

Latest numbers on road bond vote

County Clerks and the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office have been keeping tabs of the numbers during early voting on the road bond.  Here...

Thursday September 28, 2017

College basketball’s madness isn’t in March

College basketball’s corrupt house of cards is crumbling. This week’s federal complaints revealed what the New York Times called, “a thriving black market for teenage...

Wednesday September 27, 2017

Trump and the NFL: a second take

The protests by NFL players in week one of the season were inconsequential. A rough count shows four players remained seated during the National Anthem,...

Tuesday September 26, 2017

Trump, the NFL and the long, hard path toward a more perfect union

In 1940, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Minersville School District v. Gobitis, upheld a Pennsylvania law requiring public school students to stand and recite the...

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