Friday September 13, 2019

Kids can’t learn if they are not in school

West Virginia’s public education system has a major student attendance problem; too many students are missing too many days of instruction. The newest figures from...

Thursday September 12, 2019

Poll: West Virginians are not seeing enough progress on #FTDR

It would not surprise me if every West Virginia Governor has a recurring nightmare about the state’s roads. Imagine waking up in a cold sweat...

Wednesday September 11, 2019

Remembering 9/11

As a child, I remember the news media coverage every December 7th. Earnest television reporters would recount in serious tones the Japanese attack on Pearl...

Tuesday September 10, 2019

Poll: WV teachers have the public behind them

The state teacher unions have conducted two strikes in two years. In both instances, the strikes shut down schools statewide—11 days in 2018 over salaries...

Monday September 9, 2019

Compromise needed in eastern panhandle train controversy

There is constant debate in a free society over the legitimate functions of government, especially as it relates to the spending of taxpayer dollars. What...

Friday September 6, 2019

OVMC leaves Wheeling hanging

Last month, Alecto Healthcare Services announced it was closing the Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling and the East Ohio Regional Hospital just across the...

Thursday September 5, 2019

West Virginia’s economic conundrum

West Virginia has a “chicken-or-the-egg” economic problem. Our state, like every other state, can always use more economic development—new businesses opening and moving in from...

Wednesday September 4, 2019

Why Manchin skipped Governor’s race

Joe Manchin has always been politically stealthy.  He has practiced to near perfection the ability to balance in the middle as the political world increasingly...

Tuesday September 3, 2019

MetroNews West Virginia Poll shows weak spots for Justice

The most recent edition of the MetroNews West Virginia Poll shows that Governor Jim Justice has his work cut out for him to win re-election....

Friday August 30, 2019

VA stonewalling on murders, suspicious deaths at Clarksburg hospital

The mission statement of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs quotes President Abraham Lincoln: “To care of him who shall have born the battle,...

Thursday August 29, 2019

Police: Senator Solicited Prostitute

Last month, Glen Dale police arrested six people on prostitution charges.  Police accused the men of soliciting sex from Cortnie Ann Clark. Police used Clark’s...

Wednesday August 28, 2019

Neal Brown wins the off-season

When Dudley DeGroot arrived in Morgantown in 1948 to coach the WVU football team, he already had nearly 20 years of college and professional head...

Tuesday August 27, 2019

Clarksburg VA death ruled homicide; VA investigating more possible victims

On the morning of April 9, 2018, Felix McDermott died at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg.  The retired Army Sergeant and...

Monday August 26, 2019

Bernie’s energy pipe dream

  Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has unveiled his version of the Green New Deal.  The Democratic Socialist characterizes it this way: “A ten-year nationwide mobilization...

Friday August 23, 2019

ICE enforcement triggers hyperventilated response in Morgantown

Last week, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted an operation in Morgantown.  The agency has been extremely vague, saying only...

Thursday August 22, 2019

Voters will decide if it matters where Governor Justice sleeps

We have an ongoing legal battle in West Virginia over where Governor Jim Justice should live. There was another hearing yesterday in Kanawha County Circuit...

Wednesday August 21, 2019

Teachers need help (looking at you, parents)

Across West Virginia, parents are sending their children back to school.  Summer with the kids at home can seem like a tiresome ordeal.  No doubt...

Tuesday August 20, 2019

Outcome of Manchin-Toomey gun bill depends on Trump

Getting consensus in Washington on gun control is more difficult than fans of WVU and Pitt finding common ground.  However, there is one point everyone...

Monday August 19, 2019

West Virginia’s homeowner property taxes are among the lowest in the country

West Virginians pay some of the lowest home-owner property taxes in the country. Figures compiled by the Tax Foundation show that median property taxes in...

Friday August 9, 2019

House of Delegates Republicans raise red flag over “red flag” law

Several Republican members of the West Virginia House of Delegates are raising a red flag over “red flag” laws. The debate started nationally following the...

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