Friday July 19, 2019

Paper provides shocking numbers on the opioid crisis

Many stories about the opioid epidemic are about people, and that’s logical. That approach is meaningful because it humanizes the crisis, it puts a face...

Thursday July 18, 2019

Rich Rod’s Regrets

Rich Rodriguez is the most polarizing sports figure in the state’s history. Over seven seasons (2001-2007) the Grant Town native and WVU graduate, led his...

Wednesday July 17, 2019

More tough times ahead for coal

Coal continues to be a difficult business.  Environmental pressures, increased competition from natural gas and renewables, and market conditions mean it’s harder than ever for...

Tuesday July 16, 2019

Our orbit of outrage

We’re approaching the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Neil Armstrong’s “one small step” onto the lunar surface was indeed a “giant leap for mankind.”...

Monday July 15, 2019

Congress’s missed chance to fix immigration/border security

Today’s debate over immigration has devolved into overly simplistic catchphrases, like “build the wall” and radical proposals such as the elimination of Immigration and Customs...

Friday July 12, 2019

The WVEA’s long shot to kill the education reform law

Opponents of charter schools were unable to stop the proposal in the Legislature, so they are now going to court. The West Virginia Education Association...

Thursday July 11, 2019

Who can repair the WV GOP?

Tempers flared at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Kanawha County Republican Party Executive Committee.  There was shouting, arguments and hurt feelings. As one committee member...

Wednesday July 10, 2019

Small donations add up for Stephen Smith

It does not take long to review the second quarter campaign financial statement of incumbent Governor Jim Justice. It’s just 12 pages and the quick...

Tuesday July 9, 2019

West Virginia’s venture into rail/truck transport business comes up empty

The Heartland Intermodal Gateway (HIG) at Prichard in Wayne County opened with great fanfare and hope in 2015.  Rail-to-truck transfer stations were booming in other...

Monday July 8, 2019

Chris Cline’s legacy: Success and contributions

  Chris Cline had a way of staying one step ahead in the volatile coal business. According to a 2017 Forbes Magazine profile, when Cline...

Friday July 5, 2019

Politics are cutting into American pride

The Independence Day weekend is typically a time when we rally around the flag and celebrate the birth of the nation.  However, a new poll...

Wednesday July 3, 2019

What Founding Father John Adams missed about Independence Day

(Editor’s note:  This is a commentary I wrote a few years ago and post every year at this time.) John Adams’s letter to his wife...

Tuesday July 2, 2019

Capitalism vs. Socialism

One of the issues emerging in the 2020 presidential race, at least among Democratic candidates, is whether the United States should become more socialist.  I...

Monday July 1, 2019

Look below the surface of the education bill

If you only paid attention to the hyperventilated debate, you would think that Republicans and Governor Jim Justice were gutting public education and undermining teachers. ...

Friday June 21, 2019

Republicans get on the same page on education reform… finally

It took a while—okay, it took six months—but Republicans in the state Senate, the House of Delegates and the Republican Governor finally got on the...

Thursday June 20, 2019

West Virginia: 156 bruising years

According to John G. Morgan in his book West Virginia Governors, “The historic morning of June 20, 1863, the official birthday of the 35th state,...

Wednesday June 19, 2019

When a ‘Jobs Act’ creates no jobs

Back in 2001, the West Virginia Legislature passed the West Virginia Jobs Act.  The aim was to require companies working on public projects financed all...

Tuesday June 18, 2019

The high school diploma isn’t what it used to be

About 3.6 million students graduated from high school this year.  Completing K-12 is an accomplishment worth noting, but those diplomas are losing value when it...

Monday June 17, 2019

Legislators need wingsuits to pass education reform bill

The House of Delegates is getting back together today to see if members can agree on education reform. It makes me think of those daredevils...

Friday June 14, 2019

Homesick Manchin leaning more toward Governor’s race

It’s Wednesday afternoon at the United States Capitol. The U.S. Senate had just voted 77-19 to confirm Thomas Barber as a U.S. District Judge in...

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