Thursday May 23, 2019

Routine maintenance now a top priority to #FTDR

West Virginia’s Division of Highways is now zeroed in on routine road maintenance.  That’s not very exciting, especially when motorists are fuming over the potholes,...

Wednesday May 22, 2019

Education reform is a high, but reachable, peak

The is the climbing season on Mount Everest.  It’s the narrow window when conditions are most favorable for individuals to try to make it to...

Tuesday May 21, 2019

The heavy (and growing) yoke of debt

The graduating seniors at Morehouse College received an unexpected gift.  Robert F. Smith, a billionaire investor who was giving a commencement address to the 396...

Monday May 20, 2019

WV Chamber report should also be part of the education improvement debate

The results of the West Virginia Department of Education’s town hall meetings and on-line surveys to gather opinions about reforms and improvements have been well...

Friday May 17, 2019

Sisyphus and the heavy lift of education reform

The mythological figure Sisyphus was a cruel king. As punishment, he was forced to push a huge bolder up a hill only to have it...

Thursday May 16, 2019

Boston charter school success spawns growth

Charter schools have played a significant role in improving outcomes of Boston public school students. And now, as reported in a Wall Street Journal editorial,...

Wednesday May 15, 2019

Where does all the public education money go?

Most debates about public education in West Virginia will eventually include the subject of money.  Is public education underfunded?  Should outcomes be better considering how...

Friday May 10, 2019

A break from Hoppy

I’m off for a couple of days.  The commentary will return on Wednesday. Best, Hoppy

Thursday May 9, 2019

Justice family companies’ non-payment of bills, fines are poor business practices and embarrassing to WV

Federal officials announced this week the government had filed a civil action to force 23 coal companies owned by Governor Jim Justice and his family...

Wednesday May 8, 2019

How undervaluing public education undermines results

I keep reading over the state Department of Education’s final report on what educators, parents and stakeholders said during the eight public forums. The more...

Tuesday May 7, 2019

Employers need foreign temporary workers

The Trump administration has announced plans to allow another 30,000 seasonal workers to come to the United States this year.  That brings the total number...

Monday May 6, 2019

West Virginia’s opioid settlement with McKesson is best case scenario

West Virginia is one of the states hit hardest by the opioid crisis.  The American Enterprise Institute estimates the annual cost to the state is...

Friday May 3, 2019

Trump’s economic ace in the hole

Washington, and the media that cover the Capital, are currently obsessed with Attorney General William Barr’s Congressional testimony about the Mueller Report.  The political agendas...

Thursday May 2, 2019

Delegate’s relationship with intern costs him leadership position

There are two kinds of secrets under the State Capitol Dome: The ones that have already come out and the ones that will eventually come...

Wednesday May 1, 2019

Long term flood recovery: Three years down, three to go

We are approaching the three-year anniversary (June 23) of the devastating flood that killed 23 people and caused an estimated $300 million in damage to...

Tuesday April 30, 2019

Ronald Turney Williams—from FBI’s Most Wanted List to prison janitor

One of West Virginia’s most notorious criminals turned 76 this month.  Ronald Turney Williams remains housed in the state’s maximum-security prison at Mount Olive in...

Monday April 29, 2019

A possible solution to stalemate on education reform

Governor Jim Justice, Senate President Mitch Carmichael and House Speaker Roger Hanshaw have met to try to find common ground on the most contentious issues...

Friday April 26, 2019

Should prison inmates be allowed to vote? (No)

Vermont Senator and Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders caused a stir this week when he said felons should have the right to vote even while they...

Thursday April 25, 2019

All roads (and repairs) lead to the Governor

  For Governor Jim Justice, all roads lead to… well, the roads. The condition of the state’s roads, especially the secondary roads, has become the...

Wednesday April 24, 2019

Manchin on Governor’s race: ‘I’m thinking seriously and solidly about it.’

Last January, I wrote that U.S. Senator Joe Manchin was once again considering running for Governor of West Virginia.  The column, subsequent reporting and interviews...

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