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Thursday November 7, 2019

Confirmation of 6th suspicious death at Clarksburg VA

So far, MetroNews and other media have confirmed the names of five veterans who died under suspicious circumstances at the Louis A. Johnson VA Hospital...

Wednesday November 6, 2019

West Virginia students score below average in national testing

Results from the National Assessment for Education Progress (NAEP) testing show a pattern in West Virginia, and it’s not a good one. The biennial exam,...

Tuesday November 5, 2019

West Virginia offers major incentive to teach here

Earlier this year the Legislature passed, and the Governor signed, the education reform bill. The legislation allowed for creation of up to three charter schools...

Monday November 4, 2019

Fix the miners’ pension fund before it’s too late

Last week’s bankruptcy filing by Murray Energy should create an even greater sense of urgency in Congress to pass the proposed fix for the financially...

Friday November 1, 2019

West Virginia Catholics confronting Bransfield scandal

Most Christians know well a verse in 2 Corinthians 9:7 that comes to mind when the collection plate is passed: “God loves a cheerful giver.”...

Thursday October 31, 2019

Obama gets real on ‘woke’

Former presidents, especially popular ones, have a great luxury; they can say pretty much what they want and not worry about the political consequences. With...

Wednesday October 30, 2019

Murray bankruptcy is symbolically significant

Bob Murray has been the face and the attitude of the struggling steam coal industry for some time now.  As others abandoned coal, the outspoken...

Tuesday October 29, 2019

Coal, natural gas slowdown affects W.Va. budget

Keeping a tight grip on the state budget of West Virginia is like hanging on to the reins of a bucking bronco; it’s hard to...

Monday October 28, 2019

An uncivil society

There is yet another survey that suggests we Americans are about to tear each other limb from limb. This time it’s from the Georgetown Institute...

Friday October 25, 2019

So, I’m not as compassionate as I thought I was

I talk a lot on my radio show about the state’s opioid epidemic.  The stories and interviews have convinced me of a couple of things:...

Thursday October 24, 2019

Come home to West Virginia

So, I have this fantasy about West Virginia. We know that we need more people to move here to help grow the economy.  An available...

Wednesday October 23, 2019

WV business tax structure rates better than most

No one likes to pay taxes, but it is understood that some taxation is necessary to pay for the services that we believe the government...

Tuesday October 22, 2019

Huntington next up after Ohio counties settle opioid suit

Two Ohio counties have settled with drug companies in a landmark case over responsibility for the opioid epidemic.  The settlement came just hours before the...

Monday October 21, 2019

Warren dodges price tag for Medicare for All

One of the hottest debate topics among Democratic candidates for President is health care.  Surging Elizabeth Warren has embraced Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All proposal....

Friday October 18, 2019

Greyhound racing’s ticking clock

  Another state is getting out of the dog racing business.  Southland Gaming, which operates the only greyhound racing facility in Arkansas, announced a phase...

Thursday October 17, 2019

Time for West Virginia to raise minimum age for tobacco purchases

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 974 people died in West Virginia in 2017 from drug overdoses.  But according to the state...

Wednesday October 16, 2019

Suspicious VA hospital deaths to be taken up by House committee

The alarming and highly suspicious deaths of 11 or more aging veterans at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg will finally come...

Tuesday October 15, 2019

West Virginia: Help Wanted!

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, West Virginia’s unemployment rate in August was 4.6 percent.  That’s a low number, although context is important...

Monday October 14, 2019

Stephen Smith’s ‘small ball’ fundraising producing big returns

It takes awhile to read through Stephen Smith’s campaign finance reports. The Democratic Gubernatorial candidate’s 2nd quarter report was 83 pages. The recently filed 3rd...

Friday October 11, 2019

Teacher absenteeism creates problems for WV public schools

Last month, we learned that West Virginia public schools have a student absenteeism problem.  The State Department of Education’s Balanced Scorecard report found that more...

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