We will give Gov. Jim Justice the benefit of the doubt about his stated conviction to fix the opioid drug crisis in West Virginia, but his words at a staged event this past week gave the impression of a boastful teenager wading waist-deep and unprepared into fast-moving waters — while comple…

In the weeks ahead, as Gov. Jim Justice weighs the qualifications of nominees to fill the Supreme Court of Appeals vacancy left by the resignation of Allen Loughry, we hope he steers clear of appointing yet another politician – as he did twice in his first and second runs at stacking the cou…

West Virginia cancer patients and their families need all the support they can get. A new State Advisory Coalition on Palliative Care will improve the quality of life of these seriously ill patients and their families by providing increased access to and awareness of palliative care.

Unless you live under a rock (and probably even if you do), you’ve noticed the death of George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st President of the United States, on Nov. 30, at age 94.

Now, even our federal government admits that the world is tumbling recklessly downhill toward catastrophic — perhaps irreversible — climate change.

The election is over, and to the victors go the spoils. To all who ran, thank you for putting your name on the ballot because you helped keep our democratic traditions alive. Each cycle everyday citizens, like those who just campaigned, step up and put their reputations on the line just for …

When congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) confessed her personal financial dilemma — “I have three months without a salary before I’m a member of Congress. So, how do I get an apartment? Those little things are very real” — to the New York Times, guffaws broke out on the right.

Right now ... the nation’s attention is understandably drawn to what happens in the voting booth. Yet as crucial as voting may be to making our representative democracy work, what happens outside the voting booth is just as crucial.

Energy is the foundation of modern life. Energy makes it possible for some people to be free from the historic struggle for daily existence giving them an opportunity to research, invent, and engineer the good life for all of us. Energy does the heavy lifting. Without inanimate energy, human…

We have an opportunity, a legal right, and a duty to contribute to the successful operation of our government. Choosing good policies and rejecting bad polices, choosing good public servants and rejecting unsatisfactory office holders is our responsibility.

As an increasing number of young people turn away from the rural counties of southern West Virginia, it is not difficult to identify the factors at play. A recent report by the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy shows rural West Virginians have poorer health, lower educational attainm…

In an Oct. 23 editorial, Investor’s Business Daily claims that “[t]he ‘caravan’ of illegal immigrants from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras now making its way to the U.S. border is no accident. The timing, planning and financing of this tragic parade has but one intent: to disrupt and inf…

Without exception, politicians in this neck of the woods, regardless of party affiliation, align themselves hard and fast on the side of coal. That is the prudent place to be if election day is the concern. And, as they have shown us time and again, it is. The future can wait. Right now, the…

Tell me: What does it actually mean to be an American? In the press of day-to-day events and amid the ongoing tumult of politics, we don’t think about this much. Yet it’s a crucial question, one that each generation in this country is called upon to answer for itself.

While Gov. Jim Justice has been boasting about how well the state’s economy is doing under his leadership, John Deskins, director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at West Virginia University, was filling statistical buckets of ice water to cool the political hyperbole.

If you or I go to Walmart or Penney’s or CVS to buy toothpaste or socks or kitty litter, we pay sales tax on our purchases immediately on the spot. If we work for a wage or a salary, income taxes, both state and federal, are taken out of our pay before it ever gets to us. And if we underesti…

Joe Manchin might convince himself one day that he voted correctly in helping elevate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, but the optics of holding his decision to the very last click of the clock this past week exposed his calculated decision-making as a cover to protect his flanks …

During her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford said that she was “100 percent” certain that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, that he was the boy who tried to force himself on her at a high school gathering in the 1980s.

On Sept. 28, Brett Kavanaugh squeaked through the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s vetting process on an 11-10 vote to recommend his confirmation as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. The committee’s deciding voter, U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), conditioned his final confirma…

In a Sept. 10 speech to the Federalist Society, National Security Advisor John Bolton offered “a major announcement on U.S. policy toward the International Criminal Court.” The U.S. government, per Bolton, considers the court “fundamentally illegitimate. ... We will not cooperate with the IC…

President Trump recently proposed a $1.5 trillion infrastructure program. It’s generally a good idea. But infrastructure alone will not produce long-term inclusive growth. To achieve that, America instead needs a comprehensive economic development strategy.

When President Trump imposed a 25 percent tariff on steel imports America’s largest nail manufacturer had little choice but to raise prices. Mid Continent Nail Corporation lost 50 percent of its orders as customers opted for cheaper suppliers. Within weeks, the firm laid off 60 workers. … (E…

It’s a natural question to ask every time the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks rolls around: Are we safer now than we were then?

Over 20 million Americans may soon pay less in taxes and medical bills. Lawmakers recently introduced a bipartisan bill that would expand “health savings accounts.” HSAs allow people to save money for future medical expenses tax-free. And they incentivize people to secure care from the healt…

In case you did not live through or study the Nixon Watergate years, in case you do not recognize the obvious signs, the nation once again has a constitutional crisis on its hands.

In the library world, the last week of September is known as Banned Books Week. Libraries across the nation will honor the importance of this week. It’s about your freedom — your First Amendment right to freedom of speech and freedom of expression. It’s about your freedom to explore your int…

Imagine losing both your legs while serving your country only to be told the Department of Veterans Affairs can't provide you the wheelchair you need. The VA’s not sure when one will become available. So they tell you to stay in bed.

On Sept. 5, the New York Times published an op-ed supposedly written by an anonymous official within president Donald Trump’s administration. The snobbish and self-serving hit piece paints Trump himself as dangerously immature, incompetent, and unstable, while reassuring us that “adults in t…

We are pretty sure that teachers and labor unions can defend themselves just fine against the attacks of Senate President Mitch Carmichael who, in recent rants in print and on social media, tore into the American Federation of Teachers, radicals, liberal values, leftist politicians and Democ…

Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito should carefully consider the likely harm to West Virginians’ health care before voting to appoint Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.

Matt Wender is currently serving as President of the County Commission of Fayette County. Matt has many years of service with the County Commission and is now a candidate for re-election in 2018.

If you ever thought political calculations should not work every last gear of our state government, and if you were thinking it would be nice to take a vacation from partisan wrangling and have the state’s highest court free of political influence – well, sorry. That’s not the way it works i…

Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito should carefully consider the likely harm to West Virginians’ health care before voting to appoint Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.

Despite making a campaign appearance in what, apparently, has become President Donald Trump’s favorite state (last month marked his sixth visit to West Virginia in less than two years), it had to be a lousy day otherwise for the nation’s chief executive.

You know these words, but how often do you stop to think about them? “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to…