Way back before the beginning of time, in early 2015, West Virginia began to talk about the Governor’s race. Earl Ray Tomblin was finishing up and the seat would be open. After a resounding defeat in the 2014 mid-terms, under former Party Chairman Larry Puccio, that saw Republicans capture b…

Automobiles are a tremendously useful invention. They make it possible for us to go when and where we want to go. People didn’t have much reluctance to give up a horse and buggy when automobiles became available. We built 2.7 million miles of paved roads and streets to support those automobiles.

We remain convinced that the omnibus education bill passed Monday in the Senate was pieced together by politicos with special interests at the controls, that education experts were not credibly included in its policy formation and, at the end of the day, the provisions inside the nearly 200-…

Each of the great politicians and legislators I’ve known over the course of my career in Congress was very different. They were masters of the rules, or unassailably knowledgeable about a given issue, or supremely watchable orators, or consummate students of people. But they also shared key …

Five years ago, while serving as a member of the Greenbrier County Board of Education, I saw the paradoxical nature of our education system in West Virginia.

When politicians rush a massive bill through a piece of the legislative process in a single day, concerned citizens have every right to ask, “Why the hurry?” Or, better: “What are you putting in that sausage?” Natural curiosity and a healthy dose of skepticism trained by a history of politic…

On Jan. 23, the President of Venezuela's National Assembly, Juan Guaido, was sworn in as "interim president." In what was presumably a pre-coordinated move, Guaido's administration was quickly recognized by the governments of the United States, Canada, and several countries in Latin America.

Well, Trump blinked. In his standoff with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) over the 2019 State of the Union address, the president finally conceded that he doesn’t get to deliver the speech before a joint session of Congress unless he’s invited to do so — technically by the House and Senate…

More than 30 million Americans suffer from type 2 diabetes. And millions more have elevated blood sugar levels, so they’re at high risk of developing the disease. Our Hispanic population is particularly vulnerable. They are 66 percent more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes than non-Hispan…

Gov. Jim Justice, a big dreamer who won office as a Democrat before stepping across the political stage into the welcoming arms of President Donald Trump, borrowed campaign sound bites from both camps during his state of the state address, promising to spend a boatload of excess revenue doll…

Looking back at 2018’s weather-related news, it seems clear that this was the year climate change became unavoidable. I don’t mean that the fires in California, coastal flooding in the Carolinas, and drought throughout the West were new evidence of climate change. Rather, they shifted the na…

In the 2018 election, America’s shrinking segment of white evangelicals mobilized strongly for the Republican Party – but the rising cohort of nonreligious Americans failed to exert their full political power.

Haym Salomon was a successful New York merchant when the American Revolution began. He supported the revolutionary cause, and in 1776, he was arrested by the British who were then dominant in New York. He was eventually released, but he was again seized and imprisoned in 1778 and sentenced t…

Earlier this month, in compliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and an August ruling from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, hospitals across the country … began publishing the estimated costs of their services.

Throughout the past year, I have experienced – firsthand – what it’s like to work side by side with a millennial. It’s quite revealing, a bit troubling, and more than challenging. And yet, I am hopeful that, in time, understanding – mutual understanding – of differences might be gifted. We’ll see.

Many a local man has spent decades digging coal in the dark, damp and dangerous mines of southern West Virginia, providing enough dirty black mineral to build and power a nation. And now, many of those men, tethered to an oxygen tank, are struggling to breathe.

WVU President Gordon Gee claims that WVU is the economic engine for the state of West Virginia. If that is the case, perhaps a closer scrutiny of the performance of the individual at the wheel of that economic engine, Gordon Gee, is in order.

For thousands of years, people living on the continents of Asia, Africa, the Americas, Europe and Australia were isolated and didn’t even know of the existence of the other parts of the world. The sailing expeditions of Christopher Columbus and other explorers changed that. They opened the d…

With promises of another 5 percent pay hike for teachers in the upcoming legislative session and a $100 million temporary plug to address health insurance benefits for public employees, with a veritable wrestling match playing out publicly between the Higher Education Policy Commission and G…

As the holiday season moves through its annual cycle, it is important to look down the road. Basically, the message that “Good Times are Here Again” is not sustainable due to several major distortions.

In late November, Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives met to begin choosing their leadership for the 116th Congress, which convenes on Jan. 3.

In the days following George H.W. Bush’s death, it was impossible to ignore the mood that settled over much of the country: A yearning for the civility, dignity and inclusiveness that the former president represented. It was a form of bipartisan nostalgia for a time when the nation seemed to work.

Your children aren’t the only ones making Christmas wish lists this time of year. Delegates and senators are also making a list and checking it twice...of all the issues they want to address when the legislature begins in January. (Trust me, your kid’s list is more fun! But these lists affec…

If we had had enough qualified math teachers in classrooms across the state, we may have been better schooled on how to add up all of the statistics coming out of various legislative interim meetings this past week in Charleston. What became apparent is this: We do not have just an education…

The holidays are a time for shopping and charitable giving, and while this is a time for sharing with family and friends, be careful not to inadvertently share your personal information with strangers who may be identity thieves.


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.