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.

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.

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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.


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.

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.

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…

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.

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…

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 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…