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…

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

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…

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…

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.

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.

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.

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…

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…

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.

“We are living in the land of the free, the land where anything is possible, the land of the immigrant’s dream, the land with the storied past forgotten in the rush to the imagined future, the land that repairs and reinvents itself, the land where a person can escape the consequences of a se…

Nearly a year ago, in October of 2017, President Donald J. Trump declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency, telling an audience in the East Room of the White House, “We can be the generation that ends the opioid epidemic.” States began tapping a $1 billion federal grant p…

Pardon us while we scrape our outrage off the ceiling after reading the 14 articles of impeachment leveled by the House of Delegates Judiciary Committee against not one justice on the state’s Supreme Court – but against the entire lot of four who remain seated.

In normal times under ordinary circumstances, the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s choice to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the United States Supreme Court, might have been a slam dunk. Elections, after all, have consequences and the occupant of the White House get…

Sadly, listening to the opening testimony in the State Supreme Court impeachment proceedings and, in the other ear, hearing the pitiful excuses and hollow promises rolling out of the state’s capitol about badly mismanaged flood recovery funds, we are only further convinced of a longheld noti…

Here is a fact: According to the most recent release of U.S. Census data (2016), West Virginia has a poverty rate of 17.9 percent. In other words, about one in every six households in this state exists somewhere at or south of the poverty line – $25,100 for a family of four.

We couldn’t care less where Gov. Jim Justice calls home at the end of the day or where he conducts the state’s business. It is the digital age, after all, where most anyone – especially the chief executive officer of the state – is but a cellphone call away. But Big Jim has handled the legit…

We remember when income inequality was a thing in discussions around our nation’s political dinner table. Back then, we were not distracted by the latest twitter storm from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, a humanitarian crisis on our southwestern border, Russia’s interference in our democratic ele…

Before we travel too far down the road towards congratulating President Donald Trump for an important, surprising and historic meeting with North Korea’s “Dear Leader” Kim Jong Un, before we completely let down our guard and take a breather from what had been a tense geopolitical showdown th…

If West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry has an ounce of honor and humility left in his being, he will spare us all the spectacle of the regurgitation of the purported sins of yet another public official drunk on his own power, offer up his resignation from the court and head bac…

West Virginians — citizens and their elected representatives in Congress and the Legislature — ought to pay attention to new research that shows gun suicides declined significantly in Connecticut and Indiana after lawmakers in those two states passed laws allowing police to temporarily confi…

With the decision this past week to bump tuition at West Virginia University by 5.7 percent for the coming school year at a time when the Legislature is sending more money to Morgantown via a 5 percent pay raise for all state employees, it’s time to sit down and figure out just how much high…

Understatement of the year: With an initial cost projection to the state of $50 million to adequately fund the public employees’ health plan through the Public Employees Insurance Agency, a subcommittee of the governor’s task force assigned to find a solution to this big ol’ bag of problems …

While public officials may be concerned about running a needle exchange program as was reported recently, we think it would be fiscally prudent for the state health department to figure out how such a service can be extended to even more people in need, to all reaches of West Virginia.

With a flurry of bill signings late last month, Gov. Jim Justice put a cap on Republican-controlled legislative efforts to shape policy for the betterment of constituents and the state’s welfare in 2018. You are forgiven but not alone if you were not overly impressed with their efforts as ou…

We are not sure if West Virginia officials made a pitch to Amazon to become home to the company’s second North American headquarters, but we do know this: 238 proposals from across the country were received and reviewed and 20 cities have been named finalists. No West Virginia city cracked t…

Is Gov. Jim Justice fresh out of big ideas? Did constant battles with legislative leadership take their toll in 2017? Did traveling the state to sell his road bonds proposal prove to be too taxing? Does he now just want to be Coach Justice, sit on the bench and provide the occasional encoura…

As the state Legislature prepares to gavel in its 60-day regular session today, and prior to Gov. Jim Justice delivering his second state-of-the-state address tonight at 7, we are struck by what a difference a year makes. While the Mountain State has the same guy in the governor’s office, Bi…

Just last month, at the intersection of policy making that produced law and a statistical abstract that captured a snapshot of life in America in the here and now, we were given a clear view and understanding of what we value as a country — and what we don’t. What we saw were divergent realities.

Now that congressional Republicans have assured us that the nation’s treasury will have nowhere near the coin to pay our bills, we can guarantee one and all that they’ll be coming for your Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security.

While some might suggest that Republican conference committee members who negotiated terms of the final tax reform bill this week should be congratulated for bending provisions in the bill ever-so slightly towards the middle class, the bigger point is being missed entirely.

Front and center in leveraging economic tail winds and a massive public works project here in West Virginia is the primary need to address the quality and rigor of education in the classroom — from grade school through college.

No one living in the thick of West Virginia’s substance abuse epidemic needs to be told it is exacting an enormous cost — from everyone. But a reminder by John Deskins, director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at West Virginia University, puts some numbers on that cost.

The loveable hit song that became the unofficial anthem of West Virginia, created a tourism slogan and does wonders for state pride, has come home to the place it belongs — West Virginia.

Why Republicans in D.C. want to weaken health care insurance — instead of strengthening it — is beyond the bounds of rational thinking. It is as if they are on a political suicide mission. But we do believe that President Donald Trump’s attempt to sink the Affordable Care Act is but a ham-ha…

Monthly observations run the gamut. They range from National Accordion Month (that’s in June. Darn! We missed it!) to Feral Hog Month and National Toilet Tank Repair Month in October to December’s Quince and Watermelon Month (that seems wrong) and Bingo’s Birthday Month.

Most of us are eagerly awaiting Monday’s solar eclipse. While we in southern West Virginia won’t be treated to the totality of the eclipse — occurring when the moon’s orbit positions it between the earth and the sun — we will be looking at about 90 percent of totality.