Local Columns

Curb Influence of Out-of-State Spending on Elections

During the past four years, one of the Legislature’s top priorities has been to modernize West Virginia’s laws and to take outdated and burdensome regulations off our books. We have succeeded in making West Virginia friendlier to businesses and in adopting policies that are competitive with ...

Pirates a Highlight of Annual Spring Training Trip

For the fifth straight year a group of baseball fans arrived in Brandenton, Florida, the spring training site of the Pittsburgh Pirates to take in five pre-season games, three of which involved the Buccos. In addition to the Pirates, the other Major Leaguers where the Tampa Bay Rays, the ...

We All Have Role to Play in Improving Schools

The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) wants to hear from you. Governor Jim Justice and legislative leaders have called a special session to address education betterment. It is a cause that we can rally around because we all agree that there is room for improvement in public ...

Winning by Bipartisanship

These days, quite a few politicians seem to believe the key to success is pandering to one’s so-called “core constituency.” It appears most Democrats consider that to be the 20-30 percent of the people with very liberal views, while most Republicans appeal to the 20-30 percent with very ...

Teach Your Children Well

Any parent worth his or her weight in gold has said it, or at least thought it: “I would do anything for my kid.” While that sounds great to some ears, it’s not really the most practical or ethical way to raise a child. Clearing a path when a child is learning to walk makes good ...

In West Virginia, We Should Just Let Teachers Teach

Perhaps the best advice for West Virginia legislators preparing for a special session on public school improvement is this: Just let the teachers teach. After the fiasco over Senate Bill 451, the “omnibus education bill” this winter, Gov. Jim Justice called for a special legislative ...

A Rocky Road

If there is one thing most governors of West Virginia know, the best way to get inside the hearts of people is to make sure their roads are maintained. Govs. Cecil Underwood and Arch Moore knew this. Apparently, Gov. Jim Justice is just now getting the message. Justice is right to feel ...

Young People Need Our Encouragement To Be Great

What year did these events take place: Alcatraz Prison is closed, Aretha Franklin releases “Laughing on the Outside,” Congress passes the Equal Pay Act, and Kellogg’s Froot Loops is introduced. Have you figured it out yet? Here are some more hints in the same year: Stevie Wonder ...

Fostoria Convention Theme Will Be Items for Boudoir

Several members of the Fostoria Glass Society of America Inc. will be bringing to the 39th annual FGSA Convention, to be held June 7-9, items from their glass collections which pertain to this year’s convention theme: “Glassware for the Boudoir.” In the most recent “Facets of ...

Mike Myer: Will It Be Manchin vs. Justice for West Virginia Governor?

Never discount the power of personal animosity in politics. Take U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. and Gov. Jim Justice. Just a few years ago, they seemed to be friends. Manchin got credit for helping Justice, then a Democrat, win the governor’s race in 2016. It escaped no one’s notice that ...

What Would They Think?

I can still picture them. Always dressed in their black garb with stark white cleric’s collars. They were as much a part of my parent’s family as me and my siblings. They were frequent visitors to the front porch swing and the dinner table. Father Lawrence McHugh and Father Clifford ...

Sen. William Ihlenfeld: West Virginia’s Reputation Big Loser in 2019 Session

The West Virginia Legislature’s 2019 regular session concluded last week and will be remembered as much for the bills that failed as it will be for the ones that passed, as well as for the hateful rhetoric of some in Charleston. Senate Bill 451 received a great deal of attention after it was ...

Despite the Drama, Business Got Done

The 2019 regular legislative session was by far one of the wildest I’ve ever seen, but even with all the drama this year these 134 lawmakers were still able to get a lot done. On the House of Delegates side, other than the controversies over the anti-LGBTQ remarks by Del. Eric Porterfield ...

Ask FBI, Toyota, Mr. Bezos

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos seems like a reasonably intelligent, educated fellow, so it’s unlikely he would react to U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s letter by asking if the senator has a site near Richmond in mind. On the other hand, one wonders whether Bezos knows enough about West Virginia to ...

Noted Author Set to Speak at Historical Society Dinner

Joe Geiger, director of the Archives and History Department of the West Virginia Division of Culture & History, will be the speaker for the annual dinner meeting of the Marshall County Historical Society to be held March 23 at Grand Vue Park’s Banquet Hall. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., ...

Growing Economy and Safeguarding Environment

As we begin the New Year, West Virginia’s economic outlook continues to surpass expectations, with another month of revenue adding to our state’s record surplus — with the energy industry being credited by state budget officials as being the primary driver of these gains. According to ...

Talking With West Virginians About Our Schools

The 2019 Regular Session of the Legislature has wrapped up, and as a lot of us do at this time every year — in addition to resting up a little — we take a bit of an inventory of wins and losses from the previous two months. There’s no doubt that getting SB 1 across the finish line is a ...

Your Share of Budget: $7,579

As West Virginia legislators send a state budget for the coming fiscal year to Gov. Jim Justice, reflect on this: They have approved a plan to spend $7,579 for every man, woman and child in our state during the 12 months that begin July 1. If you’re good at math, you may have done a quick ...

Changing Of The Seasons

Bear with me today. This might get a little political. You be the judge. From a very young age of maybe 5 or 6, I was exposed to climate change. Yes, I was forced to meet winter head on when our mom shooed us out the back door to play in the snow. Dressed like Eskimo children, we faced the ...

Making News For Wrong Reasons

I picked a very interesting time to return to my statehouse reporting roots. I could never have predicted the things and controversies that have happened this session. For example, as I’ve written, a major controversy erupted over a table display with several posters and pamphlets there were ...