Battling Human Trafficking


For three years now, Ohio law enforcement agencies have teamed up to conduct human trafficking stings. But this year’s effort turned out to be the largest in state history. State Attorney General Dave Yost said 51 potential human trafficking victims were helped, and 161 men were arrested. ...

End Duplication In Government


King Bureaucracy is rather fond of itself; and elected officials don’t normally have the courage to confront it once they have forgotten for whom they work. Still, West Virginia lawmakers could not have gotten a clearer sign that they should eliminate some of the waste in state government by ...

Saving Historic Buildings


Most communities have their share of historic buildings that have seen better days. Too often, the significance of some of these structures is not touted until the wrecking ball is on its way. Meanwhile, for the safety of residents and for the sake of clearing out irreparable blight, ...

Congressional Map Needs Second Look


Lawmakers in West Virginia have some work to do if they want to ensure all areas of the state have the opportunity to grow in the future, as a congressional map moved out of the state Senate Redistricting Committee Monday was the easy yet incorrect choice in how to split the Mountain State into ...

Handle School Board Issues at Local Level


“Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our nation’s core values,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said last week in announcing the U.S. Department of Justice would begin investigating threats against school board members, teachers and other school ...

Single-Delegate Districts a Win

Local Columns

Later this month, the Legislature will adopt 100 single-delegate districts in the West Virginia House of Delegates. For me this has been a long, over three-decades goal that started in 1991. Soon after being elected in 1984, I observed that Kanawha County was one large multi-member district ...