One of the basic tenets of political theory as I learned it was that our underlying beliefs can affect our actions in the political realm. Recently I read somewhere that people prefer stability over change.
In the final weeks of the West Virginia Republican primary, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., weighed in with an endorsement. You might think it odd that the state’s leading Democrat would endorse in a GOP primary, and perhaps even odder that a Republican officeholder would want an endorsement from…
Deep in the bowels of humanity, scurrying about its bottommost layer in darkness and fumes of fetid effluvia, far beneath layers of lawyers, tax collectors, cable TV anchors, fraud artists, Hallmark movie stars, politicians and others similarly detestable, the rot of the species clings like …
It’s an election year, and lawmakers are telling us what we want to hear to get our votes. And like every other election year, they tell us how seriously they take the high price of prescription drugs. In one poll, 91% of voters considered the excruciating burden of prescription drug costs o…
The editorial that ran in the May 14 edition of the Gazette-Mail told us that division in our country has been stoked by social media. The editorial on May 17 explored the question of whether information on the internet had radicalized the man accused of killing 10 Black people in a grocery …
Like the divisive topics of politics and religion, people currently are vehemently polarized between pro-abortion rights, with or without some variation, or anti-abortion, favoring it be made illegal.
The Russians say they have a new weapon that will turn the tide in the brutal yet completely bungled invasion of Ukraine, according to a report in The Washington Post.
There was a time when spending big at a swank restaurant would be regarded as an occasion requiring dress-up. Then the slob culture took over so that, even when an establishment made great effort to arrange flowers, iron tablecloths and provide formal service, customers would turn up in swea…
Two years ago, the United States confirmed its first COVID-19 case. On May 16, we reached the tragic milestone marking 1 million U.S. COVID-19 deaths.
There is a label for people who say one thing and do the opposite, or say one thing today that they contradict tomorrow. It’s an undesirable label nobody wants attached to their name.
It was 50 years ago today that Barbara Foster of South Charleston threw caution to the four winds and married me. That momentary lapse in her judgement delights and mystifies me yet, five decades later. She remains my beautiful, strong, smart partner.
Last week, Apple TV+ debuted a four-part documentary series called “The Big Conn.” It chronicles the scheme between former Eastern Kentucky attorney Eric C. Conn, late federal judge David Daugherty, of Huntington, and others to defraud the federal government of more than $500 million through…
Opposing abortion has been a convenient election tactic for the political right ever since they decided that opposing school desegregation wasn’t helping their prospects.
I nearly lost my life while serving in the Army in Kosovo in 2001, after coming into contact with residual chemical weapons left over from the Albanian-Serbian conflict.
Speaking in support of a leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion that indicates Roe v. Wade could be overturned, Gov. Jim Justice said last week that West Virginia is a “rock-solid right-to-life state.”
Late last year, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said, “We owe the men and women of the Department of Defense an environment free of extremist activities, and we owe our country a military that reflects the founding values of our democracy.”
Electric vehicles are transforming transportation. Soon, our big rigs, school buses, taxi cabs and even military vehicles that transport U.S. troops will be electric. They are destined to be a major American industry, pivotal to economic prosperity and national security. As the world goes el…
The 18-year-old accused of taking a rifle with a racial slur written on it, driving 200 miles from his home in Conklin, New York, to a supermarket in Buffalo, where he allegedly killed 10 people, most of them Black, did not become a radicalized white supremacist overnight.
I know you. You’re a liberal (conservative or any other label). I know what you think. You all think alike. I know what you believe. And that belief will harm me. More importantly, it will harm us — the people like me who think and act as I do. We are worth protection. You are not. I, theref…
The 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade was a landmark decision ruling that the U.S. Constitution protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction.
In many parts of the country, football, beer and brats are cherished fall traditions. It extends far beyond the stadium in professional leagues, where rural folks from hundreds of miles away passionately venture in freezing weather, adorned with team paraphernalia, to attend.
New York Mayor Eric Adams is a rising power in the Democratic Party. A former police captain, Adams is the answer to the prayers of Democrats who have almost given up praying for a politics they can sell nationally.
Americans are entitled to their opinions on abortion. Those opinions have been shared loudly by many, well before the age of the internet, but, like many things, social media has made the debate louder, angrier and further disconnected from the facts.
Once represented by people of intellect, conservatism has been shorn of rationality. Shouts and shrieks resound in the void where reason once reigned.
The phrase “war by proxy” is in vogue. It’s not a new term, but you see and hear it all the time now. That’s what the United States and its NATO allies are doing in Ukraine, getting Ukrainian forces to fight the Russians on their behalf.
Democracy survived another test this week in West Virginia. That is worth noting, since the integrity of our elections in the country has been under assault since 2020.
The next time you find yourself forking over $60, $70, even $80 to fill up your tank, remember: It doesn’t have to be this way. The pain at the pump Americans are enduring — including the $4 per gallon West Virginians are paying — was not inevitable. It was a choice.
In the increasingly strange world of conservative extremism, requiring a 15-year-old schoolgirl to wear a mask is tyranny but forcing her to give birth is freedom.