During the state legislative session earlier this year, Delegate Ed Evans, D-McDowell, rose on the House floor to speak about the conditions back home. The Democrat from Welch was near tears as he described the challenges in his community.
President Joe Biden postulated that our children and grandchildren are “going to be doing their doctoral theses on the issue of who succeeded, autocracy or democracy.” He went on to say, “we’ve got to prove democracy works.”
Ever wondered how Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., would act thrust into a position of power? Well, now we know. And it’s not a pretty picture.
“You never change something by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old one obsolete.” — Buckminster Fuller
West Virginia is a state that values access to the great outdoors. It’s a place of incredible beauty, full of opportunities to hike, canoe, hunt, fish and swim. And for West Virginians — and Americans across the country — the COVID-19 pandemic has very visibly demonstrated just how important…
This is a really hard time to be a West Virginia Democrat. It feels like our top state Democratic leaders are fighting tooth and nail against the values that so many of us grew up with as members of our great party.
Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Just because you can service a financial debt, doesn’t necessarily make it a smart move. Just because you have seemingly unlimited borrowing capacity, doesn’t mean you should approach that limit.
Black Americans have demanded from corporations and our government that we have a seat at decision-making tables. Unfortunately, Black people have a long history of being misrepresented, if represented at all.
Recently, West Virginia’s road to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic turned into a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve our state, thanks to the efforts of Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va..
What limits should exist for employers, coaches and others in positions of authority in determining what lengths or styles of hair that others may wear?
Few things are quite so fearsome as lawmakers out to do good by way of legislation. The country — hell, the whole damn world — would be better if lawmakers satisfied their lust for benevolence by helping an old lady across the street, adopting a kitten or dropping a few bills in a busker’s box.
The New York Times reported recently, “American intelligence officials have found no evidence that aerial phenomena witnessed by Navy Pilots in recent years are alien spacecraft.”
While much of the national conversation this week has been focused on congressional negotiations with the Biden administration, there also has been a series of significant proposals presented by federal decision-makers that could bring real value to West Virginia.
A lead news article on the front page of the June 3 edition of the Charleston Gazette-Mail is titled “Justice sues Virginia bank.” The article reports that Gov. Jim Justice, members of his family and the companies they manage (collectively referred to as the “Plaintiffs” or the “Justices”) f…
It’s encouraging to see the West Virginia House of Delegates revive an idea that could have gone to waste, and in a bipartisan fashion, no less.
If it was Sen. Joe Manchin’s intention to send quakes of discontent rumbling across the far horizons, he has succeeded. Writing in last Sunday’s Gazette-Mail, his elevation of Senate bipartisanship to heights known primarily to the sherpas has triggered numerous political fault lines. Manchi…
There’s a war being waged in the opinion pages of our newspapers, on social media and on talk radio. You’ve likely seen positive and negative ads about the For The People Act on Hulu or Facebook, and read conflicting opinions in print.
As the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia, I work to preach humility, support those in need and promote togetherness. That is why I am delighted to celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month this June.
Working people in West Virginia know that politicians in Washington have not delivered on their promises for too long. Democrats and Republicans have said they would deliver good-paying jobs for our communities to get our votes, but they then get lost in the chaos of politics while forgettin…
Wednesday was a grim reminder that COVID-19 is still a problem in West Virginia, after the Department of Health and Human Resources announced 24 additional virus deaths since Tuesday.
Those of us who have followed the career of Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., knew that, eventually, his sometimes reasonable and other times obstinate centrism would create a problem for the Biden administration.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is at the center of a political maelstrom now because of his opposition to the massive For the People Act federal elections bill and his commitment to keeping the Senate filibuster.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks to constituents in his op-ed in the June 6 edition of the Sunday Gazette-Mail, titled “Why I’m voting against the For the People Act.”
The Memorial Day weekend heralded the return of the West Virginia Power, Charleston’s minor league baseball team. It was an occasion to celebrate on multiple levels.
West Virginia is now offering a series of prizes to encourage residents who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 to get their shots. The giveaways include a $1.6 million grand prize, a $588,000 second prize, custom-outfitted trucks, hunting rifles and shotguns, lifetime hunting and …
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., sounds convincing when he argues that protecting the sacred right to vote “should never be done in a partisan manner.” He persuasively asserts that both Democrats and Republicans need to come together “to find a pathway forward.”
Sen. Joe Manchin’s position on the For The People Act, as put forth in an op-ed published in the Gazette-Mail, is neither pro-democracy nor does it reflect the will of his constituents.
It was 1961. President John F. Kennedy had come to the steps of the student union at the University of Michigan to announce the idea of the Peace Corps. I was a student and, upon graduation, I joined to go to Africa — much to the concern of my parents, who had only one child after fleeing Na…
I was appalled when reading the op-ed that Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., wrote in the Gazette-Mail stating his opposition to the For the People Act (HR.1/S.1). If he does not change his stance, it will go down in American history as one of the most cowardly and myopic stances, both politically …