As an adopted child raised in a Catholic family with other adopted children, the issue over whether Roe v. Wade should be overturned has been fiercely contested among us literally our entire lives.

I did not fully grasp until the recent action by the U.S. Supreme Court on Roe v. Wade what a watershed decision this is for our country. The legal implications for our future go very far beyond the issue of abortion and the rights of women to the heart of our democratic system.

Martin Walker, the gifted former Washington correspondent of The Guardian, used to start his speeches saying that the Fourth of July wasn’t a time for sorrow for him, as it was a time when good British yeomen farmers in the colonies revolted against a German king and his German mercenaries.

A country careening off the rails need no longer be concerned about third rails, which explains their disintegration, a kind of societal Big Bang, abortion being the latest charged motif to be splintered.

It is almost conventional wisdom to say that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine marks a turning point in the next major conflict between liberal democracies and authoritarian regimes. But Russia’s aggression did not happen in a vacuum, even though it is a visible milestone. Vladimir Putin’s unjust…

The COVID-19 pandemic was the first exposure to online lesson delivery for many parents, students and even teachers themselves — but it was a far cry from a real, proven, virtual education. Families and faculty were thrown into an emergency remote teaching situation in the midst of a global …

William Alpert, the associate professor emeritus at the University of Connecticut whose, “A perfect storm for US on energy” op-ed appeared in the Gazette-Mail recently, is part of a group of economists who for the last 50 years have been lending scholarly gravitas to the dumb ideas of the ub…

Congress has an opportunity to pass legislation that benefits all local citizens, businesses and even protects our democracy. The Local Journalism Sustainability Act, should be included as part of any upcoming reconciliation bill that Congress is considering. The sustainability act is a well…

After serving 20 years as Marine Corps intelligence officer and five years as the Commissioner of Agriculture, it’s easy to identify trends that have the potential to affect the security of the United States.

Told by the Secret Service that members of his mob had been seen carrying handguns and AR-15s on the National Mall, Donald Trump proceeded with his incendiary Jan. 6, 2021, speech anyway, imploring the crowd to march to the Capitol and “fight.” That is according to the Jan. 6 Select Committe…

Hershel “Woody” Williams understood sacrifice. He understood service. The Marion County native who eventually settled in Cabell County never stopped working to make his country a better place, especially as it pertained to the families of those who understood sacrifice the way Williams did.

I get called a “radical” now and again. That is, I call for big change and grow frustrated with incremental change. But my radical tendencies pale compared to those of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

For many residents of West Virginia, the last few years have felt like one hurdle after another. We have had to contend with COVID-19, the ensuing lockdowns and surging inflation in rapid succession. With these challenges taking center stage, it is easy to overlook a looming health crisis th…

West Virginia schools Superintendent Clayton Burch and state Board of Education President Miller Hall are right about the problems with the newly-created Hope Scholarship. A voucher law that diverts public education dollars to private schools and homeschooling will obviously weaken public sc…

The loud collective groan you heard behind the noise of last week’s protests was that of women my age: Somewhere between 65 and 80. We were the generation just coming into our child-bearing years in 1973 when Roe v. Wade was handed down by the US Supreme Court. We arrived, quite fertile, out…

Independence is America’s first value. It’s such a big deal we have a national holiday to celebrate and reflect on it. It’s our birthday, it’s who we are or who we should aspire to be.

The fall of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey has officially happened. The Supreme Court of the United States has officially left it to individual states to decide whether or not all persons within their boundaries capable of becoming pregnant are walking, talking incubators and fe…

You may be excused if you missed it. What with Roe v. Wade being overturned, Congress passing the first gun control legislation in 30 years, the Jan. 6 hearing revelations and the Supreme Court striking down certain gun carry restrictions, you may have missed the news that Donald Trump is no…

The worldwide energy shortage is a hot issue in America because the cost of gasoline has shot to in excess of $5 per gallon, with comparable increases in other energy prices. While Americans will find this situation inconvenient, the energy shortage will have catastrophic consequences in oth…

Medications are too expensive. As pharmacists, we hear every day about unsafe or extreme measures people are forced to take to afford their medications: skipping doses or skipping other bill payments, sharing prescriptions, and traveling to pharmacies outside the country, among other things.…

As I write this I am thinking about the past week, with so many disparate but meaningful occasions to reflect on. FestivALL events. Juneteenth celebrations. Leadership changes in the state Democratic party. Unpacking more boxes and finding things that had gone missing or that I did not know …

U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm met Thursday with executives from the big oil companies over high gas prices. Afterward, her office said she challenged the executives to “deliver solutions to ensure [a] secure, affordable supply” of fuel.