Climate change — and the pollution that causes climate change — isn’t just a threat to “the planet” in the abstract; it is already affecting West Virginians’ lives and harming our health. And the risks seem to be escalating rapidly.

Sins in the realm of the insular principally extend from the singular offense of being an auslander, a foreigner, a Not One of Us. To this group, Us, which means Not You if you are Not One of Us, few crimes disturb so greatly as that of Outsiders setting foot in the realm, a violation declar…

The special session of the West Virginia Legislature to redraw the legislative and congressional boundaries was moving along relatively smoothly, at least as lawmaking goes. But then a curveball — albeit unintended — came flying through the halls of the Capitol.

Republican leaders, their feet mired in Trumpism’s quicksand, have become incapacitated. They stand in a stagnant swamp that is essentially of their own making, unable to direct well-deserved outrage at events that threaten our democracy. Instead, they aim darts at imaginary “attacks on free…

I worked as an elementary school teacher for 25 years, so I’m pretty good at breaking down complicated ideas into smaller, simpler, ideas. I’d like to think that I have some ability to help people think “critically,” which doesn’t mean to criticize things, but to weigh facts and evidence, an…