It was a little over four years ago when a Clay County woman found herself at the center of a global controversy. Donald Trump had just been elected president, and this woman, elated in the aftermath, made a racist statement on Facebook about outgoing first lady Michelle Obama. The mayor of …

As the old saying goes, “You can fool some of the people all the time.” Last week’s historic open revolt against civil authority is proof. Most rioters were true believers in Donald Trump’s dishonesty that the election was stolen. It wasn’t. But Trump isn’t the first to use misdirection, lie…

On Dec. 26, writing in Huntington’s Herald-Dispatch, a local columnist concluded, “... Trump and his allies have not been given a chance to present much evidence [of election fraud]. The courts are as mired in the deep state as anyone else so they just summarily reject him.”

My professor was going around the room, asking each of us what we thought the near future might look like in the United State. It was the late 1990s, the economy was good and we were just beginning to look at people who pulled out cellphones as an example of the height of rudeness.

Smoke rises skyward above the near dead embers of Donald Trump’s administration, a presidency like no other, the first in memory during which there was no White House dog, unless you count Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

If you’ve never heard of Liz Mair, you’re not alone. But Mair, a Republican communications strategist who has worked with the likes of Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., became briefly infamous among journalists this week after suggesting that local news outlets struggle because r…

“The word ‘hoax’ was uttered more than nine hundred times on Fox News in the first six months of 2020. Every time Trump tweeted it, or [show host] Sean Hannity shouted it, a little bit more truth was chipped away from America’s foundation ... .” That is the conclusion of “Hoax: Donald Trump,…

West Virginia legislators are again discussing an idea to “tweak” state taxes by moving much, if not all, of the personal income tax burden to consumers’ sales tax. That doesn’t make sense to me. Here’s why.

While we focus on the pandemic and Christmas holidays, our legislators and other power brokers ponder redistricting. That’s so they’ll get or maintain a political advantage in the West Virginia Legislature. And while some county leaders think it’s good for counties, it’s not good for “we, th…

My late mother would have turned 100 this week. She was born in the first year that women could vote. Now, a century later, Kamala Harris will become the first female and first Black vice president of the United States. That is a change worth noticing.

So which is it? Is the president a noble warrior, trying to save the nation from a stolen election? Or is he just a sore loser? Is he the victim of a great wrong? Or is he settling into the role of the disheveled old man, wandering the streets of New York, fuming about how the crown was stol…

Politics is less important in Charleston since last Tuesday. So is the pandemic, as well as presidential succession. For last Tuesday was the day Charleston Police Officer Cassie Johnson, 28, was shot. On Thursday, she was taken off life support and died that afternoon. Today is her funeral.

One must especially admire the young voters across West Virginia and the nation who voted at the end of the recent, vitriolic presidential campaign. As new voters, they may not have had the opportunity to be involved in a less fractious election yet. This is all they know.

Nefarious characters have been fingered by the fellow who wrote to me that, “It’s the liberal democrats, academia, BLM, antifa, the biased media and big tech that are the real threats to democracy…” He was reciting the Trumpian mantra, roughly translated to mean that our collective suffering…

Emily Murphy, director of the government office where the keys to the presidential transition are kept, has, less than graciously, permitted the work of the transition to begin. With her decision, the death rattle of the Donald Trump administration has reached levels of audibility sufficient…

The Fields clan was never large. My father is an only child from a small town in Kentucky. My mother was one of five children from an extremely Catholic family in Cincinnati, but we rarely spent time with them on holidays, especially since my grandparents on that side died.

There’s a concern with the Electoral College besides how votes are allocated among states (population or by number of senators and congressmen). It’s faithless electors or ones who vote for someone for whom they’re not pledged. It probably won’t happen, but could. So, our Legislature should …

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services updated the civics oral section of the naturalization (citizenship) test last Friday. Passing requires a candidate to orally answer 12 out of 20 questions from a known possible pool of 128. Here are some questions from the pool to see if you and …

It’s difficult to comprehend the magnitude of the Republicans’ Nov. 3 annihilation of West Virginia Democrats. Just 10 years ago, it would have been impossible for GOP partisans to even dream of such success.

Most West Virginians across political lines must feel like rubbing their eyes. The headlines telling us that both houses of the West Virginia Legislature now have Republican supermajorities seems surreal to those of us who remember Sen. Donna Boley, R-Pleasants, holding down the fort as a mi…