Few cases better illustrate the abject failure of the West Virginia Public Service Commission to protect ratepayers than its approval last month of American Electric Power’s proposal to charge its West Virginia customers $383.5 million for environmental upgrades at its three coal plants in t…
A state’s financial well-being is measured, to a large degree, on its ability to meet its financial obligations to its retirees, while also putting aside a sizable amount of money in case of emergency.
Gov. Jim Justice, or Big Jim, first of his name, king of the Greenbrier and scourge of the coalfields, also is the “obvious choice” to add an additional title to the ones that already strike fear in the hearts of every thinking person.
West Virginia is, once again, at the top of the bad list, leading the nation in the rate of acceleration of new COVID-19 infections. The number of new cases is spreading much faster in West Virginia than any other state. In times of crisis, decisive leadership is needed. Where does it go fro…
Gov. Jim Justice has filed a grievance over the decision by the Greenbrier County Board of Education not to hire him as the Greenbrier East boys high school basketball coach. Justice already coaches the girls team.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., told CNN: “[Joe Manchin has] many times been willing to get to a place that’s the right place to be.
Oscar Wilde opined in his 1889 essay, “The Decay of Lying,” that “Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.” The full distillation of this profound observation would require more — much more — space than allowed in this op-ed. But we can at least touch on its overall nuance.
My dad fought in World War II. I mean, he really fought. Inducted in the draft, he was sent to North Dakota for basic training, where he promptly caught pneumonia. Once he recovered, he was sent to a much warmer climate in Guam, where he eventually faced hand-to-hand combat. After five years…
The trustees of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds recently released their annual report. It received scant attention, because who in Washington wants to be the bearer of bad news?
Once again, in his most recent column, HD Media Regional Executive Editor Lee Wolverton overdoes it when he paints a dark picture of our current situation.
Courage, it is said, is simply doing what needs to be done. Considering the pandemic, the response of Louisiana State University is in stark contrast to that of West Virginia University.
The reflective mood brought on by the recent 9/11 anniversary got me thinking about the seemingly instant, galvanizing unity that washed over our citizenry after the attack on America. Without a doubt, we all pulled together to rebound, rebuild and rededicate ourselves to protecting our coun…
I am all in on COVID-19 vaccinations, and I have been since they were rolled out last December. It was encouraging to see rapidly set-up clinics move West Virginia’s residents through professionally and efficiently, putting lifesaving shots in arms in those early months.
I have been in only one earthquake. It was in Izmir, Turkey, in 2014. The earth moved, undulating under my feet. Buildings shook and people’s fear could be felt.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has said he won’t support a $3.5 trillion federal spending bill Congress is working to take up because of its hefty price tag. This piqued my interest as a local community banker given concerns with a provision in the bill that would require banks to report their c…
Hard work and resilience are woven into the fabric of West Virginia. It’s in our blood. Our muscle and our mountains powered our nation through an industrial revolution, two world wars and an information revolution.
Fear is an invaluable human instinct that perpetuates our survival. Without fear, we would make any number of potentially fatal decisions each day — walk into traffic, pick up a poisonous snake, stand too close to the edge of a cliff.