On Oct. 16, I drove to West Virginia from my home near Richmond, Virginia, to visit the grave of my mother, Sharon, who died in 1987 and my step-father, Carrington, who died in 2014.
Over 4,100 West Virginians have died because of COVID-19. Currently in our hospitals, nearly 80% of those admitted for COVID-19 are unvaccinated. Those percentages go up for patients in intensive care and on ventilators.
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.
I am a retired family-practice physician currently living in West Virginia — in the same house I left 70 years ago to study for and then to practice my profession.
The West Virginia Public Service Commission is taking considerable heat from various groups over its decision to allow for environmental upgrades to three major coal-fired power plants in the state.
When teachers look into the eyes of students, we see a lot. Where they come from, where they are going, what subjects excite them.
I cannot remember a more intense time than we are in now. We are on the verge of high stakes changes in federal public policy that will affect every one of us and our descendants for decades to come.
These are challenging times for everyone, both in the public and private sectors, something I know well as the president and CEO of HD Media and the minority leader in the West Virginia House of Delegates.
In America today, the very rich are becoming richer while millions of working families are struggling to put food on the table or pay their bills. We now have the absurd situation in which two multi-billionaires own more wealth than the bottom 40% of Americans; the top 1% owns more wealth th…
As a leader in the fight to combat the opioid epidemic, it might be surprising to hear me say that we don’t have a drug problem in West Virginia. What we have is an addiction problem.
The members of the West Virginia, Morgantown and Kanawha Valley Chapters of the National Organization for Women are appalled at Gov. Jim Justice’s misogynistic, sexist and disrespectful comments made on Oct. 7 about Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin.
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.
According to 2020 Census Bureau data, West Virginia lost 3.3% of its population in the past decade, the worst rate of loss in the country (and there were only two other states that actually lost population).
I believe American democracy is worth fighting for. It’s why I joined the Army, to protect our freedoms here at home. I also take it personally when politicians and special interests look to undermine our democratic institutions.
The West Virginia Legislature this week will likely complete the protracted effort to create single-member districts for all 100 seats in the House of Delegates.
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…