While the regular session of the 84th Legislature ended on March 9, many of the bills which passed the Senate and House have been working their way through the process to either become law or to be vetoed by the governor. Many of the constituents have contacted me seeking clarity on bills wh…
We’ve plowed this ground before. And, to be quite honest about it, with the state of the world being what it pitifully is chances are good it won’t be long before we hitch up the mule and put him out in the field turning this otherwise worn-out sod again.
While the 2019 regular session of the 84th Legislature has been over for nearly one month, legislators around the state have been busy embarking on a series of listening tours to get a better understanding of what teachers, parents and administrators alike would like to see as part of educat…
I think I’ve mentioned some of this before. But with the return of warm weather and outdoor activities gearing up again, it needs mentioning again. So bear with me.
The regular session of the 84th Legislature has concluded. As many of you are now aware, a few of the more controversial topics and/or bills never made the transition to implemented law. Those include the Omnibus Education Reform Bill, Campus Protection Act, Intermediate Court of Appeals (wh…
If I asked you to name what you believe is likely the most common unearthly anomaly that people generally tend to see and report, what answer would you give?
The seventh full week of the 84th Legislature has concluded. These past two weeks have been the most eventful of the session. Two bills dominated the headlines (Comprehensive Education Reform and Campus Protection); however, many other valuable bills have passed from the House to the Senate.
As I’m sure you’re aware, we as a nation will soon be wrapping up another successful Black History Month.
The fifth full week of the 84th Legislature has concluded. While much of the focus has been on SB 451 (omnibus education reform), there have been numerous other bills of significance which have passed out of the House.
Stay with me until the end, for at the end you’ll understand why I asked you to take this “sugary” journey with me.
The third full week of the 84th Legislature is underway with several more notable bills advancing out of the House to the Senate for vote. This past Friday, the House voted to pass HB 2005 known as the Broadband Act of 2019. The purpose of this bill is to provide a special method for valua…
As of this writing, the government shutdown is still at an impasse. Trump remains doggedly determined to get a border wall built that, according to a very recent Harvard University poll, 80 percent of all Americans and even nearly 70 percent of Democrats think is necessary and want this coun…
The 84th session of the West Virginia legislative session got underway on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019 at the capitol in Charleston. This first week of the session is seemingly off to a good start. I’m optimistic that there seem to be issues on both sides of the isle we all can work together on t…
The list is incredibly long but not incredibly surprising. We’re only two weeks into the New Year and there are already more than a dozen Democratic presidential candidates either having already declared their intention to take on Donald Trump in 2020 or, as we speak, at least “putting out f…
I confess I’m a little behind my time with this ... that is, considering how it’s been a couple of weeks or so since it first came to light and I’m just now getting around to harangue about it.
I read a story just recently that took me back to my childhood days ... I mean, like “a leaf riding atop a fast-moving tornado” took me back.
Normally what I do each week is pick a topic and then simply offer an opinion on it.
The following subject matter isn’t something you don’t already know, something you haven’t already heard or read umpteen times over the last several years, about guns in America.
I’m loath to bring this up, but remember the migrant caravan that several weeks ago began trekking its way from Central America to the United States?
I tell anyone within earshot, indeed have been telling anyone with hearing capability for as long as I can remember, that I have and always will have a tremendous respect for two specific groups of people.
I’ve brought this up before. But since I’ve noticed that it’s still getting some attention in the news, it might be something worth rehashing.
There are certain precursors within our environs that almost invariably predict some kind of occurrence in the not-so-distant future.
As most of you know, the purpose of an op-ed like this one is for the person penning it to pick a subject — any subject — and then offer some sort of lucid yet definite judgement on it one way or the other.
My intention this week was to comment on the now thousands of Guatemalan migrants making their way to the U.S. border.
If you’ve noticed, I’m big on old sayings. In fact, here’s one you might have heard. It goes something like this: “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”
In the years prior to computers, smartphones and the internet, the world was by far a more private, isolated place to live.
I saw a meme the other day that, at least for me, epitomizes this reprehensible hypocrisy, this, “Do as I say, not as I do” mantra, of Democrats.
I realize I tend to go on about today’s kids and how this latest generation seems to be made up of undisciplined, irresponsible, indifferent and unprepared brats who someday will be in charge of running this country. (See last week’s column.)
I’ve touched on this previously, which is why chances are excellent we’ll be rehashing it in the future because, unquestionably, it’s now a veritable rolling snowball.
There’s an old adage that goes something like this: “Believe nothing you hear and only half of what you see.”
Earlier this week most Americans took a moment out of their everyday lives to remember the infamous day that befell our country 17 years ago.
When it comes to the sources of cancer, the frequency of cancer, and the reason why after decades of time and billions of dollars in expended money for research mankind is still awaiting a cure, well, little doubt everyone can and very frequently does offer an opinion on the subject.
Clearly making His judgments powerfully and in no uncertain terms, while condemning the Pharisees and teachers of the Law for their discriminatory, self-interested and very much hypocritical views of God’s direction for all peoples, Jesus said, “Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat and sw…
Sometimes my grade school science teacher would veer from science altogether and instead begin class by telling us about an interesting news item that he had read or heard about.
Just because you have lived, say, 62 years, as I have, that fact in and of itself doesn’t necessary mean you’ve come even close to having seen or heard it all.
With the current state of the country being what it is, you know and I know there are probably dozens of topics out there that would be far timelier and even more fitting for me to harangue about than what I’ve chosen.
I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that I’ve left more life experiences floundering in the wake than I’ll possibly have time and opportunity to create and experience in the years I have remaining on this Earth. This coming to terms, of course, would explain why I’ve lately found myself…
Let’s imagine there are 30 perfectly picturesque and idyllic suburban houses surrounded by an otherwise dangerous urban sprawl.
Believe me when I say I’ve grown as tired of writing about the liberals’ incessant dissemination of double standards as much or more than, I’m certain, most of those in the liberal camp have tired of reading it.
I realize the human experience is vastly different from when I was growing up and now — apples and oranges, Space Shuttle versus Model T, as it were — but sometimes I simply can’t wrap my mind around just how dissimilar the world is today compared to then.
I have a question for all of those folks who are voicing their opposition to this “immigration and separating kids from their parents” firestorm that’s now sweeping over the country.
Stay with me until the end. This will all become relevant.
As I’ve mentioned before, one of my all-time favorite writers is the great, incomparable World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle.
I’ve mentioned this before. But for the sake of this week’s offering, it probably warrants mentioning again.
I’ve written and you’ve read several op-eds in which I’ve ranted, if you will, about how way too many people in today’s society not only want everything handed to them on a silver platter without so much as raising a finger to get it but also darn well expect it to boot.
Someone remind me, because an important detail I simply don’t remember is precisely when it was that many of this nation’s laws became more worthless than the paper they were originally written on.
You read and hear things all the time that, at first glance, cause you to shake your head in pure, unadulterated disbelief.
I don’t know the first thing about Monroe, Louisiana, other than it is probably rural and not anything remotely similar to Chicago or Los Angeles when it comes to crime. But to illustrate a point about no place being completely safe anymore, allow me a few lines to tell you about an event a …