State’s First Job Is To Protect Children


Surely Brian Abraham, Gov. Jim Justice’s chief of staff, saw a recent press conference going better than it did. In moderating the in-person press briefing, his aim was purportedly clearing up questions about how Kyneddi Miller’s case was handled leading up to her death at age 14 in Boone ...

Focus on Veterans in the Mountain State


One in 10 adult West Virginians is a military veteran, according to Ted Diaz, secretary of the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance. While that is an incredible marker of willingness to serve, it is also a wake-up call of providing those veterans the support they have ...

Closing the Equality Gap


As Juneteenth approaches, it is important to consider how far we have come since the end of slavery in 1865. There are plenty of measures to examine. WalletHub’s “State Economies with the Most Racial Equality (2024)” takes a look at the matter from an economic perspective. Based on the ...

West Virginia Must Do Better for Moms


Across the country, mothers who work outside the home still have a pretty rough time of it, according to a recent report by WalletHub. Its “Best and Worst States for Working Moms (2024)” shows that while women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce, and 74% of moms with children under 18 ...

Making Matters Worse

Local Columns

Just when it seems the West Virginia Department of Human Services and the Governor’s Office can’t handle the situation surrounding the death of 14-year-old Boone County girl Kyneddi Miller any worse, something happens that makes me shake my head. I’m no lawyer, but to paraphrase comedian ...

Regulate Puppy Mills


Many Ohioans are animal-lovers. We have pets we love and do our best to take care not only of them, but of other animals when the opportunity arises. Yet too many still purchase dogs rather than adopting from animal shelters. Puppy mills are big business here in Ohio — so much so that we are ...