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Our Supreme Court alleges it is committed to 'sound fiscal management'

“The West Virginia Supreme Court is committed to sound fiscal management and administration of the judicial branch of government and takes its commitment to state taxpayers seriously.” Ha ha ha, ho ho ho, hee hee hee! Stop it, you're killing us!

One rule for us, another for Lois Lerner

One rule for thee, another for me. We all know people who think and act that way. Many are politicians and public officials. They have exacting standards for everyone outside their circle of power (and hold us to them), but the standards they set for themselves are lower, and they allow themselves a lot of leeway for infractions.

Where there's smoke, there's fire – and the Supreme Court warehouse is smoking

Judging by the way defendants plead in court cases, you'd have to conclude that virtually everyone is innocent. That's because the guilty frequently plead not guilty.

What a charming personality: quick to criticize and quick to take offense

No one, including presidents, should criticize judges, but judges can say whatever they want about anybody, including presidents, and that's okay.

The state Supreme Court needs a written policy about its furniture

A policy should be established and published so that the justices – and the citizens they work for – will know what it is.

Our state Supreme Court justices hold us in contempt

State Senate President Mitch Carmichael's call for a constitutional amendment to give the Legislature authority over the state Supreme Court's budget is gaining support daily as details emerge regarding its extravagant expenditures.

Slick Mr. H got a free defense with fringe benefits

Having a sexual relationship with a client can cloud an attorney's judgment, making the presentation of a rational, dispassionate argument in that client's behalf all but impossible. Plus, it puts undue pressure on the client to acquiesce to one's advances, bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase, “How would like to pay for that, cash or credit?”

The arrogance of our Supreme Court justices is astounding

$111,000. In most parts of West Virginia, you can buy a nice house for less than that. For $300-$500,000, you can get a really nice place … even in Charleston. $111,000 is what was spent to refurbish the office of State Supreme Court Justice Margaret Workman. That includes more than $8,000 for a sofa – or should we say, divan?

Why do slip-and-fall hazards claim so few victims?

The funny thing about slip-and-fall accidents is, there's rarely a pile-up. It's usually one alleged victim, even when the alleged hazard has persisted for some time.

Some people are never satisfied

Greed used to be considered a bad thing, a vice. How often have we heard that line from St. Paul's epistle about the love of money being the root of all evil? How many times have parents and teachers reminded us of Aesop's fable about the dog that lost the bone he had while trying to snag another one from his reflection in a stream?

Attention, Walmart shoppers: check the expiration dates

When you're at the supermarket, do you open a cartons of eggs before adding it to your basket to make sure none are cracked? Do you reach for a jug of milk at the back of the cooler, assuming it will be fresher?

Time to stop acting like ninnies

“My heavens!” was our reaction upon learning that a fifth grade boy and his guardian recently filed suit in Putnam Circuit Court against the Putnam County Board of Education for failing to prevent him from injuring his finger while playing football during recess on school grounds at Eastbrook Elementary School a year and a half ago.

Voices heard on the end of the war on coal

The war on coal​ is officially over. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced last week that the Trump Administration is abandoning the Clean Power Plan that was created to cripple the coal industry in America.

Judge Davis's dubious dissent

You ever listen to what people say – really listen – and find yourself scratching your head, trying to figure out what on earth they were trying to communicate?

Morrisey helps recover another half million in state funds

Remember how Darrell McGraw spent two decades as state attorney general using public funds for self-promotion and aw​​​​​arding contingency contracts to cronies?

Who isn't to blame for the opioid epidemic?

It's like a murder mystery in which all the suspects are assembled in one room and the detective grills each of them in turn until he trips one up and has his killer. Each suspect had a motive, each an opportunity, and not one has an alibi. But there's an added twist this time: It turns out that all of the suspects conspired to commit the murder and collaborated in carrying it out. They're all guilty!

W.Va. liability law passes first test in federal opioid cases

CHARLESTON – West Virginia’s liability law has passed its first test by allowing defendants in opioid epidemic suits to spread blame. The new law gives defendants 180 days to identify possibly responsible parties that plaintiffs didn’t sue. Those other parties will pay nothing on a jury verdict, but their share of liability will reduce the damages defendants must pay.

Wal-Mart slip-and-fall case removed to federal court

CHARLESTON – A woman is suing Wal-mart Stores East LP after she claims she slipped and fell in one of its stores and was injured.

Couple sues Liberty Mutual Insurance for alleged bad faith, unfair practices

WHEELING – A couple is suing Liberty Mutual Insurance Company for acting in bad faith and violating a state act regarding unfair practices.

Man sues The Vanguard Group for negligence, breach of duty

ELKINS – A man is suing The Vanguard Group after he claims it wrongly gave his ex-wife half of his entire retirement fund.