Four years ago, West Virginia became the 26th right-to-work state in the nation when our Legislature overrode former Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto of a bill prohibiting workers from being required to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment.
Four years ago, West Virginia managed to climb out of the judicial hellhole we had wallowed in for more than a decade, but we’ve remained on the American Tort Reform Association’s “Watch List” ever since, perilously close to the hole’s edge and perpetually in danger of slipping back in.
The phrase “quid pro quo” has been bandied about lately, what with Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives charging that President Trump offered one to the president of Ukraine. Trump, they claim, promised substantial foreign aid in return for the promise of an investigation into the possibly corrupt activities of Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, while “serving” on the board of a Ukrainian gas company.
Hoosiers, hillbillies, rednecks, and crackers – we’ve all been treated with contempt by our self-proclaimed superiors, and we’ve had enough. They think they’re so smart and we’re so dumb, but they overestimate themselves and underestimate us.
If insurance companies won’t cover pre-existing conditions, why should supermarkets? You didn’t know supermarkets cover pre-existing conditions? Well, they don’t, actually, but someone needs to explain that to Jennifer Thompson and Carolyn Foster.
You wouldn’t think you’d need to explain to someone who’s been an Ohio County Circuit Clerk for 20 years that attorneys deserve the respect and cooperation of court employees. Brenda Miller may be just a clerk, but she seems to fancy herself a queen, with the power and authority to do as she pleases.
“No one wants to bring back the bad old days of jackpot justice, including when Richard Neely was on the court. West Virginians don’t want more runaway verdicts and embarrassing actions and rhetoric from greedy personal injury lawyers like Richard Neely.”
You can’t accuse the facile foes of fossil fuels of lacking energy. Knowledge or logic or honesty, yes. Energy, no. Whether it’s generated by lots of wind or the product of biomass hysteria, they’ve got plenty of energy. They never give up.
Lawyers running anti-drug commercials should be held accountable for their claims. If they can’t substantiate those claims, they should be forced to compensate the companies whose sales they’ve depressed and the drug users whose health they’ve impaired.
The original WOTUS rule proposed to interpret the terms “navigable waters” and “bodies of water” so broadly that they could be applied to every inch of every acre in every state in America – no matter how dry or unnavigable.
What if Big Pharma is not to blame for the opioid crisis? What if it wasn’t the big bad drug companies that created and exacerbated the problem, but the politicians and government officials pretending to be the good guys?
Let’s hope West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's recent litigation on our behalf is not motivated by an opportunistic desire to exploit a crisis and swell state coffers by shaking down legitimate companies that may have had little or nothing to do with the crisis.
Truth be told, those who have grown up in West Virginia and Kentucky are sons and daughters of coal miners in a way – if not genetically, then psychologically at least, as grateful beneficiaries of the hard work they’ve done throughout their lifetimes.