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The arrogance of our Supreme Court justices is astounding

By The West Virginia Record | Nov 21, 2017

$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?

By The West Virginia Record | Nov 14, 2017

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

By The West Virginia Record | Nov 8, 2017

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

By The West Virginia Record | Nov 1, 2017

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

By The West Virginia Record | Oct 24, 2017

“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

By The West Virginia Record | Oct 17, 2017

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

By The West Virginia Record | Oct 10, 2017

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

By The West Virginia Record | Oct 3, 2017

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?

By The West Virginia Record | Sep 27, 2017

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!

Not nearly a clean bill of health, but moving in the right direction

By The West Virginia Record | Sep 13, 2017

Annual physicals can get monotonous, particularly if your condition fails to improve from year to year.

A trip of a lifetime

By Jay Stoneking | Sep 13, 2017

WHEELING – Earlier this month, my wife and I accompanied a group of homeschool students to Independence Hall in Wheeling where the Supreme Court was hearing oral arguments in two cases. The large convention hall on the third floor had been outfitted with a dais where the five justices could sit. In stark contrast with the 19th century decor, the room was filled with cameras, microphones and other telltale signs of 21st century technology. Over 200 students were in attendance.

All Raymond Ebner needs is a good kick in the keister

By The West Virginia Record | Sep 6, 2017

A rich person may be described as “having money coming out of his …," but this coarse figure of speech is surely not meant to be taken literally, much less as a fiscally or anatomically accurate description of asset management. Try telling that to Raymond Ebner.

On the court and in the court, Judge O'Briant accused of playing favorites

By The West Virginia Record | Aug 29, 2017

Anyone who ever played organized sports as a child or has watched offspring play is familiar with that scourge of athleticism: the bad ref.

West Virginia's latest epidemic: opioid lawsuits

By The West Virginia Record | Aug 22, 2017

West Virginians first had to face the epidemic of addiction to opioids. Now there’s an epidemic of opioid lawsuits. Who's responsible for the first epidemic, in addition to the drug abusers, is subject to dispute. The ones responsible for the second epidemic are known.

Secretary of State Mac Warner deserves his own team

By The West Virginia Record | Aug 16, 2017

Personnel is policy. If members of a public office holder's staff are not like-minded and supportive of his policies, they're not going to implement those policies. They may not resort to open rebellion, for fear of losing their positions, but they will not make energetic efforts to put policies they oppose in place.

A life lesson missed!

By The West Virginia Record | Aug 8, 2017

There are lots of lessons to learn in life, and the sooner you learn them, the better. Ideally, your parents and other adults gave you some pointers while you were young, and that saved you some of the trouble of having to figure things out for yourself.

West Virginians get the last laugh

By The West Virginia Record | Aug 2, 2017

President Obama and his bureaucrats laughed at the citizens of West Virginia and our representatives for eight years as they waged their wicked war on coal (on behalf of other energy interests, foreign and domestic), but who's laughing now? We are, and so is U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins.

Blaming Republicans for 80 years of Democratic folly

By The West Virginia Record | Jul 24, 2017

Republicans in the majority in our state legislature are solely responsible for all of West Virginia's economic problems. So says Democratic Gov. Jim Justice.

It's time for Richard Cordray to go

By The West Virginia Record | Jul 18, 2017

Last year, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and other state AGs expressed concern that a rule on arbitration agreements proposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau “exceeds the CFPB's statutory authority and fails to advance consumer protection or the broader public interest [and] should be withdrawn.”

Caleb McDonald’s quest for football injury payday

By The West Virginia Record | Jul 11, 2017

High school sports can be dangerous – especially high school football, which accounts for nearly half of severe sport injuries for teenagers. Knees, shoulders, and hands are the body parts adolescents most often injure on the gridiron, with fractures and ligament sprains being the most common types of injury. Head injuries are less often but can be more severe.

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