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Everyone involved should be punished

By The West Virginia Record | Apr 12, 2016

Ten years ago, two case technicians for the Social Security Administration in Huntington noticed something they apparently weren't supposed to notice: that an SSA appeals judge, also in Huntington, habitually was approving the disability claims made by clients of a particular attorney.

New EPA rule seeks end to auto racing

By The West Virginia Record | Apr 6, 2016

Nags and scolds. They think they know everything, that they're smarter than everyone else, that they have the right to tell their inferiors – us – what we should and shouldn't do. They worm their way into positions of authority and start issuing prescriptions and prohibitions for our “betterment.”

The end is near for Obama's bullies

By The West Virginia Record | Mar 29, 2016

One of the great joys in life is getting the chance to tell a bully off, but the timing and the circumstances have to be just right or you're liable to suffer the consequences.

Blankenship vs. the Manchin-Goodwin connection

By The West Virginia Record | Mar 22, 2016

It doesn't seem fair that Booth Goodwin must run for governor. The position should be his by right. He thinks he’s earned it. He and his family have been staunch Democrats for decades, loyal supporters of Gov./Sen. Joe Manchin and of Gov./Sen. Jay Rockefeller before him.

What do the Foxes say?

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 15, 2016

“I thought the rabbit droppings in your backyard were Cocoa Puffs and I experienced intestinal distress after eating them.

Another problem with public financing

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 8, 2016

“[T]he public financing of elections – for judgeships or any other positions – is a boondoggle we all should deplore.” That's what we wrote six years ago in an editorial opposing Gov. Joe Manchin's proposal of a public financing pilot project for the two state Supreme Court seats to be contested in the 2012 election.

A bandwagon West Virginia should be on

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 1, 2016

Our parents taught us as kids that the mere fact that everyone else is doing something is insufficient reason to justify doing the same thing. It may even be the very reason not to do it. On the other hand, just because everyone else is doing something doesn't mean it's wrong or inadvisable. Everyone else may actually be onto something and merit imitation.

The aged politician who won’t go away

By The West Virginia Record | Feb 22, 2016

What a glorious day it was, that January day three years ago when Darrell “Quick Draw” McGraw rode off into the sunset, metaphorically speaking.

Thank you, Justice Scalia

By The West Virginia Record | Feb 16, 2016

One of the last acts of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia before his death last week was to explain high court’s majority view in granting a stay of the implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, pending the outcome of a challenge now being considered by the U.S.

If it was such a hazard, how did everyone else avoid it?

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 26, 2016

Story CopySomething's been puzzling us for some time: Where are all the class-action slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall lawsuits?

More taxes sought to balance the budget

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 19, 2016

Ever seen a balance scale with just one side? That would be pretty stupid, and useless. After all, a balance scale has two sides – two equal-length arms with equally weighted pans suspended from each – so you can compare a mass of unknown weight to one whose weight is known, thereby determining the weight of the former.

Nothing simply symbolic about defeating asbestos lawsuit fraud

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 12, 2016

Some may dismiss it as merely a symbolic gesture, but symbolic gestures can be powerful. They're often prerequisites for subsequent, substantial change. Without those seemingly futile efforts, no genuine reform would follow.

Could be the last year of the War on Coal

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 5, 2016

One more year. That's all we've got to endure. One more year of the recklessness that has characterized the current presidential administration. One more year of the long-running war on coal, national prosperity, the U.S. Constitution, and American exceptionalism.

Congress reasserts its authority over the EPA

By The West Virginia Record | Dec 8, 2015

“This week we will join together with the House to send President Obama and the EPA a strong message: No more attacks on coal. No more attacks on domestic energy. No more attacks on the people who produce energy.”

A letter to Secretary Kerry

By The West Virginia Record | Dec 1, 2015

Sending a letter to a public official is a good way to let him know how you feel. Sending copies of that letter to other officials is a good way to let him know you mean to be taken seriously.

Good gravy!

By The West Virginia Record | Nov 25, 2015

America's most gravy-crazy holiday looms on the near-term horizon, so the warning couldn't have come at a better time. Gravy, whether the object of your appetite for breakfast, lunch or dinner, is hot.

Perhaps 'the end of the beginning' of Obama's War on Coal

By The West Virginia Record | Nov 18, 2015

The Allied victory over Rommel in North Africa was, indeed, a turning point in World War II, but Winston Churchill was determined that his countrymen should be realistic about it. Yes, it was a triumph, a great triumph, but it was one of many triumphs that would be necessary to defeat the enemy once and for all.

What happens when a judge loses credibility?

By The West Virginia Record | Nov 10, 2015

We observed in an editorial last month, “Judges should recuse themselves not only from cases in which they have a conflict of interest, but also from ones in which there may be even the appearance of impropriety.” We noted that State Supreme Court Chief Justice Robin Davis seems oblivious to such concerns and that her cavalier approach has attracted national attention, securing her the starring role last year on ABC's World News Tonight and Nightline in a story headlined: “Lear Jet J

Obama and his EPA Grinches

By The West Virginia Record | Nov 3, 2015

“Just this morning, nearly 200 West Virginia coal miners in Randolph County were informed that their jobs would be gone by Christmas,” Republican U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito lamented last Tuesday as she discussed the bipartisan resolution of disapproval that she and Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota had introduced in response to the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan regulations for existing power sources.

What is AkinMears hiding from Judge Joseph Goodwin?

By The West Virginia Record | Oct 27, 2015

As he presides over seven Multi District Litigation cases in Charleston involving more than 80,000 claims against manufacturers of transvaginal surgical mesh, U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin might want to keep a close eye on one plaintiffs firm in particular.

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