HUNTINGTON -- Our Bill of Rights is the foundation of the liberties we enjoy as American citizens. Americans celebrate their 1st Amendment rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religion and their 2nd Amendment right to bear arms, but what about their 7th Amendment rights?
MORGANTOWN -- I miss Ronald Reagan. The great conservative voice of modern times managed to be principled without being churlish. His ideas were rooted in reason, not resentment.
Farrell CHARLESTON -- The West Virginia Record recently published an editorial offering a "remedial civics lesson" for a dissenting Supreme Court Justice. The editorial suggests that the West Virginia Supreme Court "does not have the right to nullify or amend" a legislative act or "overrule the legislature."
Tomblin CHARLESTON -- The future success of West Virginia's families and communities will rely on the success of our education systems. Broad-based collaboration aimed at fostering supportive communities that advance student achievement is an essential component in promoting the economic and cultural vitality of our state.
CHARLESTON -- The conception of political equality from the Declaration of Independence, to Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, to the Fifteenth, Seventeenth and Nineteenth Amendments can mean only one thing -- one person, one vote.
MORGANTOWN -- The constant refrain by those who believe the wealthy in this country should pay even more to the government is that they need to contribute their "fair share." President Obama used that very term recently during his weekly radio address.
HARPERS FERRY -- In the ongoing legal fights against unchecked federal government regulation and authority, a state's Attorney General should be on the front lines. From a constitutional perspective, an Attorney General is supposed to uphold the rule of law as the top legal officer and leading law enforcement official of a state. A successful Attorney General should be actively engaged in interpreting and challenging laws.
CHARLESTON -- By now, readers of The West Virginia Record likely are numb to personal injury spokesman Michael Romano's outrageous hyperbole. However, his continued misstatements call for a correction.
CHARLESTON -- Recently I had the privilege of awarding the Governor's Commendation for International Market Entry to 49 West Virginia companies.
MORGANTOWN -- State Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis has made current and aspiring officeholders of her own Democratic Party -- and a few Republicans -- breathe a little easier.
CHARLESTON -- In recent weeks, I had the opportunity to meet with hard working West Virginians who are growing our state's private sector.
Romano CLARKSBURG -- We all hate "tit for tat," but the recent article by Richie Heath, director of the so-called Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA), again demanding the state expand government by creating an intermediate court of appeals, begs a response.
CHARLESTON -- West Virginia businesses are working hard to compete on the world stage. Our abundant natural resources -– coal, timber, metals –- actually allow our Mountain State to realize an almost-unheard-of trade surplus.
MORGANTOWN -- West Virginia has gotten yet another bad business ranking. This time it comes from Chief Executive Magazine, which recently published its list of the best and worst states to do business in 2011.
CHARLESTON -- As head of the West Virginia Association for Justice (WVAJ) — the official name of West Virginia's personal injury lawyers — Michael Romano continues to do his best to demagogue the issue of appeals court legislation.
CLARKSBURG -- Ever notice that the more folks have, the harder it is for them to recognize how good they have it. Like rich folks who seem to have everything, they whine and stomp their feet until their own delusional view of the world comes crashing down on them.
WASHINGTON -- Last week's announcement by Standard & Poor's that it was cutting the outlook on our nation's long-term rating from stable to negative for the first time in 70 years was a cold, hard reality check -- we need to get our fiscal house in order sooner, rather than later, or suffer the consequences.
KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. -- Before I was appointed to this position a few months ago, I spent more than 20 years in the small business contracting community. In the short time I have been serving as Regional Administrator, one thing has become clear -- this Administration is serious about expanding government contracting opportunities for small businesses.
MORGANTOWN -- School choice advocates won a significant victory recently in the U.S. Supreme Court.