OPINION COLUMNS

The coronavirus has changed the world as we know it. In the span of just a few weeks, we’re seeing and doing things much differently. Rightfully so, because for the most vulnerable among us, their lives depend upon it. Yet in the middle of this chaos, there has only been a limited focus on p… Read more

People are scared right now. I get it. Scared in a way I’ve not seen in my lifetime. All most of us have to compare it to is 9/11. But that was sudden, isolated, and distant with a​ ​quickly identified enemy. This has been a gradual, global threat but with its effects hitting close to home. … Read more

Giving hugs was never my thing. It felt too close, too vulnerable, too touchy. I’d much rather throw fists bumps and give high fives than give hugs or shake hands. Read more

It’s 2020, and while most minds might be on the upcoming elections, there’s another way you can have your voice heard and make a difference in government: take the Census. Read more

It is that time of year when the United Way of Southern West Virginia sponsors DENIM FOR A DIFFERENCE. This is the 15th year that our community has participated in this great program that provides support through the United Way for the many people in our community that need their help and th… Read more

The modern media trend is to make fun of President Donald Trump for his alleged and actual misstatements of fact. You have to go a long way — in this case Sky News in Australia — to find a media outlet willing to make fun of a U.S. liberal Democrat. Read more

charleston, s.c. – Even before Sen. Elizabeth Warren suspended her presidential campaign, a recurrent theme had emerged from the commentariat. In so many words: Now all we have to choose between are two septuagenarian white men. Read more

As I stated in my column last week, here at the United Way of Southern West Virginia, we are very fortunate to have our own 2-1-1 specialist, Marsha Shonk. Marsha daily helps people in need and is able to direct them to the services they need. She is very passionate about her work and totall… Read more

On learning Russia had staged a massive disinformation campaign in the 2016 presidential election, schools across the country began adding digital literacy classes to their course offerings. Read more

Ithought that people were uptight when they heard a tiny cough or sneeze during flu season. But nowadays, with this new virus going around, we all seem to bathe in hand sanitizer when someone looks at us wrong. Read more

“Why is my Frontier phone service so bad?” We hear it every day. Service problems are not new for Frontier telephone customers, but they have gotten worse lately. Read more

I hope you all had an opportunity to see recently that Gov. Jim Justice proclaimed Feb. 11, 2020, as West Virginia 2-1-1 Day! I have mentioned this wonderful service several times over the months of these weekly articles and am very happy to know the governor also understands and appreciates… Read more

An astounding event is happening in the Upper Kanawha Valley area of Fayette and Kanawha counties and throughout Fayette County. More than 600 university, adults, and faith-based interdenominational youth will arrive this summer to weatherize and repair 40 homes. Read more

There’s a narcissistic, childish bully in the West Virginia Statehouse. And, regrettably, Mercer County put him there. Read more

The United Way of Southern West Virginia is working for the betterment of our communities and looking after the welfare of our citizens that need our help. Today is Presidents Day and I thought that it may be appropriate to think about the past in order to look forward with some of the needs… Read more

When washing my laundry, I noticed the items were not as clean as I would like them to be. I wasn’t getting the results I wanted. Read more

For 68 years the National Prayer Breakfast has been a political oasis, a chance for Republicans, Democrats, national and world leaders to assemble and pray for each other and the nation. Read more

Since 1965, United Way of Southern West Virginia has served as our community’s largest and most effective community solutions provider. Our organization envisions our communities as a place where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, financial stabilit… Read more

The president's State of the Union speech Tuesday night resembled a campaign rally. Some Republicans shouted "four more years" as he approached the lectern. Democrats mostly looked glum, shook their heads, pursed their lips, laughed in response to some of his remarks and in the case of Speak… Read more

As state legislators, we are often asked what can be done to stop people from leaving West Virginia, to keep our best and brightest at home. We hear about it on the news, in the grocery store, and in our church pews – people are leaving West Virginia at an alarming rate and they are not comi… Read more

We are now entering the second month of 2020 and I hope you are on track with any New Year’s resolutions you may have made. I sincerely hope one of those resolutions was to help our friends and neighbors in southern West Virginia by being a contributor to the United Way of Southern West Virg… Read more

Twenty years ago, President Bill Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and PLO leader Yasser Arafat met at Camp David, where Barak offered almost all of what Arafat asked for in exchange for making peace with the Jewish state. Arafat rejected the offer. Read more

It’s something that fills the void for a moment, but leaves an even bigger one later. Everyone has felt the silence it brings in conversations and the chaos it creates behind closed doors. Family bonds end in shatters. Friendships end in a daze. Read more

As elected legislators, we are supposed to do our best for the people of West Virginia. Unfortunately, that seldom happens these days in the state Legislature. This session, the Republican majority that controls the Legislature is pushing more bad legislation that sounds good, but benefits f… Read more

I love Ireland for its natural beauty, its people, its food (some of it), its music, its writers and especially its elections, which are shorter, less costly and designed to engage citizens and boost voter turnout. Read more

Monday, January 27 marked the 20th day of the 60-day West Virginia legislative session. And, as we move full steam ahead into the introduction of bills and related committee work, it is an opportune time to share the WV Democrats Legislative Platform for 2020, a platform we’re calling West V… Read more

Blue flashing lights illuminate the hallway, accompanied by occasional squeaks, yips and barks. An impromptu game of German shepherd soccer has begun, and the equipment of choice is the favorite dog toy. Read more

While the United Way of Southern West Virginia partners with more than 40 agencies throughout our region that provide much needed social services to our area, they also have recently taken on a number of very important Community Impact Initiatives on their own, such as 2-1-1. Read more

While the United Way of Southern West Virginia partners with more than 40 agencies throughout our region that provide much needed social services to our area, they also have recently taken on a number of very important Community Impact Initiatives on their own, such as 2-1-1. Read more

Senator Mitch Carmichael said on “Legislature Today” that the most important marker of West Virginia’s economic status is that the “labor force participation rate” in WV is the lowest in the nation. The people who are eligible to work in the state do so at a 52 percent rate. Senator Carmicha… Read more

I love definitions because they help focus the mind. For decades, we are said to have been in a culture war. As in any war, it helps to know one's enemy. Read more

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