West Virginia's elected officials showed great leadership in 2011 when they made our state the first in the Appalachian Basin to pass comprehensive legislation.
"If someone wanted to make investments in the Marcellus Shale region, how would they get involved?"
The white noise being generated by major drug companies and retailers surrounding the issue of prescription pseudoephedrine (PSE) has reached a decibel range that in 16 years as a legislator I have never seen.
If the Great Plains are the American Breadbasket, West Virginia is America's Power Strip.
I miss my good friend Candy Galyean all year long, but especially at Oscar time.
While it's well known that West Virginia is a leader in tourism, I believe we're on the cusp of becoming a national, if not a world leader, in something else: natural gas.
I was 12 years old a half century ago, and my Aunt Gertrude seemed surely older than the rocks and trees. (Writing this, I squirm at the fact that she was a bit younger than I am now.)
When I was a child, sales reps often visited Brickyard Hill, and each became friends with whom we held long conversations. We had time then. I can still see Miss Morris.
Running a small business today is a lot like climbing a mountain.
Most legislators will agree that the proposed fiscal year 2015 general revenue, lottery and excess lottery revenue estimate and budget is the most difficult in recent memory.
I have a few sterling silver odds and ends — mostly things I got as wedding gifts 143 years ago. Nut dishes were apparently in vogue back then.
The Ethane Development Conference 2014 will provide a unique forum to highlight the incredible growth and economic benefits provided by the Marcellus Shale for the great state of West Virginia.
There are too many seniors who think they are too old to lift weights.
While most people associate the holidays with religious revelation, the 2013 holiday shopping season also brought revelations of a more nefarious nature.
Primates do it. Humans do it. Even kids in kindergarden do it. We know we shouldn't, but it is hard-wired in our nature. We think if we don't, we may be seen as easy prey.
Energy has long been at the heart of West Virginia's economy.
This disaster requires a real leader. The response to the water emergency in West Virginia is being bungled by a lack of leadership.
Let's face it. Some people just can't relax. It's actually stressful for them.
What could be more appropriate than presenting your special Valentine with a gift of wine?
This is a self-help column to aid you anxious men in getting through yet another Valentine's Day.
It is difficult to forget that weekday afternoon in the Kanawha County courthouse when I held 5-month-old Matthew Haynes in my arms, his thumb in his mouth and quizzical expression on his face.
True or false? Most of your risk factors for heart disease and stroke — specifically high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, and obesity — are preventable and controllable.
We live in an age of predictions — of the economy, the environment, technology, medicine, communication and much more.
Long-term care planning is a particularly relevant issue in this economic environment of market volatility and rising financial concerns.
I was looking out my window from my warm, well-lit office one evening during the latest round of bitter cold. The ground was covered with snow. It was dark and the wind wasn't blowing.
Obsessions are among the things that unite my wife and me.
The Greater Kanawha Valley is experiencing the effects of its most catastrophic event in several generations.
With the expansion of the natural gas industry and the electric utilities accelerating the retirement of coal-fired plants many feel that the phrase "Coal is West Virginia" is indicative of the past, not the future.
The governor's budget for Fiscal Year 2015 is a well-formulated plan that basically keeps state government functioning as normal.
West Virginia is a rural, natural resource-rich state, with a mountainous topography. In many ways, West Virginia is similar to other rural states, but the comparison can only go so far.
In the November issue of "Governing Magazine," John Buntin had an article titled "Think," in which he discussed several books of interest to public officials.
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