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Statehouse Beat: Looking over House financial disclosures

A couple of weeks ago, I looked at financial disclosures for the incoming state Senate leadership, and am finally getting around to looking at the new House leadership:

Incoming House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, is senior counsel for...

Statehouse Beat: Looking over House financial disclosures

A couple of weeks ago, I looked at financial disclosures for the incoming state Senate leadership, and am finally getting around to looking at the new House leadership:

Incoming House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, is senior counsel for...

Essays on Faith: Christmas, a Joyous Celebration

As Christmas Day draws near, we may feel many emotions. Our homes are decorated for the season, children glow with excitement and expectation, and many holiday parties and programs are planned.

Christmas is a joyous celebration of the birth of...

Essays on Faith: Christmas stockings

Our thoughts of Christmas are graced with touching memories.

As a child, I, along with my sisters and brothers, put my Christmas stocking on a living room chair (we didn’t have a fireplace). And when Christmas morning came, we dashed into ...

Essays on Faith: Innocence and wisdom

I was walking out of a local library when I heard the most wonderful sound in the world. It was children laughing. The Kindergarten class had just gone out for recess on a warm, Autumn afternoon. They were running, shouting and playing with all the...

Statehouse Beat: Barnes had planned to be Judiciary Committee chairman

Following up on last week’s item about Sen. Clark Barnes’, R-Randolph, intentions of becoming Senate clerk, In talking to Barnes, he said incoming Senate President Bill Cole, R-Mercer, had offered him the Judiciary Committee chairmanship,...

Statehouse Beat: Greyhound subsidy money could be tempting

West Virginia’s greyhound racing industry could well be under siege in the 2015 regular session of the Legislature.

There’s the study that’s been commissioned by the Lottery Commission at the behest of the two current...

Essays on Faith: How can we be sure there is life after death?

Evelyn R. Smith

The Essay that I wrote in July about friends who had seen into glory as they left this Earth garnered more responses than any other I’ve ever written. Hundreds of responses came from our church folk, residents here at...

Ditch the Thanksgiving turkey? You’re pulling my leg of lamb!

When it comes to traditional holiday dinner main courses, in my humble opinion, it’s the battle of the blands -- roast turkey for Thanksgiving and another roast turkey or possibly a baked ham for Christmas.

Most, if not all, of the side...

Statehouse Beat: Legislative auditing office limited only by size
Statehouse Beat: Legislative auditing office limited only by size

Among the proposals state Republicans have floated over the years are more frequent and thorough audits of state departments and agencies.

While the legislative auditor’s office does an exemplary job — the audit that uncovered...

Upholding your pastor

Sunday morning, the man behind the wood or glass podium. Thursday night, the person standing next to you in the ER. Monday morning, the one who leads your staff meeting at church. Wednesday night, the moderator of the prayer meeting. Tuesday all day,...

Will “Normal Barbie” find a “Normal Ken”?

Now that a “Normal Barbie” doll has debuted, featuring realistic body dimensions with optional stretch marks and acne patch accessories, Barbie’s buff BFF Ken must be getting pretty nervous.

Proportions for the new Lammily...

Essays on Faith: Trust the captain

I experienced life at sea with the U.S. Navy in 1968. My first cruise started in early January. Sometimes we would spend several days below deck never seeing the sky. A shipmate would have occasion to go above deck and could tell us what he saw. I...

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Statehouse Beat: Lobbyists change with new Legislature