The Back Pew – March 25th, 2017

by Stephen Baldwin BUDGET. It sounds inconceivable to say that with just over two weeks left in the legislative session there is no news on the budget, but ...there is no news on the budget....

Letter: Pipeline danger  

Dear Editor: Natural gas is 95% methane and extremely flammable.It is a vapor not a liquid. Methane is colorless, odorless, tasteless and nearly 100% combustible. It is too expensive to add the safety odorants tert-butylthiol...

Letter: M.S. memory scrap book  

Dear Editor: I have been so blessed and privileged to be the leader of our great Bluefield - Princeton M.S. Support Group for the past 30 years. On Apr. 20, 1987, we held our first...

Commentary : Pull them pistols or whistle Dixie

By Christopher J. Regan In Clint Eastwood’s masterpiece, The Outlaw Josey Wales, the wanted rebel, Josey, encounters four union soldiers outside a general store. A snake-oil salesman recognizes Josey and shouts his name. The soldiers know...

Letter : ‘Fund diplomacy, not war’

Dear Editor: I hope my members of Congress, Senator Joe Manchin and Representatives Capito and Jenkins will work to fund diplomacy, not war. In his address to Congress, President Trump said, “We want harmony and stability,...

The Back Pew – March 18th, 2017

by Stephen Baldwin The legislative session last 60 days. We’re now past the halfway mark. Highlights from the last week include: REPUBLICAN BUDGET PROPOSALS - Each day, we’ve been asking legislative leaders who criticize Gov. Justice’s...

Commentary: At the Capitol

By Phil Kabler For WV Press Association As the 60-day regular session of the Legislature passed the midway point, Gov. Jim Justice marked the occasion with a press conference to lament the seeming lack of progress...

Letter to the Editor : The danger of pipeline leaks  

  Dear Editor: Natural gas is 95% methane and extremely flammable. It is a vapor not a liquid. Methane is colorless, odorless, tasteless and nearly 100% combustible. It is too expensive to add the safety odorants tert-butylthiol and...

Letter to the Editor : Medical Marijuana Day  

  Dear Editor: On Mar. 22, West Virginia citizens are encouraged to participate in the Medical Marijuana Lobby Day. The purpose of the event is to connect West Virginians to their elected officials in Charleston. This...

The Back Pew – March 11th, 2017

Thanks to everyone who attended last weekend’s town hall meetings across the district! We will certainly do that again. Now, to the week’s top issues at the Capitol... BUDGET: Gov. Justice has released two budgets....