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Lockdowns aren't needed in West Virginia.

No More Lockdowns in West Virginia!

As lawmakers and health professionals’ assess how to handle the Delta variant, it is imperative that they forgo more lockdowns. From the onset of the pandemic, the lockdowns have been to help flatten the curve. However, data and lessons from 2020 demonstrate that the lockdowns’ negative impact outwe… Read More
The West Virginia Miracle will be built gradually, then suddenly.

Gradually, Then Suddenly

In Ernest Hemingway’s novel, The Sun Also Rises, in one conversation an interlocuter questions another on how he went bankrupt, resulting in the now well-known response: “Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.” The witty reply is one that can be applied to many situations: falling asleep, financial cri… Read More
Studying for the Bar exam is a large, unnecessary burden for law school graduates.

The Bar Exam: Should It Be Abolished?

Summer sucked.   The weather wasn’t great, but it’s not the traditional summer complaints of heat and sunburn that I’m referring to. My summer sucked because my fiancé was confined to a mere 8×10 foot room for over 350 hours this summer.   Two simple words can explain this desolate… Read More
Treatment policies are turning West Virginia into Almost Hell

Treatment Policies Are Making WV “Almost Hell”

The Opioid Crisis in West Virginia By now everyone has heard the horrible news on the opioid crisis. Thousands of Mountaineers are addicted, billions of dollars have been wasted, and deaths are stacking up every day. What you may not have heard of is the treatment policies that are… Read More
We're building a miracle in West Virginia

Timeline of a Miracle

Timeline of a Miracle in Education We have seen some amazing changes in West Virginia over the last six years. This is in large part due to our efforts to build the West Virginia Miracle.   Six years ago, no one in West Virginia even knew what an education savings… Read More
Charter schools give teachers more flexibility and help students thrive

Charter Schools Expand in West Virginia

West Virginia & Charter Schools West Virginia’s charter schools have had a long and difficult road to approval. The state legislature passed the original law allowing the creation of this new kind of school in 2019. This law set a cap of 3 schools within the initial 3 years. In… Read More
Does West Virginia have a future or will it continue to languish?

Is There a Future for West Virginia?

West Virginia’s Path: A Different Future or the Eternal Now?  Sweaty, breathing heavily on a stationary bike at 5:30am, I was watching the most recent season of Netflix’s popular show, Castlevania, when a main character, Isaac, said something that floored me:   “They convince us… Read More
Sandboxes promote innovation in a safe environment

Sandboxes For All

Sandboxes Promote Innovation Regulation and innovation are inherent competitors with government-mandated constraints to what a person can and cannot do. The laws dictated by federal and state agencies create significant barriers to startups and protect existing companies from new competition. Howeve… Read More
West Virginia needs more drug addiction treatment

The Economics of Drug Addiction Treatment

West Virginia Needs More Addiction Treatment Services The principle of supply and demand has been with us since Adam Smith. This principle is at the core of West Virginia’s decades long drug problem. … Read More
CON law hurts West Virginians

CON Law Cons Must Be Stopped

Lemonade Stands & CON Law Did you start a lemonade stand as a child? I certainly did. My mom had a fantastic lemonade recipe – perfectly tart and sweet. We would make it in the kitchen during the summers. My little brother and I would set up a stand at… Read More