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Manchin and Kavanaugh

Has Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., been informed he can’t get a pass on this one? Democrat and Republican disciplinarians in Congress have ways of forcing lawmakers to adhere to the party line. Choice committee assignments can be denied. An offender’s pet bills can be stalled or shelved. ...

Dilapidated properties

A showdown of any sort requires two parties be in disagreement with or opposition to one another. While it may disappoint some, the City has no intention or desire to engage in conflict with the population it represents and serves, as has been suggested. On June 30, the Inter-Mountain applauded ...

Preserving the preservation trades

Now at Kump Education Center we have the “Plaster Master,” Mr. Brian “Buggs” Shourds of Creative Construction teaching 4 AmeriCorps members how to do expert plaster restoration work. Reid Saunders is the leader of the AmeriCorps Hands on Team [HOT] including Meredith Dreistadt, Owen ...

Relieving patients’ pain

One of the biggest joys of practicing orthopedic surgery in a small town environment is seeing people repeatedly over the years, forming friendships and sharing laughter together. Although most patients bring a special element to our day at the office, there are several that stand out. ...

Barbour County playing host to a flurry of weekend activities

Hello from Barbour County! This weekend is a flurry of activities! The town of Junior is having a festival. This will be the first time in many years for this small town. Today there will be concession stands, a cake walk, dime pitch, games, a parade, and entertainment including: Danny ...

Trump and Putin

With Donald Trump there is plenty of guessing and not a lot of surety in gauging where he is going to go next. Predictability, particularly in timing, seems to be elusive with the president. But recently Trump seems to be returning to themes that he displayed early during the Republican ...

Pace of progress really heating up

July 3 was one of those days when everything happens at once at Kump Education Center. When the large van arrived from Valley Supply with two new gas boilers, the ”Plaster Master” was giving AmeriCorps members a lesson on how to repair the dining room ceiling. I was preparing to make final ...

Sobering time for Democrats

For Democrats the end of June was quite sobering. The Supreme Court, in a number of rulings, reduced the power of public employee unions and strengthened gerrymandering, and Anthony Kennedy retired. And they were also reminded that their allies in the anti-Trump fight were, in fact, worse than ...

Let’s change the second W.Va. statue

If you’re a West Virginian looking around the U.S. Capitol, among the sights you may want to see are statues of two native sons. Each state has two, of people in whom great pride is taken. Francis H. Pierpont, in some ways thought of as the father of West Virginia, is one of the Mountain ...

Worry about local business

Well, good for West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice. Little more than a week ago, he reacted to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling by proclaiming in a news release that, “I don’t want to reach into West Virginians’ pockets when we don’t need to.” High court justices have issued a decision hoped ...

YMCA day campers enjoy color

YMCA Day Campers arrived at Kump Education Center on two Country Roads Tour Coaches Wednesday afternoon for the first Summer Science Session of the season. Nothing will do more to brighten up a day than the arrival of 20 children ages 7 and 8 years. Their multicolored tee shirts fit ...

Trump and Kim

Donald Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been criticized for its lack of content. More or less a general statement of intent rather than concrete proposals. As well, what President Trump did not bring up — most notably human rights violations — have also been ...

Barbour County digs out from under flash-flooding debris

Hello from Barbour County! I guess the main news from the area is the flood damage that we have experienced. Roads were closed and one home was destroyed, displacing the family. Folks in the Mt. Liberty area, who have lived there all their lives, said that they have never seen water over the ...

Ways to say thanks

These two words are small, yet so powerful. For some they offer the possibility to change one’s outlook on life. At a minimum, they eloquently express an attitude that makes our world a better place. A sampling of these words in different languages includes arigato, merci, danke, grazie, ...

Justice smells the flowers

You can’t criticize Gov. Jim Justice for not smelling the roses here in West Virginia. During a press conference regarding the Public Employees Insurance Agency the other day, Justice lashed out at the press. We focus too much on the negative and not enough on the positive, he said. “Why ...

Now is the time

Among the many powerful lessons within the New Testament, one of the most challenging is found in both the 12th chapter of Mark and the 21st chapter of Luke. Jesus and his disciples are at the Temple in Jerusalem as they witness people bringing their offerings. A frail, old woman brings two ...

Kump Center renovations continue

Last week while writing about the transforming electrical project at the historic Kump House, I failed to mention that this project and five other major projects have been partially funded through the WV State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). I have enjoyed working with Susan Pierce and ...

Playing to the ‘base’

The detention camps amassed along the Texas and California border bear witness to the folly of trying to satisfy a “base” of voters. Children being separated away from their parents conjures up memories of some of the worst moments in the 20th Century. The evocation of a non-law and ...

Reasons to celebrate good fathers

We Americans spent about $23 billion on Mother’s Day gifts this year. For Father’s Day, the total was expected to be $15.3 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. Why is that? Why do we think moms are worth $7.7 billion more? Could it be that women deserve more, strictly ...

Putting the ball in Kim’s court

What if Kim Jong Un is playing the long game? What if he only needs one nuclear weapon to work his will on the rest of the world? What if he doesn’t need atomic bombs or long-range missiles at all — and understands that? What President Donald Trump and the North Korean dictator agreed to ...