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Dr. David Turner

Dems need to reinvent the party

If the French elections offer any clue where “progressivism” is headed in the future then it is down a vague road. The Socialist party ended with only 7 percent of the vote with a more radical leftist receiving 18 percent. But for America, the emergence of Emmanuel Macron, a technocratic ...

Dr. Heather Biola

Students, teachers learn about learning

Local college students and public school teachers presented their findings about teaching and learning at the Seventh Annual Kump Education Research Seminar Wednesday, at the Randolph County Community Arts Center. Samantha Hornish of Davis & Elkins College did her teacher work sample with ...

Residents inducted into honor society

BATON ROUGE, LA — The following local residents recently were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society: Amanda Gibson of Marlinton at Marshall University and Michael Parsons of Moorefield at Shepherd ...

Wood, Chris

The places our grads go

If you are searching for a good graduation gift, Dr. Seuss has a book entitled “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” One of my favorite quotes from this book reads: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” Seniors at Davis ...

Cutting the budget gradually

You haven’t heard a great deal of wailing and gnashing of teeth from the folks who run scores of fairs and festivals throughout West Virginia during the past few years, have you? Ditto for the Public Broadcasting crowd and the fine arts folks. But all of them — and we’re talking ...

Trump can learn from Nixon

Given the expressions of joy emanating out of the neo-conservative camp, Donald Trump had become one of their members. Certainly Lindsay Graham, with his ecstatic look of a man whose love of war was complete, stumbled over himself to see his old rival in a new light. And, of course, the ...

Project provides window to past

The WV Quilters Documentation Project supported by WVEA meets at the Elkins Depot April 21-22 to study and record information about West Virginia quilts made before 1970. A fine local quilter, Fran Kordek, has made appointments for people who have quilts to be documented. This project is a ...

Ramp dinner slated for today

Hello, from Barbour County, where the smell of spring is in the air. Can you smell it? It smells like ramps! There will be a ramp dinner from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. todayat the Mt. Liberty Community Building. The price for adults is $10, and for children under the age of 12, it is $5. The menu ...

The value of a college degree

The national tone of public criticism of higher education has sharpened recently. Many in both the public and private sectors are questioning the cost of higher education, and others are questioning its value. We are being exposed through all forms of media to predominantly negative stories ...

Victories require vigilance

Over the past few months, West Virginia has experienced a tremendous amount of success in beating back years of federal overreach that have devastated many in our state. One of the greatest victories involved my office leading a coalition of 27 states and state agencies against the so-called ...

Fix budget without tax hikes

Once again, the bureaucracy — aided and abetted by Gov. Jim Justice — has pulled the wool over West Virginia legislators’ eyes. With the very best of intentions, conservative lawmakers allowed themselves to be stampeded into a badly flawed budget proposal. It’s not that the ...

Easter blessings

Whenever I think of Easter, many cherished — albeit humorous — memories from long ago come flooding into consciousness. As a child, my family had as many Easter traditions as the Easter Bunny has brothers and sisters. It all would start, though, with the annual trip to the department ...

Governor is just wrong

Well, West Virginia. If you were tired of being last in everything, you were at least first in something last week. On Thursday, West Virginia very well may have become the first state in which the sitting governor used an actual pile of cow manure to make a point. It shouldn’t have come ...

A STREAM Fox Forest field trip

Twenty students from Elkins Middle School embarked on a spring adventure at Fox Forest Wildlife Management Area near the Division of Natural Resources Elkins Operations Center on Wednesday. These students participate in Kump Education Center’s STREAM Program with mentors Kylie Antoline and ...

Catastrophe truly has bipartisan roots

Donald Trump’s strike against Syria was a symbolic and showy display amidst the constant barrage of criticism his administration has received for trying to meet Russia halfway. But for the neo-cons it was a slam dunk. From Lindsay Graham to Nikki Haley, the proponents of regime change in ...

Wood, Chris

All Greek to me

It all sounds Greek to me! That phrase has characterized the past week on the Davis & Elkins College campus for many of our female students. After a hiatus of several years, sororities are back at D&E. I know from conversations with alumni that there has been a rich history of Greek ...

Blow out the candles, WVU

Happy 150th birthday, West Virginia University! We have aged well, and the University is barely recognizable compared to the small agricultural college born in 1867. In addition to WVU’s birthday, we are also blowing out the candles and slicing the cake for the 90th birthday of the WVU ...

Medical marijuana could be a mistake

As usual, West Virginia legislators let any number of important, good bills fall through the cracks of their chaotic last week in session. But they did find time to get marijuana done — sort of. For years, compassionate Mountain State residents have urged legislators to approve use of ...

D&E tour a lesson in architecture

The Kump Education Center STREAM mentoring program includes a local field trip with hands-on activities each year. This spring we decided to take our North Elementary School students to Davis & Elkins College because AmeriCorps mentor Kylie Antoline is a 2016 graduate of D&E, where ...

Parties still playing to their ‘bases’

Every discussion of American politics always seems to focus on “the base” of both parties. Mobilize these “never say die” groups of voters that will support a candidate, as Donald Trump puts it, even if they shot a man on “Fifth Avenue.” So the bases of the GOP and the Democratic ...