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Sierra Carney

One student’s journey

In anticipation of D&E’s presidential inauguration on March 30, an essay contest was sponsored for college seniors. Consistent with the inauguration theme, students were asked to reflect on their journey at Davis & Elkins College. Lisa and I had the privilege of selecting the top ...

Downtown Elkins is reinventing itself

The Dollar General Store has reopened on Third Street many months after an upstairs fire set off the sprinkler system causing damage to furnishings and merchandise in the store. Now the renovated venue is clean, bright and well-organized with an office for the manager in the front of the ...

Trump and Putin

Vladimir Putin has received an inordinate amount of attention given the paucity of news coming out of Russia and the Ukraine. Most of the news examines Russia’s alleged intervention in the United States presidential election. Although much of the evidence is circumstantial, the specter of ...

Remembering Aunt Mabel

My great-aunt Mabel was a woman of old lace and glass teapots. Her family was well-known in the county, being fairly extensive land owners. Her home place was a large, three-story brick house built on a knoll overlooking their property. They were early settlers here, but none of this was of any ...

Record request denials soar

DALLAS — When Texans ask state and local officials for public records detailing their operations, more and more the answer is no. The reason why is in dispute, partly because of the lack of some public records. Among the materials that are, in theory, publicly available: checks cut by a ...

Justice digging up hidden state funds

Good marriages require transparency about everything, but some husbands and wives keep a little secret for 11 months of the year. We squirrel away spare cash, a little at a time. Then, come December, we have enough money to buy our spouses nice Christmas presents. It’s done at the state ...

Medical marijuana is a federal issue

Are we human beings so incompetent that we cannot find a way to make THC available to people it might help with serious medical conditions, while avoiding one more substance abuse problem? Maybe so. But regardless of whether a workable system can be found, there’s an obstacle: Marijuana is ...

Is the press our enemy?

As I’ve listened to President Trump go on tirades against the “very dishonest” media, I’ve tried not to take his criticism personally. Lord knows, I’ve made my share of mistakes in my career. But they’ve never been on purpose, or out of malice. In fact, after more than 30 years, ...

Developing friendships

Students at Davis & Elkins College form deep and abiding friendships that last a lifetime. These friendships are central to the transformative experience this College offers every young man and woman who sets foot on campus. Recently, in powerful fashion, I witnessed how strong and lasting ...

Moves limit access to info

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wondering who is visiting the White House? The web-based search has gone dark. Curious about climate change? Some government sites have been softened or taken down. Worried about racial discrimination in housing? Laws have been introduced to bar federal mapping of such ...

Clash of ‘two Americas’

Editor’s note: This piece first published in the Stanford Review. The urban centers of California — San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego — are different from rural and suburban Middle America. They always have been and always will be. But this does not excuse the polarizing treatment ...

1933 vs. 2017

It is beginning to sounds like our State is facing issues in 2017 similar to 1933. Today one can read in various publications that West Virginia is near a depression. Gov. Jim Justice certainly made it sound like that in his recent State of State address. I can recall on more than one ...

Regressive taxes will hurt W.Va.

The idea that West Virginia should abolish our progressive income tax and increase the regressive sales tax to 8 percent is absolutely ridiculous. Income taxes are paid by those who can afford to pay a reasonable tax, but sales taxes must be paid by the very poor and the very rich alike. ...

GOP wise to leave programs the same

Virtually unnoticed in the press is that Steve Mnuchin, the recently confirmed Secretary of the Treasury, does not propose entitlement reform. In other words, he and President Donald Trump have decided to keep Social Security and Medicare as they are and have rejected the libertarian Paul ...

Activities announced in Barbour County for March

Hello, from Barbour County, where spring is getting closer all the time! I even saw some flowers peeking up through the ground. Daylight Saving Time is this weekend. Don’t forget to “spring” your clocks ahead one hour. Now also is a good time to change the batteries in your smoke ...

Saying goodbye to someone special

Hello and goodbye are a natural part of life’s journey. For a time we journey together with special people that make all the difference. I met a very special person upon my arrival at Davis & Elkins that has shaped these early days of my presidency. Rev. Kevin Starcher has served ...

We want action

One of the oldest rules in the book when you’re in the middle of trying to make a deal is to never negotiate against yourself. Just 19 days after he dropped the largest tax increase in West Virginia’s history on an unsuspecting, and then-adoring public, Gov. Jim Justice did just that. He ...

Trump: Abandon the GOP orthodoxy

For President Donald Trump, a crossroads is being closely approached. By constantly getting in his own way, Trump has given what Richard Nixon called a sword to twist into his administration. Comments on the nonexistent crisis in Sweden coupled with making easily disproven claims has placed him ...

At-large approach makes sense

In light of the municipal election Tuesday, it might be instructive to consider a reorganization of the system to pick City Council persons. Many of Elkins’ districts have slowly become depleted of voters, due to death mainly and a lack of replacements. In the Fifth Ward in 2015, the race for ...

Who wants to drink W.Va. water?

Now that the House has passed broad changes in rules that protect West Virginia’s rivers and streams, the Senate should stop House Bill 2506 allowing a stream flow measure of the harmonic mean permitting more discharge of cancer-causing chemicals and other harmful substances. We had a ...