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Dream to reality

“I have a dream.” These four words closely associated with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. also capsulize his life and legacy. His life, while tragically cut short, has profoundly influenced our society. The legacy of his life continues in the unfinished work for justice and equality in our ...

Kinder, gentler Justice

When covered silver platters were delivered to Republican and Democrat leaders during Gov. Jim Justice’s State of the State speech Wednesday night, those watching may have cringed just a bit. What is the governor upset about now? But it wasn’t that at all. It was the kinder, gentler ...

Diagnosis of local crime

As an orthopedic surgeon, I spent many years in training, learning to diagnosis problems, and then formulating a plan to repair and fix that problem. That training can be applied to areas outside the human body, hence the subject of this article. Randolph County and Elkins have become plagued ...

Power, not process

Much has been written on the “Civil War” within the Republican party, predicting the impending demise of the GOP. Some Civil War, one that saw the ostensibly divided party vote down the line for a tax bill and saw members beginning to attack Robert Mueller’s investigation. Funny, it ...

Wintery cold weather has descended upon Barbour County

Hello from Barbour County! I trust that you all have had a good year so far. One can’t help but wonder what the following days will bring to 2018. I hope that it’s a good year for us all. One hot topic around the area has been the bitterly cold weather. That was interrupted ...

Politicians and promises

How often do elected officials promise you the world but never deliver? How often have you heard: “This is the most important election of our lifetime! Elect us and we will create millions of jobs and put more money in your pocket!” Sound familiar? That’s probably because you’ve heard ...

Trump’s foreign policy

Donald Trump’s foreign policy amounts to saying one thing and practicing the other. On one hand he seems to be fairly orthodox in approach, harsh on the Chinese and the Russians rhetorically, while on the other hand being fairly light on application. Yet when observed closely it is a fire and ...

School choice easier for the wealthy

The Trump tax law passed before Christmas will make paying for private and parochial schools easier for families that are able to afford private education. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos is pleased with this progress toward her School Choice goals, but she admits that it will not ...

Buckhannon dog park continues to grow

Thanks to many helping hands, the Dog Park has come a long way in a very short time. This month we have completed the “small” dog area. This smaller section is also available to large dogs who are not ready to play well with others and will be available for adoption events, training ...

2017 the year of ‘Country Roads’?

As December comes to an end, media types have begun to make their claims on 2017 being “the year of” Trump, or resistance to Trump, or sexual harassment scandals, or the Russian probe, and on and on and on. Well, since I’m a media type myself, allow me to throw my hat in the ring by ...

Surprise victories

The blue-dog Democrat returned with a vengeance this year with the victories of Ralph Northam and Doug Jones in Virginia and Alabama. Both were written off as button-down, overly civil and polite. They both won opposing right-wing blowhards by conducting themselves in a matter which would have ...

Schools to return to session in Barbour County this week

Hello from Barbour County and Happy New Year! As we look back over 2017, and look forward to 2018, I hope that your struggles have been few and you've had many blessings. May next year be wonderful for you all! Well, we ended up having a white Christmas after all. It was nice to have a ...

Lessons learned in the pine patch

Come Christmas each year during my childhood, there was one particular place that my dad, sister and I visited. We called it the “pine patch” because it hosted the few number of pines that grew on the farm. It was, of course, the source of our Christmas tree each year. Today, nearly half ...

Elkins to look at zoning

With minor exception the City of Elkins zoning laws have not been updated since 1959. While these provisions don’t need revisited or revised frequently, given the finite boundaries and small amount of undeveloped land in city limits, the passage of nearly 60 years has brought enough change to ...

GOP and George Wallace

Marshall Frady, in his excellent biography of George Wallace, pointed out in 1967 the Alabama governor represented “a general shattering of the American society, a disintegration into fragments.” Certainly the recent election in Alabama placed these divisions on full display. Despite Roy ...

Pointing out Beverly’s blind spot

Thank you to Beverly Mayor Cindy Karelis for pointing out that in 2005 West Virginia Department of Highways agreed to move the historic Logan House back from its precarious position at the turn in the highway. Now 12 years later the situation is increasingly dangerous for vehicular traffic and ...

Lessons learned in Alabama

All sorts of bad things may happen in the U.S. Senate as a result of Alabama voters’ decision to send Doug Jones there. But last Tuesday, hundreds of thousands of conservatives in that state decided they had to do what they believed to be right for now. They’ll deal with the future when ...

Beverly still waiting on DOH promise

By , Mayor of Beverly BEVERLY — There is little in life that requires vision more than a blind curve, and over-the-road haulers will tell you that Beverly’s Logan House curve at the south end of town is one of the blindest spots in the state. West Virginia Department of Highway ...

Trump under the microscope

With Donald Trump there is little middle ground, you either love him or you hate him. Since the campaign began in 2015 he has been loathed, mocked and discounted. Democrats who should know better eagerly praise John McCain, Jeff Flake, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski because they have the ...

Elkins offers downtown delights

Christmas starlight has never been brighter in downtown Elkins thanks to the Volunteer Fire Department. After City Council announced there was no funding to repair or replace the old lights, the firemen volunteered their time to make the lights work for one more year. Elkins Firemen have been ...