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Fixing the ACA

Last month, the United States House of Representatives passed a healthcare bill after only one legislative hearing, without knowing how much the proposal would cost the American people, without knowing how many people would lose their insurance coverage, and without any feedback from Democrats ...

Roosevelt could offer lessons to many

Progressivism and the New Deal plus the Great Society have sometimes been lumped together as one and the same. Usually Conservatives simply give all of these ideas the label of “liberal” and leave it at that. In truth, the tendencies are different and reflect the rich mixture of ideas that ...

Money really doesn’t grow on trees

At one point during haggling over a new state budget, it was said spending on Medicaid might have to be reduced by $34.1 million. Because the federal government covers much of the program’s cost, that would have meant $100 million less from Washington, for a total cut in West Virginia’s ...

The Greatest Generation

I was lucky enough to be a child of World War II generation parents. I am writing this column on June 6 — D-Day. Growing up in my household, you needed to know certain dates that represented significant events in the lives of those who served, or lived through the anxiety of having a loved ...

Country facing a wakeup call

We need help. What happened last week in Alexandria, Va., made that shockingly clear. We’ve allowed a few people, probably no more than 500 throughout the country, to put us at each other’s throats. It’s horrifying anytime a public official is attacked, of course. But how a group of ...

Trump has a flawed formula

Before everyone gets excited about the virtuous nature of the Republicans who are not Donald Trump, let’s examine just who they are. During the campaign these never-Trumpers, like Sens. Ben Sasse, Evan McMullin, William Kristol and John Podhoretz, bravely unmasked Trump as a scoundrel who ...

Wonderful W.Va. bird watching

Sixteen YMCA Day Campers ages 5-6 arrived at Kump Education Center Wednesday afternoon for our first Summer Science event of the year. AmeriCorps member Isabel Harger organized birding activities with KEC Board member Jane Birdsong, AmeriCorps mentors Jeanne Johnson and Kylie Antoline, and me. ...

When a system fails, it’s time for a change; solution exists

I’d like to talk about the recently instituted county fire fee. Several years ago, a barn on the Oddfellows farm on Georgetown Road caught fire. Elkins Fire Department arrived on the scene and managed to save the masonry. That was 2 1/10 miles from the Fire Department’s front doors. This ...

‘Timing is everything’

I’ve come to learn in my 75 years that “timing is everything.” Not to beat a dead horse, but as current events unfold in the state and, most especially, at the State Board of Education, I am constantly reminded of the injustice perpetrated on the citizens of Randolph County and, most ...

Family Fun Day/ATV benefit on tap

Hello, from Barbour County! I’ll be the first to admit that I like cold weather much better than hot, and this week I’ve tried to bite my tongue to keep from complaining. I’ve tried to remember those who are serving in much hotter temperatures overseas, and be appreciative of their ...

On Rogation, Hildegard and nature

This morning, as I write, we are in the “in-between” time of Ascension Day and Pentecost — the day that Jesus ascended into heaven and the day the Holy Spirit descended upon the believers and set their hearts on fire. Every year at this time I think about a most unusual experience I had ...

An ode to dad on this Father’s Day

I’ve worked the garden several years now and have seen the transformation little by little. The dandelions which had formerly been a carpet of yellow now are scattered and few. The rains come, but not as often and exhaustion has set in from mowing the lawn. The mowing is something that ...

Are picnics becoming history

Whatever happened to picnics? Have they gone out of style? Are they too much trouble? Is a fine summer afternoon parked in front of the television or with smartphone in hand more appealing? Or is there some angle of political incorrectness that my friends haven’t had the heart to tell me ...

Shooting: Sad and sickening

While saddened by the news of the shooting at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday, I was sickened by the hypocrisy in the comments of some politicians, cable news commentators and fellow journalists. Are we really surprised that another troubled, angry and frightened individual ...

Government, private sector linked

It is entirely possible, perhaps even likely, that someone in our area has been eyeing empty space in the Robert C. Byrd Intermodal Transportation Center in downtown Wheeling, thinking that would be a great place to open a small store specializing in groceries. With the number of people in the ...

Trump undercuts his goal

Although Donald Trump’s presidency has so far been an amateurish affair, the response to it has also shown a dilettantish streak. With the clumsy back-channel attempt by Trump, through his son-in-law Jared Kushner, to improve relations with the Russian Federation, some Democrats have raised ...

Summer season starts at Kump Center

The first-ever Summer Splash Fest will be held July 29, when children will enjoy water games and learn amazing facts about H20. The special attraction will be “The Magic of Science” a series of short presentations by “SuperB Science” Hero, John “Red” Banks. Recently retired from ...

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Marshall Reed, left, and Dr. Millard Minor, center, receive the 2016 Directors Special Awards from Barbour County Chamber of Commerce President Reg Trefethen.

Lions Clubs honored by Barbour Chamber

PHILIPPI — Marshall Reed and Dr. Millard Minor recently received 2016 Directors Special Awards from Barbour County Chamber of Commerce President Reg Trefethen, who expressed thanks on behalf of the Chamber during its annual Chamber Banquet Meeting at Alderson Broaddus University. Reed is ...

Getting spending under control

Perhaps the most distressing aspect of the budgeting process in West Virginia is that, year after year, very few people in state government seem to find ways to economize. Even more unsettling is the appearance that after they leave state agencies, budget proposals don’t get much analysis ...

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West Virginia Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby, her husband, Steve and son, Robert, enjoy an afternoon hike at Babcock State Park.

Be West Virginia proud

West Virginians — and everyone who loves West Virginia — I have a small but very important favor to ask: This month, take a few minutes to tell the world what it is you love about our state. West Virginia’s birthday is June 20 (birthday number 154, if you’re counting). The West ...