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Why reward stupidity?

I have a confession to make: I understand how the fellow in the Starbucks in Tempe, Arizona, felt. Sometimes I, too, am seized by an almost uncontrollable fear of police officers. It makes me very uncomfortable. Usually, it happens when I notice a police or sheriff’s cruiser parked near the ...

Liberals, lawsuits and education

Led by conservatives in the West Virginia State Senate, the entire legislature passed The Student Success Act that provides much needed reforms to the state’s public education system. The Student Success Act will help improve outcomes for students all across this state, it gives parents ...

Shooting himself in the foot

When it comes to shooting himself in the foot, Donald Trump has few peers and no equals. After a good week at the G-20, he decided to personalize the 4th of July while delivering a boiler plate speech. Moreover, his grasp of history was bizarre, with him placing airports in the Revolutionary ...

Summer is ticking away

Hello from Barbour County! Summer is ticking away quickly. School starts next month! There will be a hotdog social at Kasson UM Church today, beginning at 5 p.m. Hotdogs, green beans, baked beans, potato salad, scalloped potatoes, cole slaw, homemade pies and more will be on the menu. The ...

Randolph played key role

It took the late U.S. Senator Jennings Randolph (D-WV) nearly 29 years to get it passed. But Randolph’s persistence paid off in the end when President Richard Nixon signed the 26th Amendment into law on July 5, 1971. Sen. Randolph was Congressman Randolph on November 11, 1942 when ...

There’s still no free lunch

What we overlook so often in celebrating Independence Day is that the Founders’ anger with King George III’s government had as much to do with money as personal liberties. London was taking too much of our hard-earned cash. Dumping tea into Boston Harbor was all about taxation. George III ...

Turning point

The G-20 Summit and the visit to North Korea may finally signal the turning point for President Donald Trump versus his hawkish advisers. In Osaka, Trump was clearly in command with productive discussions with Xi Jingping and Vladimir Putin. He suspended tariffs on China and made it clear that ...

Old-fashioned Independence Day

Somehow, the fact that we had to pick the seeds out of our watermelon didn’t make the Fourth of July any less enjoyable when I was a kid. Matter of fact, watermelons seemed to be sweeter then. Independence Day was never intended by the Founders to be a day of somber reflection. They’d ...

Ask an immigrant about July 4

What a shame it is that so many Americans don’t take real delight in our nation. With Independence Day coming up, we ought to think enough about what the Founders gave us — and what our ancestors and, yes, we managed to hold onto for so long. How sad it is that so many among us have ...

Fighting the opioid epidemic

Is there anyone in West Virginia who hasn’t experienced the effects of our state’s opioid epidemic? The lives ruined and deaths from addiction have devastated every community in every county. Even so, when many understandably may feel a sense of hopelessness, I believe there is reason for ...

First Friday fireworks, picnic set

On July 5, the Kump Education Center will celebrate the national holiday with an old fashioned picnic on the lawn, self-guided historic house tours, a geometry scavenger hunt, and a Silent Starlight Auction. Now that KEC is included in the Elkins Main Street footprint, we are participating in ...

There he goes again

Well, there he goes again, as Ronald Reagan might say in regard to President Donald Trump’s decision not to bomb Iran. Apparently, it was a good one because it has united opposites such as Tucker Carlson and John Brennan, who both applauded his actions. Superficially, it appears that John ...

Barbour County residents preparing for the Fourth of July

Hello from Barbour County! The Mikey Hart Memorial Scholarship Fund will be having a First Annual Cornhole Tournament and Chicken Burn today at the Belington Fire Department. Registration starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call (304) 823-2991. There will be a hotdog dinner on Tuesday, ...

Dialing back anti-coal rules

What angered many Americans about former President Barack Obama’s war on coal was that it was intended as a campaign of extermination. Obama and others who hate the very idea of coal knew, but didn’t care, about efforts to develop “clean coal” technology. Perhaps that was because ...

Justice vs. Carmichael

Jim Justice’s row with Mitch Carmichael shows the perils of party switching and ideological purity. Justice is a pragmatist while the GOP leader is a rigid Tea Partyier. Both are trying to persuade Donald Trump to weigh in to support their position. It would be a struggle with national ...

Doomed route?

Impeachment is a political act dressed up as a simple matter of legalities. Used sparingly in most of America’s history it has blossomed as a tactic. From the first time it was employed against President Andrew Johnson for replacing Secretary of War Edwin Stanton to the farcical applications ...

Vacation Bible Schools in session across Barbour County

Hello from Barbour County! June arrived, and with it came cooler weather. It doesn’t seem like June, but that’s OK. There’s nothing we can do about the weather, and I like it when it’s not so hot. The hummingbirds are back! You may remember that I wrote recently that I haven’t ...

Augusta welcomes new leadership

Seth Young and Emily Miller will bring terrific new energy to the Augusta Heritage Center. They both have a long history with Davis & Elkins College and a deep understanding of local folkloric traditions. They each have considerable musical talent and the ability to intuit the developmental ...

Politicians and charters

Put yourself in the position of a county board of education member in West Virginia. In terms of the bugaboo much of the public school establishment has been wringing its hands and gnashing its teeth over — charter schools — you’re in the driver’s seat, at least if the Student Success ...

Tackling a question

Perhaps William Barr has inadvertently figured out a path for Donald Trump to explain his behavior to the public. In comments, Barr criticized the “praetorians” among member of the press and security services who see their roles as being self-appointed protectors of the republic. Barr’s ...