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Election surprise in Va.

Ralph Northam’s convincing win in the Virginia gubernatorial race temporarily stifles the talk about Democratic impotence. Not only did Ed Gillespie lose his personal race, his reckless talk at campaign’s end spurred voters to elect Democrats to the state legislature. Moreover, the ...

Holiday season is fast approaching for Barbour County residents

Hello from Barbour County and Happy Thanksgiving! May we be thankful all throughout the year, and not just in November. The big holiday is fast approaching, and I’m not talking about Thanksgiving. Deer rifle season starts Monday morning! I wish all of the hunters good luck. Please be safe ...

Let’s not do away with history class

It’s tempting to suggest that high school social studies could be eliminated entirely, except for two lessons hammered into students’ heads over and over again: 1. Two plus two never equals five, no matter how many times a politician tells you it does. 2. Regarding anything a politician ...

Gallery is a gem

There are many gems on the Davis & Elkins College campus, but few compare to The Stirrup Gallery. On my very first tour of campus, I was amazed and very pleasantly surprised to have a high quality museum as a part of D&E. Named in honor of past Chair of the Board of Trustees and proud ...

Early Christmas for W.Va.

Christmas has come early to the mountains. We West Virginians have been tossed a lifeline from, of all places, China. The question is, will we use it as a rescue — or merely a reprieve? Thursday’s announcement that a Chinese company will invest $83.7 billion in natural gas and related ...

Fight for political survival

With the first indictments issued by Robert Mueller, the administration of Donald Trump is fighting for its very survival. Paul Manafort is emerging as a major figure in the Russia investigation. He also is becoming a symbol of how America has done business since the 1980s. The others brought ...

Creating new opportunities

Technology has evolved at an incredible pace during the last 30 years. As computer speeds have increased and hardware sizes have decreased, exciting new opportunities exist in medicine. Medical imaging has benefited greatly in this area. Orthopedic surgery is a specialty which is very dependent ...

A mighty fortress: A reflection on Protestant Reformation

“A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing.” These are the opening lines of the most sung English translation of the hymn, written by Martin Luther, called “A Mighty Fortress.” It is a hymn so vividly entrenched in my childhood that the mere mention of the word Reformation ...

Poignant and blessed

The moment was truly poignant! On a recent trip to California, my wife and I visited with an amazing couple. Peter Ullman arrived as a student at Davis & Elkins College in the late 1940s. His family was Jewish and had fled Germany and the Nazi regime in 1936. While at D&E, Peter met ...

Put the pushers in prison

The most dangerous drug pushers don’t operate on street corners. They don’t use disposable cellphones and, except on “Dressdown Friday,” they wouldn’t think of going to work in jeans and T-shirts. You’ve already guessed I’m referring to drug companies, distributors and ...

GOP has a position

As the Republican party continues its feud, it is good for Democrats to remember that 90 percent supported Donald Trump even as some left the impression, it turned out false, that they would never vote for “that man.” Indeed, Trump was fighting a scandal as big as Harvey Weinstein’s over ...

Inspiring creativity and social change

Elkins is so fortunate to have a history of fostering creative, intelligent and productive people who keep the spirit of innovation and social change alive. At Kump Education Center we are constantly inspired by the muse of history and the spirit of change. “The Ghost of a Good Guy” ...

Barbour Harvest Festival set for today

Hello from Barbour County! There will be a Harvest Festival today from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the Southern Baptist Church in Philippi. Come on out for some food, games, a cake walk, and more. It may be fall, but the Belington Police Department is thinking about Christmas. They are accepting ...

To God be the Glory

Whenever we work on a project at work or school, we want the end result to reflect well on our boss or teacher. When we play our sport of choice, we want to make the coach proud of our performance. As we perform with our instrument, we desire for our instructor to be honored. No matter what the ...

Bazaars offer holiday goodies

After just rolling in from the Ohio Amish country and considering all the confectionaries I saw and tasted there, I have decided November and December in West Virginia’s rural mountains certainly have many similarities. We may not have bakeries on every corner, but we do have our holiday ...

Uplifted by theater

Recently I found myself transported back to the Oklahoma Indian Territory circa 1900. I encountered farmers and cowboys, a love story or two, wonderful show tunes, lots of laughter, lessons about living in a community and a very enjoyable evening. I should thank Rodgers and Hammerstein, along ...

Fiscal issues not going away

If you’re Gov. Jim Justice or a member of the West Virginia Legislature, you may be really excited about 2018. In contrast to the past couple of years, lawmakers’ regular session and budget deliberations ought to be a breeze. Indeed, there has been some good news lately: • Fifty-four ...

Trump’s team struggles

Donald Trump’s pyrotechnics reminds one of the clumsiness of a bad juggler. He issues a statement on Iran and then the very next day most of his administration is claiming that he doesn’t mean what he seemed to say. Nikki Haley, U.N. ambassador, and Rex Tillerson, secretary of state, ...

Family stories need to be shared

“O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old— What we have heard and known, what our ancestors have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next ...

Friendly ghost will speak at Kump House

Our friendly ghost has been preparing all week for the Ghost of a Good Guy Celebration at 3-5 p.m. Sunday in the historic Kump House at 401 South Randolph Avenue across from Kroger. His voice sounds a little shaky at times, but he will speak on Sunday. This Halloween event will offer ...