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Dreaming of the future

I met some future students recently. It was not at an open house or college fair. These future D&E Senators were not particularly talkative. However, our meeting caused me to begin thinking about our future. The two prospective students I met were being carried in the arms of their ...

We must do more with less

If there’s one thing the people of West Virginia can take away after just over a month of Governor Jim Justice’s term, it would be that he’s got a tremendous gift for asking people for one thing, while doing the opposite. Back in early January, Senate President Mitch Carmichael proudly ...

W.Va. comeback begins with FFA

Have you ever gone to your local county fair and noticed all the young people donning their blue corduroy jackets? These students are smiling from ear to ear as they proudly show off months of hard work for a chance at one of those prized ribbons. From the best pig to the tastiest lettuce, ...

Chief Justice Allen H. Loughry II shows a book of handwritten court orders from the 1830 he discovered when he was first elected to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

The origins of Tucker County

West Virginians cherish our past and revere the pioneering men and women who settled our mountains and built our state. As a proud son of Tucker County, I have always been fascinated in particular with the history of the area where I grew up, and so I have long been familiar with the name of ...

The GOP’s deadly sins

Republicans have been caught between trying to criticize President Donald Trump to regarding him as some kind of Trojan horse. The motley crew of “right to rise” types, coupled with religious zealots combined with Ayn Rand aficiaonados see “the Donald” as a way to get a wishlist of ...

Political family life and learning

During the last several years I have been trying to collect Kump family letters, newspaper clippings, and other firsthand sources about the people who lived in the Kump House. My sources start in the 1880s and go up through the 1930s. As I read these materials, I notice how much the family ...

More than knowing, we are the presence

Last month I had surgery — a hip replacement — due to an injury that I experienced nearly two years ago. During the past two years, the condition of my hip has been deteriorating, despite multiple shots, multiple rounds of physical therapy and work in the gym. I reached a point where the ...

The canvas of life

“Creativity takes courage,” wrote the famous 20th century French painter, Henri Matisse. I recently witnessed an exhibition of creativity and marveled at the courage of art students at Davis & Elkins. I preface these comments with a confession. We all have talents; however, artistic ...

State needs to look at cuts

About a week ago, state Senate President Mitch Carmichael pledged that Republicans who control the West Virginia Legislature would not leave Gov. Jim Justice “out on a limb” in making major state spending cuts. Well, someone got left out on a limb, but it wasn’t the governor. It was ...

Trump has yet to be tested

Perhaps it is inevitable, but at the advent of each new presidency, there are instant comparisons with the early performances of past administrations. Donald Trump, at least to his supporters, is linked to Ronald Reagan. For less charitable observers, Richard Nixon comes to mind. And there is ...

Gorsuch needs support

In late January, President Trump took an important step toward ensuring that the U.S. Supreme Court will protect the interests of the people of West Virginia. Fulfilling an important campaign promise, President Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch, a brilliant jurist with a demonstrated ...

What to expect in W.Va. public schools

It’s been a busy week for those of us who care about the future of public schools in West Virginia. Changes in national and state leadership will bringing about many changes in schools. Only time will tell if these change will make public education better or worse. The biggest sign of ...

A President’s Day buffet and more

ELKINS —As winter’s colds and flus have found most of us, we look for some things to do indoors that are fun and fulfilling. We know the wrath of the season is ahead of us and it could be a long February and March if our usual climatic characteristics begin to act out. About an hour away ...

Activities announced for Barbour County

Hello from Barbour County, where the weather has been nice and sunny. Wait! I mean, very cold and snowy. Well, I guess a little of both. From temperatures near 70 at the beginning of the week, to snow at the end of the week, a person might get a little confused. As I write this article, I ...

Changing lives a hallmark of college

College presidents receive lots of mail and email. Some of it is from parents of students. I admit that, generally, parents are expressing a concern or complaint. However, on occasion, a parent takes the time to share a transformative story. I recently received one such email. I shared this ...

AWD opens up whole new world

Gov. Jim Justice is looking for “big ideas.”  Here is a middle-sized idea. These ideas could help avoid a tax increase on our state’s residents, plus help an industry with 7,300 jobs and communities and businesses that depend on horse racing. The concept is known as Advance Deposit ...

Some Dems may aid Gorsuch

There may be a good reason U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not threatened to use the “nuclear option” to gain confirmation of federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. McConnell may have enough Democrat votes in his pocket to gain approval of Gorsuch ...

Changing the paradigms

I have never been one for political correctness and often have been condemned to political purgatory for my actions and words attempting to change the political paradigm in West Virginia. So it is with no great joy that I write today about the “elephant” in the room in West Virginia, the ...

Manchin will vote for public schools

West Virginia should be proud that Sen. Joe Manchin is willing to speak out on the issue of school choice in rural communities. It takes courage for a minority senator to take a stand against a powerful new administration. Sen. Manchin released the following statement on the nominee for ...

Trump is testing our boundaries

How much can a politician say to the public in regard to his positions without undermining key goals? Certainly President Donald Trump is about to test these boundaries with his insistence on using Twitter diplomacy. Every day a comment, a threat or a suggestion to a broad spectrum of ...