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AmandaPasdon

DeVos will put America’s children first

The transition from one presidential administration to the next begins with confirmation hearings for Cabinet nominees. Betsy DeVos has been nominated for Education Secretary, and Sen. Joe Manchin should be proud to support her. As a businesswoman, philanthropist, and life-long education ...

Wood

Course offers real lesson

As I journey through my initial year as president of Davis & Elkins College, I continue to experience “firsts.”  Recently, I slipped into the back row of a session of Congress ... D&E style. During three weeks in January, the college offers a Winter Symposium, required ...

Snow days filled with joy

Snow day! What a glorious sound! Even now the words make me smile, fill me with a lift of excitement. Last week we had a beautiful snowfall in North Central West Virginia, enough to lead to cancelation of the local schools.  It brought back great memories. It has been over 40 years since I ...

King should be role model

How would the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. have reacted to President-elect Donald Trump? On the eve of our national celebration of the civil rights leader’s life, and less than a week before Trump becomes chief executive, it’s a pertinent question. That is so especially because of ...

Does God still speak?

I was heading for the boondocks one day, many years ago, with my three children. I had to stop for supplies as once we were home, it was quite difficult to purchase some things. The kids opted to stay in the van and listen to cassettes. Yeah, it was a while ago. Grabbing a cart, I quickly ...

‘Grow up’

Much talk about how Hillary Clinton lost the white working class has permeated the media since Nov. 8. Indeed, you would think that Clinton had deliberately turned her back on blue-collar Americans. But the answer is more complex than the narrative would suggest. For openers, Clinton did well ...

Protecting against human trafficking

Sgt. John Chapman will present information on human trafficking at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 20, at Elkins High School. Training will help local people recognize and respond appropriately when they encounter circumstances where humans may be enslaved.  The public is invited to this informational ...

Learning how to feel our self-worth

“Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (From “The Sermon on the Mount,” Matthew 6:26) This year, Christmas in our household was a time of offering practical gifts. ...

The power of liberal arts

During the recent snow and cold in Elkins, Lisa and I escaped to the sunshine of Florida.  While the weather was a plus, we traveled there for a national conference of 350 college presidents from small, private liberal arts colleges and universities across the country.  As a new president, it ...

What will Trump do with the EPA?

President Barack Obama is infamous for using his pen and phone to upset the constitutional balance of powers by issuing executive orders. But long before Obama decided he was a one-man lawmaking machine, hundreds of wannabe dictators in the vast federal bureaucracy had realized they, too, had ...

Trump must work with Russia

After the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Russia, the Erdogan government and Iran acted with dispatch. Vladimir Putin saw the killing as an attempt to break up an alliance and he wisely refused to rise to the bait. The three powers also exposed the weakness of the ...

Children need fair and equal education

Once again, as a concerned resident of the Upper Valley of Randolph County and a supporter of keeping the Valley Head Elementary School open, I am shocked and appalled at the lack of inclusiveness and the tenor of your editorial of Dec. 21. Even Jesus said in Matthew 25:40: “Whatever you ...

History adds perspective to education

Now as we anticipate policy changes with the Trump administration in Washington and Republican control in the West Virginia Legislature, we need to remember changes that were made in the educational system 84 years ago when Democratic President Franklin Roosevelt and Governor H.G. Kump took ...

Overlooked but valuable antiques

Ever wonder what valuable antiques are hiding in your house? There are many antiques, works of art, and collectibles that have significant value which many people want you to just toss out with the trash or put out on your front lawn at a low market-priced yard sale. I evaluate quality ...

The husband’s patience for earth’s precious fruit

My friend, Evangelist Phil Patchett, sent an archival sermon from which this article’s Holy Spirit inspiration is derived. It was preached on Thanksgiving eve of 1978 in Baltimore, Maryland, by the late Frederick B. Marine. It is time to think spring. It is now 2017. Happy New Year. The ...

Area’s first airplane fatality remembered

Elkins, like many towns throughout America, began to experience the coming of aircraft into its surroundings following World War I. Surplus military aircraft had become available to the veteran pilots and other aviators. In the 1920s and early 1930s, these “Barnstormers” began to visit ...

Life is looking up in White Sulphur Springs

January will vent its fury with windy, snow-filled days ahead, but eyes are on warmer activities as we West Virginians await the festive change of our government officials and look for some new ideas to envelop our State Capitol. As in years past, the Board of Public Works swearing-in ...

Mike Myer

Tomblin’s pet project an issue

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s heart clearly is in the right place. But what about his head? That’s a question some West Virginia legislators, along with others in our state, have been asking for several months. Tomblin leaves office in less than a month. Another Democrat — but a very ...

Thank you, from the Kump Center

At the holiday season, the Kump Education Center has many friends to thank for contributions. With the help of generous and creative people, we are turning an historic house into a place where learning is fun.  In 2016, middle schoolers jumped into spring water monitoring with test tubes and ...

Trump must be vigilant

It is a source of amusement that Democrats are now rallying around that virtuous institution — the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA has produced speculation that the Russian Federation had “interfered” with the election of 2016. Along with Lindsay Graham, John McCain and other ...