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The need to talk to veterans

On this Veterans Day, the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, we have no living veterans of that conflict to tell us what it was like. The last doughboy, Frank Buckles, died in 2011. I’m reasonably certain that were he alive today, Buckles would be urging us to talk to every World ...

Traffic safety

Traffic safety is important to every West Virginian. Regardless of whether you are a driver, a passenger, a cyclist, or a pedestrian, laws exists to protect your life and your rights. Most of us are aware of the high profile traffic-related safety initiatives in the state, such as “Click-It ...

Working with words and wetlands

The Economist included a commentary on metaphors in political language this week. The author pointed out that the phrase “to have your cake and eat it” is used too often with regard to the British exit from the European Union. The problem with some of these metaphors is that they confuse ...

Foreign policy

Donald Trump’s attempts to alter foreign policy goals has ended without much progress. Relations with Russia are at rock-bottom, the trade war with the People’s Republic of China goes on unabated and his middle eastern policy lay in shambles. Moreover, he has managed to alienate key allies ...

Investment in youth

“Residential” is one of several adjectives frequently used to describe the student experience at Davis & Elkins College. It generally accompanies private, liberal arts, and church- related. While using the term residential is accurate, as nearly 80 percent of our student body lives ...

Important for victims to come foward

He was a teenager during the 1960s, my caller said. He had a driver’s license and access to a car, so friends sometimes asked him for rides. One asked every week. They would drive to a Roman Catholic Church in our area, during the early evening. The friend would get out and go into the ...

‘Kind is the new cool’ a great motto

Last week my niece had a new baby girl, and her two older brothers were delighted. The four-year-old brother wanted to kiss his little sister so constantly that his mother had to limit him to one kiss an hour. When I went shopping for a baby gift for this little grandniece, I found a baby ...

Moral inventory

That 11 Jews simply trying to worship can be murdered is a stark reminder how as Americans we have been led astray. As with Mother Emanuel in Charleston, South Carolina, innocent folks — our brothers and sisters — lose their lives simply because of who they are. In Kentucky, two African ...

Today will be a very busy Saturday for Barbour County

Hello from Barbour County! Barbour County Deputy Sheriff's Association is accepting monetary donations for their Shop With A Deputy program. The goal is to raise $1,000 to be used to give 10 local children the opportunity to shop with a deputy for the upcoming holiday season. Checks must be ...

Try remembering March

Assume for a moment that your family has had five really bad financial years in a row. Every year, you’ve taken in far less money than you’d hoped. You’ve had to dip deeply into your savings account to keep your head above water. You’ve had to reduce your spending. What would you ...

Reflecting, recharging

At the risk of losing readership, I wish to reflect just once more upon our recent Homecoming Weekend at Davis & Elkins. Specifically, I want to share three experiences from the weekend that amplify the centrality of the arts and humanities in our lives. During a very busy weekend, I had ...

No better enemies

When he won the election of 2016, even Donald Trump appeared surprised. Not since 1948 had there been such an upset. Republicans who rallied to his candidacy late to preserve their Congressional majorities were surprised that for the first time in eight years they had one of their own in the ...

Learning about a public trust

McKinley Murphy was Mayor Broughton’s guest at the Kump House Endowment Trust Board meeting Wednesday at City Hall. Ms. Murphy is a senior at Tucker County High School, and she asked to shadow the Elkins Mayor that day for her senior project because she wants to become involved in local ...

Crisis for Trump

Nikki Haley's resignation as United Nations Ambassador highlights the unloading of the praetorian guard around President Donald Trump. First it was Rex Tillerson, then it was H.R. McMaster, now Haley, and maybe Defense Secretary James Mattis. All were militant neo-Conservatives who would have ...

Supporting student-centered learning

Elkins Middle School students representing the Kump Education Center STREAM Program were asked to present samples of their learning activities for the Student Expo at the Education Summit in Charleston October 17. It was a time to celebrate Student-Centered Learning. EMS student Haylee ...

PEIA promises facing criticism

Ever chew yourself out for missing a bargain or, perhaps, a chance to make some money through an investment, because you didn’t have enough money to take advantage of the opportunity when it presented itself? It may have been a jewel of a used car offered at a bargain price by a friend. But ...

Coming home to D&E

Scores of our alumni accepted our invitation to return home. Homecoming 2018 is now history, but the memories were myriad and will last for a very long time. Lisa and I participated in our third homecoming as president and first lady at Davis & Elkins College. Like many alumni, we now ...

System setting its own rules?

What if a West Virginia Supreme Court justice decided she or he needed a couch with a price tag of, say, $100,000? Or what if circuit judges convinced the high court their $126,000 annual salaries were not adequate, despite the fact they’re specified in state law? Buy the couch. Give the ...

Working together on energy

In today’s polarizing political climate, it may seem like there are few issues Republicans and Democrats can work together on. But on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, we are proving that is not the case. As the Republican Chairman and an active Democratic member of this ...

Center is shrinking

For Democrats, the treatment meted out to its U.S. senators by Mitch McConnell is a wake-up moment. When Lindsay Graham launched tirade after tirade and personal attack after personal attack, they remained surprisingly mute. Amy Klobuchar tried to be a good little presence, bringing a plastic ...