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Finding light in the storm

This past summer, my wife and I were blessed to visit Atlanta, Georgia. There are many great sights to see in that metropolitan city. It was our goal to see the sights referring to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We were blessed to go to his birth house where we heard stories of how he did not ...

Protecting your backyard

As your Attorney General, I have worked hard to keep the regulatory power of the federal government at bay, particularly as it creeps into the everyday lives of West Virginians. Our office successfully fought back and blocked the Obama administration rules at the U.S. Supreme Court that ...

Genuine racism is becoming rarer

Wouldn’t it be nice to be around for the very last MLK March for Justice in Wheeling? The day on which a group of people gather for the event, talk for a few minutes, and conclude there’s no need to march — because the last bigot has passed away? Well, we can all dream, can’t ...

How could W.Va. have a teacher shortage?

The nation will be short approximately 112,000 teachers by 2020 if current projections prove true. It is hard to imagine that a teacher shortage is a looming problem in West Virginia with our older declining population. Nevertheless, West Virginia University Dean of Human Services Dr. Gypsy ...

Master of the house?

Since taking power in 2017 Donald Trump has suggested that he has a new vision for U.S. foreign policy. But, alas, his “policy has been a set of disjointed pronouncements that seemingly contradict his stated purpose. Presumably he wants to reduce America’s footprint in the world, eschewing ...

Budget season

Annually the city must forecast expenditures and revenues for the upcoming fiscal year (July 1 — June 30). By law, a balanced budget must be adopted by Council in March and then submitted to the WV Auditor’s Office for approval. However, the budget is a fluid template, constantly monitored ...

Upshur County levy is vital to schools

As principal of Buckhannon-Upshur High School, every day I see the positive effects of the many added resources provided to our students through our county school levy. Our students are provided enrichment activities through fine arts programs like music, theatre and band. Our Prevention ...

Improving business practices

“Moving at the Speed of Business” is the motto of the WV Secretary of State’s Business and Licensing Division. Advances in technology and a new user-friendly website have given our office the opportunity to communicate more effectively and respond quicker to the needs of the state’s ...

Playing ‘double your money’

Perhaps the biggest and reddest of red flags for taxpayers is when they see Democrats worrying that government is spending too much. It’s happening here in West Virginia — and with good reason. Put aside the fact that, thankfully, Mountain State Democrats are nowhere near as fiscally ...

School funding and economic sustainability

Randolph County is faced with the great 21st century challenges of sustainability In most parts of the world populations have stopped growing and started aging. Problems of declining numbers are more severe in West Virginia than in most U.S. states because we are the only state that has ...

Purge of the guard

You have to hand it to President Donald Trump, he completed the purge of his praetorian guard. With the dismissal of James “Maddog” Mattis, the original team of H.R. McMaster, Nikki Haley and John Kelly have been removed from shaping national security issues. Moreover, his decision to pull ...

New year is beginning on a high note in Barbour County

Hello from Barbour County! I think that winter has finally arrived. Please remember to drive safely and allow extra time to reach your destination. Did you make a resolution? I would like to wish you all a very happy and successful year. There will be no school in Barbour County on ...

Reversing a vicious cycle

So many West Virginians have given up on our state that we are one of the few actually losing population. Numbers from the 2020 census are expected to be so bad that we lose one member of the U.S. House of Representatives. That would take us down to two, making us even weaker politically ...

Humility in victory

With victory comes responsibility and should engender some humility. Democrats have been given a second chance at controlling the House of Representatives. Certainly, it should not copy the tacky ascendance of Newt Gingrich’s triumph in 1994. The theatrics resembled a Latin American coup ...

Odyssey of the Mind in Randolph

Kump Education Center is sponsoring Odyssey of the Mind [OM] creative problem solving teams from Randolph County Schools for the 2018-19 school year. OM team members work together to solve a long-term problem to be presented in competition with other teams. The Region 11 Competition will be ...

Getting caught doesn’t hurt

What’s the difference between many of those serving long sentences in West Virginia prisons and some government officials in our state? If you said, “they got caught,” you’re wrong. We know the culprits behind at least some of the wrongdoing in government, but too often, we don’t do ...

How toys help develop mental skills

The holiday season is a wonderful time for children to develop mental acumen when they acquire a new array of gifts for hands-on activities with caring adults. It is a time to develop new vocabulary, dexterity, and inventiveness without worrying about competition against peers for grades or ...

Time to adjust

For Donald Trump the time to adjust his course has arrived. As long as he remains the captive of the Republican party, he is destined to fail. His alliance of convenience with the GOP has failed to gain him very much in tangible results. They got the tax cut and reduced regulations, Trump ...

Barbour County ready to head into the new year

Happy New Year from Barbour County! I trust that you all had a good Christmas. School in Barbour County will resume on Wednesday. There's a new kid in town in Philippi. Molly's Ice Cream has opened on Main Street, across from the court house. They feature Hershey's hand dipped ice ...

Scandal season

Donald Trump’s troubles emanating from the Stormy Daniels payoffs and questionable ties with the Russian Federation resemble a scandal that is so raw that it seems comic. Unlike Richard Nixon’s campaign against the press, the enemies list or obsessions about leaking, there is a pettiness ...