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Learning from ‘Thank a Teacher Day’

“Thank a Teacher Day” on May 3 was our first Kump Education Center First Friday, but a torrential rain almost stole the show. Jo Rockwell was delivering her spicy spaghetti sauce in pouring rain when she noticed water gushing from a broken downspout outside the den window at the newly ...

Policy surprises

Again Donald Trump is full of surprises when it relates to foreign policy. After a week when Mike Pompeo and John Bolton were squeezing the Venezuelian government, Trump calls Vladimir Putin. After conversation, the president denies that the Russian Federation is heavily involved in Venezuela, ...

Everyone needs a good survival compass

In early history there were four great inventions considered responsible for changing the world: printing, gunpowder, paper making, and the magnetic compass. In this modern age the magnetic compass is still just as important as ever and may actually be the most unique and essential item we can ...

5 million reasons

There are five million reasons to be grateful! Davis & Elkins College recently announced a very generous gift from June Myles, a member of our Board of Trustees, to provide expansion to the Myles Center for the Arts and renovation of the plaza in front of the Center. This $5 million project ...

Hamrick’s dilemma deepens

No doubt Danny Hamrick is in a lot more trouble at home than he is in Charleston. His dilemma at the state capital could get worse, however. Think about it this way: What happened the last time Republicans learned a powerful politician was involved in a relationship with an intern? If the ...

Donald and the Dems

Despite Donald Trump’s low poll numbers he can still win if Democrats fail to nominate a candidate that can capture the public imagination. So far the present field does not inspire or impress. On the contrary they sound airy and predictable. Indeed even when they have a foray into what the ...

Last day of school is fast approaching in Barbour County

Hello from Barbour County! I would like to say a special hello to all my faithful readers who take time to tell me that they enjoy this column. It’s nice to know that it’s appreciated. Summer is quickly approaching. I can’t believe that May is here already. The last day of school in ...

Thank teachers at Kump Education Center

The Kump Education Center is now included in the Elkins Main Street footprint and will participate in First Friday activities each month this summer. On May 3 we celebrated “Thank a Teacher Day” at KEC as our First Friday event, and we hope to start the tradition of thanking teachers ...

Discover their life’s vocation

As a graduate student I read “The Long Loneliness” by Dorothy Day, a Catholic Social Activist. Among the many memorable ideas in this book is her simple yet profound discussion of the meaning of vocation. She describes vocation as that which brings meaning and purpose to one’s life. ...

The Kump Education Research Seminar has its own home at last

ELKINS — The Ninth Annual Kump Education Research Seminar was held April 24, 2019 for the first time in its true home on South Randolph Avenue. Now that the historic Kump house is heated, it can come to life and begin to serve educational purposes. This seminar was as lively as any ...

Absurd, irrelevant

In his third year, President Donald Trump is quickly becoming absurd and irrelevant. He lives strictly on good economic numbers and yet his popularity rarely exceeds 45 percent. The so-called change agent of 2016 has become exceedingly predictable, spouting opinions unworthy of a ...

Sure sign that spring has sprung

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then this beholder finds the Davis & Elkins College campus exceptionally beautiful. Whether feasting one’s eyes on the mountains surrounding the campus, or the close encounter with nature resulting from the woods, trees and plantings throughout ...

2020 governor’s race begins

Political scientists devote their lives to using scholarly studies to develop formulas predicting how people will vote. Campaign consultants rake in six-figure fees by assuring candidates they can do that. Pollsters insist they’ve got it down to a science. With all that in mind, who’s ...

Hometown heroes for EMS students

Last Friday morning Jim Jackson was host and tour guide for 21 Elkins Middle School students in our STREAM mentoring program when they visited Elkins Fordland. It was a wonderful opportunity for the students to see a local business man who really cares about kids. Mr. Jackson also serves as ...

Ominous point

President Donald Trump’s sacking of Kirstjen Nielsen as Secretary of Homeland Security along with her staff once more proves an ominous point. When he gets frustrated, he plays a nativist card. So devoid of visions, Trump goes back to what he convinces himself as his touchstone issue. It is ...

Spring Break and Easter weekend come to Barbour County

Hello from Barbour County! Some of us were surprised earlier this week to see winter make an entrance once again. Snow flurries and cold temperatures stormed in, but then by the end of the week, it was spring once again. We were able to get some much-needed yard work done, as well as ...

Bad teachers are far from the norm

While a friend of mine and his wife were eating dinner at a local restaurant the other evening, her cellphone rang. She’s a school teacher. One of her students was calling.He and his siblings were hungry, he told her. Aware of his family situation, she knew the children needed some help. So ...

Spring bringing events to Center

April is always a busy time at Kump Education Center. Our STREAM program students from North Elementary had their field trip at the new water plant and Kump Education Center last week, and the Elkins Middle School visited Elkins Fordland and Randolph Technical Center this week. On Wednesday, ...

Threat to power

It seems providential that in its presidential election, Ukrainians chose a comic, at least in the first round. Petro Poroshenko, the confectionery king, limped in at a poor second place. Quite appropriate for a government placed in power after a comic-opera coup in 2014. At least, Volodymyr ...

High court and public schools

What happens if the West Virginia Legislature, during the special session planned for the next couple of months, enacts a bill requiring big changes in public schools? You’ll have to ask members of the state Board of Education about that. They, not legislators, have the final say — ...