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Politics and population

Some legislators representing the Northern Panhandle, including Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel and Tyler counties, worry our region will lose one member of the West Virginia House of Delegates after 2020. Maybe not. Some change is inevitable, however, and it has nothing to do with ...

Love of beauty is a joy forever

Sue Derbyshire loved flowers and planted them wherever she thought other people might enjoy them. She was a great gardener and a quiet volunteer who brought joyous color to the streets of downtown Elkins. After her friends met for her service last week, her husband asked us to take a ...

Shutdown may reap benefits

Although it was messy, the short shutdown appeared to have reaped benefits for people of goodwill in both parties. Unlike the contentious House of Representatives, the Senate actually proceeded in good order and with good sense. Mitch McConnell, tiring of White House games, managed a small ...

Youth baseball signups on the agenda in Barbour County

Hello from Barbour County! It may still be winter, but folks are starting to think about baseball. Barbour County Youth Baseball will be having sign-ups today from 9:30 a.m.—1 p.m. and all day on Sunday. The cost will be $50 for the first child, and $45 for each sibling. Sign-ups ...

Lawmakers and educators

Most school districts have built enough space into their calendars that they should have no trouble meeting the state’s requirement for 180 days of instruction this year. But what if it continues to snow? What if some counties ask the Legislature to exempt them from the 180-day ...

Education is the key to our future

When 350 private college presidents gather, it should come as no surprise that there is a lot of conversation about education … particularly a liberal arts education. Having recently returned from the President’s Institute of the Council of Independent Colleges, I have been thinking about ...

Teaching kids to talk with robots

Once again our intrepid Kump Education Center STREAM mentors are working with students at North Elementary and Elkins Middle Schools to program MINDSTORM Lego Robots. We want to calm fears that robots will take away all future jobs.Those folks who know how to use computers to tell robots what ...

Recycling options

In 2017 the City of Elkins created the Recycling Committee. The Recycling Committee is made up of three City Council members, and is tasked with coming up with ways to improve recycling opportunities within the City, and also brainstorming ways that the City can add to the recycling ...

Terrible temper, bad staff

Grover Hall, editor of the Montgomery, Alabama, Advertiser and admirer of Gov. George C. Wallace, nevertheless lamented his friend’s work habits and resolve. Noting that Alabama, despite Wallace rhetoric, desegregated faster than any other Southern state, he decried the governor’s “fire ...

Dream to reality

“I have a dream.” These four words closely associated with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. also capsulize his life and legacy. His life, while tragically cut short, has profoundly influenced our society. The legacy of his life continues in the unfinished work for justice and equality in our ...

Kinder, gentler Justice

When covered silver platters were delivered to Republican and Democrat leaders during Gov. Jim Justice’s State of the State speech Wednesday night, those watching may have cringed just a bit. What is the governor upset about now? But it wasn’t that at all. It was the kinder, gentler ...

Diagnosis of local crime

As an orthopedic surgeon, I spent many years in training, learning to diagnosis problems, and then formulating a plan to repair and fix that problem. That training can be applied to areas outside the human body, hence the subject of this article. Randolph County and Elkins have become plagued ...

Power, not process

Much has been written on the “Civil War” within the Republican party, predicting the impending demise of the GOP. Some Civil War, one that saw the ostensibly divided party vote down the line for a tax bill and saw members beginning to attack Robert Mueller’s investigation. Funny, it ...

Wintery cold weather has descended upon Barbour County

Hello from Barbour County! I trust that you all have had a good year so far. One can’t help but wonder what the following days will bring to 2018. I hope that it’s a good year for us all. One hot topic around the area has been the bitterly cold weather. That was interrupted ...

Politicians and promises

How often do elected officials promise you the world but never deliver? How often have you heard: “This is the most important election of our lifetime! Elect us and we will create millions of jobs and put more money in your pocket!” Sound familiar? That’s probably because you’ve heard ...

Trump’s foreign policy

Donald Trump’s foreign policy amounts to saying one thing and practicing the other. On one hand he seems to be fairly orthodox in approach, harsh on the Chinese and the Russians rhetorically, while on the other hand being fairly light on application. Yet when observed closely it is a fire and ...

School choice easier for the wealthy

The Trump tax law passed before Christmas will make paying for private and parochial schools easier for families that are able to afford private education. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos is pleased with this progress toward her School Choice goals, but she admits that it will not ...

Buckhannon dog park continues to grow

Thanks to many helping hands, the Dog Park has come a long way in a very short time. This month we have completed the “small” dog area. This smaller section is also available to large dogs who are not ready to play well with others and will be available for adoption events, training ...

2017 the year of ‘Country Roads’?

As December comes to an end, media types have begun to make their claims on 2017 being “the year of” Trump, or resistance to Trump, or sexual harassment scandals, or the Russian probe, and on and on and on. Well, since I’m a media type myself, allow me to throw my hat in the ring by ...

Surprise victories

The blue-dog Democrat returned with a vengeance this year with the victories of Ralph Northam and Doug Jones in Virginia and Alabama. Both were written off as button-down, overly civil and polite. They both won opposing right-wing blowhards by conducting themselves in a matter which would have ...