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Impeachment is over

I’ve heard of Christmas miracles, but I think the state was witness to a Thanksgiving miracle of sorts. Last Wednesday, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals told the state Legislature that there would be no reconsideration of its decision to stop the impeachment trials of Chief ...

Wanted: Charitable Hunters

As fall arrives so does the time-honored tradition of hunting. Those who have been patiently waiting can finally celebrate the start of deer season. From the early settlers of our region, to the 350,000 plus individuals who hunt each year, hunting is a pastime that has been woven into the very ...

FEMA scandal is outrageous

After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico more than a year ago, West Virginians probably were among those shaking our heads over the situation. Inefficiency and corruption are bad enough in the U.S. territory that the Federal Emergency Management Agency had to put special rules in place to ...

WV election a huge success

I am very pleased to report that West Virginia hosted a very successful November General Election. Here are a few of the highlights from my perspective as the state’s chief elections officer. Approximately 593,900 ballots were cast statewide resulting in 48 percent voter turnout. A total of ...

Long arc that bends toward justice

Theodore Parker, a controversial Unitarian minister in the early 1800s, wrote, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Parker was a transcendentalist and friend of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau in New England. He was also an abolitionist ...

Trump and Dems

Democrats scored an impressive victory in the House in the mid-term election. Once more they won 54 percent of the vote for Congressional candidates. Given the gerrymandering in some states, the full potential of such a vote was not fully realized. But to downplay the achievement, as did that ...

Thanksgiving activities are on tap across Barbour County

Hello from Barbour County! Thanksgiving season is upon us. A time for many to reflect, spend time with family and enjoy what we have been blessed with. May we try to remember to have a thanksgiving time in our hearts all year long. Rifle season begins on Monday. Be extra careful in the ...

Separation of powers is key

For years, activist appeals court judges and justices have made a mockery of the separation of powers to which they lay claim in preservation of their own authority. But just before the general election, our state Supreme Court signaled those days may be over in West Virginia. Separation of ...

Caboose returns to campus

As a child, I remember reading about “the little engine that could.” On the Davis & Elkins College campus we have the little caboose that keeps coming back! Sitting between Lake Tolstead and Robbins Memorial Chapel is a 1940 B&O Railroad caboose. Now refurbished and sporting a new ...

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 ...