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Just the tip of the iceberg?

Wondering why the West Virginia Division of Highways doesn’t seem to have enough money to fill in more potholes? Perhaps you can blame technology. Buried in Gov. Jim Justice’s report on state revenue collections for November (they continue to exceed expectations) was a disturbing report ...

Ominous overtones

Republicans have been trying to discount the results of the midterms as sort of a fluke. Yet the losses were real, particularly when you consider that they had fewer seats to defend in the Senate and through the miracle of gerrymandering, a bastion in the House. This was dented if not ended ...

Sales tax, strategic plan

Unfortunately there is a persistent story in some minds and media that the city of Elkins’ has no plan, or even worse some devious intentions, for the additional revenues beginning to generate from the penny sales tax. Paradoxically, the use of these monies and what good they will bring to ...

Holiday preparations kick into high gear in Barbour County

Merry Christmas from Barbour County! I hope that you all have a wonderful holiday. On Sunday, there will be a Belington Community Christmas Cantata, "Joseph & the Nativity." This will take place at 7 p.m. at the Asbury UM Church. Come out and join them for an evening of fellowship. ...

America’s leaders and learners

As we watched former presidents taking their places for the funeral of President George Herbert Walker Bush, I reflected on the impact presidents have had on American schools in my lifetime. Education has been a national talking point as long as I can remember. When I was learning to ...

Tragedy of ‘drug home children’

Educators sometimes place children in categories. The more you know about an individual student, the more effectively you can educate him or her. It may be time to start using a new category — drug home children. West Virginia state Sen. John Unger, D-Berkeley, seems to agree. One of the ...

Magical season

As final exams wrap up at Davis & Elkins College, students are preparing to return home to celebrate Christmas with their families. This holiday season, a miraculous and magical time of the year, has already touched my heart. In large part, I have our students to thank. I offer but a few ...

Crunch time for Justice

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is running out of time to pave the way for re-election or — assuming this is important to him — for another Republican to succeed him. After a short break in the wake of Nov. 6 balloting, the 2020 election season will be upon us before we know it. Sorry. I ...

Unloved, ignored

Donald Trump arrived at the G-20 meeting in Buenos Aires a thoroughly whipped man. While other nations were able to conduct open negotiations, Trump was constrained by Robert Mueller and his foreign policy handlers. John Bolton seemed positively smug as he viewed his so-called boss meander ...

Restoring trust in the Catholic Church

Among the tragedies of the sexual abuse scandal that continues to rock the Roman Catholic Church is that trust in the institution can be restored only by adding names to the lists of predator priests being released all across the country. Undoubtedly, some of the clergy responsible for ...

Sharing a vision

In this season of gift giving, I recently received a wonderful gift. It did not cost any money and did not need to be wrapped. It was a very meaningful gift because it enabled me to view my surroundings with fresh eyes and an open mind. Enjoying a casual conversation, I was asked about my ...

Officials determined to increase taxes?

Telling nearly half the people who voted in the most recent election that they were wrong and, as a result, you’ll be going over their heads is never a good idea for a public official. Perhaps that’s why we haven’t heard talk of a user fee in Wheeling since early last month. On Nov. 6, ...

December is a time for celebration and anticipation

As we begin the final stages of preparing the historic Kump house to serve as an education center, we have three basic problems to solve. Can we make an old private home into a public facility that will meet modern building codes? How will we balance requirements for historic preservation and ...

Midterms represent big defeat for GOP

November’s midterm elections represented a big defeat for the Republican party. Almost 40 seats lost in the House of Representatives and although they gained in the Senate, they only had to defend nine seats to 24 for the Democrats. In those states, they did take, they resorted to tactics not ...

Several Christmas events scheduled in Barbour County

Hello from Barbour County! I hope that you all had a good Thanksgiving. We had 35 family and friends around our table. I love family time. Now, we move onward towards Christmas! I did get my cards ready for the mail and the tree is up, but shopping is another thing. I guess I need to get to ...

Tips for a secure holiday season

The holidays are a time for shopping and charitable giving, and while this is a time for sharing with family and friends, be careful not to inadvertently share your personal information with strangers who may be identity thieves. Just as consumer activity ramps up around this time of year, so ...

Who doesn’t love ‘granny?’

Who doesn’t love granny? Some of us are fortunate enough to have biological grandmothers to influence our lives. Many others have been blessed with mature women who have assumed the role of a nurturing influence at various stages of their lives. These “adopted” grannies enrich our lives ...

Health care’s role in W.Va.’s economic comeback

Health care and the health of West Virginians has an integral role in the economic comeback of our state that’s happening right now. Under the superior leadership of Governor Jim Justice, the state has already made financial history, including: The largest first-quarter tax revenue ...

Melania’s method

Well, at least one Trump knows what they are doing in the White House. Melania’s sacking of John Bolton’s deputy, Mira Ricardel, demonstrates that at least she understands the poor quality of the staff surrounding her husband. If she completes the job and helps relieve John Bolton and James ...

Starting a business in W.Va.

West Virginia’s unemployment rate is 5.3 percent, the lowest recorded level in over a decade. Core industries such as timber, manufacturing and mining have experienced a 13.1 percent growth rate in the last two years. Tourism is expanding as more travelers make their way to our wild, ...