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Reasons to celebrate good fathers

We Americans spent about $23 billion on Mother’s Day gifts this year. For Father’s Day, the total was expected to be $15.3 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. Why is that? Why do we think moms are worth $7.7 billion more? Could it be that women deserve more, strictly ...

Putting the ball in Kim’s court

What if Kim Jong Un is playing the long game? What if he only needs one nuclear weapon to work his will on the rest of the world? What if he doesn’t need atomic bombs or long-range missiles at all — and understands that? What President Donald Trump and the North Korean dictator agreed to ...

Being smart for the party

Despite Donald Trump’s constant beratement of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, his real threat comes from Republicans. Although his hold on the rank and file is solid, he still has to finesse the Congressional leaders and the old “base.” As an example, in his overtures to North Korea, ...

Summertime activities are in full swing in Barbour County

Hello from Barbour County! I’ve noticed several people have been putting hay up already this year. Summer activities are in full swing! Construction crews have been working in Belington the past couple weeks. They are renovating the handicap ramps on the sidewalks through town. They ...

Losing access to healthcare

On Monday, Bobbi from Buckhannon wrote to me to share her family’s reality. Last year, Bobbi’s life was changed forever when her teenage daughter was diagnosed with a rare condition called dystonia. With proper healthcare this young woman still has a bright future ahead of her. She’ll go ...

Heart transplant for Kump House

Replacing the old electrical meter and rewiring the whole Kump house is as transforming as heart transplant surgery plus a total vascular system replacement. Contractor Michael Marrs and his team are in the process of replacing the 94-year-old electrical meter and all the old wiring to make ...

Municipal sales tax

Since the passage of Ordinance 248 by Elkins City Council in December 2017 operators of local businesses, city officials and state officials have been preparing for the imposition of the 1 percent municipal sales tax set to begin on July 1. Affected business owners have reportedly been ...

Party to celebrate campaign conclusion

For the past two years I have been inviting people to a party. The date is June 30, 2018. The place is Davis & Elkins College. The occasion is the conclusion of a 10-year effort called Secure the Future. Now, with just over two weeks to go, the plans for the party are well underway and I ...

A disservice to the people of West Virginia

Not long after Allen Loughry’s book came out, he was in my office discussing it. The title is “Don’t Buy Another Vote, I Won’t Pay for a Landslide: The Sordid and Continuing History of Political Corruption in West Virginia.” It’s fascinating reading, all the more so because of ...

Medical advances abound

Like many students, I found history extremely boring during high school and college. The teachers and professors, at least in my classroom, presented this subject in very general and dry terms. This does not have to be. In the last 20 years, I have become increasingly interested in history. ...

Fox Forest Trail Run set for today

Join us for the Fox Forest Trail Run at 8:30 a.m. today. Registration begins at 7 a.m. at the DNR boat launch on Scott Ford Road. Parking is available for racers and walkers at Jennings Randolph School near the end of South Davis Avenue. The entry fee is $10, and a West Virginia theme tee ...

Soviet sanctions

The faked murder of Arkady Babchenko by the Ukrainian secret police is another example of the lengths Kiev will go to try to spark conflict between the west and Moscow. Babchenko was reported shot by Russians, yet a day after he supposedly left this world he showed up at a news conference in ...

An open letter to employers

Satisfied and successful alumni are the tangible results of a college fulfilling its mission, and D&E has some great alums! This spring I received a newspaper clipping from alumnus Frank Mele, Class of ’58. Frank sent a wonderful column from his local newspaper in New Jersey titled ...

Two new W.Va. scandals

Your home has been destroyed in a flash flood. Your family needs help, desperately. Because enough people were affected by the disaster, federal aid is available. You apply for some money. You wait, wait some more, make a few phone calls and are told to be patient. Then you find out that ...

Helping students become successful

As the school year comes to an end, it is time to assess the progress of all students, but Kump Education Center mentors focus particularly on those who had disadvantages at the outset. Over the last four years we have developed patterns that prove to be effective in helping at-risk students ...

Question of credibility

For Republicans the question of credibility is quickly approaching, with the GOP having to state what it is for. Donald Trump did not create this situation, he merely exploited the inconsistencies and falsehoods inherent in the party. Having used every prejudice known to guilty man to advance ...

School is ending and summer is beginning in Barbour County

Hello from Barbour County, and welcome to summer! I know, summer isn’t officially here for a few weeks, but summer break for school students has arrived. The last day of school in Barbour County is Monday. I hope that you all have a fun and safe summer. This weekend also is the kickoff for ...

Worldwide health care within reach?

On the cover of the April 28th edition of The Economist an adult healing hand reaches down to touch the fingers of a child in a visual reminder of the hand of God reaching down to mankind as painted on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. The Economist builds a case for the idea that worldwide ...

Bosses and presidents

Cornelius Vanderbilt, “the Commodore,” once blurted out in frustration “law, hain’t I got the power.” Although these words were spoken in the 1870s, they are relevant to 2018. Donald Trump, with his egocentric ways, has returned to the days of straw-boaters, derby hats and five-cent ...

Love is stronger than hate

Hate tried to invade the Davis & Elkins College campus, but found there was no home for it here. Love is always stronger than hate. On a recent weekend night, vile and despicable racist and anti-Semitic literature was distributed on campus and in the community. I found myself both deeply ...