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Looking back at the ‘good old days’

Perhaps Donald Trump could learn something from Gov. Jim Justice. Although Justice quit the Democratic Party to join the Republicans, he did not become their willing tool. Indeed, Justice has behaved like an independent with a slight nod to moderates of all stripes, Democratic or GOP. Indeed, ...

‘Signs’ are there to be read

A recent out-of-state visitor to our county noted to me that he had never seen open opposition to a local school levy until driving through Elkins. “The signs seem to reflect an attitude,” he continued. “You may be right, and after the election these signs are stored away until the next ...

Looking at fairs and festival funding

Relax, fellow Mountain Staters. The Annual Ruddle Park Jamboree in Pendleton County and Bruceton Mills Good Neighbor Days are safe. So are the Elbert/Filbert Reunion Festival in McDowell County and the Moon Over Mountwood Fishing Festival in Wood County. So are the scores of other ...

Senior citizens can touch the future now

It’s time to vote yes for the Randolph County School Levy. The polls are open for early voting, and those of us who are retired could vote before March 9 when there was little or no line at the Courthouse Annex on Randolph Avenue. Citizens in Randolph can change their future the way citizens ...

Tough battle

Donald Trump’s way of conducting foreign policy is unique to say the least. Throughout his time in office, he has pedalled a hardline while in practice he has been moderate. He put up with H.R. McMaster and Rex Tillerson, who represented the established order, while making overtures to Kim ...

Taking offense to Porterfield

State Delegate Eric Porterfield has recently called the LGBT community “terrorists” and also likened us to the KKK. He made these comments in the context of a legislative debate on local “anti-discrimination” laws. Well, I've got three responses both to him as well as to many who have ...

Exciting addition

Davis & Elkins College is pleased to announce an exciting new addition to our academic offerings. Beginning with the entering class of students in the fall of 2019, we will offer a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN). The BSN will be in addition to our two-year associate degree in ...

Spirit of compromise dead

Officially, West Virginia state Senate Bill 451 died Wednesday afternoon, when the House of Delegates left it “tabled indefinitely.” But in reality, it — and much about it that is good — perished at about 6:25 p.m. Monday. It was at about that time that leaders of three public school ...

Changing West Virginia’s brand image

This week two culminating events came to pass in the progress toward redefining the concept of what it means to be a West Virginian. West Virginia teachers went on strike not to increase their own pay, but to protect public school funding for all West Virginia children, and Sen. Manchin ...

Invisible emergency

Donald Trump’s use of executive decree power on the specious grounds that there is a “national emergency” takes the American system to a bad place. It is a revolutionary act that makes paper dolls out of the advise and consent responsibilities of the legislative branch. It is a crossing ...

Spring is in the air in Barbour County, with fundraisers set

Hello to you all from Barbour County! The big news around the area, and even the state, this past week has been the teacher strike. It didn't last as long as the one last year, and I'm glad that the teachers stand up for what they believe is right. We all should do that in our own ...

NASA visits Alderson Broaddus

PHILIPPI — Representatives from NASA visited the campus of Alderson Broaddus University last week. Kenneth D. Rehm, cyber security assurance, and Isaac H. Lambert, associate director for recruitment, spoke to AB students about the opportunities for internships and pathways to joining ...

Pearls of wisdom

Recently, my spouse informed me that February is the month of the pearl. Perhaps she shared that information as a Valentine’s Day hint! Regardless of her rationale, there is a lesson or two to learn for higher education from these small, beautiful objects. “Pearls of wisdom” is a ...

Preserving our freedoms

Ends, no matter how laudable, are no justification for using questionable means to achieve them. Either we engage in the delicate balancing act required to preserve our freedoms, or we do not. Either we follow our moral compasses in any situation, or we do not. What brought all that up, you ...

Building a brighter future takes time

Thank you to the Education Committee in the West Virginia House of Delegates for taking time to fully consider each part of Senate Bill 451. The Omnibus Education Reform Bill put many proposals on the table; some may improve schools in West Virginia, but others threaten the very existence ...

Political glory is fleeting

Democrats were reminded after President Donald Trump’s well-received State of the Union that all glory is fleeting. Suddenly Trump saw his numbers go back into the mid-40 percent, recovering those mushy Republicans and Independents that deserted him during the government shutdown. Their on ...

Simple, profound words

Writing a weekly column is both a privilege and a responsibility. In attempting to keep this communication fresh for the reader, I try to vary the focus on differing topics relevant to Davis & Elkins College. As I am “Reflecting Along the Journey” this day, I find myself thinking of the ...

Choose his own course

For those who value substance over rhetoric in foreign policy, the last few weeks have been a horror. Despite promising a new director in foreign policy, Donald Trump, like Barack Obama before him, has become a predictable hard-liner. With the war monger John Bolton pushing him, Trump practiced ...

W.Va. must focus on public schools

The West Virginia House of Representative Finance Committee is considering Senate Bill 451 (the Education Reform Bill). This is the time for serious questions about how to fund the 5 percent teacher pay raise and to refinance PEIA benefits. Miscellaneous provisions for public charter school ...

Barbour baseball signups underway

Hello from Barbour County! I sure have been enjoying when the temperatures are up into the 50's and 60's, but I'm afraid that it won't last. That's OK. Spring will be here before we know it. Barbour County Little League Baseball signups are taking place every Saturday in February at the ...