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GOP has a position

As the Republican party continues its feud, it is good for Democrats to remember that 90 percent supported Donald Trump even as some left the impression, it turned out false, that they would never vote for “that man.” Indeed, Trump was fighting a scandal as big as Harvey Weinstein’s over ...

Inspiring creativity and social change

Elkins is so fortunate to have a history of fostering creative, intelligent and productive people who keep the spirit of innovation and social change alive. At Kump Education Center we are constantly inspired by the muse of history and the spirit of change. “The Ghost of a Good Guy” ...

Barbour Harvest Festival set for today

Hello from Barbour County! There will be a Harvest Festival today from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the Southern Baptist Church in Philippi. Come on out for some food, games, a cake walk, and more. It may be fall, but the Belington Police Department is thinking about Christmas. They are accepting ...

To God be the Glory

Whenever we work on a project at work or school, we want the end result to reflect well on our boss or teacher. When we play our sport of choice, we want to make the coach proud of our performance. As we perform with our instrument, we desire for our instructor to be honored. No matter what the ...

Bazaars offer holiday goodies

After just rolling in from the Ohio Amish country and considering all the confectionaries I saw and tasted there, I have decided November and December in West Virginia’s rural mountains certainly have many similarities. We may not have bakeries on every corner, but we do have our holiday ...

Uplifted by theater

Recently I found myself transported back to the Oklahoma Indian Territory circa 1900. I encountered farmers and cowboys, a love story or two, wonderful show tunes, lots of laughter, lessons about living in a community and a very enjoyable evening. I should thank Rodgers and Hammerstein, along ...

Fiscal issues not going away

If you’re Gov. Jim Justice or a member of the West Virginia Legislature, you may be really excited about 2018. In contrast to the past couple of years, lawmakers’ regular session and budget deliberations ought to be a breeze. Indeed, there has been some good news lately: • Fifty-four ...

Trump’s team struggles

Donald Trump’s pyrotechnics reminds one of the clumsiness of a bad juggler. He issues a statement on Iran and then the very next day most of his administration is claiming that he doesn’t mean what he seemed to say. Nikki Haley, U.N. ambassador, and Rex Tillerson, secretary of state, ...

Family stories need to be shared

“O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old— What we have heard and known, what our ancestors have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next ...

Friendly ghost will speak at Kump House

Our friendly ghost has been preparing all week for the Ghost of a Good Guy Celebration at 3-5 p.m. Sunday in the historic Kump House at 401 South Randolph Avenue across from Kroger. His voice sounds a little shaky at times, but he will speak on Sunday. This Halloween event will offer ...

Police keeping kids safe are heroes

My route to work takes me past Woodsdale School, which is just a few feet off busy Route 88. Every morning, I see a Wheeling police officer there. His car is parked on the sidewalk, blue lights flashing. He has the look of a fellow with whom, as we used to say, you don’t want to mess. Last ...

Molding lives

Davis & Elkins College has some very insightful alumni! A few months ago, Lisa and I attended an alumni gathering in the Midwest. During some dinner conversation with a gentleman who graduated from D&E in the 1970s, he shared a statement that I have been pondering for several weeks now. ...

Checks and balances failing

We Americans may have a problem far worse than the drug abuse epidemic. What if one of our vaunted checks and balances on governmental abuses took itself out of the game? What if another one — and there are only three — went AWOL on occasion? You may have heard about the flap involving ...

Celebration planned at Kump House

If you want to see the inside of historic Kump House before it undergoes changes necessary to meet current codes for public buildings, plan to attend the “Ghost of a Good Guy Celebration” from 3-5 p.m. Oct. 29 at 401 South Randolph Avenue across from the Elkins Kroger. Halloween will be ...

Barbour County hosting fall activities

Hello from Barbour County! The first quarter of school is over already, and we’ve already seen our first frost of the year. October is almost gone. Time sure does fly! I have some exciting news! The Barbour County Playhouse was once a productive organization which got together and performed ...

White House follies

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker’s likening Donald Trump’s White House to an “adult daycare center” marks him as one of the Senate’s best wits. It also comes close to the truth. General John Kelly and the rest of the palace guard have tried to manage Trump as if he was not capable of ...

West Virginia needs ideas

Apparently, our state’s top leaders believe the only way to bring prosperity to West Virginia is to borrow $1.6 billion to build a lot of new roads, providing only temporary jobs, many of which will go to out-of-state residents. And we wonder why so many of our fellow Americans think ...

Trump stumbles

Partisanship has its uses but President Donald Trump cannot seem to understand that it has no applications for his administration. He is not really a Republican in that he is not wedded to any particular set of ideas. During the failed healthcare debate, he described GOP solutions as ...

Human body is a miracle

The human body is a true miracle. Our organ systems interact to sustain our life and lifestyle in truly amazing ways. One of the most impressive body parts is the human hand. Its structure allows contact with our surroundings through our sense of touch. Further, it performs most of ...

Grace for the Christian in everyday lives

Many Christians love to sing “Amazing Grace.” However, very few really understand grace and its meaning in their everyday lives. Some people think much talk about “grace” means you are light on sin. The truth is some people do use grace to excuse sin. I have met them! But genuine grace ...