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Four years of growth

It is always a tough assignment to travel to Florida during the winter, but Lisa and I recently accepted with enthusiasm. We joined members of our Institutional Advancement office in a series of alumni events and development calls throughout the state. Davis & Elkins has a substantial ...

Higher education can improve W.Va.

Here are four tidbits of information. See if you can spot what’s wrong with the picture they form: 1. West Virginia has the lowest education attainment rate in the nation. 2. Throughout the nation, just 40 percent of people responding to a Pew Research Center survey said higher education is ...

Program promoting safety of miners

American drivers understand that if they go over the speed limit and receive a ticket from a police officer, they must pay the fine that has been issued, or their driver’s license will be suspended. The laws for drivers, and the consequences of not paying fines, are clear to all. America’s ...

Stepping into springtime

ELKINS — Those of us who have had to huddle in our houses for several months are more than ready to step outside and begin our spring fitness walking programs that ensure health and vitality. We count ourselves fortunate that we do not have to deal with the miles of asphalt and concrete ...

The Requirement of Sacrifice

“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch (sinner) like me. I once was blind, but now am found. ‘Twas blind but now I see.” The lyrics of this hymn resonate within the hearts of those whom Jesus has rescued from the sentence of eternal separation to hell. Grace was the ...

Teaser in chief?

Donald Trump should be, by any measure, not as unpopular as he is, but he has a propensity for shooting himself in the foot and he remains unpopular. Despite economically flush times, he appears as the national crank in chief. He advocates arming teachers, despite having heard the news that ...

Exceptional teacher made a difference

Judith Sabol McCauley was a true teacher of teachers. When I first met her in late 1999, she was teaching at Davis & Elkins College. Judy guided many academically challenged students through their course work, and she taught Exceptional Child to future teachers. I was just starting as ...

Dialogue with students

Twice in a recent week I was afforded the honor of sitting down with a group of D&E students to hear their thoughts, ideas, concerns and dreams for their college. Among the many duties of a college president, perhaps none is more important nor a higher privilege. The first group ...

PEIA issue must be solved

Many of the public school teachers on strike since Thursday are as upset about health insurance premiums and benefits as they are regarding salaries. “Fix PEIA” — the Public Employees Insurance Agency — signs were common on the picket lines. But it can’t be fixed. Trust me on this: ...

Beverly targeting unsightly properties

BEVERLY — There is a new air of authority in the small town of Beverly, one that has added bite to the battle against blighted and unsightly properties within corporate boundaries. With the recent adoption of the 2015 International Property Maintenance Code, “The Town of Beverly has ...

From wood shop to surgery

During high school, every spring brought an automatic conflict. As I made my academic schedule for the next calendar year, the guidance counselor would call me in and complain about my class choices. I would arrange the usual pre-college classes such as physics, advanced literature, and ...

Walkout calls for voters to wake up

Nobody likes a teacher strike. It suggests a failure of a community to support education and a breach in the trusting relationship between parents and teachers. Nonetheless, I am glad that Randolph County has a school board and superintendent who are willing to work with the teachers to ...

Trump losing his flair

Since the Cleveland Convention of 2016, Donald Trump has lost much of his originality and flair. Unfortunately, what he’s kept has been the negative and disparaging rhetoric that the Republican “moderates” condemned. Instead of his most interesting observations, limiting foreign ...

Barbour County says farewell to longtime leader Roger Nestor

Hello from Barbour County! I sure have been enjoying this warm weather, and I love the sounds of the birds singing in the morning. I even heard some spring "peepers" last week! Barbour County is sad to say good-bye to Roger Nestor. Roger has been a long-time extension agent and 4-H leader, ...

Enabling leaders

Many books have been written concerning leadership. Leaders come in different shapes and sizes, as well as personalities and styles. Yet all, who are effective, have in common the ability to move a group or organization forward, effect positive change and bring out the best in people — be ...

Issues with sports betting

If West Virginia legislators behind the sports betting bill were trying to ensure we can compete against surrounding states, they went way, way overboard. Should sports betting become a reality here, that could cost West Virginians millions of dollars a year in lost revenue. Under the measure ...

Strategic visioning

The Elkins City Council, administrative officers, parks director and mayor met on Feb. 9 and 10 to begin the difficult task of crafting a Strategic Vision for the city. Mayor Van Broughton welcomed his team and introduced Mr. Tom Heywood, a West Virginia attorney who also provides ...

Youth experiences make a difference

Last week this column recounted data from The Economist listing many improvements in the behaviors of teenagers in the developed world. This week The Gazette reported statistics indicating that youth in West Virginia may not fare as well because the gap in parenting between rich and poor ...

Nunes and his memo

Shock seems too benign a word to describe some of the reaction to Republican support for Devon Nunes and his now notorious memo. Like Joseph McCarthy, the California GOP Congressman waves it around as if to say “I have in my hand” a document that allegedly describes “a conspiracy so ...

Plan’s defeat brought change

Two years ago, the outlook for West Virginia’s energy sector seemed grim. We feared for the future of families whose living depends upon coal mining. We were concerned about our state’s economy and energy production. We faced the possibility of another anti-coal president, this one with ...