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Student’s passing a tragedy for us all

June 28, 2016 The sudden passing of sophomore Dakota Mitchell from natural causes on Friday afternoon — six months and six days following the tragic accidental death of fellow student Will Winters — brings home... more »»

Clinton in her own words

June 28, 2016 Hillary Clinton likes to take potshots at her rival for the presidency, Donald Trump, over things he’s said. But here in West Virginia and Ohio, we’ve been paying attention to what she say. more »»

‘I can do it, I can do it’

June 24, 2016 Sorry to be late with this week’s Monday Letter. Joni and I were in Seattle for our grandson Sam’s graduation from Nathan Hale High School on Monday evening. It was memorable. Here’s why. more »»

Blame evil, don’t blame firearms

June 24, 2016 I am not a “gun nut.” Matter of fact, I’ve been accused once or twice of not paying appropriate homage to the Second Amendment (for the record, I believe in it firmly). more »»

Budget cuts only skin-deep

June 21, 2016 Look up the phrase “wailing and gnashing of teeth” and you’ll see a picture of West Virginia legislators. They did a lot of that this year, before approving a budget acceptable to Gov. more »»

Father’s Day a special time

June 18, 2016 Even though it just seems like yesterday that my father and I were sitting on the banks of the Ohio River fishing for carp, Sunday will mark the 17th Father’s Day since his passing. more »»

High dropout rate in Randolph

June 18, 2016 According to WV Kids Count data, Randolph County ranks 50th out of 55 counties in West Virginia on the high school dropout rate. more »»

Clinton needs to discover America

June 18, 2016 Hillary Clinton completed the Democratic primary season with a flourish. She decisively defeated Bernie Sanders in New Jersey and California, strengthening her grip on the nomination. more »»

His love’s not broken, His love is pure

June 18, 2016 Y’all, I’ve been listening to a song for several weeks now that has really rocked my worl. more »»

Busy summer starts

June 14, 2016 The summer is scarcely started, but already major projects are underway to enhance the living and learning experience of our students. more »»

Ali wasn’t always The Greatest

June 14, 2016 After the late Muhammad Ali refused induction into the armed forces, 42,322 Americans died in Southeast Asia, during the Vietnam War. more »»

Rest in peace, my friend

June 11, 2016 One of the many downsides of aging is having to say goodbye to family, friends and colleagues. Throughout the years, I have had the privilege of working with a great many talented and amazing peopl. more »»

Local teen pregnancy rate shocking

June 11, 2016 As we continue this report on conditions for children in Elkins and Randolph County, we can see that many conditions continue to decline. more »»

Pundits becoming action intellectuals

June 11, 2016 In the movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” Robert Redford, playing the “kid,” remarks about a persistent posse, “Who are these guys?” One is tempted to treat the right-wing punditry the same... more »»

Books sale is set for today

June 11, 2016 I guess those noisy cicadas are in full swing all over the area. I may be in the minority, but I think they are interesting little critters. more »»

When the harvest is plentiful

June 11, 2016 I’m having a hard time putting my thoughts on paper this week, because I have entirely too many of them. more »»

The heaven’s highway of holiness

June 11, 2016 “There’s a highway to Heaven, none can walk up there, but the pure in heart, There’s a highway to heaven, walking up the King’s highway;” (unknown). more »»

Weddings trend to antiques

June 11, 2016 June is a most popular month for weddings. A new trend in weddings is throwback nuptials that highlight antique and vintage elements that enhance the wedding day experience. more »»

Wild animals are, wild

June 10, 2016 Perhaps it’s because we human beings have pushed nature so far away that many people don’t seem to understand animals. more »»

Budget crisis is fixable

June 7, 2016 Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, House of Delegates Speaker Tim Armstead and House Minority Leader Tim Miley can fix this. more »»

Students can call on staff

June 6, 2016 One of the great virtues — and joys — of D&E is the close relationship between students and those of us privileged to serve them as faculty and staf. more »»



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