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U.S. must rethink its foreign policy

August 10, 2013 The Arab world is on fire, and 19 U.S. embassies have been closed all week as a result of threats from al-Qaeda. more »»

U.S. needs to get house in order

August 10, 2013 When the Arab “spring” spread from Tunis to Egypt in 2011, there was a sense of triumphalism among interventions of all types - Liberal or Conservative. more »»

‘Hoodwinked in Richmond’ set to debut

August 3, 2013 “Hoodwinked in Richmond,” an original one-act play by Jane Birdsong, will debut at 2 p.m., Aug. 31, at Kump Education Center in Elkin. more »»

Speak up; we can stop ObamaCare

August 3, 2013 The 113th Congress has adjourned, thankfully. more »»

Obama remains a polarizing figure

August 3, 2013 For Barack Obama, his fifth year must seem a dull repeat. Once more a tour around the country to drum up support for initiatives seemingly permanently stalled in Congres. more »»

Fruit harvest promises fine dining

August 3, 2013 As early morning coolness greets us and our summer begins to slip away, we see welcome sights dotting our countryside with the appearance of farmers market fresh fruit varieties that promise the bes... more »»

Year of firsts for FFA students

August 2, 2013 First words, first love, first kiss, first day at school and first steps are all milestones which are special to those who witness or are a part of these events. more »»

Obama hits the road for Obamacare

July 27, 2013 President Barack Obama is oftentimes a national embarrassment, and last Wednesday was one of those times. more »»

Looking for Tea Party leaders

July 27, 2013 Reaction to Liz Cheney’s challenge to Mike Enzi in the Wyoming Republican senatorial primary in 2014 has been interesting. Tea Party Republicans such as Sen. more »»

Summer reunions celebrate relationships

July 20, 2013 West Virginia summers boast many special occasions, but ones that are truly heartfelt celebrations are the many annual family reunions and homecomings that bid journeys from several states and offer... more »»

The music of the mountains calls West Virginians home

July 20, 2013 From backyard picnics and front porch fiddler performances to bluegrass barn concerts and congregational hymns, West Virginia’s music echoes from mountain to mountain. more »»

Dems left workers behind

July 20, 2013 “Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity,” Franklin Roosevelt intoned in 1936, “than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own... more »»

President should have stood taller

July 20, 2013 The not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial last week has been a godsend for the Al Sharptons and Jesse Jacksons of the world. more »»

Reaching a benchmark in life

July 20, 2013 A few weeks ago Ihad to come to a decision, one made out of necessity rather than choice. It is a benchmark in my life, when I think about it. I have decided not to plant a garden this year. more »»

Dreaming: ‘Manchin a Republican’

July 13, 2013 Dreams can be funny things. Hard to know what prompts them, even harder to figure out what they mean. Twice in the last three months, I’ve dreamt that I’ve misplaced my golf clubs at a tournament. more »»

Anger not enough of a platform

July 13, 2013 Whether or not you agree or disagree with President Barack Obama, you have to admit he has managed to stir the pot. For conservatives, Obama represents the culmination of all their fears. more »»

Court puts GOP in difficult position

July 6, 2013 For the United States, the Fourth of July represents not only the triumph of independence but the victory of an idea. Not only does it celebrate political freedom but personal liberation as well. more »»

Nation needs good people taking control

July 6, 2013 - The National Cathedral, the “spiritual home for the nation,” and Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian and Unitarian churches in Washington, D.C., rang their bells last week to celebrate U.S. more »»

Senators must help keep coal alive

July 5, 2013 Voters in states such as West Virginia and Ohio won’t put up with excuses from the U.S. Senate this time around. more »»

War on coal a stage call for Manchin

June 29, 2013 Last weekend, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, was all smiles as he walked and waved in the parade at Coalton Days 2013. Today, the smiles are pretty much gone. more »»



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