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What-do-you-know conversations not constructive

February 7, 2015 Starting a conversation with an adolescent can be awkward. The classic scenario is when the parent says, “Where did you go?” and the teenager answers, “Out. more »»

Jesus Christ is the Great Physician

February 7, 2015 Liturgically, we are in the last couple of weeks of ordinary time framed by Epiphany. Epiphany is about the Light that shines in the darkness of the world. more »»

Mountain Highland trains offer many memories

February 7, 2015 ELKINS — Winter days are moving on at a very fast pace, and those occasional deep snows keep us beside our warmest heat source and slow our steps. more »»

Change may be in works

February 6, 2015 These are exciting times. Really. For one reason or another, a lot more people seem willing to think outside the proverbial box — to try things that were taboo for generation. more »»

Lawsuit abuse an issue

February 5, 2015 Lawsuit abuse is one of the main culprits that hold our great state behind. West Virginia has the worst lawsuit climate in America, according to the U.S. more »»

Immunization bill an improvement

February 3, 2015 Most people ought to have their children immunized against certain diseases, including measles, mumps, etc. That’s one issue on which the science really is settled. more »»

82nd Legislative session underway

February 3, 2015 The 82nd Legislature convened on Jan. 8. I am honored to serve my fifth term representing the 43rd District’s citizens. more »»

Repeal is a big victory

February 2, 2015 With the second week of the 2015 legislative session in the books, we’re one step closer to repealing one of the worst laws passed in West Virginia history. more »»

Wives tales a lot of baloney

January 31, 2015 Earlier this week, on a drive toward Mill Creek, I saw something that — for a brief second — turned me into my mother. more »»

Baby, it’s cold outside

January 31, 2015 ELKINS — No matter how hard anyone tries to convince me that we have been lucky with the weather so far this winter, I’ve had enough. I’m ready for spring. more »»

GOP should open up ’16 race

January 31, 2015 Republicans have found themselves in an unfamiliar predicament — too many moderates. Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie are representatives of the GOP cente. more »»

God always will make a way for us

January 31, 2015 I returned from the ladies’ meeting several years ago exhausted. Tired, but a good kind of tired. The drive from Martinsburg completed the weekend, and I was floating on a cloud, so to speak. more »»

Elkins is ready for Main Street designation

January 31, 2015 As director of the Kump Education Center, I am proud to support the efforts of ON TRAC to bring the National Main Street Program to Elkins. more »»

‘I’m certain that God was the first one to cry’

January 31, 2015 Again, this past week, we had the opportunity to think about the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. more »»

Welcome to W.Va., Wanda

January 30, 2015 You just can’t make this stuff up. A well-known comedy star insults the entire state of West Virginia and all its residents on national television. more »»

Defending free press

January 30, 2015 I feel relatively certain there are a number of people who, down through the years, have thought about beheading me or storming into my office with an AK-47 blazing. But it’s not going to happen. more »»

GOP moving fast in Charleston

January 27, 2015 Something of a psychological change appears to be accompanying the earth-shattering political power shift in Charlesto. more »»

Change a matter of generations in Afghanistan

January 26, 2015 The terrorist ordeals in Paris have certainly captured the attention of the world, and rightfully so. more »»

Money blunders that can make you poorer

January 26, 2015 How are your money habits? Are you getting ahead financially, or does it feel like you are running in place? It may come down to behavior. more »»

Who votes for the welfare of children?

January 24, 2015 It’s hard to believe that the majority of American school children live in low-income families at the poverty line, but that is what the Washington Post reported last Sunda. more »»



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