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Natural gas facing resistance

Editor’s note: This guest commentary from Sen. Shelley Capito initially appeared in The Washington Times. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, if the Appalachian region were an independent country, it would be the third-largest natural gas producer in the world. Job creation and ...

McDonnell helped alter trajectory of D&E

Throughout the history of Davis & Elkins College, there have been a handful of individuals whose transformational leadership and commitment have fundamentally altered the trajectory of this institution. St. Louis resident Mr. James S. McDonnell III deserves an honored place on this elite ...

Mr. Adams goes to Washington

Last week, I spent two days in our nation’s capital shadowing Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and it was an eye-opening and enlightening experience. I was asked by my friend Ric DeRubeis, afternoon host of Real Big Talk with Big Ric WKKX-WVLY, why I made ...

Common sense and masks

WASHINGTON — Just as the vaccine campaign against the coronavirus pandemic appears to be making progress, the chief White House official leading the effort has thrown a potential monkey wrench into the drive. She says that for those who are vaccinated, masks outdoors are no longer ...

The media’s Tucker Carlson obsession

Tune into CNN or MSNBC on a daily basis and you will find someone venting about what Tucker Carlson said the night before. The New York Times, The Washington Post, etc., vent daily about Carlson. Back in the early days of blogging, bloggers would attack bigger names hoping for attention, link ...

Liberals and a black conservative

CAMDEN, S.C. — The tightrope one must walk when discussing race these days is especially perilous if you happen be Republican Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina. During his response Wednesday night to President Joe Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress, Scott managed to keep his ...

11th annual Kump Education Research Seminar

Kump Education Research Seminar has changed over the years, but it is always a time to observe progress in local teacher education. When we began in 2011, it was a research competition for students from Alderson-Broadus, Davis & Elkins, and WV Wesleyan Colleges. Last April during the dark ...

Forming the new GO-WV

Our two companies differ – in size, in approach to drilling for natural gas, in well size and in geographic reach. But when it comes to the future of our industry, we speak with one voice. And that’s why we’re thrilled to be a part of the Gas & Oil Association of West Virginia ...

More Mountaineer spirit

With the end of the 2021 legislative session, I’ve seen the usual outcries from people, particularly my age or younger, wishing to leave West Virginia over this bill or that bill. Inevitably, there are a handful of bills that raise the ire of young people that make it across the finish line ...

Gun violence

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden’s first priority in reaching office was tackling the coronavirus pandemic. Now he has another on his plate in the flood of deaths by readily available firearms across the country. Hardly a day passes in his young presidency when another shocking multiple ...

Failures to distinguish, even with video

How many people have died unjustly and unseen, out of mind and now forgotten by all but those who love them? It is a question we should ask in light of the Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd situations. It is a reminder that justice would have been denied to both men had there not been video. How ...

Art mentoring makes a difference

This week we are announcing an apple-for-the-teacher award to honor well-known local potter Scottie R. Wiest. Although she has taught at Augusta Heritage Center and Davis & Elkins College, this recognition does not come from her formal teaching experience. Sue Gillispie wrote the following ...

Jennings Randolph’s role

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 26th Amendment to the United States Constitution. The 26th Amendment reduced the voting age for eligible American citizens from 21 to 18. What many people don’t know is that in November 1941 then-President Franklin Roosevelt reduced ...

Closer to the light

According to a recent article published in The Journal of Positive Psychology, creativity “… encourages positive emotions that can unlock our inner resources for dealing with stress and uncertainty.” The truth of the preceding statement has been made evident on the campus of Davis & ...

Playing catch-up on coronavirus

After covering the 60-day legislative session, I almost always need the week after to recover, decompress, and catch up on things. For example, I feel like I missed the one-year anniversary of the coronavirus in the state. I didn’t. I did write about it even while covering the session, but I ...

Best teachers bring out the best in students

Several years ago after Dr. Bill King received the Lois Latham Award for Teaching Excellence, he told his audience at Davis & Elkins College that the purpose of education is not to pound in information, but it is to draw out the abilities of students. He noted that the root word of ...

Committed to excellence

Green Bay Packers Coach Vince Lombardi said, “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” A commitment to excellence aptly describes three individuals retiring from Davis & Elkins College in ...

Legislative session ends

As I write this Sunday, I’m still recovering from the end of the 2021 legislative session that ended at midnight Saturday. It was truly a 60-day rollercoaster and certainly a session for the history books. I’m going to highlight several things that happened this session, so bear with ...

Love of learning can be a family legacy

Mothers are the first teachers for most children, but those of us who had teachers as mothers have a special legacy to pass on. Attorney Rob Perdue nominated his mother and his son for apples for our teacher tree because these two teachers have made a difference in his on-going ...

Word of mouth advertising

Word of mouth is a powerful form of advertising. According to industry research, this is true for two basic reasons. For the hearer, the direct words of someone you know brings credibility for the reputation of the one making a recommendation is on the line. Second, we generally trust those we ...