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What is the future of W.Va.?

Each year government leadership offers a new economic plan in hopes of improving the future of West Virginia. New ideas are good. West Virginians should hope everyone running for elected office thinks they have the answer, or at least a new idea. After all, when your state has been at the ...

Time to pay the piper?

CHARLESTON — If I were the Governor, I don’t know if I’d be constantly promoting my dog. It only raises the value of the dog if one day Jim Justice’s assets are auctioned off on the courthouse steps. As I and other have reported last week (hat tip to the Wall Street Journal), Gov. ...

Assistance for broadband bills now available

Two new realities have become obvious in the past year. Our society has increasingly become much more dependent on internet service than ever before for school, work and shopping. And, due to the pandemic, many people who have never before had difficulties paying their bills have had to rely ...

China’s family values

The Chinese communist government is going to permit three children per family. How nice. Here’s how The New York Times put it: “The announcement by the ruling Communist Party represents an acknowledgment that its limits on reproduction, the world’s toughest, have jeopardized the ...

Topography of W.Va. was sculpted by water

In preparation for our summer science programs at Kump Education Center, I asked Dr. Jim Van Gundy to help us explain the role of water in forming rocks. To summarize the geological processes he was describing he said, “The Topography of West Virginia Was Sculpted by Water.” This ...

SOLE summer school for coronavirus recovery

This summer Kump Education Center has the privilege of working with Randolph County Public Schools on SOLE (Student Opportunities for Learning and Engagement). Three hundred students are enrolled to work on basic skills that they may not have developed over the last 15 months while schools were ...