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You can’t please everyone

Until recently, there hasn’t been any polling released in the race for Republican Gov. Jim Justice and Democratic Kanawha County Commissioner Ben Salango. So far, all we have is an internal poll paid for by the Justice campaign and conducted by Mark Blankenship, a long-time Republican ...

Mountain State must increase its broadband access

The light gray silhouette of West Virginia stands out against the dark green color of all our surrounding states on a map of “Broadband Access by State” in Melissa Preddy’s article “The High Price of Slow Internet” in the AARP Bulletin September 2020. West Virginia is the only ...

Actions match words

Small colleges frequently claim to offer students a personalized and individualized educational experience. Davis & Elkins College is tangibly demonstrating our actions match our words. Among the many tragedies of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the cancellation of graduation ceremonies. ...

Will third time be the charm?

Let’s hope the third time really is the charm, because we West Virginians have botched our first two opportunities to emerge from the COVID-19 epidemic. It appears we’re at the crest of the third wave of coronavirus devastation in the Mountain State. We’re not handling it well. For a ...

Activity Path created at Kump Education Center

Brown bear claws crawl, orange ant legs creep, and blue kid feet scamper along the newly painted Activity Path at Kump Education Center. It is in the orchard right across Randolph Avenue from Kroger, and the kids will love having something fun to do outside after a long ride in the shopping ...

Manchin’s proxy race for governor

It’s been just over one year since U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced he would remain in the Senate and not seek the Democratic nomination for governor, but it sure seems to me like he’s still running. No, Manchin won’t be on the ballot in November. His proxy, Kanawha County ...

Kump Education Center programs starting

This September is a very important time for all people who care about education. Our whole way of life is now in transition, and schools must make dramatic changes quickly to help kids keep up with the new online lifestyle. In the middle of the COVID-19 Crisis teachers and parents are ...

Legislative help needed to fund police vests

On Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, Trooper First Class Josh Tallman was shot by a high-caliber rifle while he was responding to a shots fired call from the Pocahontas Sheriff. Approximately one month later, Trooper Tallman and his father, Ralph Tallman visited my office to inquire about funding to ...

Two months away from the election

CHARLESTON — As of this writing, we are 64 days from the Nov. 3, general election, with the traditional start of campaign season coming next week on Labor Day. Kanawha County Commissioner Ben Salango, the Democratic challenger to Democrat-turned-Republican Gov. Jim Justice, knows he still ...

Building a Vibrant Community — what is economic development?

ELKINS — Over the past several months you have heard and read about the efforts of many in Elkins to “build a vibrant community.” While there are many different parts to building a vibrant community, the epicenter is economic development. Economic development is a phrase that gets thrown ...

Education issues and COVID-19

CHARLESTON — I shoehorned education issues and COVID-19 into the end of my column last week, but I’d be remiss in not diving into this contentious issue a bit more in light of recent union comments and last week’s West Virginia Board of Education meeting. I received some pushback last ...

Businesses support teacher certification

The Elkins business community contributed generously to Kump Education Center in support of National Board Certification for local teachers. One of the 2020 objectives for the (KEC) Neighborhood Investment Project was to help local teachers work to increase their knowledge and hone their ...

Concerned and unconcerned

In this day and age, it seems that it is frowned upon to have competing thoughts in one’s head. You either must think one way or the other, but Heaven forbid you see things both ways. For example, I can believe the COVID-19 pandemic is serious, and it is, while also believing some people ...

Appreciating beauty of ordinary things

The Augusta Festival has filled the Elkins City Park with music and local folk craft items for sale this time of year for many years. It has been my favorite place to buy Christmas presents, and I sincerely hope that it will come back to life after COVID-19. For most of the last 24 years ...

Students return to new reality

As Davis & Elkins College soon welcomes students back to campus for the Fall 2020 semester, be assured that we are doing everything in our power to protect the entire D&E community. This institution has worked tirelessly since March to prepare for the return of students, faculty, and ...

Hard feelings between hospital partisans

There’s really nothing wrong with the concept of eye-for-an-eye justice — as long as the eye is plucked from the right face. Devastating Wheeling Hospital to punish wrongdoing by a group of individuals makes no sense. Wheeling Hospital faces two severe financial challenges. One is making ...

Payroll Protection extended

The pandemic has hit West Virginia small businesses hard, hammering restaurants and coffee shops like The Black Dog Coffee Company in Shenandoah Junction. Concerned about continuing operations in the changing economic landscape, owners Jennifer and Brian Bircher received a financial lifeline ...

Clearing the air on C.A.R.E.S. Act

I feel like I’m copying Hoppy Kercheval, but he is right in noticing that the general election for governor feels like a three-way fight between Republican Gov. Jim Justice, Democratic Kanawha County Commissioner Ben Salango, and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. This match-up becomes patently ...

Tech-Link tutoring at Kump Education Center

Kump Education Center “Tech-Link Tutoring” will offer Randolph County students high-speed internet and tech-savvy coaching for online learning. This unusual intervention is the result of collaboration between Kump Education Center, Randolph County Schools, Davis & Elkins College, and ...

Defunding and dismantling

I’m not certain how giving Wheeling police new cruisers without, say, lightbars contributes to a better relationship between law enforcement personnel and the people they’re supposed to serve and protect. Nevertheless, city Councilwoman Rosemary Ketchum has a point about police/public ...