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In search of: a few good candidates

Thomas Jefferson is spinning in his grave.Four years from now, the United States won't be the country he and his fellow patriots designed in 1776. We'll be saddled with European-style socialism.Oh, we can reverse course before it's too late, but some things would have to change first.For ...

Looking ahead to 2016

Thanks to the constant hum of cable news, the speculation on the 2016 presidential election is constant. Be it Fox, MSNBC or CNN, the drumbeat of idle speculation never ends. Straw polls, intense scrutiny of who's up and who's down reflect the vacuous nature of the media. Barack Obama is a mere ...

Seven steps of disaster planning

"Family Emergency Preparedness Plan Workbook" is a very good planning guide for the things we have been talking about. It covers the seven steps to disaster planning. These steps came in part from the aftermath of Katrina, as did Homeland Security's stance and involvement in disasters. I wish ...

H.A.S. students enjoy winter campout

A small, hardy band of students from Highland Adventist School in Elkins recently survived an overnight campout in which the temperature dropped to the single digits during the night."We have students who consider it a real adventure to learn how to survive outdoors in all kinds of weather," ...

Native Plant Society plans Saturday events

The West Virginia Native Plant Society will host exciting events Saturday in Elkins, and they are open to everyone who loves nature.The event this Saturday will be given in the Monongahela National Forest Supervisor's Office, located at 200 Sycamore St., Elkins. It will begin with a special ...

Tennerton UMC honors member of the month

The Tennerton United Methodist Church member of the month for March is Cody Perrine. He is being recognized as a faithful attendee and honored for his commitment to the Lord.Perrine grew up in the Tennerton United Methodist Church and participated in the various youth activities, especially ...

Wesleyan adds new Appalachian library collection

The staff in Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library at West Virginia Wesleyan College is continually finding ways to better serve the campus and community.Beth Rogers, coordinator of reference, instruction and outreach at the library, has added yet another notch to its impressive selection. With Rogers' ...

A-B College prepares for spring cleaning

Alderson-Broaddus is looking for community members in need of helping hands for yard work and small home repairs.The Office of Student Affairs is hosting Do Good Weekend April 26 to 28. On April 27, A-B students and faculty plan to volunteer in the community by assisting Philippi residents with ...

SBA celebrates Women’s History Month

Did you know the Small Business Administration is responsible for ensuring that 23 percent of federal contracting dollars go to small businesses, to include prime and subcontracts for women-owned small businesses? The U.S. Small Business Administration celebrates Women's History Month by ...

Putting together a family safety plan

It is easy to think that no natural disaster will hit this area. At one time there was no Homeland Security Advisory System, there was no debate over gun ownership, and the post office was solvent.One percent of water on the earth is drinkable. I have seen many articles suggesting that water is ...

Make sure your family has shelter options

Suppose the Emergency Management office has issued a mandatory evacuation order for your area. Your family and loved ones are all present. Where are you going to go? What do you need to take with you? Can Fluffy and Fido go, too? If you have been working on your family safety plan, those ...

Press Start!

Ever had the desire to explore mysterious worlds, battle an alien onslaught and gather amazing loot and treasures? In real life, that never happens, but being a gamer has allowed me to explore worlds, have a sense of accomplishment and make great friends along the way.Gamers come in all shapes ...

Appraising some ‘manly’ antiques

At my public antiques appraisal events, I don't have anyone waiting in line. And, when I appraise objects, I cut to the core. No nonsense, no delicate high-brow vocabulary, no malarkey. I tell it like it is. If you have a piece of junk, I tell you. If you spent too much money on something, I ...

Springtime events coming up

Is it spring yet? I know it doesn't seem like it, but it's getting closer. After bracing for yet another winter storm last week and getting more snow again this week, a lot of people are getting tired of the snow. When we are in the middle of the high temperatures of summer, some of us will be ...

Paul breaks new ground

Rand Paul's filibuster represented a new and noble attempt to limit the excesses of the national security state. Not only did he conduct an actual filibuster, instead of cowering behind silent tactics to delay or defeat legislation, he made salient points against the possible abuse of drones. ...

Obama needs to work with GOP

The sequestration once again highlights the stalemate between President Barack Obama and the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. Although Obama seems reluctant he must find a way to at least attract some GOP congresspersons. With 201 Democrats in the House, Obama could attract 17 ...

Closure of White House is political posturing

If you're traveling to our nation's capital today - or in the near future - you'll notice one big change among tourist destinations: The White House is now completely closed to the public.Citing sequester spending cuts, President Barack Obama has shuttered the 220-year-old Neoclassical-style ...

President’s plans would be destructive

On Oct. 30, 2008, candidate Barack Obama told supporters, "We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America." Many thought it was just rhetoric. Today, they know better.Capitalism, free markets, free enterprise all are on life-support and fading ...

Our bungled foreign policy

It's time for everybody - especially liberals - to acknowledge that President Barack Obama's foreign policies have made the world a more dangerous place.The countries and peoples wanting to inflict pain upon us and our allies are numerous. Iran, North Korea, China, Russia, al-Qaeda and all ...