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Need for STEM academy

This summer West Virginia students gifted in math and science are attending the Governor's School for Math and Science. Eighth graders will study the universe at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Greenbank. At WVU, 7th graders already completed "Mythbusters," a program in the spirit ...

Tennant digging deeper hole

One wonders how Natalie Tennant could have put herself in a worse position.Her support for President Barack Obama in 2008, then again in 2012 - after he began his war on coal and affordable electricity - was enough to scuttle her hopes of winning a U.S. Senate seat from West Virginia.Now ...

John Kerry disappoints in new role

Sometimes one regrets a vote and I believe that I am beginning to rue the vote I cast for John Kerry in 2004. As Secretary of State, he has comported himself in a manner which suggests that he is not fully up to the mark. He has been shrill in his comments, imprudent in his suggestions and ...

Don’t spend time wishing your life away

Several years ago, I was driving the short distance from boys' basketball practice to the YMCA to home, my head spinning thinking what to fix for dinner before Boy Scouts. We were in hurry mode and quickly sped through the motions of dinner and arrived at Scouts on time. The roads were icy and ...

Community Corrections a valuable program

The Kump Center, 4-H Camp, YMCA and many other local institutions have benefited from the help of probationers from the North Central Community Corrections program. It is an idea that really makes good sense. When a person makes a mistake, jail should not be the only option judges have to ...

Sheetz reopens

Hello from Barbour County, home of the brand new Sheetz!The Sheetz gas station/convenience store in Philippi has been closed for several months, allowing the work crew to come in and tear down the old building, starting completely fresh to build a new structure.Many folks felt lost without ...

W.Va. nature helps tell U.S. fate

A movement in science has emerged that deserves the attention of all Americans. Some biologists have found a way to apply their research of animal-population ecology to the history of nations. These trailblazers argue history needs to become an analytical, predictive science. This new ...

Working to support West Virginia’s agriculture

Like many farmers, builders, and small businesses, I see the EPA's proposed new rule redefining "waters of the United States" as just one more power grab by an already out-of-control EPA.As the top Democrat on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure I have been working closely ...

Iraq shows flaws in U.S. plans

ISIS' offensive in Iraq finally exposed before the American people the folly of George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq in 2003.With nearly $25 billion invested in the Iraqi army, a small force of Islamic radicals were able to storm a major city and force the government army to the gates of Baghdad. ...

Scheduling woes

Principal Cynthia Bodkin has started an important conversation at North Elementary School. When parents and faculty start talking about scheduling changes, they are starting to think about finding new ways to organize the school day more effectively. It's always easier to keep on with the ...

Terrorism in the West Virginia hills?

During the months following the 9/11 attacks, we all feared anything could come next. Fast forward to nearly 13 years later and the lack of another major attack has returned us into thinking we're invincible - despite the recent creation of an Islamic terrorist base in Iraq that will rival the ...

Summer packed with activities in Barbour

Hello from Barbour County! I hope everyone is able to enjoy their summer.Just a reminder that Cornerstone Church in Industrial Park will be having kid's camp from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday. The theme will be Noah's Ark and is for children in K-8 grades. Come out for a time of fun with classes, ...

Government’s three R’s: Respect, Responsibility and Routine

The City of Elkins celebrated the signing of House Bill 4339 to lift the financial burden associated with closing the Elkins-Randolph County Landfill Wednesday. We can be proud that local people used their time and intelligence to solve this expensive problem.National news commentators say the ...

Cantor’s defeat a true shock

For established politicians, the defeat of Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, in a primary no less, came as a shock. But for many Americans it was a matter of "it's about time." In a year when Tea Party candidates have not fared well, Dave Brat's victory came at a good time.Certainly there ...

Merry misadventures of Kristin Short

Author's note: July 4 marks the third anniversary of my daughter Kristin Short's homegoing to Heaven. I thought instead of a mournful poem or diddy, I'd share a hilarious story of actual events that happened to her. She had more funny stories of true events in her life than anyone I've ever met ...

GOP is ever on the attack

Conservatives must love Barack Obama. Every time the President flirts with disaster they come to his rescue. Because of their militancy on foreign policy they are genetically, it would seem, usable to exploit Obama's weaknesses. Instead of focusing on pertinent issues, they go the inflammatory ...

Are you a workaholic?

Workaholics Anonymous has 20 questions, used as a screening tool, to help determine if you're a workaholic.If you answer yes to 3 or more questions, you may have a problem worth discussing with a mental health counselor or your doctor.- Do you get more excited about your work than about family ...

Teacher tenure an issue

Last week the news media was full of talk about the teacher tenure law suit in California. Hoping to get a different perspective on this issue from a British magazine, I decided to see what The Economist had to say. The title of the article was "Teacher tenure: Brown v Board, the sequel: A ...

Celebrate all dads on Father’s Day

By Kimberly MorganThe Daily GrindWhether your dad has passed away, you never knew your father, or he is absent from your life, Father's Day likely is painful for you. You observe others buying cards, gifts and planning a big "shindig" for their dad and it hurts. For some, they just get busy and ...

Kump Center works with water quality

ELKINS - Trout Unlimited volunteers Pam Byrne and Jane Birdsong examined water conditions in Goddin Creek at Kump Center in late May. They tested the water in order to begin monitoring the impact of changes that are taking place on the property in the near future.Botanist Alyssa Hanna has ...