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President should have stood taller

The not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial last week has been a godsend for the Al Sharptons and Jesse Jacksons of the world. The verdict just proves that there's that there's well, that there's no justice for blacks in America.And so "racism" is the narrative for the mobs ...

Reaching a benchmark in life

A few weeks ago Ihad to come to a decision, one made out of necessity rather than choice. It is a benchmark in my life, when I think about it. I have decided not to plant a garden this year.And I don't mean a "patch" but a garden. Mine is 60 feet x 20 feet, and I work it-several times-with out ...

The music of the mountains calls West Virginians home

From backyard picnics and front porch fiddler performances to bluegrass barn concerts and congregational hymns, West Virginia's music echoes from mountain to mountain.Sometimes even from a picket line.Music is as much a part of West Virginia's rich culture, strong traditions and great history ...

Dreaming: ‘Manchin a Republican’

Dreams can be funny things. Hard to know what prompts them, even harder to figure out what they mean.Twice in the last three months, I've dreamt that I've misplaced my golf clubs at a tournament. I wake up in a cold sweat and realize it was just a dream and first thing in the morning, I check ...

Anger not enough of a platform

Whether or not you agree or disagree with President Barack Obama, you have to admit he has managed to stir the pot. For conservatives, Obama represents the culmination of all their fears. The age of diversity arrived with a vengeance in 2008, and its herald was Obama. Suddenly young people, ...

Nation needs good people taking control

- The National Cathedral, the "spiritual home for the nation," and Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian and Unitarian churches in Washington, D.C., rang their bells last week to celebrate U.S. Supreme Court rulings in support of same-sex marriage.- Lady Gaga changed the words of our National ...

Court puts GOP in difficult position

For the United States, the Fourth of July represents not only the triumph of independence but the victory of an idea. Not only does it celebrate political freedom but personal liberation as well. "All men are created equal," although Thomas Jefferson may have not totally grasped its importance, ...

Senators must help keep coal alive

Voters in states such as West Virginia and Ohio won't put up with excuses from the U.S. Senate this time around.President Barack Obama has made it clear he intends to kill the coal industry - and thus, reasonably priced electricity for tens of millions of Americans.Last week, Obama revealed a ...

War on coal a stage call for Manchin

Last weekend, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, was all smiles as he walked and waved in the parade at Coalton Days 2013.Today, the smiles are pretty much gone.While Manchin was parading through a town once run by the West Virginia Coal and Coke Company, the White House was putting ...

Obama’s faltering foreign policy

Barack Obama's administration appears without purpose and without policy when it comes to foreign affairs. Still, remnants of George W. Bush's approach appear in Obama's pronouncements. Indeed, as the United States pursues an ideological foreign policy, the so-called "indispensable nation" ...

U.S. hawks dead wrong on Syria war

There are at least two schools of thought regarding President Barack Obama's conduct of U.S. foreign policy. One holds that he knows what he's doing. The other suggests that he's a bull in a china shop.Last week's White House announcement that the United States will give more military aid, ...

Obama should ignore Clinton

Bill Clinton, perhaps trying to please his guest John McCain, urged a tougher line on Syria. With his wife, Hillary, no longer Secretary of State, he criticized President Barack Obama for not being resolute. Without the responsibility of office or political incentive, Clinton took a cheap ...

Movie collectibles experience huge increase in popularity

Movie memorabilia from the 1960s has enjoyed a renewed interest on the market lately. Specifically, screen legends and big budget movies spell value with collectibles on the auction block.For instance, 1960s-era movie stills have sold to collectors, such as those of James Dean for $650, of Joan ...

Priceless resource in hills of W.Va.

There's a priceless resource in the hills of West Virginia. It's more valuable than gold, more durable than the coal seams that run through the ridges of our great state. And it's in higher demand than the liquid gas that will propel the Mountain State to once again be at the forefront of ...

Round and About Barbour County

Hello from Barbour County! It seems we are full swing into summer. I hope kids and teachers are enjoying their time off. Before we know it, school will be starting again.Congratulations go out to the Barbour County youth soccer teams who went to the West Virginia Open Cup Championship ...

Free Day at the Landfill

The challenge of dealing with garbage in the Elkins area has been a simmering caldron waiting to explode over the last quarter century. It is about ready to now.The Elkins landfill is full. It can take no more trash. It had to be closed. If it continued to accept trash for which there was ...

Big Brother an elephant in the room

If you simply shrug your shoulders over electronic surveillance programs run by our government, please turn to the person beside you and ask them to throw cold water in your face.Good. Now pay attention.Thanks to Edward Snowden, 29, a "geek" who worked for a defense contractor, we now know that ...

Letting secrets out of the box

Recently the tactics of the National Security Agency, tapping phones in the name of protection of the state, has refueled elements of the Tea Party as well as the left wing American Civil Liberties Union. As well, the whistle blower, Edward Snowden, has come forth to claim he was doing it all ...

All the time in the world

In Tucker County, Jessica Collar, a young woman in her 30s, is learning the art of clock repair from 88-year-old Doyle Kisner.Last fall, I visited the pair in Doyle's shop, their two lives converging quietly, patiently, in the midst of 300 antique clocks. Down in the basement, Doyle and his ...

IRS abuses may ignite ‘revolution’

In the early 1770s, an oppressive, abusive and arrogant government angered many Americans. Tax policies were especially egregious, and they became a catalyst for revolt and the formation of what Alexis de Tocqueville called "the great American experiment."Today, an oppressive, abusive and ...