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Buckhannon Rotary hosts meeting

Rachel Holcomb, third-year medical student at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, spoke to the Buckhannon Rotary Club on Tuesday about her mission trips to the Dominican Republic where she treated patients.Holcomb is from Spanish Fort, Ala., and graduated with a ...

Listen to Powell, Jindal

Gen. Colin Powell's remark that the Republican party, particularly its far right wing, has masked a "dark vein of intolerance" has stirred great controversy. Some, like Louisiana's Gov. Bobby Jindal, have taken up the same theme. He has warned against tolerating candidates producing "stupid" ...

Sensible GOP voices

For the first time in a while, sensible voices within the Republican Party are beginning to be heard. Paul Ryan and Tom Cole in the House are beginning to ward off the red hats within the GOP Caucus. Certainly a step away from the destructive debt ceiling debate, however modest, is an ...

Obama facing budget pressures

President Barack Obama enters his second term with confidence and with renewed purpose. Gone are the days that he can be accused somehow of being illegitimate. He is the first incumbent since Dwight D. Eisenhower to win a majority in two straight elections. Although he is advised to behave more ...

The resolve to ‘be better’

Hello Barbour County! We are marching right into 2013! I hope this new year has been treating you well so far. Did you stay up til midnight and watch the ball drop? I saw something recently that said, "Youth is when you get to stay up and watch the ball drop. Middle age is when you have to." ...

Southern politics shifted yet again

Republican dominance of the South is almost total thanks to gerrymandering and the destruction of blue dog Democrats. When many conservative Democrats like Richard Shelby defected to the GOP they brought their patronage-loving tendencies with them. On national issues, they seemed in sync with ...

We jumped a cliff long ago

Are you spending twice as much as you did 10 years ago? Probably not; you'd either feel as if you'd struck it rich or your creditors would be forming a posse to come after you if you were.But your Uncle Sam has been on a spending spree. During the past decade, federal spending has doubled. In ...

Kump Education Center thanks Dr. Phares

We are glad the schools of West Virginia will have Dr. James Phares as state superintendent of schools, but we will miss him in Elkins. His vision and energy are evident in his willingness to try new ideas and his insistence on improved performance.When Kump Education Center representatives met ...

Strength through opposition

Grover Cleveland, it was said, engendered affection among Democrats because of the "enemies he has made." Much of the same can be said of the last two Democratic presidents, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Despite some disagreement with the "base" nevertheless both were given passes in the ...