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Today’s Silent Majority

I have to keep telling myself that our country is not as divided as a country as we appear to be, but with the loud voices on the fringe left and fringe right regarding the coronavirus, it’s easy to be a little disheartened. I have no idea where the middle exactly falls on the scale, but ...

Teachers share ideas during shutdown

Although the Coronavirus shutdown prevented a group meeting, April 29 was the date scheduled for the 10th Annual Kump Education Center Seminar, and one excellent Davis & Elkins College student sent her abstract online. The rest of our presenters talked with me on the telephone. Skylee ...

Nuttall a driving force for D&E

The gravel path leads past a boulder with a bronze plaque affixed. It is not difficult to walk right by and overlook the engraved words of dedication for the athletic field on the campus of Davis & Elkins College. However, the sentiment expressed, and the individual honored deserves this ...

Opportunity to adapt

Sometimes you can’t fight the inevitable, and that’s what happened this week when the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals — after nearly five years with the case in limbo — ruled the state’s Right to Work law was constitutional and valid. It was really the only decision that ...

Providing rural access to online learning

Members of the Kump Education Center Board of Directors realize that students in remote parts of Randolph County are disadvantaged now that the schools are closed for the remainder of this school year. While students in Elkins can access high speed internet by several means, those options are ...

Remembering Rick Varchetto

This week I walked through an empty house. Echoing among those walls was a rich story of a man who loved his faith, his family, his friends, his community and his college. The house, which sits near the tennis courts at Davis & Elkins College, belonged to Rick Varchetto, D&E class of ...

Just a roll of the dice

Last week, I told you I was seeking more answers to how the West Virginia Lottery went about approving elections betting for the sports betting app used by the Greenbrier Resort. I won’t dive into the whole thing, as I had a full story last week with a timeline of events. In short, DraftKings ...

Getting kids online is now the agenda

The Kump Education Center Board of Directors had their first online meeting last Thursday. Logan Smith set up the connection and eight directors joined the meeting. At the end, President Priscilla Gay said we should have more online conferences because so many new ideas came up during the hour, ...

Staying connected

AARP recognizes the on-going Covid-19 pandemic is a challenging time for all as we try to adjust, distance, cope with loss of employment, ill family members, and so much more. We know that our older adults are our most vulnerable. The recommendations we are to follow to help keep us safe, may ...

Who the real heroes are

The real heroes are the health care personnel and first responders. They are the front line defending us from this scourge. They are working day and night. They are heroes. Yes, those working in health care and as first responders today are working to save lives. Putting in extra hours and ...

Students are at the core

Students are the very core of Davis & Elkins College. Even during a pandemic, we must not lose sight of why D&E exists, nor who we serve. We are proudly student-centric. Anna Ruf is completing her freshman year at D&E. I remember meeting her as a prospective student and commenting ...

Support local houses of worship

There are no atheists in foxholes, it has been said. As many people remain holed-up at home on the COVID-19 battlefield, one wonders how many thoughts have turned to houses of worship. You ought to be thinking about them, even if you’re an atheist or an agnostic. And you ought to be writing ...

Researchers should be applauded

You heard it first from this staunch supporter of the West Virginia University Mountaineers: Hail to Pitt! Calm down. As we reported last week, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers think they may have come up with a vaccine against the COVID-19 virus. It has only been ...

Preying on our anxiety

We’re Americans. We’ll beat this. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness….” This is not just the first line of the novel, Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, it is a good description of our current times. ...

Internet connections for kids in rural areas

Schools closures during Covid 19 Pandemic have forced families to make many changes to help educate children. Home schooling, online learning, and child care responsibilities have become the daily duties of parents. After four weeks they are beginning to recognize how difficult teaching can be, ...

Unique Easter experience

This Sunday is Easter. As a believer, Easter has always been for me a day of joy and thanksgiving for a divine gift of unspeakable meaning and beauty. I associate the occasion with an overflowing crowd worshipping, praying and recommitting ourselves to live as Easter people. A few weeks ...

The show must go on in West Virginia

Once this is over, we’re all going to need to blow off a little steam, relax — and celebrate. A good way to start would be to eat out at local restaurants every night for a couple of weeks, even if you’re in the habit of preparing dinner at home most of the time. Then, what? Hint: ...

Protect your wallet

Over the last month, our office has assessed all of its responsibilities so that it can work with consumers and our partners in government to ensure West Virginia is best prepared to fight the coronavirus. For us, that means enforcing the state’s consumer law, maintaining the integrity of ...

Perhaps in the end this will make us stronger

In the last few days I have been haunted by the old saying: “If it does not kill you, it will make you stronger.” Wikipedia attributes this idea to Mithridates VI, King of Pontus (134-63 BC) who fortified his body against assassination by taking small amounts of lethal substances to build ...

The future of higher education

The early reports are generally positive. Despite having only a few days to prepare to teach students online, our faculty have done superb work, and our students have proven they are committed and adaptive. While none of us would have chosen this new reality, education continues through Davis ...