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First Friday at Kump Education Center

Now that Kump Education Center is included in the Elkins Main Street District, we are planning First Friday activities for each summer month. Friday, June 7 will be a time when children can help plant a small garden bed at Kump Center and learn why bee hives help gardens grow. Each First ...

America’s longest war

America’s longest war — neither Vietnam nor Afghanistan — shows no sign of even winding down, much less ending. To the contrary, the death toll may continue to increase. Veterans of military service rightly point to the Vietnam and Afghan wars as the longest, in most respects, in U.S. ...

Democrats need to look at strategy

Once again Democratic strategists have become entranced with the idea that if they dominate the middle in the 2020 campaign, they will defeat Donald Trump. As in 2016 when they believed Hillary Clinton was a sure bet, Democrats assumed all voters live in their political universe. Indeed, they ...

Teachers working toward certification

Four promising Randolph County teachers met at Kump Education Center May 23 to explore the possibility of becoming National Board certified teachers. They plan to attend meetings in Clarksburg, June 18-20, to learn more about this unique program. If any local teachers would like to join our ...

Defending the Second Amendment

For West Virginians, guns are part of our way of life. The Second Amendment guarantees our right as Americans to keep and bear arms. Whether for self-defense or sport, our right to own guns is protected by the U.S. Constitution. In Washington, D.C., the new House Majority under the leadership ...

Let joy ring out

Let the joy ring out! If there was one word to describe the atmosphere in Harper-McNeeley Auditorium on May 11 during the 110th Commencement Ceremonies of Davis & Elkins College, it would be “joy.” Joy was obvious on the faces and in the hearts of graduates, families, trustees, faculty, ...

Postponing education talk

It appears Republican leaders in the West Virginia Legislature are doing precisely what I suggested last week that they might. They are pulling the rug right out from under the feet of the state’s three big public school employee unions. Union leaders are not happy about that. In March, ...

Bolton’s agenda

John Bolton, that fierce advocate of wars someone else has to fight, apparently has begun to get on the nerves of his boss, President Donald J. Trump. It seems that Trump worries that his national security director might force him to fight conflicts he does not want. Indeed, at the height of ...

Barbour County rainy weather living up to an old saying

Hello from Barbour County! I haven’t been seeing as many hummingbirds this year as I have in the past. I’ve only seen them a couple times, and last year, I saw them almost every day around the feeder. Has anyone else been noticing this, or is it just me that they are avoiding? My mom ...

We must not shortchange children

West Virginia government is dysfunctional these days. We have an absentee governor and legislators who cannot write laws. Legislators will be paid extra tax dollars to correct errors in bills that the governor had to veto because they were technically incorrect when they were rushed through ...

Developing a game plan

Public school shutdowns in 2018 and earlier this year were masterful displays of strategy and tactics by the three unions representing many West Virginia public school employees, as I’ve written previously. The 2018 effort garnered national attention and served as a template for unions in ...

Learning from ‘Thank a Teacher Day’

“Thank a Teacher Day” on May 3 was our first Kump Education Center First Friday, but a torrential rain almost stole the show. Jo Rockwell was delivering her spicy spaghetti sauce in pouring rain when she noticed water gushing from a broken downspout outside the den window at the newly ...

Policy surprises

Again Donald Trump is full of surprises when it relates to foreign policy. After a week when Mike Pompeo and John Bolton were squeezing the Venezuelian government, Trump calls Vladimir Putin. After conversation, the president denies that the Russian Federation is heavily involved in Venezuela, ...

Everyone needs a good survival compass

In early history there were four great inventions considered responsible for changing the world: printing, gunpowder, paper making, and the magnetic compass. In this modern age the magnetic compass is still just as important as ever and may actually be the most unique and essential item we can ...

5 million reasons

There are five million reasons to be grateful! Davis & Elkins College recently announced a very generous gift from June Myles, a member of our Board of Trustees, to provide expansion to the Myles Center for the Arts and renovation of the plaza in front of the Center. This $5 million project ...

Hamrick’s dilemma deepens

No doubt Danny Hamrick is in a lot more trouble at home than he is in Charleston. His dilemma at the state capital could get worse, however. Think about it this way: What happened the last time Republicans learned a powerful politician was involved in a relationship with an intern? If the ...

Donald and the Dems

Despite Donald Trump’s low poll numbers he can still win if Democrats fail to nominate a candidate that can capture the public imagination. So far the present field does not inspire or impress. On the contrary they sound airy and predictable. Indeed even when they have a foray into what the ...

Last day of school is fast approaching in Barbour County

Hello from Barbour County! I would like to say a special hello to all my faithful readers who take time to tell me that they enjoy this column. It’s nice to know that it’s appreciated. Summer is quickly approaching. I can’t believe that May is here already. The last day of school in ...

Thank teachers at Kump Education Center

The Kump Education Center is now included in the Elkins Main Street footprint and will participate in First Friday activities each month this summer. On May 3 we celebrated “Thank a Teacher Day” at KEC as our First Friday event, and we hope to start the tradition of thanking teachers ...

Discover their life’s vocation

As a graduate student I read “The Long Loneliness” by Dorothy Day, a Catholic Social Activist. Among the many memorable ideas in this book is her simple yet profound discussion of the meaning of vocation. She describes vocation as that which brings meaning and purpose to one’s life. ...