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Leading the way

Davis & Elkins College is “Leading the Way.” Named for two United States Senators who were railroad and timber barons in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it is fitting that their namesake College train the next generation of leaders. There are four students who serve as the ...

Why U.S. wars are ‘endless’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell produced a revealing piece in the Washington Post chastising those who use the term endless wars. In his conclusion, he stated “America’s wars will be ‘endless’ only if America refuses to win them.” What does McConnell mean by winning? Since ...

Learning lab brings technology

This week Altice USA connected Kump Education Center to 21st Century technology with all-in-one service for internet, phone, TV and Wi-Fi through Suddenlink. The new lines will serve a new Altice Learning Lab in a basement room Kump children used as a playroom 90 years ago. Elkins High ...

Change is inherent

Inherent in the life cycle of a college is change. Each fall about 30% of the students on campus are new and occasional members of the faculty and staff are beginning their Davis & Elkins College journey as well. The result is a dynamic environment that resists “sameness” and promotes ...

The DAR in a changing America

The John Hart Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution [DAR] held its 112th Birthday Celebration at Kump Education Center on Wednesday, October 9th. DAR members wanted to meet in the home of Edna Scott Kump, a founding member of the local chapter. The DAR has financially supported ...

Time to reassess

For the Republican party, the hour is drawing nigh to reassess their position in the Trump era. Slowly but surely the president is purging the party of moderates and reversing their policies, especially in regard to foreign policy. Trump’s actions in regard to Syria have been evolving since ...

Leaves are now falling and time is flying in Barbour County

Hello from Barbour County! The leaves are really starting to look pretty. Look quick though, because they are also falling fast. The first quarter of school in Barbour County is already over. Time is flying by! The 36th annual Mt. Liberty Fall Festival takes place today, Oct. 19, with ...

Don’t fail to plan

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” This wisdom was passed along to me at an early age. Early in my presidency at Davis & Elkins College, we began a grassroots strategic planning effort. One central component of this multi-faceted strategic plan called for a Comprehensive Master ...

Voters have long memories

Richard Neely may be underestimating how angry West Virginians have become at arrogant government officials, especially those in the judicial branch. He also may not realize we have excellent memories. Now 78 years old, Neely announced this week he will run for a seat on the state Supreme ...

Lively discussion about education

This week Randolph County Democratic Women’s Club hosted a stimulating discussion on the omnibus education legislation passed by the West Virginia Legislature last July when some 35-40 concerned citizens gathered at Kump Education Center on Thursday. Cody Thompson, Randolph County ...

Trump and Syria

Donald Trump’s decision to pull U.S. forces off the Turkish-Syrian border was by and large a correct one. The PKK — the main Kurdish resistance movement — has underwritten a terror campaign in Turkey for years and tries to drive a wedge between Washington and Ankara. Although Trump has ...

Divisive healthcare relationships

If you think politics is divisive, take a look at health care. Relationships in that industry sometimes make Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi look like chums. Charleston Area Medical Center, the largest health care provider in West Virginia’s capital city, is severing its relationship with The ...

Value of local newspapers

For as long as our great nation has existed, newspapers have been part of the fabric that strengthens our democracy and makes our communities stronger. Before James Madison became our 4th U.S. President, he wrote the Bill of Rights and enshrined the freedom of the press into the First ...

Respecting tradition

Like Teyve in “Fiddler on the Roof,” I am a respecter of tradition. In addition to Randolph County residents, students and alumni of Davis & Elkins College experience the annual fall tradition known as the Mountain State Forest Festival on our campus and throughout the town. Concluding ...

Bring questions to education forum

Do you want to know more about how House Bill 206 will change schools in Randolph County? Come to the Education Forum at Kump Education Center across from Kroger at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10. You will have an opportunity to question your newest representative to WV House of Delegates, ...

Fateful phone call

For Democrats, President Donald Trump’s phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky could not have come at a better time. After a number of mistakes in the summer, Trump was beginning to recover. Helped mostly by the economy, his approval numbers began to rise from 38% to 45%. ...

Autumn is in the air in Barbour County, and conditions are dry

Hello from Barbour County! Fall is in the air, and how do we do fall in this area? Forest Festival! Barbour County has several girls who are princesses this year, and I would like to wish all of the royal court a very happy time and congratulations. This will be an unforgettable time in your ...

Diverse and growing

The Davis & Elkins family is diverse and growing. Students are at the forefront of our family. Others are very important parts as well. To mention just a few, we have alumni, faculty, staff, trustees, Elkins and Randolph County friends, and business partners. Parents, another important ...

Political willpower problem

In Washington, everyone knows the national debt is a disaster, at $22.6 trillion and growing by leaps and bounds. No one seems capable of building a bipartisan consensus to do anything about it, however. We have an equivalent here in West Virginia: the State Road Fund. Both it and the ...

Politics turned on its head

Ever since the coup that overthrew the Ukrainian government in 2014, American politics has been turned on its head. With the State Department taking the lead, the elected government of Victor Yanukovych was overthrown by the remnants of the “Orange Revolution” of 2005. John McCain and ...