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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 ...

What does bill mean for education?

You are invited to a public forum to discuss the omnibus education legislation passed in July 2019. Randolph County Democratic Women will offer this opportunity for the public to learn more about House Bill 206 at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 at Kump Education Center located across from Kroger. ...

Glimmer of hope

With Donald Trump’s dismissal of John Bolton, a glimmer of hope can be seen in the conduct of foreign policy. Of course, there is always Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to push the hardline particularly against Iran. But, at least, Trump had the will to get rid of Bolton who even his boss ...

Belington Fall Festival set to kick off in Barbour County

Hello from Barbour County where the Belington Fall Festival is taking place this weekend. Make your way downtown for food, music, crafts, games, a parade and more. I’ve noticed that the leaves are starting to change. Fall sure is a pretty time of year! September is National Baby Safety ...

Standing strong with Israel

During the recent work period, I had the opportunity to travel to Israel with a group of my Congressional colleagues from both sides of the political aisle. The bipartisan support for Israel could not have come at a better time. Antisemitism has been on the rise over the past couple of years. ...

Urban wetland used as a classroom

Elizabeth Byers used the Kump Education Center wetland as a classroom to train her vegetation ecology students to recognize the plant life and soil conditions present in a healthy urban wetland. On Sept. 12 the old Kump pasture became a certified West Virginia wetland after Elizabeth and her ...

Engaging on a personal level

“Carve your name on hearts, not on tombstones.” These words of Shannon Alder came to mind as the faculty and staff of Davis & Elkins College recently gathered to recognize a retirement and celebrate a legacy of service. Our gratitude and admiration was for Robin Price who recently ...

Reporter’s Notebook: The Dunce Cap

I’ve spent the last few days pouring over the data from the second annual Balanced Scorecard report on the performance of West Virginia’s schools, and I’m really kind of appalled at the results for the students we’re pushing into college or the workforce. This weekend I focused on the ...

Does subsidization make sense

In recent years, our Legislature has placed an emphasis on moving West Virginia into the national mainstream. From legal reform to education reform, and everything in between, a common driver of our agenda has been to ensure that West Virginia is no longer ranked last in everything good and ...

Low school attendance statistics

“Good morning, Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Ms. Jones, your son’s fourth-grade teacher, here. This is your morning wake-up call to ensure that you get Johnny dressed and to the bus stop in time.” Ridiculous? Absolutely. It’s not the teacher’s job to get your child to school every day. It’s ...