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Tough talk and threats of violence on the rise

A Republican running for Northampton County executive in Pennsylvania gave a heated address on Aug. 29 about mask mandates in schools. Steve Lynch is tired, he said, of providing his school board arguments and data (he apparently thinks the data support letting kids go maskless), but the ...

Joe Biden is no Jimmy Carter

“The worst president since Jimmy Carter.” You see a lot of that sort of thing if you regularly read conservative commentary, as I do. But as a conservative writer, I think it’s unfair to the 39th president. I think it’s time to say some good words for Carter. And if some of his ...

Elza was more than a sower of seeds

The parable of “The Sower of Seeds” helps me to understand the enigma of Roger Elza’s life. His puzzling personality and various interests had an impact on many local people and on everything he planted. All his life he was a gardener, but he did many other things to help people along ...

Climbing COVID’s peak

I honestly thought that by the end of summer we’d be seeing better COVID-19 numbers in West Virginia. I’ve been a little taken aback at just how bad the numbers are. Don’t get me wrong, COVID-19 numbers are still worse in many states south of us. Much of our increase in cases and ...

D&E introduces minor in pre-art therapy

ELKINS — Davis & Elkins College students will have the opportunity to learn how to use their creative talents to make a difference in the lives of others. Beginning this fall, the College will offer a minor in pre-art therapy that will combine practical arts and immersive learning through ...

Smith tilting at windmills

A piece I wrote last week about the progressive group WV Can’t Wait launching ReplaceJoeManchin.com went viral on social media, being shared far and wide, including by national political outlets. That piece received 39 retweets, 112 quote tweets, and 260 likes in Twitter, shared by people ...