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Homelessness label problems

Words are powerful, and they have a particular power when it comes to public policy. As we talk about problems we face in our communities and propose solutions, we have a responsibility to use words precisely and responsibly to describe our world as it is. We’ve recently heard about the ...

Volunteerism still a virtue we teach

Freshmen started their orientation at Davis & Elkins College by volunteering to help improve community life in Elkins. Kump Education Center benefited from the energetic services of 15 new college students last Sunday. They arrived on a Randolph County School bus with math professor Dr. ...

Is Trump vulnerable?

Donald Trump’s re-election campaign is perhaps the weirdest exercise in messaging ever seen. In rally after rally, he emphasizes that you can vote for him even if you cannot stand him. By voting for him, he agrees, you protect your 401K and ensure prosperity. But other issues count and ...

2019 Barbour County Fair ready to kick off with pageant

Hello from Barbour County, home of the Barbour County Fair. Welcome to Fair Week. This year, the fair is bigger and better than ever. From old favorites, like the rides, food, parade, demolition derby, ATV races, 4-H exhibits and music, to the new adventures like the Dino-Roar and the lawn ...

Celebrate W.Va.’s successes and strive for more

Later this week, the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce will convene its 83rd Annual Meeting at West Virginia’s beautiful Greenbrier Resort. More than 1,000 guests representing small business, industry, higher education, health care, banking, the professions, manufacturing and so many main ...

Will Workman bow out?

Bet on Joanna Tabit. That’s the conventional wisdom among some observers of state politics — and even these days, when once-solid political assessments are being called into question, it’s probably the correct call. Tabit, a circuit judge in Kanawha County, is trying again for a seat on ...

Engaging engineering for education

Students at Kump Education Center will engage in a little Egyptian engineering for the final Main Street First Friday activity Sept. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. We hope families will come to see what can be done with a three-sided Pyramid and a build-it-yourself Sphinx. We want students and parents to ...

Distorted vision

Perhaps the biggest amount of collateral damage from his playing to the “base” has been Donald Trump’s foreign policy. Which is a shame because in theory it was the most original aspect of his administration. But as he has hit pothole after pothole on immigration and race, Trump has seen ...

Back to school means more

When I became Senate President three years ago, one of my highest priorities was changing the trajectory of our state’s K-12 education system. My colleagues and I have big dreams for West Virginia: a stronger economy, more and better jobs, healthier citizens and communities. But if we ...

National Heritage Area a shared dream

Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area (AFNHA) is a shared dream that is becoming a reality. Such large dreams do not come true without a great deal of collaborative work on the part of local people. Much of the credit for the vision and organizational skills needed to build this project ...

Exposing hatred

Perhaps the wanton murder of 20 people in El Paso, Texas will finally force Donald Trump and his Republican enablers to mute the hateful rhetoric against immigrants. The shooter posted an attack on the internet blasting immigrants before he carried out his lethal assault. Moreover, he parroted ...

Summer vacation is coming to an end in Barbour County

Hello from Barbour County! Summer may not be officially over according to the calendar, but for students and teachers, it has come to an end. School begins in Barbour County on Wednesday. I wish you all a great year! There was a good turnout this past Sunday for the Ride 2 Dive in Junior. I ...

‘Roads to Prosperity’ bids

Well, surprise, surprise! Bids for a major Interstate 70 Bridge project have come in very close to state estimates. Either West Virginia Division of Highways engineers are very good at estimating the cost of complex construction work or ... I’m not accusing anyone of anything nefarious. ...

Donald’s warning

Musing on Republican prospects in 1968, Democratic Chairman of the National Committee John Bailey made what would be seen as a disastrous prognostication. “We know who our nominees will be,” he stated. “I’m happy to be able to say the Republicans have all their bloody infighting to look ...

New possibilities for Old Kump Place

Randolph County Assistant Superintendent of Schools Joseph Arbogast visited Kump Education Center this week, and we talked about different ways teachers and students could use the facility. We are seeking new ways that KEC can serve the Randolph County community now that the heating system ...

Trump talks black lung

Much of what President Donald Trump had to say during a fundraiser at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling pleased the nearly 1,000 people in the crowd immensely, because Trump was talking to them, not a national audience focused on the Mueller investigation or “the squad.” His audience here wanted ...

Verbal assaults

In 1968, Douglas Kiker filed this report on the state of the nation during the presidential campaign. “It is as if somewhere a while back,” Kiker stated, “George Wallace had been awakened by a white, blinding vision: they all hate black people, all of them.” He concluded, ...

Memorial bench placed at Teter Lake in Barbour County

Hello from Barbour County! Summer might have gotten off to a cool, rainy start, but this past week sure has made up for it! Last weekend, the temperatures were in the 90’s. I sure was glad to see the rain come again and cool things back down a bit! When you fish at Teter Lake, you might ...

Shakespeare comes alive in Elkins

What a delightful 90 minutes of Shakespeare we saw Sunday night! The Augusta Pavilion at Davis & Elkins College was the perfect place to imagine that we were in a sylvan setting like the Forest of Arden back in merry old England. The Shinnston-based Rustic Mechanicals Troupe under ...

Frustrating lack of progress

In both our states, something interesting has occurred regarding public schools during the past year or so. Whether it is good or bad is a matter many may dispute, but it marks a sea change in attitudes among policymakers. Ohio legislators are considering a change in the requirements to ...