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Unique Easter experience

This Sunday is Easter. As a believer, Easter has always been for me a day of joy and thanksgiving for a divine gift of unspeakable meaning and beauty. I associate the occasion with an overflowing crowd worshipping, praying and recommitting ourselves to live as Easter people. A few weeks ...

The show must go on in West Virginia

Once this is over, we’re all going to need to blow off a little steam, relax — and celebrate. A good way to start would be to eat out at local restaurants every night for a couple of weeks, even if you’re in the habit of preparing dinner at home most of the time. Then, what? Hint: ...

Protect your wallet

Over the last month, our office has assessed all of its responsibilities so that it can work with consumers and our partners in government to ensure West Virginia is best prepared to fight the coronavirus. For us, that means enforcing the state’s consumer law, maintaining the integrity of ...

Perhaps in the end this will make us stronger

In the last few days I have been haunted by the old saying: “If it does not kill you, it will make you stronger.” Wikipedia attributes this idea to Mithridates VI, King of Pontus (134-63 BC) who fortified his body against assassination by taking small amounts of lethal substances to build ...

The future of higher education

The early reports are generally positive. Despite having only a few days to prepare to teach students online, our faculty have done superb work, and our students have proven they are committed and adaptive. While none of us would have chosen this new reality, education continues through Davis ...

Testing should continue

It has been suggested that because of COVID-19 upheaval, America’s students and educators should be given a break from standardized testing this year. That is precisely why the tests should be administered this year. Before you begin calling friends to join the mob demanding my head on a ...

Knowledge is power in crisis

In my last column, I talked about the fog of war when it comes to the coronavirus. That’s why more, not less, information is needed from the state on not just positive cases, but the state seems content peddling information that in some cases is two days old. The state Department of Health ...

Spring breakers should be disqualified

While Congress is in session, lawmakers ought to pass one more bill related to COVID-19. It would alter the application for college student financial aid, both grants and loans. Financial aid applications from individual colleges and universities could copy the language. Question 1 would ...

Seniors now self-isolating and self-treating

What’s next with Covid 19? Plan A: Stay Well. Plan B: Self-Isolate & Self-Treat. Before my column was published last week, our son said our grandchildren should not be in our house, and we should practice social distancing from them if we see them outside. That was not easy to do with ...

Moving forward, spinning backward

A colleague recently said we need to keep moving forward even while the world is spinning backward. Her words are wise and thought-provoking for all of us in this time of fear and uncertainty. As I think about this sage advice, we need to stay focused on the mission and goals that bring ...

Study of new diseases needed

How long did it take modern humans to evolve from our primitive ancestors? Well, Neanderthals roamed the earth about 40,000 years ago. Let’s say it required 2,000 generations for creatures like us to evolve to what we are today. Compared to Neanderthals, we are much more capable physically ...

Working to flatten the curve

CHARLESTON — In this time of increased anxiety, worry and in some cases panic over the coronavirus, Gov. Jim Justice has mostly done a good job trying to encourage people to social distance from others and not panic. What he did Saturday night and last Thursday might have undone a lot of the ...

We must all work together

The pandemic COVID-19 has reminded the world that international cooperation is essential in health and environmental matters. Once limited mostly to the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Korea, it was ignored by the American government until February 2020, despite the fact that ...

Wash hands, stay two arm-lengths away

What a difference one week has made in our daily activities and thoughts! Last week we were planning lots of activities for children and adults at Kump Education Center; now we are putting everything on hold. Nothing that was scheduled will be held on the date we expected, and most of our ...

Hope in uncertain times

An early morning walk on the Davis & Elkins College campus was met with an eerie silence and sense of loneliness. In the distance I could see a member of the faculty headed to her office, and a car passed by and the occupant waved. Unlike a “normal” morning, I did not encounter a ...

Blame game has dangerous effect

Why are so many public officials rushing to close public schools and ban big gatherings? Why are some companies planning to tell employees that if they sneeze once, they’ll be sent home? And why can’t the drug companies hurry up with coronavirus tests, vaccines and drugs to treat ...

Coronavirus response ramps up

I fully expected to write something about the various statewide races, or some of the after effects of the 2020 legislative session. I didn’t expect I’d be writing about a virus pandemic. But the novel (new) coronavirus, or COVID-19 (short for Coronavirus Disease 2019) has swept the ...

Becoming complacent is dangerous

“Mike, you know we don’t sleep in class,” admonished Mrs. F. “I don’t feel so good,” I told her, raising my head and looking at her. “Go home,” she replied. “Now. Go look at yourself in a mirror. Then go home.” Would a young teacher today even recognize a case of the ...

Counting on W.Va.

It’s 2020, and while most minds might be on the upcoming elections, there’s another way you can have your voice heard and make a difference in government: take the census. Every single West Virginian needs to take the census for two critical reasons: First, census data helps ...

Math matters for teachers in rural areas

Teachers and future teachers from our local tri-county region have an outstanding opportunity to learn more about current research in the teaching of mathematics. Alderson-Broadus University, Randolph County Schools, and Kump Education Center are sponsoring “Math Matters,” a day of ...