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Rough spring for Obama

Barack Obama is having a rough spring, to say the very least. The scandal in the Veteran's Administration, foreign problems and the outing of a CIA Station Chief in Afghanistan have, so far, marked 2014. For Democrats the alarm bells for the fall are in full sound. Despite placing the ...

Be determined to be content

There seems to be a new illness going around, but it truly has been around since the creation of Adam and Eve. The illness or disorder, though may not be in the new DSM book of disorders and mental illnesses it is "wantitis."Wantitis is the desire to have and have and have some more. None of us ...

Is America on decline?

WASHINGTON - It is fitting that the day before President Obama gives his grand West Point address defending the wisdom and prudence of his foreign policy, his government should be urging Americans to evacuate Libya.Libya, of course, was once the model Obama intervention - the exquisitely ...

Mental health is real dilemma

Crime may be falling in the country, but mass murder seems to be increasing if only through perception and news coverage. Another young man in California decided to take lives because he was unhappy with his own.Within a day of the incident, myth had become reality. Social media announced the ...

Obama reveals his new doctrine

In President Barack Obama's egocentric world, everything - civil war in Syria, Russian power grabs in Ukraine, Chinese claims to Vietnamese and Japanese territory in the South China Sea, and peace in the Middle East - revolves around him. Has there ever been a more self-absorbed commander in ...

Kerry following dead ends

Secretary of State John Kerry has, during the Ukranian affair, repeatedly declared it is not within the best practices of "the 21st century" to do what Russia has done. Everything is frozen in time, according to Kerry, preferably in 1991 when the United States proclaimed the "new world order" ...

ABU’s next challenge

Alderson Broadus University has made great strides since Dr. Richard Creehan has taken the helm as president. The most obvious change is its new designation from college to university. Creehan also has managed to raise $30 million to invest in enrollment recruitment, to enhance infrastructure ...

Landmark changes at Kump Center

This is a time of significant change for the Kump Education Center. Now the metamorphosis from a private, family farm to a public heritage and recreational center is under way.Ten days ago, a bulldozer and backhoe from Polino Constructing Inc., plus 10 highway-grade culverts from Valley Supply, ...

Food safety in the great outdoors

It's that time of year (finally!) when the weather warms up and cooking and eating outside becomes more common. I, personally, love a good BBQ or picnic, but extra care must be taken with the food to ensure it is safe to eat.Did you know? Food can sit at room temperature for only two hours ...

‘Running ahead’ takes on new meaning in adulthood

Many parents are familar with the ever-energetic child who always is running ahead of the rest of the family. Those little "monkeys on their back" where you hold the tail to keep track of a child prone to wander is a wonderful solution, in my humble opinion. We used "hand holders" in the 1980s ...

School winding down in Barbour

Hello from Barbour County! The countdown is on! The last day of school for Barbour County students will be June 11. Graduation is set to take place today at noon at the Barbour County Fairgrounds. Congratulations to the Philip Barbour Class of 2014!This weekend is also the re-enactment of ...

Liberals: We have too much freedom

The subject of gun control is once again in the national news.Last month, former New York City mayor and multibillionaire Michael Bloomberg announced plans to support the gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety. Bloomberg says he'll be putting at least $50 million of his own money to support ...

Show looks for ‘monsters’

ST. MARYS - Growing up in West Virginia, I looked for adventure in the deep woods where sunlight filtered through green leaves to the ground below. In the green light, I saw a movement behind a tree and I convinced myself I knew what hid in the shadows of the forest. On summer nights, we sat by ...

Obama fails to reach potential

Sometimes when listening to President Barack Obama, you hear the "compassionate conservatism" of George W. Bush. On nearly every subject from Nigeria to the Ukraine, Obama sounds like Bush on Iraq and Afghanistan. He delivers, like his predecessor, a highly personal narrative. Sometimes, in the ...

Never forget: ‘It’s not about me’

You drive down the road while making a mental list of all the food you want to serve at the Memorial Day picnic. You remember the patio set needs cleaned and the grill needs brought out from storage after a very long hiatus due to continual cold weather. It's finally appearing not only that ...

Front porch passers-by have stories to tell

From my front porch, I look directly out on U.S. Route 219 North, and this route carries a lot of traffic. As I was sitting in the swing the other day, I began to look at all the vehicles and their passengers and realized they all have a story to tell.Here are some of them. The first is the one ...

Landfill record is decisive

Many West Virginians share a deep love for our rugged, beautiful environment. We get angry when it is abused. We are suspicious of those we fear may damage it.So what happened Tuesday in Ohio County was interesting. It also should be instructive to executives in some types of businesses.One ...

DUI policy fails W.Va.

Imagine living in a house where you are allowed to live in its rooms, but you aren't allowed to use the hallways. This is how critics described Israel's 2000 offer to the Palestinians that would hand over parts of the West Bank and Gaza but would not withdraw police that would keep Palestinians ...

Kump Corner

In collaboration with Trout Unlimited members, the Kump Center volunteers are planning to start monitoring water in Goddin Creek at the wetland area across Randolph Avenue from Kroger.West Virginia Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator Jamie Holmes has agreed to bring equipment Saturday, May 24 ...

Daily Grind

Your son or daughter just walked across the stage of his high school and your heart brimmed with joy, pride and tears. Your baby is launching out into the real world. Their world is about to change, but, then, so is yours. The house will be empty for the first time in a couple decades or maybe ...