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Obama losing his ‘cool’

President Barack Obama's tour of Asia demonstrated just how isolated the United States is in the world. His trip to Japan, although cordial, lacked the flair of his early days in office. Malaysia was correct but uninspiring, marked by questions about comments made by the owner of the Los ...

‘Round and About Barbour County

Hello from Barbour County. Did you see the amazing lightning show and thunderstorm that we had this week? Wow!Schools were closed on Tuesday for voting in the primary election. I'm sure that students and teachers alike enjoyed the break. Congratulations to the winners in each ...

Obama focuses on legacy

Unemployment figures have given President Barack Obama a boost domestically. After inheriting a jobless rate hovering at 10 percent or better, his policies have gradually taken it down to 6.3 percent.Predictably, Republicans have dismissed the progress as too slow - citing that many have been ...

Teachers impact student learning

How do teachers know students are learning? That is the central question that future teachers were exploring at the Fourth Annual Kump Center Education Research Seminar at Davis & Elkins College April 30. Twenty-four future teachers from Alderson-Broaddus University, Davis & ...

Weaving a beautiful tapestry in our lives

It is usually in the seemingly least likely places in which we have our "aha" moments, isn't it? As I approached the car wash, I marveled at the advancement of such a machine. Yeah, yeah, they've been around a very long time, but this country girl had not experienced one so advanced until a ...

America no longer ‘makes stuff’

In March, the highest unemployment rates in West Virginia and Ohio were, respectively, Wetzel County at 12.7 percent and Monroe County at 12.5 percent. Why? In a word: Ormet.Both counties had fairly high unemployment rates before the aluminum plant at Hannibal shut down. Ormet sent the numbers ...

Activities abound in Barbour County

Hello from Barbour County! April showers bring May flowers? If that's true, then I think that we might have some flowers this month. The past week has brought some rain to our area, but I'm thankful that we didn't get the storms that folks down South received. Our hearts go out ...

Volunteers made a difference

Presbyterian volunteers were busy at Kump Center Saturday, April 25, hemming tea towels, clearing debris from the yard, and constructing a new gate for the Wetland Classroom along Goddin Creek running through the oldpasture.The tea towels will be sold as Mother's Day gifts at the Preservation ...

When bad things happen to good people

It is not the first time I have seen it happen, or even the tenth, but it has happened again. I have reconnected with several people in this world, whom I thought, "I wonder what on earth happened to them after that horrible incident, accident, death or wrong-doing? When a trial becomes a ...

Defending the right to report the news

News is fact-based, but the reactions to it can be subjective. Such is the case with The Inter-Mountain's coverage of Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong of the 20th Judicial Circuit Court and the news that formal charges have been filed against her by the state Judicial Investigation Commission.The ...

Moving beyond ‘have war, will travel’

New standards in foreign policy seem less to be determined by a general view of human rights but rather by worth. The Maidan coup in Kiev is deemed far worthier because its advocates are more stylish than the working class protesters of Donetsk. If the hip are endangered it is a crime against ...

What race preferences hide

Sonia Sotomayor is a wonderful role model. Truly. Through hard work, brains and rare self-discipline at an early age, she was able to overcome poverty and family dysfunction to become what she is today. She was diagnosed at the age of 7 with Type 1 diabetes, and because her father was an ...

New opportunity for Rockefeller

Last week West Virginia Wesleyan College hosted a forum featuring U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller and Ted Koppel. The two came to Buckhannon to promote public service.Rockefeller used an anecdote to stress the value of all levels of public service. The senator said he had a staffer who wanted to run ...

But will Dunbar rise again?

Dunbar High School in Washington is becoming a controversial issue again -- and the controversy that is beginning to develop has implications for American education well beyond the District of Columbia.There has not been much controversy about Dunbar High School for a long time. Since sometime ...

High court tangled up in euphemisms

WASHINGTON - Anodyne euphemisms often indicate an uneasy conscience or a political anxiety. Or both, as when the 1976 Democratic platform chose "compensatory opportunity" as a way of blurring the fact that the party favored racial discrimination in the form of preferences and quotas for certain ...

Liberals must make class issues a priority

ave to be altered, not so much because of failure but success. For nearly 50 years American liberalism, often derided by critics, nevertheless accomplished much in the theater of civil rights. Efforts to improve the legal status of African Americans, women, and gay and lesbians have been ...

Obama making a mistake in treating Putin like a pariah

"Mr. Obama is focused on isolating President Vladimir V. Putin's Russia by cutting off its economic and political ties to the outside world ... and effectively making it a pariah state."So wrote Peter Baker in Sunday's New York Times. Yet if history is any guide, this "pariah policy," even if ...

No easy fix for personal problems

We live in an instant society. Everything is a quick and an easy fix. That includes meal preparation (can you believe the microwavable bread, rice, vegetables and meals?). Our instant society also includes transportation, communication and even your vocation. You can earn a degree from home, ...

Learning more about Seneca Creek water monitoring

Now that we know our wetland area serves as a "Liver for the River," Kump Center volunteers are anxious to learn more about water quality measures. Pam Byrne and Jane Birdsong, Trout Unlimited members, included me on a water monitoring adventure along Seneca Creek on White's Run Road near Onego ...

Taking down decorative crosses

I suspect many people share my opinion about separation of church and state in America: Crosses on public property aren't that big a deal.I could write a book about things that concern me more. Children starving to death in underdeveloped countries come to mind.But some people do think it's ...