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Classical Conversations: Our homeschool journey

June 4, 2016 Hey, y’all! Sorry, I took a few weeks off! One week for sickness, one for a conference in North Carolina. I can’t wait to tell you all about it. So, as most of you know, I am a homeschool mom. more »»

World War II years were difficult on the family

June 4, 2016 Although these “Letters to Aunt Alice” are fictitious, many of the situations in them are real for my family. However, I can’t provide all the details, because I didn’t ask. more »»

Do voters want more choices?

June 4, 2016 This is possibly the election year which drove the nail into the two-party system. The outpouring of support for Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders indicates that voters may have wanted more choices. more »»

Kids caught in political crossfire

June 4, 2016 Political posturing over No Child Left Behind and Common Core Standards has impeded progress in educational assessment for the last ten years throughout America. more »»

Miners are gone for good

June 1, 2016 Some people in the southern West Virginia coalfields believe — literally — that if Donald Trump wins the presidency, their local coal mines will reopen the day after the inauguration, a friend from... more »»

Decisions require sound principles

June 1, 2016 During his 2016 State of the State address, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin delivered the news that to effectively pass a budget during the legislative session, the Legislature would need to pass... more »»

What is the $30B plan?

May 24, 2016 Apparently a substantial number of West Virginians actually believe Hillary Clinton plans to help us after she completes the project Barack Obama began — wrecking the coal industry and driving... more »»

Graduation caps year

May 23, 2016 Friday evening’s Baccalaureate Service and Saturday’s Commencement Exercises were a fitting conclusion to an extraordinary year in the life of the College. more »»

Political revolution goes deep

May 17, 2016 Revolutions may start at the top, but they eventually move down to the grassroots level. This year’s upheaval in politics is being felt right here in the Friendly City. more »»

Activities on tap in Barbour

May 16, 2016 Hello from Barbour County! If April showers bring May flowers, I wonder what May showers will bring? I’ve been hearing that it’s just about time for the 17 year cicadas to make their appearance. more »»

Principles that help shape D&E

May 16, 2016 From time to time in the Monday Letter, I have referenced the “Ten Guiding Principles” that have helped shape and fashion the spirit and nature of D&E these past eight years. more »»

Ignoring kids who need help?

May 13, 2016 Look at how well our kids do on the SAT and ACT tests, defenders of the status quo in public education often urge. And look at the number of graduates who go on to colleg. more »»

Trump-Kasich could be a winner

May 10, 2016 Don’t hold it against Ohio Gov. John Kasich that so many in the national media pundit class have suggested he’d be a good running mate for Donald Trum. more »»

Seniors say ‘Yes’ for local kids

May 7, 2016 A big sign out on old highway 33 says seniors cannot afford to vote for the levy, but I believe we cannot afford not to pass this lev. more »»

Dems: Be careful what you wish for

May 7, 2016 For my money no one has waged a more effective campaign than Ted Cruz. His effort has been steady, measured and focused. Not since F. more »»

He makes everything change

May 7, 2016 Oh my, y’all. If you are not aware of what is happening in our little town, then let me bring you up to speed. God is on the move. more »»

The hour is growing nigh; Christ reaches out

May 7, 2016 Greetings to all in the name of Almighty God Jehovah the Father, His only begotten Son Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, soon coming King of kings and Lord of lords, and their mighty Holy Ghost... more »»

Summertime has a very sweet secret

May 7, 2016 The wagon bringing our spring weather to us seemed to lose a wheel on the way and some plants did not reach their full bloom, but the season seems to be back on course now with white dogwood dotting... more »»

We may have 12 years of regret

May 6, 2016 I have to wonder how we in the press managed to be so out-to-lunch when West Virginia legislators and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin changed the way judges at all levels are elected. more »»

Common sense not in rule book

May 3, 2016 Somewhere in Bureaucracy for Dummies there must be a section reading something like this: “Enforcing a rule that flies in the face of common sense normally should result in a note of commendation to... more »»



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