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Freedom is never really free

July 4, 2015 “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. more »»

Reliving July 4th traditions

July 4, 2015 The Fourth of July has arrived, y’all! Independence Day is truly one of my most beloved holidays. more »»

Trump may trump opponents

July 4, 2015 You could almost hear the laughing of commentators when Donald Trump declared his candidacy for the Republican nomination. more »»

Getting to the other side of grief

July 4, 2015 Driving down Interstate 79 you speed right past your exit, leaving you in a frenzied state as you notice the time and realize you are almost late for your job interview. more »»

Behind the scenes at the Vintage Fair on the Lawn

July 4, 2015 For the first time in 15 years water and sewer services are available at Kump Center in good time for the Vintage Fair on the Lawn Aug. 1. more »»


July 4, 2015 BECKLEY — Independence Day celebrations cause us to reflect on the many blessings we have because we are Americans. more »»

Nuclear deal with Iran

July 3, 2015 Am I allowed to repeat myself when it comes to the negotiations over the U.S.-Iran nuclear deal? Why not, since that is what Iran’s leaders are doing. more »»

First ladies’ crusades

July 3, 2015 WASHINGTON — First-term first ladies are often shadows to their more-important husbands, dabbling in lite fare to avoid criticism and picking safe projects to shield them and their families from the... more »»

Freedom of information

June 30, 2015 It’s a fairly safe bet that if you read this column regularly, you’re going to be very angry in about a year. So will lots of other West Virginian. more »»

Take action in Upshur

June 27, 2015 This past spring, some citizens in Upshur County participated in discussions to share ideas for building a stronger local economy and a more vibrant community. more »»

Parties ignoring their own supporters

June 27, 2015 Recent weeks have witnessed a series of revolts, both in the Democratic and Republican parties. more »»

Center set to host exhibit XXX

June 27, 2015 Kump Education Center is proud to host an exhibit of the elegant watercolor paintings by Marcia Kump Mitchell. Marcia is one of the 18 grandchildren of Governor H.G. more »»

Fireworks planned at Barbour Fairgrounds

June 27, 2015 Hello from Barbour County. I hope that you all have been enjoying your summer. It will be over before we know it. Just a reminder that work is being done on the historic covered bridge in Philippi. more »»

Sometimes ‘insanity’ is just evil

June 26, 2015 Sometimes it seems no one is just bad these days. There’s always some reason beyond their control that they do bad things, we’re told. more »»

Cole will win governor’s race

June 23, 2015 So, who will be the president of the West Virginia State Senate in 2017? It won’t be Bill Cole, who holds the office no. more »»

No excuse for hurting children

June 20, 2015 Never having tried heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines or any of the other drugs that seem popular in the Ohio Valley, I can’t say how they might cause me to behave. more »»

Populism making a big comeback

June 20, 2015 Populism is a term that has come to represent a people politically outraged, vowing that “they’re mad as hell,” and swearing not to “take it anymore.” Now what “it” is certainly is variable. more »»

Vintage Fair on the Lawn benefit planned

June 20, 2015 Kump Education Center will host Vintage Fair on the Lawn at the historic home of Governor H.G. Kump Saturday, Aug. 1. more »»

Nature’s backyard miracle

June 20, 2015 There is a 60-foot by 20-foot miracle of nature in my backyard. It’s filled with 12 cabbage plants, a dozen cucumber plants, 18 tomatoes, one row of beans, two rows of corn, and a lettuce patc. more »»

Will officials increase taxes?

June 19, 2015 How many board of education members and county commissioners do you suppose have called their local legislators already, with just four words: “Don’t even think it”? My guess would be dozens. more »»



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