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Voting public isn’t dumb

December 13, 2014 Despite upbeat economic news, President Barack Obama has received little credit. Unemployment has plummeted, even the number of people disenchanted by the workplace has declined. more »»

Most Mountain State residents are not single-issue voters

December 13, 2014 Republicans could do far worse than naming Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, as their nominee for president in 2016. But they won’t have that option. more »»

Christmas Cantata set in Barbour

December 13, 2014 Merry Christmas from Barbour County! I had the chance to attend the Christmas parades in both Philippi and Belington this past week. It sure is good to see everyone in the holiday spiri. more »»

Making a child smile

December 9, 2014 Those of us blessed with children and, perhaps, grandchildren know we’d do anything for them. Anything. more »»

Unshakable faith difficult to obtain

December 6, 2014 Tsubami, earthquakes and tornados are no small matter in the world today. Media attention to these catastrophes bring home to our mountains the devastation that lies elsewher. more »»

Bipartisan consensus could re-emerge

December 6, 2014 President Barack Obama’s decision to issue an executive order on immigration showed both his strengths and weaknesses. more »»

‘Infamy’ leads to strength

December 6, 2014 Seventy-three years later, America still remembers the “date which will live in infamy. more »»

Not just ornaments, but memories

December 6, 2014 I put up my Christmas tree this week. Such a comforting thing to do! I always forget what ornaments I have collected over the years, and I have four large tubs full of them. more »»

Tunes ring in holidays

December 6, 2014 The wintry days would seem like any others, but for the tinsel glistening in night-time lights, children’s smiles growing much brighter and music’s magical ring. more »»

Feds should pursue case

December 5, 2014 It has been suggested Attorney Eric Holder’s Justice Department should pursue civil rights violation charges against Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson. It should. The sooner, the better. more »»

We’re far from independent

December 3, 2014 Back in the spring of 1775, Americans shut down the governmen. more »»

Buck season a treasured tradition

December 2, 2014 This time of year marks a long-standing and treasured tradition for the people of the Mountain State — buck firearms season. more »»

Tax loss harvesting

December 1, 2014 Even though 2014 may end up being a subpar year for stocks, you may realize short-term capital gain. more »»

W.Va. Dems in crisis

November 29, 2014 Well, it finally happened — the West Virginia Democratic party was wiped out in an election. After years of trying to avoid the national party they became positively hostile to President Barack Obama. more »»

Belington Christmas Parade on tap

November 29, 2014 Hello from Barbour County! I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving and safe deer hunt. May your bellies be full of turkey and your freezers full of deer meat. more »»

Story of Esther is an inspiration

November 29, 2014 One of my all-time favorite Bible stories since I was a little girl was the story of Esther. I always have loved stories of heroic people who do great deeds. more »»

Kump Education Center looks to boost educational efforts

November 29, 2014 S.T.R.E.A.M. is the acronym for a strategic Kump Education Center initiative to boost reading skills for success in science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and math. more »»

Living in district 12

November 28, 2014 This past weekend the box office was dominated by the latest installment of “The Hunger Games.” Though based on a teen-book series, “The Hunger Games” is a political satire of American culture. more »»

Holiday shifts bring back memories

November 26, 2014 Some people make a big deal about working holidays. I can understand they want to spend the day with their family, especially if they have little children. more »»

Holidays a time of thanks

November 26, 2014 Thanksgiving always has been one of my favorite times of yea. more »»



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