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The show must go on at the Old Brick Playhouse

February 28, 2015 Jane Birdsong and Ashley Collins reminded their audience of all the reasons to love live theatre when they presented the play, “Grace & Glorie” at the Old Brick Theatre last Sunday. more »»

Unions make presence felt

February 27, 2015 Bills of interest to several traditionally powerful interest groups are being dealt within the West Virginia Legislature. But only one group — organized labor — seems to have had much impac. more »»

Officials can’t win on pooling

February 24, 2015 Pretend you and a friend have gone together to buy a couple of acres of land. You have a 75 percent interest. Your buddy has 25 percent. Then, a company contacts you. more »»

Coal legislation a step back

February 24, 2015 When I arrived at the Legislature as a newly elected delegate in 1996, having worked in the mining industry for 20 years, I was saddened to realize that when the Legislature took significant steps t... more »»

Snow sparks memories

February 21, 2015 All this snow takes me back to my younger days. more »»

Water quality a concern

February 21, 2015 Now in the ninth month of educating the public on the known facts regarding methane transmission pipelines and personal health and safety, I realized that I still did not have the most basic answers... more »»

Passion rarely rules wisely

February 21, 2015 For Republicans, the assault on Barack Obama’s presidency has been motivated by two schools of thought. One is practical, partisan and time-honored, which is to frustrate Obama and derail his agenda. more »»

Are you an overcomer? You can be

February 21, 2015 Are you an overcomer? Let’s be real and ask ourselves, “Am I an overcomer?” Let’s look at the life of an overcomer for a few minutes and see what it is that he has that we need to enable us to... more »»

Kump House sees progress

February 21, 2015 Lisa Armstrong was preparing a report for the Elkins Historic Landmarks Commission this week and emailed me to ask if any preservation projects had been done at the historic the Kump House in the... more »»

Winter Fair set for March 13-14

February 21, 2015 Hello from cold, snowy Barbour County! Actually, that seems to be the weather report throughout the whole state. Snow days, slick roads and frigid temperatures seem to be the topic of conversat. more »»

GOP using power prudently

February 20, 2015 Republican leaders who had hoped the persuasiveness of their arguments might prompt some Democrats in the West Virginia House of Delegates to vote with them seem doomed to failure. more »»

We all strive to leave our mark

February 14, 2015 Often times, on evenings when I’m not in the office, I’m home answering emails and surfing news websites so I can stay up-to-date on the happenings in this community and in the world. more »»

Where’s our good news?

February 14, 2015 On Wednesday, the Dominion Resources PR machine was operating in high gear when Dominion held a teleconference to announce that a new study —commissioned by Dominion, of course — estimated that the... more »»

School of Hard Knocks provides lessons

February 14, 2015 We have all heard the phrase “School of Hard Knocks” used to describe difficult lessons learned outside of school. more »»

W.Va. legal climate not dire

February 14, 2015 In the Feb. 5 edition, you published a guest column submitted by Delegate Randy Smith in which he boasts about what he and the new majority are doing. more »»

WV Matters looking to educate about pipeline issue

February 14, 2015 WV Matters is about facts, not ideas. Choose now to either protect or to process. Choose between common good or corporate gain. more »»

Foreign policy a factor in 2016

February 14, 2015 Foreign policy rarely settles presidential elections. But there are two examples when it did make the differenc. more »»

State must restore financial support for higher education

February 14, 2015 Before Marshall University President Stephen Kopp’s sudden death in December, he and I sat down to discuss the 2015 legislative session and the condition of our state’s finances. more »»

Challenges await lawmakers

February 13, 2015 I have often been told that time is relative. Certainly at different points in my life, I’ve had days that seemed to fly by in the blink of an eye and days that felt like they stretched for years. more »»

Is common sense returning?

February 13, 2015 If I choose to crawl under a farmer’s barbed wire fence to wave a red flag at a bull, I probably deserve whatever happens to m. more »»



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