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Hurting his party

July 16, 2015 You can count on Donald Trump to spark a conversation. Not necessarily an intelligent one but a conversatio. more »»

Scott Walker still getting no respect

July 16, 2015 On the day Scott Walker would announce in Wisconsin that he was running for president, The New York Times offered a typical takedown on the front pag. more »»

Corruption Hall of Fame

July 14, 2015 Crooked politicians are found in every state. But it’s a safe bet that West Virginia, if not No. 1, is in the Corrupt Government Hall of Fame. more »»

Banks District VFD members answer 23 calls in June

July 10, 2015 ROCK CAVE — The Banks District Volunteer Fire Department has released its activity and run report information for the month of June. In June, the VFD answered 23 calls for service. more »»

Points to consider in flag controversy

July 10, 2015 It is understandable that many black Americans view the Confederate battle flag as a symbol of racism. more »»


July 9, 2015 John Keats said, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever,” and yet the very nature of beauty is temporal. It goes through ugly stages to get there, is there for a moment and then it fades. more »»

Hints From Heloise

July 9, 2015 Dear Readers: Most grown-ups are still working, even if school is out and it’s summertime! Meanwhile, friends and family may be sharing a ride to the beach, shore, mountains or just a quick getaway. more »»

Parents worrying over wedding

July 9, 2015 Dear Annie: My son is divorced and will be marrying again soon. His fiancee has never been married. I like her and am happy for both of them. more »»

2015’s bread and circuses

July 7, 2015 After most of what now is England was pacified by Roman conquerers, many of the region’s inhabitants were happy to settle in as subjects of the empir. more »»

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 »»



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