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Wings of the morning

March 19, 2016 His name was Johan Conrad Goldtman. Born in Gundheim, Germany, in 1653, he died in Canada in 1711, and he was my eighth great-grandfather. more »»

How to cut the state budget

March 18, 2016 West Virginia’s state Department of Education has 566 employees overseeing public schools. That’s more than 10 for each county school system in the state. more »»

Teaching appreciation

March 17, 2016 “Rock ‘n’ roll appreciation” isn’t a class I expect my daughter’s elementary school to offer. I get it. more »»

Practicing hometown journalism

March 15, 2016 Many people who work in “the media” don’t understand the real boots on the ground are worn by the folks who put out weekly newspapers in small towns throughout the country. more »»

The right prescription

March 15, 2016 The drug problem in West Virginia is complex with many moving parts and seemingly few concrete solutions. more »»

Kicking the can again?

March 11, 2016 West Virginia legislators now know, if they didn’t previously, what it means to be between a rock and a hard place. Here’s the context: • Our state is broke. more »»

Year-round school a plus

March 10, 2016 My younger self would kill me for saying it, but I’m in favor of year-round schooling. I know it’s possible I may be assaulted by a gangs of schoolchildren, but I’m sticking to my guns. more »»

Revenue causing concern

March 8, 2016 If you think West Virginia’s fiscal problems are bad now, just wait ‘til next year. They could be worse if legislators accept the revenue assumptions in Gov. more »»

Revamped advising program working

March 7, 2016 Today is the first day of spring break for students and faculty, and it looks like spring too may come a bit early this year as well. more »»

Thankfully, spring is finally on its way

March 5, 2016 Hello from Barbour County, where the countdown is on ’til spring! I see new signs every day that we are drawing closer! Last week, I went out the door early one morning, and heard the lovely sound o... more »»

Let’s fight substance abuse

March 5, 2016 Earlier this week, I was pleased to announce the latest round of funding to establish new and expand existing substance abuse treatment services in West Virginia. On Monday, Feb. more »»

Cell phones or running water

March 5, 2016 How do modern people set priorities? Recently, I read that more people in the world today have cell phones than running water. more »»

GOP backed into a corner

March 5, 2016 For Republicans the race for the nomination has appeared to be something conjured up in a universe far, far away. But since 1988, the party has toyed with many approaches and many faction. more »»

How it all began

March 5, 2016 This is one of those weeks where I have so much on my mind that I really have no clue what to write, so I’m going to go back in time a bit. more »»

Enjoy the greens of March, St. Patrick’s

March 5, 2016 If you have been missing the color “green” from the other side of your windowsill the past several weeks, this month should put an end to the snow-covered scenery. more »»

Camping season almost here

March 2, 2016 When Old Man Winter finally rolls over and dies, I’ll be dancing on his grave. It took him a while, but when he finally came around, he overstayed his welcome, as usual. more »»

How about VP Kasich?

March 1, 2016 Ohio Gov. John Kasich finds himself in a position something like one of the two fellows being chased by a bear. You remember the story. more »»

Extra day provides opportunity

February 29, 2016 Happy Leap Day! We gain an additional day today since it takes the earth roughly 365 days and 6 hours to circle once around the sun. more »»

Trump nomination inevitable

February 27, 2016 One thing was made crystal clear during Thursday night’s Republican debate: Donald Trump is in the driver’s sea. more »»

Randolph County expected to grow

February 27, 2016 A study by the West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research titled Population Trends in West Virginia (2014) found that West Virginia has lost population over the last 50 years... more »»



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