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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 »»

Title II would cost jobs

June 18, 2015 The FCC’s recent decision to regulate the Internet with its heaviest regulatory tool available — Title II — will hurt innovation and job creation all across West Virginia. more »»

Imposing standards on the world

June 13, 2015 Coming up in four years is the centennial of the Versailles peace conference in 1919. The results of the great powers’ work are now known to be based on false assumptions. more »»

We need to rethink family values

June 13, 2015 It is time for Americans to rethink what we mean by family value. more »»

School’s almost out ... summer begins

June 13, 2015 Hello from Barbour County. School’s out, school’s out ... well, almost. There are only one-and-a-half days left until it is the official start of the summer season. more »»

Young people must learn to volunteer

June 12, 2015 Let’s hope the Fork Ridge Volunteer Fire Department gets whatever permission it needs to resume providing emergency ambulance service. more »»

Bill Cole’s ace in the hole

June 9, 2015 State Senate President Bill Cole’s biggest challenge in his bid to become governor of West Virginia is that many voters have never heard of him. more »»

Map for better cyber access

June 8, 2015 Kelly Surveying, a small business with offices throughout West Virginia, has been providing engineering, surveying and inspection services throughout West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania for 20 years. more »»

Mine safety is top factor

June 6, 2015 My first thoughts regarding SB 357, Creating Coal Jobs and Safety Act of 2015, was the bill ultimately did the opposite when it comes to protecting coal miners. more »»



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