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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 »»

FBI sends mixed ISIS warning

February 12, 2015 Last week during a trip to Mississippi, FBI director James Comey said there were ISIS cases under investigation in all states but Alaska. more »»

Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs event planned in Barbour County

February 10, 2015 Hello from Barbour County. Did you watch the Superbowl? It really didn’t matter to me who won, but I had fun spending the evening with good friends. more »»

Altering, not repealing, wage law

February 10, 2015 West Virginia’s prevailing wage law may not be repealed this year — but it may be altered in a way that would satisfy some of its critics. more »»

Legislature is making progress

February 10, 2015 Eleven bills passed the House of Delegates last week with bipartisan support. Well, bipartisan for the most par. more »»

Harman a touchy subject

February 7, 2015 Nothing else in the world can raise the ire of a community more than changes in the school system. more »»

GOP has no united message this term

February 7, 2015 President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address amounted to a set of challenges to Republicans. Unlike after the 2010 midterms, Obama did not pull his punches, indeed he ignored the results. more »»

Revenge can build a very lonely house

February 7, 2015 We’ve all known them: Bitter, angry and vengeful folks who live to make other’s lives miserable. more »»

What-do-you-know conversations not constructive

February 7, 2015 Starting a conversation with an adolescent can be awkward. The classic scenario is when the parent says, “Where did you go?” and the teenager answers, “Out. more »»

Jesus Christ is the Great Physician

February 7, 2015 Liturgically, we are in the last couple of weeks of ordinary time framed by Epiphany. Epiphany is about the Light that shines in the darkness of the world. more »»



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