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February 10, 2015 West Virginia’s prevailing wage law may not be repealed this year — but it may be altered in a way that would satisfy some of its critics.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

Mountain Highland trains offer many memories

February 7, 2015 ELKINS — Winter days are moving on at a very fast pace, and those occasional deep snows keep us beside our warmest heat source and slow our steps. more »»

Change may be in works

February 6, 2015 These are exciting times. Really. For one reason or another, a lot more people seem willing to think outside the proverbial box — to try things that were taboo for generation. more »»

Lawsuit abuse an issue

February 5, 2015 Lawsuit abuse is one of the main culprits that hold our great state behind. West Virginia has the worst lawsuit climate in America, according to the U.S. more »»

Immunization bill an improvement

February 3, 2015 Most people ought to have their children immunized against certain diseases, including measles, mumps, etc. That’s one issue on which the science really is settled. more »»

82nd Legislative session underway

February 3, 2015 The 82nd Legislature convened on Jan. 8. I am honored to serve my fifth term representing the 43rd District’s citizens. more »»

Repeal is a big victory

February 2, 2015 With the second week of the 2015 legislative session in the books, we’re one step closer to repealing one of the worst laws passed in West Virginia history. more »»

Wives tales a lot of baloney

January 31, 2015 Earlier this week, on a drive toward Mill Creek, I saw something that — for a brief second — turned me into my mother. more »»

Baby, it’s cold outside

January 31, 2015 ELKINS — No matter how hard anyone tries to convince me that we have been lucky with the weather so far this winter, I’ve had enough. I’m ready for spring. more »»

GOP should open up ’16 race

January 31, 2015 Republicans have found themselves in an unfamiliar predicament — too many moderates. Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie are representatives of the GOP cente. more »»

God always will make a way for us

January 31, 2015 I returned from the ladies’ meeting several years ago exhausted. Tired, but a good kind of tired. The drive from Martinsburg completed the weekend, and I was floating on a cloud, so to speak. more »»



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