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Even we are capable of offering mercy

July 30, 2016 It might have been sometime last fall when I came to the realization that I was thinking about “mercy.” It was during the time when Germany was receiving the greatest influx of Syrian refugees. more »»

Smear campaign a waste of time

July 30, 2016 In her media campaign, Hillary Clinton, with her emphasis on Donald Trump’s blunt talk as a negative, has decided to reprise Jeb Bush. more »»

Day campers learn pollination

July 30, 2016 YMCA Day Campers age 7-9 enjoyed discovery activities to learn how bees and butterflies pollinate flowers at the Kump Education Center on Wednesday. more »»

Forever changed: Buffalo trip had tremendous impact

July 30, 2016 To say that I am forever changed is probably one of the most profound understatements ever. Our mission trip to Buffalo, New York, was the best week of my life, and yes, I’m ready to go back. more »»

Help battling Alzheimer’s

July 26, 2016 My wife has the “Big A” —Alzheimer’s — the scourge of the Baby Boomers (just because we are the current generation getting to that age — my grandmother had “hardening of the arteries” — pretty sure... more »»

Mr. Basil’s Opus

July 23, 2016 Kump Education Center is planning an impromptu FLASHMOB at high noon Saturday, Aug. 2. more »»

We’re working to rebuild

July 23, 2016 In the days and weeks following the floods that devastated parts of our state one month ago, it is inspiring to see West Virginians banding together to support friends, family and neighbors as the... more »»

Our neighbors deserve a thank-you

July 23, 2016 One little town my wife and I drove through while taking a break from the daily grind earlier this month could have been any of dozens in West Virginia. more »»

GOP split into factions

July 23, 2016 Republicans are experiencing a process that could either invigorate the party or ruin it for a number of years. Three factions stand out and they are all, to some degree, conservativ. more »»

Ice cream social scheduled for today

July 23, 2016 Hello, from Barbour County! Have you been hunting lately? Pokemon hunting, that is. I counted almost 50 people in Philippi the other night who were enjoying the latest craz. more »»

Sugar and spice

July 23, 2016 Well, my Buffalo and Bolivia wrap-ups will have to wait until next weekend, y’all, because today is Sassy’s birthday! This precious babe of mine is 9 years old today, and at times it seems like she... more »»

Understood and valued

July 20, 2016 Eight years ago next week the first edition of the Monday Letter (ML) was sent to members of the faculty and staff with copy to the board of trustees. more »»

Did Comey learn from Hoover?

July 19, 2016 For decades, the late J. Edgar Hoover led a charmed life as director of the FBI. In some ways he was the most powerful man in Washington. more »»

Creating the Village Idiot

July 18, 2016 I’m a proud member of Generation Geek. I was born and grew up in the 1980s and 1990s, just the right time to be brought up in the age of video games and all things “nerd. more »»

W.Va. coming together for others

July 18, 2016 Just over three short weeks ago, our state was hit by severe, widespread, historic flooding. Twenty-three people lost their lives. Homes and businesses were destroyed. Communities were devastated. more »»

Comey avoids chaos

July 16, 2016 When James Comey announced his decision not to recommend the prosecution of Hillary Clinton for the misuse of classified information, it was not his first investigation of Clinton that ended without... more »»

A wonderful water Wednesday

July 16, 2016 Fourteen YMCA Day Campers piled out of two Country Roads Transit vans at Kump Education Center Wednesday afternoon to learn about the magic of water and wetlands. more »»

Dems’ strategy is not working

July 16, 2016 Despite the virtual silence in the United States, the release of the Chilcot report in the United Kingdom has raised doubts on foreign policy and the elites that direct its execution. more »»

From Bolivia with love

July 16, 2016 Hey, y’all! I’m writing this a little bit early, because I’ll be in Buffalo for my deadline this week, so I’ll report on that next Saturday. more »»

Feeling good about ourselves

July 15, 2016 We Americans are $19 trillion-plus in debt. We have so many laws and regulations on the books no one can even keep track of them all. But what have we accomplished? Less than we may think. more »»



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