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Study gives West Virginia higher learning low grades

West Virginia’s colleges and universities received a failing grade in a report released recently by the Institute for a Competitive Workforce. The report identified the Mountain State as one of only four in the nation that received an “F” for not meeting the standards employers demand from four-year institutions. The Institute, which is a nonprofit […]

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I’ll have a chicken sandwich, hold the morality

Only in America can a chicken sandwich become political. The latest brouhaha for the masses comes at us, not from Hollywood, but from a certain restaurant that makes a fairly decent chicken sandwich. Speaking to the Biblical Recorder in North Carolina, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy said, “We are very much supportive of the family — […]

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For businesses, there are many ways to count profit

In our last article, “Develop a Profit Paradigm,” we discussed the importance of acknowledging two important facts about your business — one, that profit is the only objective measure of its performance. And, two, that without profit your business cannot survive, let alone grow. Soon after this acknowledgement, most owners struggle to find a useful […]

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Big Sky Montana

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Big Sky Montana

  We survived another trip to the Big Sky state of Montana but not without a few hold ups in the beginning. Flying just isn’t fun anymore but it’s by far the fastest way to get there. We were supposed to fly out bright and early on Thursday morning until we found out that flight […]

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Court ruling has proven the silencer to gun outcry

In 2008, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down a handgun law brought by a resident of the District of Columbia against the federal enclave that prevented him from keeping a handgun in his home. The court’s opinion — that the law, which banned handguns and required long arms to be kept disassembled, […]

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Part-time status leaves lawmakers hamstrung

It’s understandable that those holding leadership positions in the legislative branch of state government in West Virginia have an inferiority complex when it comes to their relative strength compared to those in the executive and judicial branches. In the executive branch, the governor is in complete control and enjoys full-time status with a salary and […]

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Ousted MSU president’s words shed light on school woes

With the news this week that about half of Mountain State University employees will be without jobs come September, it’s impossible not to think of Charles H. Polk, the man credited with the massive expansion that enabled so many to come to work for the institution. Fired as president of Mountain State earlier this year, […]

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I love the beauty and history behind the old farms that dot the West Virginia landscape. I’ve been on several in a number of counties across the state and there’s usually something unique about each one. Some have big trees like the huge white oak I admired last week on a Braxton County farm. It […]

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Hats on to summer swelter

The recent spate of hot temperature days has brought with it creative ways to dress, or as the case may be, undress. Women who have always worried about their flabby upper arms could care less as they grab a sleeveless shirt and, as far as pantyhose, who even wears them anymore, regardless of the heat? […]

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Snakes in West Virginia

The heat and humidity of summertime is an active period for biting insects and slithering reptiles. Snakes are an often talked about reptile in that you either like them or hate them. The majority of folks tend to dislike snakes but they are a living species just like all the other animals that call this […]

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