Sept. 17 is Constitution Day and an opportunity to celebrate our rights enshrined there. One of the most important is trial by jury. Thomas Jefferson wrote, “I consider [trial by jury] as the only anchor yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.”

On Sunday, Sept. 8, I preached for the Diversity Day Service at The Redeemed Christian Church of God in Morgantown, where I also serve as an honorary elder/father of the church. I wish all of West Virginia could have witnessed the service and the wonderful people from this international church.

The day you entered this world, I woke to the news on my radio alarm clock. I listened, horror-struck, on my drive to school, then watched your carnage on the TVs in my high school auditorium. On the West Coast, most of us were privileged in our detachment, but the shock, the terror, the ang…

A student in Elkins received massive social media attention this week from a photo asking another student to be his date to a homecoming dance. While he may have imagined the sign he made to be charming or kitschy, its wording was simply unkind. The sign read, “If I Was Black I’d Be Pickin’ …

Do you believe conspiracy theories? I generally don’t. I realize that high-level coverups have occurred, in business and government and the Catholic Church. But as a rule of thumb, I find most conspiracy theories violate former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski’s axiom, “History …

One hundred fifty-seven years ago, a group of Western Virginians started to meet in secret. They had the courage to rebel against the secessionist majority and form their own Virginia, choosing Wheeling as their first capital. They risked their livelihoods and reputations for freedom.

“As I said in a recent meeting with county superintendents, when it comes to increasing student achievement, we make no excuses. Our focus remains on building capacity of our schools and communities to provide for students’ needs, regardless of their circumstance. All students matter, and al…

Funerals for Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Beemon, Michael - 11 a.m., Snyder Cemetery, Churchville.

Cart, Edith Fay - 11 a.m., Beal Cemetery, Leatherwood.

Dent, Frances M. - 1 p.m., Allen Funeral Home Chapel, Hurricane.

Hagy, Alfred - 1 p.m., Simon - Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

Rogers, Diana - 2 p.m., Dunbar Towers, Dunbar.

Winter, Janet - 6 p.m., Elizabeth Baptist Church, Bancroft.