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Reaffirming a commitment to rebuild American

This week, our new Defense Secretary Leon Panetta made his first appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee in this position, and I took the opportunity to make clear that I believe that the United States must shift its mission in the Middle East to counter-terrorism and focus on ...

Students of Lydiard

I had the privilege of attending and speaking at the first Lydiard Invitational Coaching Seminar in Boulder, Colo., last weekend.It was humbling to be in the room with running legends of the past and present, hear their stories and listen as they shared lessons learned and "secrets" they ...

Election for governor: Part II of IV

Several months ago West Virginia began a series of four elections for governor over a period of two years (approximately one election every six months).We're having a special election for a term of 14 months this year. We had the primary for that special election this past May. The special ...

Solyndra: A cautionary tale of government waste

With unemployment rates at historic highs and anemic economic growth, we can all agree that we need to do something to get our economy moving forward. Some in Washington argue that government should spend more. But if government spending could solve our economy's problems, we would be in great ...

Taming ‘The Beast’

This is a story about a hero.The Skybox Lounge at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races and Slots has a long, unwieldy name. It is also the home of The Beast, which is a two-pound hamburger, topped with a full pound of bacon, a whole head of lettuce, countless tomatoes and onions and an ...

Congressional redistricting plans answered

Several people have asked me what happened with congressional redistricting and why. Here goes.The legislature did what I thought it would do with congressional redistricting. It made the simplest change possible. That change is called the "Mason County flip."By moving only one county, Mason, ...

Hazel: a hurricane worse than Irene

Irene and an earthquake in one week - now that is news.I remember a hurricane that was much worse and followed a similar path as Irene. The year was 1954, and a hurricane named Hazel hit North Carolina with a punch. It was a Category 4 storm and was fast moving. It hit shore on Oct. 15, 1954 ...

First an underpass, now onto the parking garage

Shepherd University announced a couple of weeks ago that it is ready to build a pedestrian underpass at the intersection of WV Route 480 (North Duke Street) and Shepherd Grade.This is great news. Presently students and others cross 480 there to get from the East Campus to the West Campus. The ...

Remembering 9/11

On this very significant anniversary of one of our nation's most tragic days, it is so important for all of us to reflect on what September 11 means to our country a decade after the events of that day forever changed this nation.Today, a decade after September 11, 2001, I'm sure each one of us ...

Creating a climate for businesses to thrive

This week I was pleased to attend the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce's Annual Meeting and Business Summit, and speak to some of our state's business leaders about how we can work together on commonsense solutions to rebuild America. West Virginia's businesses are critical to job creation and ...