What we talk about when we talk about bacon

What keeps you going? Is it your church? An energetic exercise routine? Art? A glass of wine? Is it food? Is it sugar? What gets you out of bed in the morning and tamps down the existential terror of, “another day, another day?” I had a friend who once said, “So-and-so is praying for me. I don’t believe in her god, but I’ll take whatever anyone More...

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By Mountain Messenger On Monday, May 2nd, 2016

A father’s view

Dear Editor: I am writing this letter concerning the coming election for Assessor of Greenbrier County. My son Michael Burke is currently the acting Assessor. He was recommended to this position by the former Assessor More...

By Mountain Messenger On Monday, April 25th, 2016

World’s Okayest Mom

I don’t want to brag, but, I’m really a pretty okay, less than average, okay-fine-at-least-I’m-not-addicted-to-crack, mom. Yeah. I’m pretty average. It’s cool. It’s pretty easy to be an okay mom. You More...

By Mountain Messenger On Monday, April 25th, 2016

Converting political promises into meaningful reality

Dear Editor: The third Congressional District of West Virginia comprises some of the greatest coal producing counties in the country, if not the world. In West Virginia, live the men and women who go in the mines More...

By Mountain Messenger On Monday, April 25th, 2016

In support of Michael Burke

Dear Greenbrier County voters: In 1991, several people were hired to work the new reappraisal program of all real estate in Greenbrier Co. Just happened to work out that Michael Burke, the current Assessor of Greenbrier More...

By Mountain Messenger On Thursday, April 21st, 2016

I brake for squirrels

Originally published in August 22, 2015 edition of the Mountain Messenger. I brake for squirrels. I also brake for any other animal that comes across my path. If I can, I also swerve, but only toward the mountain, More...

By Mountain Messenger On Monday, March 28th, 2016

The cobbler’s children have no shoes

I should have known; I mean, everyone warned me. But I was in love. And this time it was going to be different. When I was growing up, my dad honed his carpentry skills, and by the time I was a teen, he had become More...

By Mountain Messenger On Monday, March 28th, 2016

In which I ramble on about exercising (you’re welcome)

By Sarah Mansheim Managing Editor • Mountain Messenger   I hate working out. I’ve come to realize that my general state of consciousness is just one notch above being asleep. When my girls were babies, More...

By Mountain Messenger On Monday, March 21st, 2016

Thank you to WV lawmakers who voted against Senate Bill 596

Dear Editor: A bipartisan majority in the West Virginia Senate struck down Senate Bill 596, vote 23 to 11. Bill 596 was requested by the natural gas industry in an attempt to circumvent an August 2015 ruling in More...

By Mountain Messenger On Monday, March 21st, 2016

Attention: Greenbrier Co. voters

Dear Voters: I, Joyce Crane Burke, am writing to encourage voters in Greenbrier County to vote for Michael W. Burke, Democratic candidate for Greenbrier County Assessor. Many of you will recognize me as the daughter More...