Jul 29

Oh, what a relief it is – not to have “Sophie’s Choice”!

  What should concerned citizens do, when we and a large majority of our fellow Americans are deeply worried about the presidential nominees of our two major political parties? Should we ever so reluctantly hold our noses and cast a sad and troubled vote for one of these presidential wanna-bes, knowing in our heart of hearts that choosing either of …

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Jul 23

Montani Semper Liberi & More

Here are just a few fascinating facts about West Virginia: *Montani Semper Liberi!” (“Mountaineers are Always Free!”) is our official State Motto. Oft times, our elected officials struggle to understand and preserve this precious liberty. Also, my friend Tom Price, while lamenting the efforts of our West Virginia elected officials to impose even more taxes …

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Jul 10

A Refreshing Reminder

Opinion polls proclaim a majority of Americans as distraught and disturbed about our nation’s presumptive political leaders. Many also deeply despair the natural disasters, here in West Virginia and elsewhere. They further mourn the divisive rhetoric and hate-filled violence that stalks the well-being of our families and our nation. And yet, “Seven Miracles that Saved America” (by …

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Jul 09

All of Us are in His Hand

  2 Kings, Chapter 6, Verses16 & 17: “And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man and he saw: …

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Jul 03

Rising above Raindrops

Current events, especially here in West Virginia, have focused my heart and mind more intensely on how small events and actions can have sudden and tremendous consequences, for both good and ill. The recent flooding in our Mountain State has devastated families and small businesses, many of whom already were living on the margins. The …

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Jun 06

“What – Me Worry?”

This image of John Wayne, from an episode of the former “Laugh-In” television show, evoked profound thoughts within me about spiritual strength. Also and unlike Alfred E. Neuman (“Mad” magazine: “What – Me Worry?”), Lord Alfred Tennyson contemplated the root strength of the meaning of life in his poem:   Fragment Flower in the crannied wall, I …

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May 11

Happy & Grateful!

While unofficial returns indicate that I did not win the Primary election nomination for the West Virginia State Senate in District #15, I remain ever so grateful for the journey, not only then and now, but also for what’s yet to come. An extra special heaping of gratitude goes to all of those who voted …

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Apr 27

Kump – On Values & Issues

 Larry D. Kump at the West Virginia Legislature Excerpts from a Thursday, April 21st, 2016 news story in “The Journal” daily newspaper: INWOOD-Two Republican candidates competing for the 15th Senatorial District seat discussed issues such as the state’s lack of a budget, economic development in West Virginia and the substance abuse epidemic during a forum held …

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Dec 02

A Voice of “Reason”

“Individualist in the Oddest Place” by John Dentinger (a free lance writer in Los Angeles) Condensed from “Reason” magazine, “Spotlight”, November 1986 When he recently took up genealogy, Larry D. Kump was thrilled to find that he is a kinsman of Patrick Henry. The last place you’d expect to find Henry’s literal or spiritual descendent …

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Dec 01

Kump endorses Mooney

Falling Waters, West Virginia – After being asked to do so by the National TEA Party Express, Larry D. Kump vigorously confirmed his endorsement of the re-election of West Virginia 2nd District Congressman Alex X. Mooney. Acknowledging that a public endorsement of any other political candidate is something that he usually takes pains to avoid, …

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Jun 30

Horton Hears Mark Twain

“To get the full value of a joy, you must have somebody to divide it with.” -Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) (I was reading “Horton Hears a Who”, by Dr. Seuss, to pre-school children, at the North Berkeley County Library in Spring Mills, West Virginia.)

Mar 01

Bearing Up @ Hedgesville, West Virginia Library

At the Hedgesville, WV Library


At the EPBA Meeting

EPBA Photo

At the Eastern Panhandle Business Association (EPBA) Meeting  

Jun 04

New Town Councilor

Christopher Stewart (left), newly appointed to fill a vacancy in the Hedgesvile Town Council, is administered the Oath of Office by West Virginia Delegate Larry D. Kump (right), District #59 (Berkeley-Morgan counties)

Feb 11

Working Together (with a Puppy) to Stay Independent

“Facing a declared Primary election opponent, I nevertheless have been persuaded to be a candidate for re-election as a Delegate in the West Virginia Legislature in 2014. This decision was made because of my firm conviction and personal passion to continue to be an independent voice on behalf of our personal liberties and responsibilities. Especially …

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Feb 10

A Straight Shooter

Larry  D. Kump is a staunch supporter of the 2nd Amendment, and, as a former legislator, has sponsored the West Virginia Firearms Freedom Act, supports Constitutional Carry (means the 2nd Amendment is our carry permit) and will always fight to preserve our right to keep and bear arms.

Feb 09

Summer in the State House

Aug 15

Performance & Principles vs. Political Parties?

A letter about choices: Dear XXXXXXXX, In response to you and others, who have questions about my posting of “Oh, what a relief it is…” @ this website, that post is a straight-forward summary of my view of the 2016 Presidential race. Furthermore, that post was written and posted in response to a multitude of friends and associates, …

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Aug 09

Faith & Politics – My Personal Pilgrimage

Federal Judge Thomas B. Griffith* previously delivered an address, “A Mormon Approach to Politics” **, at the Brigham Young University Milton A. Barlow Center, and his perspective struck a resonating chord within my heart and mind , so much so that it prompted me to summarize my own perspective herein: To me, the principles of …

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Aug 06

Genesis: West Virginia

        West Virginia State House at dusk, on the banks of the Kanawha  river. God was nowhere to be seen for six days. Finally, Michael, the Archangel, found Him, resting on the seventh day. Michael asked God, “Where have you been?”. God smiled with deep satisfaction, and pointed downward through the clouds, …

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Jul 24

A Magna Miracle

There is a  “Magna Carta” bookmark that is most dear to me. I always use it as my bookmark in the current volume of my handwritten personal journal. Of course, it only is a scrap of imprinted and fringed leather, and has no monetary or historical value in and of itself. It simply is a token souvenir …

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Jul 19

Past Prison Praise

The following 2008 letter, sent from from Roy Gilleo to Lou Scally (WJEJ Radio in Hagerstown, Maryland) for the radio station’s  “April Volunteer Recognition Month”, was a wonderful compliment: Mr. Scally, On behalf of Mr. Larry D. Kump’s close friends and co-workers, please accept our request to include him as an “April Volunteer Recognition” nominee. Larry …

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Jun 27

There’s a Frog in My Pocket?

Early this morning, I saw a little frog, as I was walking down the lane by my house, to retrieve my morning newspapers. The frog greeted me and asked me to pick it up. I did, whereupon the frog told me that, if I kissed it, it would turn into a beautiful woman. I immediately …

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