Jul 01

Kump “Pre-Files” for 2016 Election

News Update! Falling Waters, West Virginia – Former West Virginia Delegate Larry D. Kump (2011-2014, Berkeley-Morgan Counties) announced, “After receiving a steady stream of personal petitions for me to return to public office in 2016, and after prolonged personal pondering and prayer, I have agreed to further explore that possibility. To that end, I have …

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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.)


In Pursuit of Liberty with WV Congressman Alex Mooney


As I discussed this morning with Mike Queen on his radio network, your robust participation with the leadership of the West Virginia Republican Liberty Caucus, last Saturday afternoon in Parkersburg, was greatly appreciated and well received.

You were straightforward, sincere, and sympathetic.

Those at the meeting especially appreciated your robust initiative in hosting a question and answer session and responding to concerns about individual liberty, accountability, and empowerment.

It is our further prayer and hope that our nation’s congressional leadership will listen more carefully to these concerns and support these principles, especially now, when our Constitution hangs by a thread.

Your friend,


Mar 01

Bearing Up @ Hedgesville, West Virginia Library

At the Hedgesville, WV Library

Dec 05

Davy Crockett & the Sockdolager

When I just was a young sprat, the Walt Disney television show about the life of Davy Crockett, the hero of the Alamo, was the favorite of me and my pals. We all even persistently pestered our parents until they allowed all us to get and proudly wear coonskin hats. Much later in my life, …

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At the EPBA Meeting

EPBA Photo

At the Eastern Panhandle Business Association (EPBA) Meeting  

Apr 26

The League of Liberty (& Life)

  “Heroes for Hire”, a Christian group who works with children, were proud to pose with former West Virginia Delegate Larry D. Kump!

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.

Jan 31

The 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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Oct 05

The Kinston Conundrum

In his recent “Justice and the Obama Justice Department” article (“Imprimus” publication, Hillsdale College, September 2015, Volume 44, Number 9), former United States Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey wrote that the United States of America is “…the only nation in the world to define itself not by blood or land, but by…(our) Constitution”. However, he then …

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Oct 01

My Aunt Trudy (the Ninja of Nice) & “Grasshopper”

Recently, my Mother, Betty Ann Steinbach Kump, and I went to St. Thomas, Pennsylvania. We then visited and went out to lunch with my 93 year old Aunt, Gertrude Kump Zeger. She’s the spry and feisty sister of my Grandfather, Edgar R. Kump. And so it was, in relating how to deal with disagreeable people, …

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Sep 26

Through the Mist of Darkness

 Recently, a conversation in the parking lot of the Falling Waters, West Virginia Food Lion resonated deeply within the chambers of my heart. A retired veteran, who now is supplementing his income with grocery store employment, shared with me his sincere and abiding concerns about the current circumstances and plight of our nation. As we …

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Sep 14

It’s a Secret! Shhhhhhh!

An old African proverb tells us that the best way to keep a secret is to write it in a book. Is this not also true for us, in today’s internet driven society of instant gratification? I don’t know. I’m just askin’. www.LarryKump.us

Sep 12

Go Fly a Kite!

While recently reflecting on Paul’s counsel to the Corinthians, about those who sound uncertain trumpets, another “Pearl of Great Price” came to my attention: Kites fly the highest while straining against the wind. And so it goes… www.LarryKump.us

Sep 03

George Washington’s Surrogate Son

Who was Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert de Motier? It turns out, after reading his memoir, “Living a Life That Matters”, by David M. Weitzman, that he is better known as our flame haired hero of American independence, the Marquis de Lafayette. This incredible book is a spell-binding read, which, by the way, also is …

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Sep 01

Our “Bubble Wrap” Society

Reprinted from the Herald-Mail newspaper “Feedback” column (www.herald-mail.com) on Tuesday, September 1st, 2015: Editorial thought-provoking, insightful: “The recent guest editorial by Thomas L. Knapp was both thought-provoking and insightful. The decline of our moral culture is both deeply troubling and offensive. Nevertheless, neither government agencies nor educational institutions should attempt to manage our private lives …

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Aug 31

My Boogie-Woogie Blessing

When I arrived customarily early for last Sunday morning’s worship services, Sister Karen Speis already had arrived even earlier, and was practicing hymns on the chapel organ. So, I teasingly asked her if she could play “Boogie-Woogie”, and she immediately played a snippet of it for me. Sometimes, it’s the little quirky kindnesses which really …

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Aug 15

An EPA Product – Just for You!

Introducing the New EPA Logo Shirt: Despair, Inc. (www.despair.com) was recently contacted by the PR firm on retainer by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They specialize in damage control media, yet even they felt out of their depth when dealing with how best to spin the most unthinkable of environmental disasters- one actually CAUSED BY …

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Aug 13

“Who Moved My Cheese?”

Roger, Truly, my tongue cannot begin to tell the extent of my gratitude to you, for traveling such a great distance and spending so much of your time with me today at the West Virginia State Capitol. Your vision of and success in using public policy in other jurisdictions, to synergize the empowerment of individuals …

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Aug 08

Do Mountaineers always pay the Fee?

Mountaineer citizens always have had a difficult time of it, especially when we attempt to visit our state legislators and personally participate in the legislative process at the West Virginia State House. Part of this problem is the scant availability of parking spaces at the State House. So why, when our state tax revenues now …

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Aug 07

Free Ice Cream!

The Presidential election was heating up, and some grade school children were showing an interest. The teacher decided that having an election for a class president would be a good civics lesson. The students would choose the nominees. The nominees would make campaign speeches, and the class then would vote. There were many nominations. Sam …

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