Opinion

AmandaPasdon

DeVos will put America’s children first

Columnists

The transition from one presidential administration to the next begins with confirmation hearings for Cabinet nominees. Betsy DeVos has been nominated for Education Secretary, and Sen. Joe Manchin should be proud to support her. As a businesswoman, philanthropist, and life-long education ...

Party politics eases in Charleston

Editorials

What a difference 367 miles — the distance between the West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston and the U.S. Capitol in Washington — can make. In Washington, partisan politics has assumed an even more strident, take-no-prisoners tone than in the recent past. A substantial number of ...

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Course offers real lesson

Columnists

As I journey through my initial year as president of Davis & Elkins College, I continue to experience “firsts.”  Recently, I slipped into the back row of a session of Congress ... D&E style. During three weeks in January, the college offers a Winter Symposium, required ...

Agencies need to work together

Editorials

New Gov. Jim Justice has said many times that we West Virginians do not do a very good job of marketing ourselves. He may want to talk to former Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin about that. Goodwin, replaced by Justice appointee Chelsea Ruby, talked about her job last week with a ...

Snow days filled with joy

Columnists

Snow day! What a glorious sound! Even now the words make me smile, fill me with a lift of excitement. Last week we had a beautiful snowfall in North Central West Virginia, enough to lead to cancelation of the local schools.  It brought back great memories. It has been over 40 years since I ...

State’s vehicle tally needs attention

Editorials

Somewhere between 2102 Washington Street, East, in Charleston and 1124 Smith Street in the same city, West Virginia state government lost 4,961 motor vehicles last year. Figuratively speaking, that is. Last year a Charleston reporter asked around in an attempt to learn how many vehicles the ...

King should be role model

Columnists

How would the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. have reacted to President-elect Donald Trump? On the eve of our national celebration of the civil rights leader’s life, and less than a week before Trump becomes chief executive, it’s a pertinent question. That is so especially because of ...

State agencies need to eye spending

Editorials

Outgoing Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin deserved the standing ovation he received from West Virginia legislators Wednesday, during the last speech he will give to lawmakers. Monday, his successor, Gov.-elect Jim Justice, took office. But Tomblin was wrong about one thing he told lawmakers. During the ...

Does God still speak?

Columnists

I was heading for the boondocks one day, many years ago, with my three children. I had to stop for supplies as once we were home, it was quite difficult to purchase some things. The kids opted to stay in the van and listen to cassettes. Yeah, it was a while ago. Grabbing a cart, I quickly ...

The Dream Lives On

Editorials

Following is an excerpt from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech. I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic ...

‘Grow up’

Columnists

Much talk about how Hillary Clinton lost the white working class has permeated the media since Nov. 8. Indeed, you would think that Clinton had deliberately turned her back on blue-collar Americans. But the answer is more complex than the narrative would suggest. For openers, Clinton did well ...

Protecting against human trafficking

Columnists

Sgt. John Chapman will present information on human trafficking at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 20, at Elkins High School. Training will help local people recognize and respond appropriately when they encounter circumstances where humans may be enslaved.  The public is invited to this informational ...

Learning how to feel our self-worth

Columnists

“Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (From “The Sermon on the Mount,” Matthew 6:26) This year, Christmas in our household was a time of offering practical gifts. ...

Complete overhaul needed at VA

Editorials

Few Cabinet officers head agencies based almost solely on promises. But Dr. David Shulkin, nominated to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, will be one if he is confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The VA’s mission is to keep the promise we Americans make to everyone in military service. It ...

Board did not follow the rules

Letters to the Editor

The West Virginia State Board of Education set a dangerous precedent on Jan. 11 in granting a waiver to the Randolph County Board of Education to accommodate the county’s total lack of following the procedural rules for closure of a school in their county. It appears that the county Board ...

Levy money was squandered away

Letters to the Editor

I would like to thank all first responders for their unselfish acts when called upon. Firefighters who give up their time from their families and, at times, their jobs. EMTs go in all types of weather to administer aid to those in need. Yes, that’s their job, but they put their lives in ...

Do not close Valley Head

Letters to the Editor

Well, here we are again, the community of Valley Head and surrounding areas are once again on the chopping block of the Randolph County School System, because of their lack of following West Virginia Board of Education Policy 6204, which clearly stated that if there are two public school ...

Cahill brings fresh set of eyes to issues

Editorials

Jan Cahill will step into something of a hornet’s nest when he becomes superintendent of West Virginia State Police next week. During a time when the substance abuse crisis is taxing the resources of law enforcement agencies at every level, Cahill will be asked to do more with ...

The power of liberal arts

Columnists

During the recent snow and cold in Elkins, Lisa and I escaped to the sunshine of Florida.  While the weather was a plus, we traveled there for a national conference of 350 college presidents from small, private liberal arts colleges and universities across the country.  As a new president, it ...

North Korea policy hasn’t worked

Editorials

Until they learn more about President-elect Donald Trump’s plans, policies and personality, it is likely most other nations, even our enemies, will engage in something of a diplomatic honeymoon with the new White House. Not North Korea. That country’s vicious dictator, Kim Jong Un, ...