Opinion

Renewing conservation fund a wise investment

Columnists

Fall is the most beautiful time in the Mountain State and, as tremendous amounts of residents and tourists travel through West Virginia this time of year, we are reminded how important our forests, streams and access to hiking and hunting opportunities really are. The beautiful places that ...

Elections

Editorials

We are living in the era of the long-shot in politics. No matter how absurd the claim or the strategy, some in office or seeking to be elected seem to think it is worth a try. Fortunately, a panel of judges sitting as the West Virginia Supreme Court saw through it all on Monday. They ...

Cancel impeachment trial?

Columnists

Can the West Virginia Supreme Court order the state Senate to cancel an impeachment trial against a justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court? Of course it can. The state’s highest court can issue just about any directive justices choose in regard to affairs within the state. But what ...

‘Absurd’

Editorials

West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner is right to be upset about other officials depriving him of his day in court. Taxpayers should be concerned, too, about what taking the easy way out of lawsuits is costing us. When Warner took office, he replaced 16 employees in his department. ...

Top Priority

Editorials

Contrary to what some of our fellow Americans may think, West Virginians’ top priority regarding the coal industry is not ensuring as many miners as possible are working. It is keeping them safe. Our state Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training may be able to do a better job of ...

Drugs blur the lines of good, evil

Columnists

Our book group discussed The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantu on Tuesday. While working with the Inmate Crew at Kump Education Center Wednesday, I thought of characters in Cantu’s book, and the two circumstances made me ponder about the reasons for ...

Too clever by half

Columnists

Lindsay Graham, senior senator from South Carolina, provides an example of a leader who is too clever by half. His burgeoning friendship with President Donald Trump was improbable, given Graham’s opinions of him in 2016. He not only denounced Trump but judged him “unfit” for the ...

Buckwheat Breakfast and Irish Fall Festival on tap in Barbour

Columnists

Hello and happy fall from Barbour County! I like the cooler weather, and I've noticed that the leaves are starting to change. Today, Sept, 22, is a day full of fun around the area. There will be a Buckwheat Breakfast from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Tacy Community Center. Come on ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to Armstrong Flooring officials, who gathered with community leaders Monday morning for a groundbreaking ceremony for the upcoming expansion to the Beverly facility. Blaine Emery, Armstrong Flooring Beverly plant manager, said he anticipates a “record year” of sales, prompting a ...

Pipeliner praises local area, residents

Letters to the Editor

I came to this area three months ago for work. I have never been to Elkins and the Randolph County area before. My stay has been quite an adventure. I am from Indiana, an equipment operator for 12 years and represent a trade of workers that are often the targets of disdain because of the very ...

Commercial breeders law still not enacted

Letters to the Editor

The Federation of Humane Organizations of West Virginia, FOHOWV, would like to thank Deputy M.P. Dyer and Animal Control Officer Charlie Ramsey for their thorough investigation in the Deborah Kay Jones case, which resulted in dozens of misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty. Without their hard ...

Building on sales tax

Letters to the Editor

Put your hand up if you’d like to pay more sales tax. One of the great mantras of many of our elected political leadership is that people really want to pay more taxes. They want us to believe what we receive from our government in return is of such huge value that we are simply gagging ...

Funding

Editorials

Sixty million dollars is a lot of money and, earlier this year, West Virginians concerned about our state parks and forests may have breathed sighs of relief upon learning that much will be spent to take care of long-deferred maintenance needs at the facilities. At long last, that problem is ...

What a gift to serve ones in need

Columnists

It was quite a sight! On a recent Sunday evening, The McDonnell Center at Davis & Elkins College was filled with students, faculty, staff and community members positioned around dozens of tables. Hairnets adorned their heads. Looking down from the walking track above, they appeared to be ...

Info Needed

Editorials

West Virginia legislators should not have to ask questions such as the one posed by state Sen. Corey Palumbo on Monday. After observing the Lottery Commission “seems like another agency that’s in dysfunction,” Palumbo, D-Kanawha, asked, “Can someone let us know generally what’s ...

Living Large

Editorials

Here in West Virginia, our local and state governments seem to jump through most of the hoops regarding how well healthy eating habits are encouraged and assisted. Healthy food financing initiatives? Check. Physical education at all public school levels? Check. Requirements for early ...

In Public

Editorials

Most cases of sexual harassment are handled quietly and privately. If they occur in a workplace, the perpetrators are disciplined, sometimes fired. Only rarely, when someone files a lawsuit, are harassment situations made public. But the case we reported on page one needs to be dealt with in ...

Try Again

Editorials

West Virginia’s state constitution states that the governor is supposed to live in the capital city, Charleston. Gov. Jim Justice lives in Lewisburg and has no plan to move. Justice insists he is in touch with state government adequately and does not need to live in the governor’s ...

Community Ward Watch

Columnists

As chief of the Elkins Police Department, I see my primary duty as the protection of the citizens of the city. Our department employs many tools to achieve this goal including prevention, patrols, emergency response, and investigation. Although we do receive and rely on citizen tips, I feel ...

Leadership develops over generations

Columnists

Local political history research is often a great distraction from house cleaning after someone has died and the homeplace must be cleared out for new residents. I have had the dubious privilege of doing “research” in several family attics and basements. Any place where old trunks are ...