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Fee for state parks makes sense

Editorials

Beyond any doubt, the best way to “wow” out-of-state visitors to West Virginia is to take them to one or more of our state parks. They are our crown jewels. But too often for many years, maintenance needs at the parks have been put on hold because not enough money was available for them ...

Cutting the budget gradually

Columnists

You haven’t heard a great deal of wailing and gnashing of teeth from the folks who run scores of fairs and festivals throughout West Virginia during the past few years, have you? Ditto for the Public Broadcasting crowd and the fine arts folks. But all of them — and we’re talking ...

Lawmakers fighting it out over budget

Editorials

Not much has been heard for several days regarding negotiations on a state budget for the coming year. Rest assured that is only a sign most involved are playing their cards close to the vest. Talks among legislators and Gov. Jim Justice and his staff are proceeding. The fact Justice has not ...

‘Reform’

Editorials

When politicians begin talking about “tax reform,” their constituents often are right to worry about tax increases. Too often, raising more money — not making tax codes simpler, fairer or more attractive to job creators — is behind “reform” movements. It shouldn’t be allowed ...

Trump can learn from Nixon

Columnists

Given the expressions of joy emanating out of the neo-conservative camp, Donald Trump had become one of their members. Certainly Lindsay Graham, with his ecstatic look of a man whose love of war was complete, stumbled over himself to see his old rival in a new light. And, of course, the ...

Rally has no place at monument

Letters to the Editor

There is a political rally scheduled for April 29 at the All Veteran’s Monument. Mike House, the organizer of the rally, states that it is to honor President Trump’s 100th day in office as well as our country and veterans. The inclusion of “our country and veterans” is just fluff to ...

Project provides window to past

Columnists

The WV Quilters Documentation Project supported by WVEA meets at the Elkins Depot April 21-22 to study and record information about West Virginia quilts made before 1970. A fine local quilter, Fran Kordek, has made appointments for people who have quilts to be documented. This project is a ...

Ramp dinner slated for today

Columnists

Hello, from Barbour County, where the smell of spring is in the air. Can you smell it? It smells like ramps! There will be a ramp dinner from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. todayat the Mt. Liberty Community Building. The price for adults is $10, and for children under the age of 12, it is $5. The menu ...

Washington must address marijuana’s official status

Editorials

In both West Virginia and Ohio, it’s official: Breaking the law is not against the law — at least when marijuana is involved. Both states have legislation making use of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, legal for health care purposes. West Virginia’s measure was just signed into ...

Pet overpopulation solution is at hand

Letters to the Editor

Pet homelessness is a serious and costly problem in West Virginia. Each year, tens of thousands of dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters costing West Virginia taxpayers approximately $10 million per year. These animals are euthanized not because they are old, sick or not cute enough — ...

Group thankful for local efforts

Letters to the Editor

Elkins Church Women United want to thank the Elkins Ministerial Association members for leading the ecumenical worship services during Holy Week. We also would like to thank the musicians for sharing their talents, First Church of Christ for hosting us each day, Davis Medical Center for ...

Protection not wasteful spending

Letters to the Editor

Most likely, your dictionary will define the words “a one-track mind” as intentionally focusing on a single subject to a degree that probably also meets the definition of obsession. I’m referring, of course, to Mr. Lloyd Price’s letter to the editor in the April 1 edition of The ...

The value of a college degree

Columnists

The national tone of public criticism of higher education has sharpened recently. Many in both the public and private sectors are questioning the cost of higher education, and others are questioning its value. We are being exposed through all forms of media to predominantly negative stories ...

Kudos for Justice on BOE appointments

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice seems intent on ensuring members of the West Virginia Board of Education understand public schools from the inside. That would explain his appointments to the board, most of which have been people with experience in the classroom and school administration. That makes one of ...

Victories require vigilance

Columnists

Over the past few months, West Virginia has experienced a tremendous amount of success in beating back years of federal overreach that have devastated many in our state. One of the greatest victories involved my office leading a coalition of 27 states and state agencies against the so-called ...

Something has to give in Charleston

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice’s veto last week of a budget bill sent to him by the West Virginia Legislature may have prompted some frustrated lawmakers to adopt a “back to square one” attitude. Let us hope the governor’s position is that reasonable. During a press conference in which he had ...

Warner has cleaned up voter registrations

Editorials

Eleven states are being threatened with lawsuits if they do not clean up their voter registration lists, the Judicial Watch organization revealed a few days ago. If you are a West Virginian, the announcement may well have prompted a “here we go again” reaction. Our state is notorious for ...

Fix budget without tax hikes

Columnists

Once again, the bureaucracy — aided and abetted by Gov. Jim Justice — has pulled the wool over West Virginia legislators’ eyes. With the very best of intentions, conservative lawmakers allowed themselves to be stampeded into a badly flawed budget proposal. It’s not that the ...

War on coal is far from over

Editorials

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey deserves much of the credit for delaying former President Barack Obama’s assault on the coal industry and affordable electricity. Other state officials, including legislators and former Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, merit kudos for opposing Obama, ...

Highly Improper

Editorials

Billionaire businessman Jim Justice had every right to lobby Marshall University to make changes in its football program. Governor Jim Justice does not. It is being reported Justice pressured Marshall officials to fire head football coach Doc Holliday and replace him with former coach ...