Opinion

The need to talk to veterans

Columnists

On this Veterans Day, the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, we have no living veterans of that conflict to tell us what it was like. The last doughboy, Frank Buckles, died in 2011. I’m reasonably certain that were he alive today, Buckles would be urging us to talk to every World ...

No Option

Editorials

Suspended West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry resigned Friday — but only after it became obvious to him that he had no realistic option. Loughry resigned from his post, effective at the close of business today. He is one of two ex-justices charged with federal crimes. ...

Critical Role

Editorials

In terms of guarding West Virginians against serious threats to our physical wellbeing, the state Bureau for Public Health may be the most important agency in Charleston. From guarding against food-borne outbreaks to finding ways to battle substance abuse, the bureau plays a critical role. ...

Traffic safety

Columnists

Traffic safety is important to every West Virginian. Regardless of whether you are a driver, a passenger, a cyclist, or a pedestrian, laws exists to protect your life and your rights. Most of us are aware of the high profile traffic-related safety initiatives in the state, such as “Click-It ...

Working with words and wetlands

Columnists

The Economist included a commentary on metaphors in political language this week. The author pointed out that the phrase “to have your cake and eat it” is used too often with regard to the British exit from the European Union. The problem with some of these metaphors is that they confuse ...

Foreign policy

Columnists

Donald Trump’s attempts to alter foreign policy goals has ended without much progress. Relations with Russia are at rock-bottom, the trade war with the People’s Republic of China goes on unabated and his middle eastern policy lay in shambles. Moreover, he has managed to alienate key allies ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to everyone who cast a ballot in the general election Tuesday and took part in democracy. Applause also to all the election officials in our local counties who tallied the votes and got the results out to the public so quickly Tuesday night. Applause to the many veterans events that ...

November is about pancreatic awareness

Letters to the Editor

I’ve been advocating for pancreatic cancer awareness since October 2007. I can even tell you the exact day, Oct. 4, 2007, the day that my younger brother passed away from pancreatic cancer. Until he was diagnosed just 18 months earlier, basically all I knew about cancer was the pink ribbon, ...

Can you choose ‘none of the above’?

Letters to the Editor

Elections are essentially multiple-choice tests. You’re asked a question: Who do you want for this position? And you fill in the bubble. You’re asked: Do you support taxpayer-funded abortion? And you fill in the bubble. Typically a Democrat or a Republican is listed as A and B, in ...

Veterans Appreciation Banquet is a success

Letters to the Editor

The Alliance Church in Gilman held its 13th annual Veterans Appreciation Banquet on Nov 1. This banquet was enjoyed by scores of veterans from various eras including Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan. During the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of the National Anthem, it ...

Loyalty

Editorials

No doubt congressional elections in West Virginia on Tuesday had a few national pundits scratching their head in puzzlement. To some, the results may have seemed contradictory. They made perfect sense to Mountain State voters. How, out-of-state analysts unfamiliar with our state’s ...

Investment in youth

Columnists

“Residential” is one of several adjectives frequently used to describe the student experience at Davis & Elkins College. It generally accompanies private, liberal arts, and church- related. While using the term residential is accurate, as nearly 80 percent of our student body lives ...

Restraint

Editorials

Approval in Tuesday’s election of a measure giving the West Virginia Legislature some control over the state judiciary’s spending should have come as no surprise to anyone. Amendment 2 on the election ballot passed by a landslide. It gives the Legislature long-overdue authority over the ...

Technicality

Editorials

West Virginia Supreme Court members have struck a blow against the “technicalities” in pursuit of justice that so often annoy the public, simply because they seem to go against common sense. Construction of a natural gas-fired power plant in Brooke County has been delayed by a lawsuit ...

Important for victims to come foward

Columnists

He was a teenager during the 1960s, my caller said. He had a driver’s license and access to a car, so friends sometimes asked him for rides. One asked every week. They would drive to a Roman Catholic Church in our area, during the early evening. The friend would get out and go into the ...

Civic Duty

Editorials

No doubt you will be going to the polls today if you are a registered voter who has not yet cast a ballot through one of the early voting systems in West Virginia. Right? You understand how important this year’s general election is, regardless of where you live, of course. So you will be ...

Unacceptable

Editorials

Recent events nationwide have focused attention on violence and threats of it against public figures. This week, West Virginians were reminded we are not immune to the problem. Last week, a Clarksburg man, Donald Charles Criss, 52, was arrested on charges of making a terroristic threat and ...

High Court

Editorials

Most people seeking public office are able to attract votes by pledging to spend government money on local needs ranging from highways to economic development. Candidates for judicial positions cannot do that. They can promise only fairness, both to those who appear in court before them and ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the early voting totals leading up to Tuesday’s general election, which have been very high in Randolph County and throughout the state. Randolph County Clerk Brenda Wiseman said Thursday, with three days left in early voting, there had already been more than 300 more votes cast ...

‘Kind is the new cool’ a great motto

Columnists

Last week my niece had a new baby girl, and her two older brothers were delighted. The four-year-old brother wanted to kiss his little sister so constantly that his mother had to limit him to one kiss an hour. When I went shopping for a baby gift for this little grandniece, I found a baby ...