Opinion

Manchin sends an invitation to Bezos

Columnists

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos seems like a reasonably intelligent, educated fellow, so it’s unlikely he would react to U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s letter by asking if the senator has a site near Richmond in mind. On the other hand, one wonders whether Bezos knows enough about West Virginia to ...

Risky Task

Editorials

Clearly, improving public schools in West Virginia will be a difficult, time-consuming and possibly politically risky task. Despite talk of “omnibus” education bills in the Legislature this year, the job defies a one-shot answer. Good for state Board of Education members for making a ...

Trump and AOC

Columnists

Democrats eager to defeat Donald Trump should be careful in how they define moderation. Certainly the rookies in Congress would be better to speak in a more qualified voice when advancing the “Green New Deal” or college for all. But the so-called moderates who advance Joe Biden or other ...

Mayor and City Council

Columnists

The City of Elkins is divided, by charter, into five wards where two members serve for a total of 10, referred to as City Council. Members serve four-year terms; however, terms are staggered, which means that every two years a council member from each ward is up for reelection. Council members ...

Modern drones, manmade worker bees

Columnists

Far fewer U.S. Marines are dying in Afghanistan now because weaponized drones can take out Taliban targets, and U.S. soldiers do not need to be in harm’s way. Although military drones have been in use since World War II, we are just now beginning to discover the myriad constructive uses ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to H.W. Daniels Post 29’s celebrating the American Legion’s 100th birthday this evening in Elkins The event will feature a ham dinner and a special speaker. The social hour will begin at 5 p.m. and the dinner will start at 6 p.m. The guest speaker will be veteran Mark Lanham. ...

Tumultuous times in modern history

Letters to the Editor

Americans are living in one of the most tumultuous times in our modern history. Even 50 years ago most Americans were engaged, supportive and pro-USA. The average high school graduate had at the very least a working knowledge of our Constitution, Bill of Rights and American history. Most ...

Voters snookered and mesmerized?

Letters to the Editor

Last Saturday in a letter to the editor published in this newspaper Mr. Robert Ware introduced us to a sobering fact — the Democrats want to destroy my America and they will sacrifice everything and anyone to get it done. Don’t wonder why Mr. Ware and I think this way. Don’t stare in ...

Will Trump spark moral revolution?

Letters to the Editor

There’s only one way to describe the mainstream media; vile, disgusting and flagrantly dishonest. Nothing proves my point better than the Jesse Smollett ruse. When Smollett’s alleged attack went public, he immediately became the mainstream media’s darling. After all, his story had it all, ...

Punishment

Editorials

Scofflaw motorists who pass stopped school buses deserve severe punishment. West Virginia legislators want stiffer penalties for the offense. If Gov. Jim Justice signs SB 238, approved by lawmakers during their regular session, fines for passing stopped school buses with their warning lights ...

Effective program

Columnists

Many alumni and friends of Davis & Elkins College may be unaware of a program on our campus that has been very effective in encouraging first generation and/or low-income high school students to pursue higher education. While located on the D&E campus, this federally funded program has ...

Reporter’s Notebook

Columnists

The 2019 regular legislative session was by far one of the wildest I’ve ever seen, but even with all the drama this year these 134 lawmakers were still able to get a lot done. On the House of Delegates side, other than the controversies over the anti-LGBTQ remarks by Del. Eric Porterfield ...

Preservation

Editorials

A bill awaiting action by President Donald Trump, Senate Bill 47, would do much to preserve and protect some of our nation’s most precious natural resources. It is an important, multifaceted measure that would, among other things, ensure funding for the vital Land and Water Conservation ...

Transparency

Editorials

Until the Vatican clears the release of a report on accusations against former Roman Catholic bishop Michael J. Bransfield, his misdeeds will remain a matter of speculation. Clearly, allegations regarding him are more extensive than was understood by many last September, when he resigned his ...

Looking at the budget

Columnists

As West Virginia legislators send a state budget for the coming fiscal year to Gov. Jim Justice, reflect on this: They have approved a plan to spend $7,579 for every man, woman and child in our state during the 12 months that begin July 1. If you’re good at math, you may have done a quick ...

Cracking Down

Editorials

For years, West Virginia has not done as good a job as many other states in cracking down on Medicaid fraud. It is long past time we changed that. Medicaid is the single largest program in state government, in terms of cost. About 550,000 West Virginians rely on it for health insurance. ...

Spoofing

Editorials

Many of us have heard the phone ring, glanced down at the caller ID and seen the name and number of someone we know, answered the phone — and found ourselves talking to someone with a sales pitch or worse, a scam. It is called “spoofing,” and it enables the unscrupulous to get to us ...

Better schools and broadband access

Columnists

Today is the last day to step up and vote “yes” for better schools in Randolph County the way citizens have done in 43 of the 55 counties in West Virginia over the last few years. An Upshur County friend of mine said she thought people in Randolph County were proud of their schools and ...

Looking back at the ‘good old days’

Columnists

Perhaps Donald Trump could learn something from Gov. Jim Justice. Although Justice quit the Democratic Party to join the Republicans, he did not become their willing tool. Indeed, Justice has behaved like an independent with a slight nod to moderates of all stripes, Democratic or GOP. Indeed, ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to all the voters who cast ballots in Tuesday’s Elkins municipal election and in today’s Randolph County Schools excess levy special election. A total of 2,500 early voters made their choice in the levy election, while in the Elkins election, voter turnout was smaller, with many ...