Opinion

Unloved, ignored

Columnists

Donald Trump arrived at the G-20 meeting in Buenos Aires a thoroughly whipped man. While other nations were able to conduct open negotiations, Trump was constrained by Robert Mueller and his foreign policy handlers. John Bolton seemed positively smug as he viewed his so-called boss meander ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to Thursday’s announcement that $20 million in federal funding is being alloted for Corridor H construction. The grant will be used for paving, traffic control measures, and guard rails on the two sections of highway between Kerens in Randolph County and Parsons in Tucker County. The ...

Former officer says police are underpaid

Letters to the Editor

My name is Alex Wyshyvanuk. I was an Elkins police officer for just over three years. I quit earlier this year because I was tired of making almost 40 percent less than officers in Morgantown and Bridgeport. Under the old pay system, our highest-paid officer made less money than a “day-one” ...

Innocent until proven guilty is still the rule

Letters to the Editor

This is a respectful reminder for all of us. In America, everyone is innocent until proven guilty. It is not the other way around. If it were, this wouldn’t be America. This is not about defending President Trump. It’s about defending our American way of justice because it should matter ...

Reader upset by bell ringer policy

Letters to the Editor

I was recently visiting the Elkins Kroger and noticed that the bell ringer for the Salvation Army was not near the front door but was instead at the other end of the building. As I approached the lady, I asked why she was so far away from all of the people entering the store. She said that ...

Restoring trust in the Catholic Church

Columnists

Among the tragedies of the sexual abuse scandal that continues to rock the Roman Catholic Church is that trust in the institution can be restored only by adding names to the lists of predator priests being released all across the country. Undoubtedly, some of the clergy responsible for ...

Teaching Moment

Editorials

Here in the Mountain State, parents are accustomed to having to make other child-care arrangements when public schools are closed at short notice. It is impossible to do much advance planning for snowstorms. So Gov. Jim Justice’s action Tuesday, in declaring that schools would be closed ...

Sharing a vision

Columnists

In this season of gift giving, I recently received a wonderful gift. It did not cost any money and did not need to be wrapped. It was a very meaningful gift because it enabled me to view my surroundings with fresh eyes and an open mind. Enjoying a casual conversation, I was asked about my ...

New Emphasis

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice had it right Monday in announcing a new campaign against drug abuse in West Virginia. During a visit to Huntington, which seems to have had some success in battling substance abuse, Justice announced a new executive director of the state Office of Drug Control Policy. He ...

Incident

Editorials

Two West Virginia State Police troopers and a Berkeley County sheriff’s deputy have been suspended while an alleged beating incident is investigated. That is being handled by three separate agencies. On the night of Nov. 19, a 16-year-old boy allegedly struck a sheriff’s department cruiser ...

Officials determined to increase taxes?

Columnists

Telling nearly half the people who voted in the most recent election that they were wrong and, as a result, you’ll be going over their heads is never a good idea for a public official. Perhaps that’s why we haven’t heard talk of a user fee in Wheeling since early last month. On Nov. 6, ...

High Time

Editorials

What if your employer allowed you to make big purchases, borrowing money in the company’s name, without prior approval? Absurd, you say? Not in West Virginia state government. There, until a few days ago, executive branch agencies could borrow enormous amounts of money without getting the ...

Black Lung

Editorials

After several years in which it appeared instances of coal miners’ pneumoconiosis — black lung — were decreasing, the disease seems to be making a comeback in our region of the country. Now is not the time to phase out a federal program intended to help victims. Long-term exposure to ...

December is a time for celebration and anticipation

Columnists

As we begin the final stages of preparing the historic Kump house to serve as an education center, we have three basic problems to solve. Can we make an old private home into a public facility that will meet modern building codes? How will we balance requirements for historic preservation and ...

Midterms represent big defeat for GOP

Columnists

November’s midterm elections represented a big defeat for the Republican party. Almost 40 seats lost in the House of Representatives and although they gained in the Senate, they only had to defend nine seats to 24 for the Democrats. In those states, they did take, they resorted to tactics not ...

Several Christmas events scheduled in Barbour County

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! I hope that you all had a good Thanksgiving. We had 35 family and friends around our table. I love family time. Now, we move onward towards Christmas! I did get my cards ready for the mail and the tree is up, but shopping is another thing. I guess I need to get to ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to all the law enforcement agencies that had a hand the capture of Randolph County murder suspect Vanessa Logan by the United States Marshall Service. Several groups including the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, the lead investigators, The West Virginia State Police, Elkins ...

Santa Claus: To lie or not to lie

Letters to the Editor

Ho-ho-ho. Do your kids believe in the magical, mythical, mysterious bearded man in the red suit who drives a sleigh with eight reindeer? Did you believe in the jolly ole guy during your childhood? Is your family seeped in the Santa-obsessed season? Well, here’s my question: Is there any ...

President sells out to Saudi Arabia

Letters to the Editor

Our president has sold us out again; this time to the prince of Saudi Arabia over oil production when we only get 10 percent of our oil from them. Trump even let’s them commit murder and that is OK with him. I am a Christian who stopped going to church because the way the churches take up ...

Appointment

Editorials

State Sen. Mike Maroney, R-Marshall, is absolutely right that triumphing over the drug abuse crisis in West Virginia is a top priority — perhaps the most critical responsibility — of state government. His new post as chairman of the Senate’s Health and Human Resources Committee enhances ...