Opinion

Homelessness label problems

Columnists

Words are powerful, and they have a particular power when it comes to public policy. As we talk about problems we face in our communities and propose solutions, we have a responsibility to use words precisely and responsibly to describe our world as it is. We’ve recently heard about the ...

Volunteerism still a virtue we teach

Columnists

Freshmen started their orientation at Davis & Elkins College by volunteering to help improve community life in Elkins. Kump Education Center benefited from the energetic services of 15 new college students last Sunday. They arrived on a Randolph County School bus with math professor Dr. ...

Is Trump vulnerable?

Columnists

Donald Trump’s re-election campaign is perhaps the weirdest exercise in messaging ever seen. In rally after rally, he emphasizes that you can vote for him even if you cannot stand him. By voting for him, he agrees, you protect your 401K and ensure prosperity. But other issues count and ...

2019 Barbour County Fair ready to kick off with pageant

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County, home of the Barbour County Fair. Welcome to Fair Week. This year, the fair is bigger and better than ever. From old favorites, like the rides, food, parade, demolition derby, ATV races, 4-H exhibits and music, to the new adventures like the Dino-Roar and the lawn ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to our local county fairs for providing good family entertainment. Let’s all go to the fair! The Barbour, Randolph and Tucker County Fairs are all underway this weekend. County fairs typically offer exhibits, rides, competitions and a variety of foods with lots of fun and laughter. ...

How to start a real resurgence in Elkins

Letters to the Editor

With all the construction activities in Elkins this summer, and all the new plans in the works, it is starting to have the feel of a real resurgence — like the low point has passed for the town. The completion of the bike trail connection seems like a statement. With the desperately ...

Sensationalism also to blame in mass killings

Letters to the Editor

I am very saddened by the mass killings in our country and around the world. However, I feel it is time that someone also points the finger at a major reason for these copy cat killings ,and that is the sensationalism caused by the media that includes television, radio and newspapers. We ...

Party emphatic about destroying everything?

Letters to the Editor

Democrats are the lowest form of life on earth, and they proved it again by threatening the USSC, telling them they had better “heel” like well-trained attack dog or face a major restructuring if they regain control of Congress. They tried backtracking by saying they meant “heal,” not ...

Reader: Trump should keep tariffs coming

Letters to the Editor

A story posted Aug. 18 described how President Trump was considering getting rid of tariffs that hurt Apple, after their CEO complained to Trump that Apple’s main rival Samsung had an unfair advantage because their plants were located in South Korea. I thought this was one of the reasons ...

Celebrate W.Va.’s successes and strive for more

Columnists

Later this week, the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce will convene its 83rd Annual Meeting at West Virginia’s beautiful Greenbrier Resort. More than 1,000 guests representing small business, industry, higher education, health care, banking, the professions, manufacturing and so many main ...

Residence

Editorials

The West Virginia Constitution is clear: Our governor and certain other high-ranking state officials are required to reside “at the seat of government” in Charleston. But Gov. Jim Justice continues to live in Lewisburg. Doing so has not hampered his ability to do his job, he ...

Safety

Editorials

It is that time of year again. Children of all ages are making their way to and from school every day. Some are walking, some of the older ones may be driving, and many are riding the big yellow buses. Do your part to keep them safe. Parents should, of course, remind their kids to behave ...

Helping

Editorials

Conflict in the Middle East has taken on new meaning for West Virginians, as well as some of our neighbors in Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina. On Friday, state officials were joined by hundreds of other people in Charleston in a ceremonial send-off for more than 500 West Virginia ...

Will Workman bow out?

Columnists

Bet on Joanna Tabit. That’s the conventional wisdom among some observers of state politics — and even these days, when once-solid political assessments are being called into question, it’s probably the correct call. Tabit, a circuit judge in Kanawha County, is trying again for a seat on ...

Safety

Editorials

For one reason or another, a man in Nitro, West Virginia, decided he needed to take a firearm with him when he left home Wednesday night. As he was getting ready to leave, he laid the gun down for just a moment or two. His 3-year-old son picked it up and accidentally shot himself in the ...

Engaging engineering for education

Columnists

Students at Kump Education Center will engage in a little Egyptian engineering for the final Main Street First Friday activity Sept. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. We hope families will come to see what can be done with a three-sided Pyramid and a build-it-yourself Sphinx. We want students and parents to ...

Distorted vision

Columnists

Perhaps the biggest amount of collateral damage from his playing to the “base” has been Donald Trump’s foreign policy. Which is a shame because in theory it was the most original aspect of his administration. But as he has hit pothole after pothole on immigration and race, Trump has seen ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the 10 individuals who became citizens the right away last week in Elkins. U.S. District Judges Thomas S. Kleeh and Michael John Aloi presided over the naturalization ceremony at the Federal Building in Elkins. Coming from 10 different countries, these men and women now call the ...

Reader walking though today’s ‘insanity field’

Letters to the Editor

It is not good, I will surely hear, to be as furious and bitter as I am right now while recuperating from life-saving surgery that saps your strength, the strength you need to get around and stay a little active and do the things your health care providers prescribe for home health healing and ...

Political party differences

Letters to the Editor

Mr. Edward S. Brenwalt, recently demanded that I explain why I am not voting for any of the Democrat candidates for president: Well: here goes. The Democrats are desperate for a win and, as such, have pulled out all the stops to keep the House and regain control of the Senate as well as the ...