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Opinion

Planning

Editorials

State officials have begun planning to reduce spending out of West Virginia’s general revenue fund by $100 million this year, because revenue is coming in slower than had been hoped. But what about the other major state budget, the State Road Fund? It is in even worse shape. At the end of ...

Amazing coincidences

Columnists

We’ve seen some amazing coincidences during the past few years, haven’t we? Take the Interstate 70 bridges in Ohio County. Isn’t it incredible that after decades of service, nearly all of them went bad at the same time? Equally fascinating is the fact that decades passed during which ...

Questions

Editorials

On Monday, we Americans as a nation paused to say “thank you” to the approximately 21.3 million men and women among us who have served us in the armed forces. We meant that, honestly and fervently. But we owe more than a single day a year to our veterans. For one thing, we owe them 365 ...

Horrific

Editorials

Americans who leave our country to reside in another are outside the protection of our government in most ways. But the sheer horror of what happened in Mexico last week — nine women and children massacred, apparently by drug cartel terrorists — cries out for some meaningful reaction by ...

Stretch your charitable giving dollars

Columnists

Although the 2017 federal tax cuts reduced the likelihood that donors could take tax deductions for giving to charities, there are ways to give money to help other people without straining your budget. WV Neighborhood Investment tax credits and IRA Required Minimum Distribution are two helpful ...

Meet the family

Columnists

For Democrats who are obsessed with the personage of Donald Trump, check out the rest of the family. The Republican party is united not so much by a vision but what it fears and opposes. Social changes, demographics and the breathtaking speed of which they have come about have made the GOP ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to all the events honoring veterans across the region over the next few days. Today at 1 p.m., the Elkins Veterans Day Parade will begin with the line-up at noon at Southern States. The parade will begin at 1 p.m. and end at the Railroad Depot. In Buckhannon, a Veterans Day Parade ...

Lincoln’s words are still revelant

Letters to the Editor

To honor our veterans, listen to Lincoln! In 270 words at Gettysburg, Lincoln said it is fitting and proper, to honor their sacrifice, so their sacrifice will not be in vain. But, he challenged us to do more. With increased devotion, he said, it is for us, the living, to be dedicated to the ...

Will our leaders ruin the country?

Letters to the Editor

The Republican Party is letting this president destroy their party. First, there is no Quid Pro Quo, Now there is but it is OK for a Republican president to do it. Only the Dems are wrong. The Dems are doing everything behind closed doors. Not so fast now, it is in the open. They realize ...

Cub Scouts offer local programs for youth

Letters to the Editor

This letter is in memory of Larry Scott. My parents signed me up for Cub Scouts in grade school. Although I did not know anyone in the troop, I quickly made friends. A lot of families are involved in sports throughout the year, and I am thankful that mine kept me involved in scouts. There ...

Reader proposes a migrant prosperity tax

Letters to the Editor

I would like to propose a voluntary tax, lets say 25% of your annual wealth, to be spent on housing and food for all the people trying to cross our southern border. This money is to be spent in Mexico or South America to better the lives of these distressed peoples,thus ending the need for ...

Tourism Aid

Editorials

State officials hope reintroduction of elk to West Virginia will help the tourism industry. Initial indications are they are on the right track. A small herd of elk obtained from Kentucky and Arizona has been established in the wild in Logan County. This fall, state wildlife officials hosted ...

Showing support for the arts

Columnists

“The purpose of art: to make the unconscious conscious.” — Richard Wagner As an apologist for the liberal arts, I am also a strong supporter of the visual and performing arts. For Davis & Elkins College, our Creative Arts program is both valued and supported. In other words, we ...

National Forest

Editorials

Some West Virginians consider the Monongahela National Forest, 919,000 acres in the eastern mountains, the very heart of our wild, wonderful state. No doubt some of them have heard of a recommendation to try the forest as a site to reintroduce red wolves to the wild. Red wolves are among the ...

Foster Care

Editorials

Many of our woes in West Virginia are blamed on the drug abuse crisis, and quite rightly so. But one of the attorneys involved in a lawsuit over the state’s foster care system for children insists shortcomings there existed long before substance addiction reared its ugly head. A few weeks ...

Things you should know about Murray

Columnists

I like Bob Murray. I respect him, too, even though in today’s politically correct climate, he has three strikes against him. He’s an old white male who runs a coal company and has supported Donald Trump. This week, his Murray Energy Corp. sought and received Chapter 11 bankruptcy ...

Revelations

Editorials

Very, very few people receive $79,000 pay raises in a year. But Michael Bransfield, former bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, did Financial records obtained by the Wheeling News-Register and The Intelligencer indicate that in 2015, Bransfield’s salary as bishop was ...

Pandora’s Box

Editorials

Especially at major powers in the collegiate sports world, purely amateur athletics has been a myth for many years. Under-the-table gifts by well-to-do boosters have ensured that. Now, however, even the pretense may be about to end. This week, the NCAA Board of Governors voted to allow ...

AmeriCorps celebrating 25 years

Columnists

Here’s a parlor trick: How many people can you name who were in favor of impeaching William J. Clinton and also favor impeaching Donald J. Trump? Or flip it: How many opposed Clinton’s impeachment at the time and now also oppose Trump’s? Of the 14 House impeachment managers in the ...

Many activities on tap in Barbour County this November

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! November already? Soon we will be closing on another year. The Barbour Country Club closed for the season on Friday and plans to reopen in March or April 2020. The club, which was closed for a few years, started up again in July and with an all volunteer workforce, ...