Opinion

Taking Action

Editorials

Most of us were taught in school that the legislative branch of government is responsible for new laws. No approval by representatives of the people, no new law. It just isn’t true. Most of the laws by which we live and do business these days are issued by state and federal agencies, ...

Dream to reality

Columnists

“I have a dream.” These four words closely associated with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. also capsulize his life and legacy. His life, while tragically cut short, has profoundly influenced our society. The legacy of his life continues in the unfinished work for justice and equality in our ...

Unified Action

Editorials

West Virginia legislators already are devoting a considerable amount of their time to discussing what they can do to curb substance abuse in our state. Good. Experts say drug overdoses may have killed as many as 1,000 Mountain State residents last year. Think about that number. The state has ...

Change Needed

Editorials

Few people have any argument with the government seizing property owned by a drug trafficker. Often, houses, cars, boats, etc., not to mention the pusher’s cash, were obtained by breaking the law. But what about someone merely accused of a crime? We Americans are innocent until proven ...

Kinder, gentler Justice

Columnists

When covered silver platters were delivered to Republican and Democrat leaders during Gov. Jim Justice’s State of the State speech Wednesday night, those watching may have cringed just a bit. What is the governor upset about now? But it wasn’t that at all. It was the kinder, gentler ...

No Discipline

Editorials

If the money is there, spend it. That is the philosophy of government at all levels, and it is why West Virginians should not expect anyone to worry about cutting waste or maximizing efficiency in state government this year. State government revenue has been tight during the past few years. ...

Big Gamble

Editorials

For a change, West Virginia legislators should be proactive rather than reactive. Time is growing very short for lawmakers to do that on sports gambling. U.S. Supreme Court justices have heard arguments in a sports gambling case that originated in New Jersey. In essence, officials there are ...

Pastor: Let’s protest the NFL protestors

Letters to the Editor

Feb. 4 is the big day in football, Super Bowl Sunday! The climax for the NFL year as the two top teams vie for the championship. Millions will tune their TVs into this event to watch these teams fight it out on the field. Included in this huge audience are thousands of churches gathered around ...

Diagnosis of local crime

Columnists

As an orthopedic surgeon, I spent many years in training, learning to diagnosis problems, and then formulating a plan to repair and fix that problem. That training can be applied to areas outside the human body, hence the subject of this article. Randolph County and Elkins have become plagued ...

Power, not process

Columnists

Much has been written on the “Civil War” within the Republican party, predicting the impending demise of the GOP. Some Civil War, one that saw the ostensibly divided party vote down the line for a tax bill and saw members beginning to attack Robert Mueller’s investigation. Funny, it ...

Wintery cold weather has descended upon Barbour County

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! I trust that you all have had a good year so far. One can’t help but wonder what the following days will bring to 2018. I hope that it’s a good year for us all. One hot topic around the area has been the bitterly cold weather. That was interrupted ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the Elkins Planning Commission for asking Christy DeMuth, the land use planner from the West Virginia University Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic, to present information to the public Thursday at a special meeting about the efforts to update the decades-old Elkins ...

Reader writes open letter to Sen. Capito

Letters to the Editor

An open letter to Sen. Shelly Moore Capito: Like it or not, the president of the United States is an embodiment of America. Any person living in the White House is a symbol of who we are and what we represent as a nation and a people. In a sense, he is us. Over the course of the past several ...

Instead of tax cuts, spend to fight poverty

Letters to the Editor

I want to preface my letter by pointing out that I am writing to your newspaper because I earned both of my masters degrees at West Virginia University and also had the privilege of being a professor at WVU. I believe that West Virginians are the nicest people in the USA. My boyhood hero, ...

NRA fundraising banquet a success

Letters to the Editor

The Allegheny Mountain Chapter Friends of the National Rifle Association would like to thank all of the businesses and individuals who helped make the 17th annual fundraising banquet Oct. 28 at the Beverly Volunteer Fire Department another success. The Friends of the NRA is a nonprofit and ...

Shedding Light

Editorials

Among the most important safeguards of our liberty is the doctrine of separation of powers. The key to ensuring the judiciary retains its independence as one of those powers is, of course, money. Attempts by the legislative branch to punish judges and justices through the budgeting process are ...

Politicians and promises

Columnists

How often do elected officials promise you the world but never deliver? How often have you heard: “This is the most important election of our lifetime! Elect us and we will create millions of jobs and put more money in your pocket!” Sound familiar? That’s probably because you’ve heard ...

Change Needed

Editorials

In July 2016, Putnam County funeral home owner Chad Harding was ordered by a federal judge to pay an insurance company nearly $3 million. Harding had been accused of cashing in pre-need funeral contracts for 111 people who were still alive. Last summer, about a year after that judgment, the ...

Tough Job

Editorials

“Condolences” might be better than “congratulations” as a greeting for Betsy Jividen these days. The Wheeling resident, a veteran at the U.S. Attorney’s office, has taken on one of the most challenging jobs in West Virginia. Jividen has been named by Gov. Jim Justice to become new ...

Storage Hub

Editorials

West Virginia may well have an advantage over other potential locations for a major facility to store natural gas liquids. State officials and our delegation in Congress should pull out all the stops to make the project a reality for the Mountain State. Area residents have heard much talk of ...