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Opinion

Who Knew? Questions must be answered

Editorials

The more West Virginia’s Roman Catholics hear about disgraced former Bishop Michael Bransfield’s moral failings, the more some may ask, “How could this happen?” More important: Who allowed it to occur? It is a concern people of all faiths should share. Reminders of Bransfield’s ...

Glimmer of hope

Columnists

With Donald Trump’s dismissal of John Bolton, a glimmer of hope can be seen in the conduct of foreign policy. Of course, there is always Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to push the hardline particularly against Iran. But, at least, Trump had the will to get rid of Bolton who even his boss ...

Belington Fall Festival set to kick off in Barbour County

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County where the Belington Fall Festival is taking place this weekend. Make your way downtown for food, music, crafts, games, a parade and more. I’ve noticed that the leaves are starting to change. Fall sure is a pretty time of year! September is National Baby Safety ...

Standing strong with Israel

Columnists

During the recent work period, I had the opportunity to travel to Israel with a group of my Congressional colleagues from both sides of the political aisle. The bipartisan support for Israel could not have come at a better time. Antisemitism has been on the rise over the past couple of years. ...

Urban wetland used as a classroom

Columnists

Elizabeth Byers used the Kump Education Center wetland as a classroom to train her vegetation ecology students to recognize the plant life and soil conditions present in a healthy urban wetland. On Sept. 12 the old Kump pasture became a certified West Virginia wetland after Elizabeth and her ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to Corridor H funding being considered by the Senate. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced Thursday that $13.2 million may be appropriated by the federal government toward the completion of the Corridor H highway. Manchin and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., are both on the Senate ...

Reader: Let’s stop dancing around truth

Letters to the Editor

W. Royal Stokes’ Aug. 31 letter contained quite an impressive list of Democratic achievements, most of which are old “social” programs designed to trap, ensnare and restrain the recipients. Most of the programs Stokes mentioned were passed long before the Democrats fell off their ...

Has the circus come to town politically?

Letters to the Editor

A response to my dear friend Edward Brenwald: Go Democrats! Go! Ban guns! Ban oil! Ban cars! Ban coal! Ban power plants! Ban meat! Wide open borders! Free healthcare! Free housing! Free income! No electoral college! Stack the Supreme Court! Free all convicted criminals! Go Democrats! ...

Smearing a Supreme Court justice’s name?

Letters to the Editor

I would like to suggest a new name for the New York Times after watching yet another round of hate rhetoric on Justice Brett Kavanaugh get new life some days ago. How about the New York Whiners and Liars Daily? They just can’t stop obsessing over every little detail that comes along, and ...

Reacting to tragedy

Editorials

Teens raise funds in response to deathTragedy often brings out the very best in the people of our region. So it has been with the death of a young West Virginian, Roane County High School football player Alex Miller. Miller collapsed and died during a break between the first and second ...

Engaging on a personal level

Columnists

“Carve your name on hearts, not on tombstones.” These words of Shannon Alder came to mind as the faculty and staff of Davis & Elkins College recently gathered to recognize a retirement and celebrate a legacy of service. Our gratitude and admiration was for Robin Price who recently ...

Corridor H

Editorials

Nearly two-thirds of a century after federal authorities authorized development of a major new highway system for our area of the nation, it remains uncompleted. Today, a U.S. Senate committee will vote on a measure that could finish much of the remaining segment of an interstate-highway ...

Reporter’s Notebook: The Dunce Cap

Columnists

I’ve spent the last few days pouring over the data from the second annual Balanced Scorecard report on the performance of West Virginia’s schools, and I’m really kind of appalled at the results for the students we’re pushing into college or the workforce. This weekend I focused on the ...

Does subsidization make sense

Columnists

In recent years, our Legislature has placed an emphasis on moving West Virginia into the national mainstream. From legal reform to education reform, and everything in between, a common driver of our agenda has been to ensure that West Virginia is no longer ranked last in everything good and ...

Low school attendance statistics

Columnists

“Good morning, Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Ms. Jones, your son’s fourth-grade teacher, here. This is your morning wake-up call to ensure that you get Johnny dressed and to the bus stop in time.” Ridiculous? Absolutely. It’s not the teacher’s job to get your child to school every day. It’s ...

Second Chances

Editorials

Since 1993, more than 4,000 teenagers at risk of not graduating from high school in West Virginia have gotten second chances through the Mountaineer Challenge Academy. State legislators agreed earlier this year to expand the program — but there are two obstacles to that. One is money. ...

Good Move

Editorials

Quick: How many justices serve on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals? Are magistrates required to have law degrees? Does it matter whether a candidate for a circuit court judgeship is a Democrat or Republican? Many Mountain State residents are ignorant of how the court system ...

Volunteers helped make statues walk

Columnists

Reality often presents problems for people with creative ideas like having statues move. Basic laws of physics can make such movement a little clumsy sometimes. However, the clumsiness did not stop us from having fun testing the limits of moveable solid geometric construction for First Friday ...

Framing foreign policy

Columnists

Perhaps no better example of the difficulty in framing a sound foreign policy was the canceling of the talks between the Taliban and the Afghanistan government scheduled for Camp David. President Donald Trump, pressured by his hawkish advisors, used a terror attack in Kabul as an excuse not to ...

Barbour County community recovering from tragic accidents

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! Another year of the Barbour County Fair is finished. I hope you all had a good week of fun. Congratulations to Barbour County Queen 2019, Jenna Swecker! Our hearts go out to the family of Trai Norris. Trai lost his life recently in a side by side accident. As a ...