Columnists

Manchin sends an invitation to Bezos

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos seems like a reasonably intelligent, educated fellow, so it’s unlikely he would react to U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s letter by asking if the senator has a site near Richmond in mind. On the other hand, one wonders whether Bezos knows enough about West Virginia to ...

Trump and AOC

Democrats eager to defeat Donald Trump should be careful in how they define moderation. Certainly the rookies in Congress would be better to speak in a more qualified voice when advancing the “Green New Deal” or college for all. But the so-called moderates who advance Joe Biden or other ...

Mayor and City Council

The City of Elkins is divided, by charter, into five wards where two members serve for a total of 10, referred to as City Council. Members serve four-year terms; however, terms are staggered, which means that every two years a council member from each ward is up for reelection. Council members ...

Modern drones, manmade worker bees

Far fewer U.S. Marines are dying in Afghanistan now because weaponized drones can take out Taliban targets, and U.S. soldiers do not need to be in harm’s way. Although military drones have been in use since World War II, we are just now beginning to discover the myriad constructive uses ...

Effective program

Many alumni and friends of Davis & Elkins College may be unaware of a program on our campus that has been very effective in encouraging first generation and/or low-income high school students to pursue higher education. While located on the D&E campus, this federally funded program has ...

Reporter’s Notebook

The 2019 regular legislative session was by far one of the wildest I’ve ever seen, but even with all the drama this year these 134 lawmakers were still able to get a lot done. On the House of Delegates side, other than the controversies over the anti-LGBTQ remarks by Del. Eric Porterfield ...

Looking at the budget

As West Virginia legislators send a state budget for the coming fiscal year to Gov. Jim Justice, reflect on this: They have approved a plan to spend $7,579 for every man, woman and child in our state during the 12 months that begin July 1. If you’re good at math, you may have done a quick ...

Better schools and broadband access

Today is the last day to step up and vote “yes” for better schools in Randolph County the way citizens have done in 43 of the 55 counties in West Virginia over the last few years. An Upshur County friend of mine said she thought people in Randolph County were proud of their schools and ...

Looking back at the ‘good old days’

Perhaps Donald Trump could learn something from Gov. Jim Justice. Although Justice quit the Democratic Party to join the Republicans, he did not become their willing tool. Indeed, Justice has behaved like an independent with a slight nod to moderates of all stripes, Democratic or GOP. Indeed, ...

‘Signs’ are there to be read

A recent out-of-state visitor to our county noted to me that he had never seen open opposition to a local school levy until driving through Elkins. “The signs seem to reflect an attitude,” he continued. “You may be right, and after the election these signs are stored away until the next ...

Looking at fairs and festival funding

Relax, fellow Mountain Staters. The Annual Ruddle Park Jamboree in Pendleton County and Bruceton Mills Good Neighbor Days are safe. So are the Elbert/Filbert Reunion Festival in McDowell County and the Moon Over Mountwood Fishing Festival in Wood County. So are the scores of other ...

Senior citizens can touch the future now

It’s time to vote yes for the Randolph County School Levy. The polls are open for early voting, and those of us who are retired could vote before March 9 when there was little or no line at the Courthouse Annex on Randolph Avenue. Citizens in Randolph can change their future the way citizens ...

Tough battle

Donald Trump’s way of conducting foreign policy is unique to say the least. Throughout his time in office, he has pedalled a hardline while in practice he has been moderate. He put up with H.R. McMaster and Rex Tillerson, who represented the established order, while making overtures to Kim ...

Taking offense to Porterfield

State Delegate Eric Porterfield has recently called the LGBT community “terrorists” and also likened us to the KKK. He made these comments in the context of a legislative debate on local “anti-discrimination” laws. Well, I've got three responses both to him as well as to many who have ...

Exciting addition

Davis & Elkins College is pleased to announce an exciting new addition to our academic offerings. Beginning with the entering class of students in the fall of 2019, we will offer a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN). The BSN will be in addition to our two-year associate degree in ...

Spirit of compromise dead

Officially, West Virginia state Senate Bill 451 died Wednesday afternoon, when the House of Delegates left it “tabled indefinitely.” But in reality, it — and much about it that is good — perished at about 6:25 p.m. Monday. It was at about that time that leaders of three public school ...

Changing West Virginia’s brand image

This week two culminating events came to pass in the progress toward redefining the concept of what it means to be a West Virginian. West Virginia teachers went on strike not to increase their own pay, but to protect public school funding for all West Virginia children, and Sen. Manchin ...

Invisible emergency

Donald Trump’s use of executive decree power on the specious grounds that there is a “national emergency” takes the American system to a bad place. It is a revolutionary act that makes paper dolls out of the advise and consent responsibilities of the legislative branch. It is a crossing ...

Spring is in the air in Barbour County, with fundraisers set

Hello to you all from Barbour County! The big news around the area, and even the state, this past week has been the teacher strike. It didn't last as long as the one last year, and I'm glad that the teachers stand up for what they believe is right. We all should do that in our own ...

NASA visits Alderson Broaddus

PHILIPPI — Representatives from NASA visited the campus of Alderson Broaddus University last week. Kenneth D. Rehm, cyber security assurance, and Isaac H. Lambert, associate director for recruitment, spoke to AB students about the opportunities for internships and pathways to joining ...