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Letters to the Editor

Eliminating WVPB funding may jeopardize the future

I praise the State of the State speech. It’s rare that a governor is realistic, but, in the end, optimistic: that if we address reality now we’ll lighten up the end of the tunnel for tomorrow. I applaud his enthusiasm and commitment to education and tourism. Both are critical for our ...

Gingerbread event a big hit

Nearly 400 community members and visitors to Elkins enjoyed viewing the Gingerbread House Invitational Exhibition that was sponsored by the Elkins Main Street Design Committee and was open from Nov. 23 to Dec. 23 at 105 3rd Street. The venue was converted into a winter landscape by Doug ...

Spelling bee a huge success

The Upshur Arts Alliance Inc. is very pleased with the participation from the community for its second annual Spelling Bee Fundraiser. We would like to publicly thank all who helped make it a success! Thanks to the 37 competing teams and over 200 spectators who filled the Event Center at Brushy ...

Businesses should be promoted

I am writing to voice my concern about how our tax dollar is being spent. We had to tell the Board of Education no three times on the levy. I wonder which part of no they didn’t understand? Fifty-thousand dollars of our tax dollars was wasted for the first levy election. They wasted over ...

Trump already has done a lot for all

I have been sitting back as an observer for the last month or so, especially January. The whiners and Never Trumpers are still on a rant and just won’t come in out of the fog and play house with the rest of us. Mr. Edward Brenwalt of Kerens is a carbon copy of the national movement to unseat ...

City, county open to recycling discussion

The city of Elkins does not “oppose” glass recycling, as claimed by Steve Kerns in his recent letter to the editor. In fact (not that you’d know it from that letter), the city of Elkins, the Randolph County Commission and the Randolph County Solid Waste Authority have all provided ...

Tax dollars should not go to abortion

What if we called an unborn baby an undocumented fetal refugee. Would leftists care about them? Maybe I’m a jerk for picking such a provocative introduction, or maybe this country is doomed because of this utterly self-evident statement of the obvious. It’s striking that so many people ...

Trump’s disrespect is what is at issue

This letter is not about partisan politics. It is also not about liberal versus conservative views. It is about preserving our Constitutional form of government and the critical role of our senators and congressmen, as a check and balance protecting our system of government. Our newly elected ...

Demonstrating at the capital

On Jan. 21, I marched with nearly 3,000 other West Virginians in our state’s capital. The sign I carried read “Hands off our bodies; Hands off our land; Hands off our budget.” We have a legislature that has become increasingly concerned with making decisions about women’s bodies for ...

Spelling Bee was a buzzing success

The Upshur Arts Alliance, Inc. is very pleased with the participation from the community for its Second Annual Spelling Bee Fundraiser last Friday evening. We would like to publicly thank all who helped make it a success! Thanks to the 37 competing teams and over 200 spectators who filled ...

Democratic party must face reality

I have always believed in the law of holes. If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging. I once read that there were three kinds of people in this world: Those who learn by reading. Those who learn by observation. And the rest who just have to touch a hot stove. The biggest media topic ...

Honest recycling: A gift public has been denied

The collection and transfer of glass for recycling is a very simple effort that created great savings and benefits if carried out honestly and efficiently. In Elkins alone, one tractor trailer load (24 tons) can be recycled from our waste stream each month. This was accomplished in September ...

President Trump’s EPA pick must be confirmed

It is clear that West Virginia has been a victim of Obama’s War on Coal these past eight years. In areas of our state, people are living in poverty largely because of a completely out-of-control Environmental Protection Agency. The regulatory burdens on coal have been so aggressive and ...

Arts Center deserves thanks for jazz series

As one who has attended and written critiques of jazz and blues performances here and abroad since the early 1970s, I am happy to say that the six-part series at the Randolph County Community Arts Center compares well with anything I have seen on bandstands and stages in, for example, New York, ...

Despite Trump victory, ‘I’m still with her’

Something has been buzzing around in my head for weeks now, and I would like to just share it with you all now. Since the election was over, we, the 65.8 million people who voted with progressive values in mind, have definitely been voicing our woes, concerns and just plain bitterness. The ...

Government is taking away all of our money

If you groan about paying taxes, you’re certainly not alone. It’s coming: That April 15 deadline that nearly every West Virginia taxpayer knows and dreads. For those of us who have to pay the governor every spring, tax day stirs feelings of resentment, as we painfully ship large amounts of ...

Board did not follow the rules

The West Virginia State Board of Education set a dangerous precedent on Jan. 11 in granting a waiver to the Randolph County Board of Education to accommodate the county’s total lack of following the procedural rules for closure of a school in their county. It appears that the county Board ...

Levy money was squandered away

I would like to thank all first responders for their unselfish acts when called upon. Firefighters who give up their time from their families and, at times, their jobs. EMTs go in all types of weather to administer aid to those in need. Yes, that’s their job, but they put their lives in ...

Do not close Valley Head

Well, here we are again, the community of Valley Head and surrounding areas are once again on the chopping block of the Randolph County School System, because of their lack of following West Virginia Board of Education Policy 6204, which clearly stated that if there are two public school ...

Obama has done us all some good

As of this writing, the holidays have come and gone, but they still linger in my mind, Christmas especially (seeing as that’s the one I celebrate). And during the whole month of December, I enjoy watching Christmas movies, which, of course, involves several versions of “The Christmas ...