Letters to the Editor

Scarecrow Festival a success downtown

During the months of September and October, over 100 scarecrows and an equal number of cornstalks decorated downtown Elkins for the third consecutive year of the Elkins Main Street's Scarecrow Festival. Each scarecrow was a unique creation submitted by local individuals, youth and church ...

Repeat thievery hurting ministry

We need the general public’s help in assisting us to stop the local thieves that have been entering and raiding the donation bin at Good Shepherd Ministries. This problem has been going on since January. The bin is not an easy raid. It is an 8-foot drop that takes time and ...

Congressman backing tax plan

The year was 1986, Ronald Reagan was president, the Chicago Bears won the Super Bowl and Top Gun was the hit movie at the box office — and it was also the last time the federal government reformed the tax code. Suffice it to say a lot has changed since 1986 and it is well past due that we ...

Air policy vote a win for Upshur

I attended the Upshur Buckhannon Board of Health meeting Nov. 2 for the vote on the expanded Clean Indoor Air Policy. The chair gave everyone that signed up the opportunity to make a comment for or against at the beginning of the meeting. Then the agenda for the meeting was followed. The vote ...

Our soldiers deserve a better payscale

We who served for our country, for the lowest pay of any job, why? Because our parents served. Because we love our country. Because we live in a poor state. Because we want to improve our education. Because we couldn’t get a job in our state and to make it safer at home and for people in ...

Reader says being a Progressive important

America is not an ethnic nation, not a religious nation, not a tribal nation. America is an idea. An idea best articulated by Thomas Jefferson: “All men are created equal.” When Jefferson wrote this sentence, his idea did not include all people. The story of America is, in essence, ...

‘Political agenda’ leads to program funding loss

It was disheartening to read the Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central West Virginia lost $80,000 in funding, threatening its ability to help area youth, simply because they accepted a small training grant to help understand the needs of LGBTQ teens. Studies show that one in three ...

Does one group mean more than another?

This is going to ruffle some people’s feathers, and by golly that’s exactly what it’s intended to do. If I offend anyone, I’m not sorry. That’s right, n-o-t s-o-r-r-y. If someone says I’m out of line and can prove it, I’m man enough to acknowledge it. On the night of June ...

Bureaucrats and human nature

It appears that the board of the convention and visitors center has a most favored child, with the most clout at Randolph County Commission. The child must be fed. These bureaucratic government machines are like the boilers of the Titanic, with an ever-increasing hunger to be stoked and ...

Reader has concerns about patient care

I would like to speak publicly to the patient care at the Davis Medical Center. Prior to Obamacare and the massive consolidation of medical services I found the care of patients in both the Davis Memorial Hospital and private care physician’s offices to be excellent. However, with doctors and ...

Visiting couple charmed by Elkins

In April of this year, my wife Lauren and I scheduled a trip to Randolph County to specifically ride the trains. Lauren said she was aware of some type of festival/fair that was happening at the same time we would be in Elkins. While there, we stayed at the Holiday Inn. Little did we realize ...

Reader opposes closing local office

One of Suddenlink’s past ads shows their employees being good citizens in the community. It shows the employees involved in community activities and charities, which I believe is true, but the corporation which is owned by Altice does not practice that in our community by closing the local ...

Marine mother has an epiphany

Until recently I supported the statement, “My son fights for your freedom, your right to: burn the flag, refuse to stand for our National Anthem, protest our foundational monuments, in the name of exercising your right to be an American …” until last night. I had an epiphany: My son, ...

Road bond voter turnout was low

Regardless of the merits of the recently approved West Virginia Constitutional Amendment, wherein voters approved the borrowing of $1.6 billion for our road system, there was a deep and disturbing dynamic that also was manifest in that election. Voter turnout (less than 11 percent of ...

Book sale deemed a major success

Literacy Volunteers of Upshur County would like to extend a thank you to all who made donations or other contributions to the success of our Fall Book Sale. LVUC would like to thank those who donated books and our dedicated volunteers who sorted those donations. LVUC would like to extend a ...

Reader: Tax bill would benefit rich

The tax bill is not good for working class Americans. The bill gives breaks to the top 1 percent. President Trump lies when he said this bill won’t benefit him or the rich. If Trump has $10 billion as he claims then doing away with the inheritance tax will give him a tax break. It does away ...

Hillary Clinton book reveals no surprises

A few weeks ago, Hillary Clinton’s book, “What Happened,” was released to the public and I would like to share my impressions on it. But first, a disclaimer: I’m a Democrat. I’m hot-blooded on Democrat-leaning issues and ideals. I voted for President Obama both times, no regrets. I ...

Marketplace still open

The Health Insurance Marketplace is still open for business. Open enrollment for 2018 Marketplace insurance plans begins Nov, 1 and runs through Dec, 15. Although the open enrollment period is much shorter this year, many of the same insurance plans are still available to qualified consumers. ...

State senators show road bond support

For not one penny of additional taxes, West Virginian’s can choose today to immediately have better roads and more jobs! Today, state voters can help repair and improve our state roads while providing a greatly needed boost to the West Virginia economy by supporting the Roads to Prosperity ...

Federal tax cuts could help W.Va.

Recently proposed federal tax cuts could help West Virginia more than any other state. The proposed tax cuts on the middle class and small businesses like mine would mean more money in West Virginians’ pockets, helping them cover rising costs of living and stimulating the local economy. ...