Letters to the Editor

Pastor: Let’s protest the NFL protestors

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 ...

Reader writes open letter to Sen. Capito

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

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

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 ...

Reader startled by water rate changes

I put a double wide home on a piece of land that already had a water meter. In October of this year I received a “How much will water rates increase” card from Elkins City Hall. It showed how much you pay for a gallon of water: First 2,000 gallons in 2015 was $10 for each gallon and the ...

Gun owners clash with lawmakers

It’s not often I offer up praise to a New England state, but Connecticut deserves a great big thumbs up. For starters, New England states tend to lean left, but this time, Connecticut did something completely unexpected. The state legislature recently passed a slew ...

Music series brings quality to Elkins

Once again, on Friday, Dec. 15, at the second concert of Randolph County Community Arts Center’s Winter Blues Series, it became abundantly clear that Elkins and nearby communities draw on a pool of musicians of world-class quality and broad experience. Focusing on the Duke Ellington/Billy ...

Senior citizens party deemed a success

We want to thank everyone who helped in any way to make the Senior citizens Christmas Party on Dec. 17th at Orchard Hall a success. Many businesses and individuals helped in many different ways, such as door prizes, food, cookies and monetary donations. There were approximately 150 ...

Christmas season prompts questions

Well, it’s that time of year again. The time we tell Virginia about Santa Claus. Is it real or not? Wouldn’t it be good to tell her or whomever about God? Is he real or not? Many are the pictures of an old grey-haired gentleman, sitting on the throne high in the heavens. Some are very ...

Wish lists and gifts aren’t the point

After my younger daughter came home from school with a Christmas wish list, I was fairly quick to tell her this wasn’t what Christmas was about. I was so moved by our conversation that I wrote “My Dear Child.” Some people saw this letter and were quite moved by this. These people ...

Have a very happy and safe holiday

Merry Christmas to everyone this year, 2017. and a happy new year 2018. Please be careful out on the highway and the byways. Watch at the four-way stop sign. Always watch out for the other fellow. Now, if you are going to drink, don’t, don’t drive. Get a driver that’s not going to ...

Fruit basket project was a great success

The Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Ladies Group would like to extend a big thank you to the Elkins Save A Lot. This year during our annual Christmas Fruit Basket project, Save A Lot stepped in to help make our project a great success. With their help, we were able to deliver our baskets to families, ...

Permit controversy not dying down

The DEP and J.F. Allen are back at it again. When the Pond Lick permit was originally stopped, the DEP sat at the table with J.F. Allen’s lawyers in court each and every time. The judged ruled the permit be denied but ... DEP and Allen cooked up another permit and slid it through for this ...

Reader asks, ‘What Social Security raise?’

What Social Security raise? We were supposed to get a 2 percent raise — just another lie. The only people who got the raise are Medicare recipients. What good does that do for the poor? I get $1,340 dollars a month. A 2 percent raise is $26.80, but I got $6. My wife got nothing. A lot of ...

Elkins Councilman asking questions

In public service there are times when the right decision is not always the popular decision. Conversely, a popular decision is not always the right decision. When my colleagues on city council voted in favor of a 1 percent sales tax without being able to answer basic questions like why such a ...

Drug abuse issue has no easy fix

Look out taxpayers: The West Virginia DHHR is creating plans for your money! It is a fact West Virginia has a prescription drug abuse problem. It is also a fact that for decades bureaucrats devised endless plans and programs to fight the war on drugs, virtually all lacking in positive ...

RCHS volunteer rescues animals

I would like to thank and offer my appreciation to the Randolph County Humane Society and a member of such, one Richard Kuhn. A situation occurred where two dogs and seven pups were abandoned on Cheat Mountain on Forest Road 233 on Friday, Nov. 24, by some disgusting person. A call was made ...

Groups opposing limitations request

If you or someone you know enjoy fishing, hiking, swimming or floating on Shavers Fork, contact DEP to tell them to deny J.F. Allen Co.’s request to remove all aluminum limitations from their waste water outlet near Bowden. Comments are due by Dec. 30. Aluminum is in the top five ...

Elkins councilman questions sales tax

I serve on the city of Elkins Common Council, representing the First Ward. I am also on the Revenue Committee, out of which, the ordinance imposing a municipal sales tax originated. I am as baffled as most of you as to why the ordinance imposing the municipal sales tax passed at the City ...

Downtown Christmas lights have a history

I thought it might be a good idea to talk about the history of the downtown Christmas lighting and decorating since it’s been the topic of many local people and politicians this past week. It’s always good to know how projects and their funding sources have worked for the betterment of the ...