Letters to the Editor

It’s time to be quiet and think

Elected officials slaughtered because someone does not agree with their political belief or actions. Teachers slaughtered by a student disciplined for misbehavior, and guns were easier than other conflict resolutions. Students slaughtered by another student for real or perceived ...

Feral cats are causing problems

We homeowners have a feral cat problem that nobody seems to want to address. These feral cats use our gardens as litter boxes. They spray an where they choose, and they climb on our cars. Feral cats are an ecological disaster to our surroundings. They kill other wildlife just for the fun of ...

Abortion still a polarizing issue

Let’s talk about abortion — a polarizing, hot button issue that is dividing our nation. Listening to the extreme left, abortion should be a free privilege that everyone should have, under all conditions. The extreme right pushes the opposite view, that abortion is wrong, criminal, and ...

Kavanaugh under the microscope

Kavanaugh is Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court. What do we know about Kavanaugh? He once held a hearing saying the president of the U.S. is above the law, can not be investigated, charged with a crime or convicted of a crime. If that is true then to hell with the Declaration of ...

Suggestion to help immigration crisis

The protesters on the left demand open borders and getting rid of ICE, while the right wants “zero tolerance” where illegal immigration is concerned. Why not compromise, have all the left’s protesters donate all the money that they are spending traveling to and from protests and on ...

Blackwater Canyon and development

Blackwater Canyon, in Tucker County, is under threat of assault by Allegheny Wood Products of Petersburg, which owns significant acreage in the canyon. Allegheny wants to deforest the canyon and then develop it. Deforestation and development of Blackwater Canyon would result in elimination of ...

Outraged by separation policy

On June 30, hundreds of thousands of American citizens, plus thousands more across the globe, stood and marched and spoke as one, with the message being, “Reunite and free the immigrants!” What is happening at the border is truly the darkest crime in recent political history. The wanton ...

Liberals versus conservatives

Why is it that liberals feel no qualms about being rude? Far too many people who are perfectly polite and courteous, otherwise, think nothing of insulting us for not sharing their political opinions. If you do nothing else today make sure you take the time to understand. Until everyone ...

What does DNC really stand for?

Debbie Wasserman Schultz thinks conservatives want to bring back the Jim Crowe laws. Perhaps someone should remind her it was “her” party that wrote them? Nancy Pelosi: “You should only deport illegal aliens if they do something illegal.” They are, you senile old fool, they’re here ...

Newspapers are part of our lives

My mother worked at The Baltimore Sun in the 1950s. As an 8 to 10-year-old, I loved going to “the paper.” The ink smell, the presses and watching the finished papers roll out was magical. At 16 I found myself at Columbia University in New York City. There was great satisfaction in ...

Are changes trying to tell us something?

We all know nature has gone amuck — fires, earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, etc. Added to all of this is crime and drugs. There are people who are too lazy to work who try to extort money from the elderly. We can’t trust our own government. Trump and others want to build a wall to keep ...

Controversy over immigration grows

There’s been a ton of fervor over the past weeks regarding the issue of illegal aliens being separated from children at our border. To say emotions are running high would be putting it mildly. If you’re like most people, and you’re on Facebook, you know what I’m talking about. In my ...

Looking for gun violence solutions

First, I want to express my condolences to all the victims and families of senseless and absolutely deplorable gun violence. Everyone’s conscience should be in shock, regardless of political affiliation. Next I would like to say that I am not a member of the NRA. I am, however, a ...

City Hall facing new problems

There are problems in Elkins at our City Hall. There is no utopia in our wonderful, small city. We have a mayor with presumably no authority whose only response I have ever heard is “I’ll talk to Bob Pingley, city operations manager.” We, apparently, have a city council who will not ...

Real truth about Russian collusion?

For two years, the Democrats have been yelling “collusion” to the top of their lungs, but nothing has been found to incriminate Trump or his election team. Why? There is none, but that’s not the case with our friends across the aisle. When Democrats point fingers, they seem to forget ...

Reader decries family separation

One of the first quotes I memorized as an elementary school student were those famous words by Emma Lazarus inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty. “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these the ...

Republican control working in W.Va.

In the election of 2014, the citizens of West Virginia entrusted Republicans with control of their Legislature for the first time in 84 years. When the new team took control, we made a plan to lift West Virginia from her doldrums. The plan was not a short-term plan, but rather a plan for ...

Safer than ever?

I fell so safe now that North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat. Or are they? They have not destroyed any nuclear weapons nor have they made an agreement to do so in the near future. This is just more lies from Trump so he can make himself look good and maybe get the Nobel Peace Prize. ...

Rules made for a reason

For someone who has worked at a grocery store, there are rules made for a reason. If the cashier thinks they need to card someone, they have to do so because if not it could be their job. Personally its not worth losing someone’s job because they are doing their job. No one is above the ...

Reorganizing school districts

West Virginia’s current school district model is antiquated and full of redundancies that need to be reorganized or eliminated. The West Virginia Constitution, as amended, establishes the West Virginia Board of Education and allows, but does not require, the legislature to provide for ...