Letters to the Editor

Toys for Tots brought smiles to 2,200 kids

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and the Marine Corps League Leland D. “Crow” Crawford Detachment 956 of Elkins completed their 16th annual Toys for Tots distribution in the Elkins region. The Elkins Marine Corps League collected and purchased over 22,700 toys, books and stuffed animals ...

Reader remembers fondly days gone by

I wish the world was like it was when I was a little girl. Kids would work right along with their parents. When I was 28 years ago, I had been working for 18 years. These kids of today don’t know what work is. They only want to work only a half a day, if that. I would love to see them ...

Plant-based food options are becoming plentiful

With the glow of Christmas barely behind us, we look forward to the new year and the customary New Year’s resolutions: reduce social media, reduce weight, and, this year, reduce animal food consumption. One third of consumers already report reducing their consumption of animal foods. ...

Are local taxpayers being taxed fairly?

I don’t eat asparagus. Why should I have to support farm subsidies to any farm that produces that nasty vegetable? I don’t live in a flood zone. Why should I have to forfeit my money to rebuild homes for those who do? Do you sense a pattern here? I’m sick of paying for everyone ...

Political holiday messages

I would like to take this time to give a couple of holiday messages. The first goes to everyone who voted for Trump. A “Bah, Humbug” to you. To everyone who stuck with Trump for these last two years, despite all of the atrocities and just plain embarrassments he has caused us, you have ...

Legal aid available to W.Va. seniors

It may be expected or unexpected, but many will end up living alone in their later years. If you already live alone or know it is likely to happen at some point, thinking ahead and making strong connections with those who can help you may be the way to continue to live independently as long ...

Will state parks be on the agenda again?

The West Virginia Legislature’s 2019 session begins on Jan. 9. Too soon. Too soon, anyway, for a rerun of the 2018 session’s attack on state parks. Do we have to gear up again the overwhelming opposition to the proposals to log our parks? We were suspicious of the resolution — after ...

Healthcare’s role in economic comeback

Healthcare and the health of West Virginians has an integral role in the economic comeback of our state that’s happening right now. Under the superior leadership of Governor Jim Justice, the state has already made financial history, including: The largest first-quarter tax revenue ...

Christmas isn’t really about wish lists, gifts

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 ...

Former officer says police are underpaid

My name is Alex Wyshyvanuk. I was an Elkins police officer for just over three years. I quit earlier this year because I was tired of making almost 40 percent less than officers in Morgantown and Bridgeport. Under the old pay system, our highest-paid officer made less money than a “day-one” ...

Innocent until proven guilty is still the rule

This is a respectful reminder for all of us. In America, everyone is innocent until proven guilty. It is not the other way around. If it were, this wouldn’t be America. This is not about defending President Trump. It’s about defending our American way of justice because it should matter ...

Reader upset by bell ringer policy

I was recently visiting the Elkins Kroger and noticed that the bell ringer for the Salvation Army was not near the front door but was instead at the other end of the building. As I approached the lady, I asked why she was so far away from all of the people entering the store. She said that ...

Santa Claus: To lie or not to lie

Ho-ho-ho. Do your kids believe in the magical, mythical, mysterious bearded man in the red suit who drives a sleigh with eight reindeer? Did you believe in the jolly ole guy during your childhood? Is your family seeped in the Santa-obsessed season? Well, here’s my question: Is there any ...

President sells out to Saudi Arabia

Our president has sold us out again; this time to the prince of Saudi Arabia over oil production when we only get 10 percent of our oil from them. Trump even let’s them commit murder and that is OK with him. I am a Christian who stopped going to church because the way the churches take up ...

Should Elkins police be better paid?

I have read with interest local news concerning our local policemen — particularly Boatwright and Sayre. It seems that all our city law enforcement officers are actively seeking out those who cross the legal lines concerning drugs. In a meeting at our City Hall, I read that these policemen ...

Did ‘evangelical’ become a bad word?

I love America. I also love Jesus. I feel like I needed to make these two facts known before I went any further into what I am about to write. I have been struggling lately, as I have watched the nation be pulled apart by politics. Yet, even more disturbing to me, is how Christians have been ...

Debating turkey on Thanksgiving

While President Trump is pardoning two turkeys for Thanksgiving, every one of us can exercise that same presidential power by choosing a non-violent Thanksgiving observance. And here are some other good reasons: You can brag about pardoning a turkey — like Trump (or not). You will stay ...

Reader is elated by election results

Democrats have just won control of Congress for the first time in eight years. It was a long and hard-fought battle. A gracious and humbled individual would show respect and tenderness in their victory and not mock their opponents’ defeat. I am NOT going to be that person today. In your ...

November is about pancreatic awareness

I’ve been advocating for pancreatic cancer awareness since October 2007. I can even tell you the exact day, Oct. 4, 2007, the day that my younger brother passed away from pancreatic cancer. Until he was diagnosed just 18 months earlier, basically all I knew about cancer was the pink ribbon, ...

Can you choose ‘none of the above’?

Elections are essentially multiple-choice tests. You’re asked a question: Who do you want for this position? And you fill in the bubble. You’re asked: Do you support taxpayer-funded abortion? And you fill in the bubble. Typically a Democrat or a Republican is listed as A and B, in ...