Letters to the Editor

Elkins man’s life is memorialized

I have the habit of striking up conversation with everyone. And so, in the wee hours of the morning, as the bus headed to the start of the first Kingsford Allegheny Highlands Trail 20-miler in 2016, I talked to Michael Stennes. He was the only person awake near me. I was thinking about ...

Cassity resident upset about cats

The community of Cassity, among many others, are being over run with cats. The level of irresponsibility is astonishing. If people have no intention of tending to and caring for animals, they shouldn't have them in the first place. It is completely disrespectful to allow your cats to run ...

Is speech still free?

I recently read an article about a law professor that was invited to give a speech at a New York law college. The professor was heckled out of the building with one protester yelling “f*** the law.” Is that not ironic, a law student yelling that out and being supported by the faculty and ...

Rotten fruit in the Garden of Eden?

Buckhannon/Upshur County’s beauty and bureaucracy could reduce a grown man to tears. A string of failed administrations and a lack of public appetite for reform have made this gem in the mountains almost ungovernable. The first tree I ever climbed was an apple tree. It was growing in our ...

Amendment to be on the state ballot

There is a little-known proposed amendment to the West Virginia Constitution that will be on the ballot in the general election on Nov. 6. A yes vote on Amendment 1 will prevent your tax dollars from being used for abortions. Opponents of this amendment will misrepresent this as an attack on ...

TVHS Homecoming deemed a success

On behalf of the TVHS Alumni Association I would like to offer sincere thanks to the following groups and individuals for helping to make the TVHS Homecoming 2018 a huge success. First and foremost, thanks to Tom Wamsley for everything you did to make the weekend a huge success. You attended ...

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 ...