Letters to the Editor

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 ...

Veterans Appreciation Banquet is a success

The Alliance Church in Gilman held its 13th annual Veterans Appreciation Banquet on Nov 1. This banquet was enjoyed by scores of veterans from various eras including Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan. During the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of the National Anthem, it ...

Service organizations in need of veterans

Veterans Day is around the corner and Randolph County never disappoints in showing its patriotic spirit to those who served and those who gave it all for the defense of the USA. In a county of 2,400 veterans, it would seem that on these days it’s as if the whole county served. However, if ...

Honor veterans by casting your vote

No one will ever vote a perfect ballot, so go vote what you know. We will make mistakes, but in the end, by majority rule, free choice, expressing ourselves, many times, in the end our goodness and better angels have prevailed. In this super important election, not to vote magnifies money and ...

Former mayor: Take it to the voting booth

Jimmy Hammond, former Elkins mayor, ended his letter to the editor about distressed and dilapidated structures saying, “Take it to the voting booth.” I echo these words. A Vacant Structure Ordinance was passed by Elkins City Council in 2011. On June 16, 2016, an Ordinance of the City of ...

Hoping to breathe new life into Barbour County

Cindy Hart is running for a seat on the Barbour County Commission. Thank God! While campaigning in the communities, Barbour County, I have been hearing about the need for a change in leadership and membership of the Barbour County Commission. The main concerns are inertia and lack of ...

Experienced judge seeks Supreme Court seat

I am voting for the Honorable Christopher Wilkes to the Supreme Court in the state of West Virginia. I am so proud to say my brother-in-law, Chris, for the 34 years I have known him, has been a hard-working attorney, loyal to his family and to the people in the tri-county of the eastern ...

Senior Citizens Christmas Party cancelled this year

I would like the senior citizens of Randolph and surrounding counties to know that it has been a privilege to provide the Senior Citizens Christmas Party for the last 40-plus years. The dinners started in the 1970s at the Elkins YMCA, then to the National Guard Armory and then on to Orchard ...

Are you next?

Who’s next? Christians, Jews, Muslims, conservatives, libertarians, blacks, Asians, Hispanics, LGBTQ, rich, poor, middle class or anyone who voted for President Donald Trump. I should also toss in the never Trumpers and those who have walked away from the howling Democrat Party. The left ...

Reader touts Morrisey

President Trump made yet another visit to our beautiful state in support of Patrick Morrisey for U.S. Senate. It is obvious to me that the President needs a reliable ally in Washington, D.C., to help him make America great again, instead of our current senator, Joe Manchin, who sides time and ...

Veteran backs Manchin

Sen. Joe Manchin deserves thanks for standing up for West Virginia veterans. Joe has always had our backs and now we need to have his back. I’m proud to support Joe for the U.S. Senate because he always does what’s best for our state. Throughout his time as West Virginia’s Governor and ...

Amendment on ballot

This November, the people of West Virginia will be able to decide whether or not taxpayer dollars should be used to fund elective abortions. Amendment 1 will be included on the ballot to determine this. Over the years, the state of West Virginia has paid for abortion on demand with nearly ...

Concerns for the future

I write today about three weeks before the mid-term elections with grave concerns regarding our future and well-being as Americans. The federal government in Washington is extremely partisan and divisive. They and the elite media would like us to believe that we the people are divided to the ...

High court seats open

Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 6. There are many important races on the ballot. There will be two seats for Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court. Like many others, this position is extremely important to regular West Virginians because it is the highest court in our state. I’ve had the ...

Party on the attack

The Democrats are on the attack and here’s why. Plainly put, the Republicans are winning, and they don’t like it. The Democrats have tried everything, but America is fed up. They’ve had their fill of the bully tactics, false accusation, lying under oath, the misuse of the justice system, ...

Usurping of power

I sent the following email to all our representatives in the legislature. Dear (Delegate/Senator), I attended the West Virginia Senate meeting yesterday. What transpired saddens me. As Sen. Karnes so eloquently stated, allowing Margaret Workman to control the outcome of her trial in the ...