Letters to the Editor

Council shouldn’t take up rights issue

It does the heart good to see someone like Mike House stand up and speak out against the pseudo rights protectors (Elkins City Council) who, on Friday, March 24, declared they are merely protecting the rights of all peoples by drafting these unenforceable resolutions and ordinances, or in this ...

A thank-you to West Virginia

I am moving to Baltimore April 22. I am leaving a love note to West Virginia here: Dear West Virginia, I am leaving but I wanted to depart with a final message. Thank you for letting me find myself here. I am a kinder and less judgmental person for knowing you. Thank you for letting me ...

Water quality is a big concern

Concerned about your water quality and availability and with the proposed 42 inch methane Atlantic Coast Pipeline proposed to cross West Virginia? You should be, the EPA is. The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protections is requesting comments from the public. The deadline is April ...

Proposed body just isn’t needed

When you see and hear the catch words “inclusive” and “diversity” you can be sure the special rights of the LGBTQ community and the furtherance of the liberals’ agenda is being discussed. As I read the proposed city policy for the formation of a human rights commission, these catch ...

Changing standards each year is harmful

West Virginia is the only state in the union that has a smaller population now than it did in 1950, and sadly the number of residents continues to drop. It is past time for West Virginia to recognize the root of our depleting population. I believe, however, a true reversal could take place ...

Public raises, bonuses should be on merit

Some recent news items caught my eye. Automatic pay raises and Christmas bonuses: both systems a relic of the 1970s which never had the taxpayers’ interest foremost in mind. Why do so many of our elected and non-elected government leaders assume so much and know so little? West ...

School bus drivers should be applauded

My family has lived in Randolph County for more than 50 years. In all of these years, there has never been a serious school bus accident. I applaud our bus drivers. They are my heroes. Joyce Hawse Elkins

Pipeline proposal raises questions

The comment period on the 42” Atlantic Coast Pipeline comes to a close this Thursday. Anyone who made comments during the pre-filing period MUST submit those comments again, since the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has essentially tossed those into a pile of “old business.” If ...

Think, ask before you give money

It’s sad how our society has turned out, with so many people out there scamming others for money. Most of us would reach into our pockets to help when someone is in need. I ask, before you give, please question and check into the situation. Make sure the help is needed and the said person and ...

‘Alternate facts’ being sold to us

If you read the big city West Virginia newspapers you could not fail to be aware of the opinion pieces that have been published by Anne E. Blankenship. You would think the oil and gas industry was a charity, providing jobs, industrial development and free trips to Las Vegas. The central theme ...

Republicans the cause of woes

I have very strong reasons why I never felt that I could trust a Republican president, or a Republican-controlled Congress, Senate or Supreme Court. Those reasons being that their track record is appalling. What is it that political Republicans always seem to want to do? For the last several ...

Plan is a death sentence to many

If the GOP gets their bill passed as it is written, then God have mercy on the poor and disabled. Cutting out meals on wheels,money to help pay for things like fuel for heat, electric, etc. This is a death sentence for the poor and disabled. To cut Medicaid is also a death sentence for even ...

ACLU creates own brand of justice

I wish to express my opinion on the comments made by Mr. Cohen of the ACLU and the actions he has taken against former chief Cross and the Elkins Police Department. Mr. Cohen, you say you are “shocked” by the content in a memo written by Cross. What I find shocking is how the structural ...

Clean-up effort slated for April 1

Melodee Price, with Elkins Make it Shine, has coordinated numerous clean-ups scheduled for Saturday April 1 beginning at 10 a.m. This will kick off “West Virginia Make it Shine” which is celebrated the first two weeks of April. Melodee is currently in the process of recruiting ...

Officials should fight alcohol sales change

This letter is a plea to church officials and educators in the county to come out against changing the state law concerning alcohol being sold closer to our schools and churches. I cannot understand our Elkins city officials even considering such a thing. Don’t they realize that alcohol is ...

Toughman contest helps EHS athletics

The Toughman Competition was a rounding success, and first and foremost, I want to thank West Virginia Sports Promotions for choosing Elkins High School as a worthy venue for this event. It takes a lot of effort and support to organize an event like this, from local, regional and state ...

Residents get chance to ‘Make it Shine’

Elkins Make it Shine and Generation Randolph are looking for volunteers to clean up areas in Elkins April 1 beginning at 10 a.m. This will kick off “West Virginia Make it Shine” which is celebrated in the first two weeks of April. Here are the six areas in which you can choose to ...

Pipeline raises issues

Natural gas is 95 percent methane and extremely flammable. It is a vapor, not a liquid. Methane is colorless, odorless, tasteless and nearly 100 percent combustible. It is too expensive to add the safety odorants tert-butylthiol and mercaptan to the high-speeding vapor, adding the rotten egg ...

Jump Rope for Heart a fundraising success

On Saturday, March 4, Midland Elementary School had its 19th annual Jump Rope for Heart and 73 students were successful in raising $4,634.76. Cole Lambert was the top fundraiser with $1,150. He received a $50 gift certificate from Elkins Wal-Mart and a free movie pass from Elkins Cinema 8 for ...

Changing standards may hurt education

The state Legislature is proposing to change education standards again — the fourth time in four years. As a parent of a student in Upshur County, I want my daughter to get a solid education and these changes concern me for many reasons. Not only is there no continuity for students and ...