Opinion

We really need to address issues

Letters to the Editor

If you have ever wondered why politicians use the term "common sense," this is for you.All of us have heard the term "common sense" being tossed around by politicians from both sides of the aisle. You know, that folksy, kitchen-table, impossible to disagree with rallying cry of elected ...

Laws are against unions, workers

Letters to the Editor

The working class Democrats were too lazy to get out and vote at our last election and the Republicans took over our state and now we all will pay for it.The right-to-work law will pass and our governor can't veto it, just because you would not vote.The right-to-work law is against the working ...

After the snowstorm

Columnists

After the weekend winter storm, the Legislature returned to work to conduct another busy week as many bills were discussed on the floor and numerous bills were passed.The Committee on Education met several times this week to review House Bill 4175, Homeschool Modernization Act, which would ...

Huge Benefits

Editorials

Private charter schools may not be of direct value to some West?Virginia students, as Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has noted. But surely he is aware of the enormous indirect benefits they can provide in every corner of the state.Legislators tried last year to enact a bill that would have ...

Spending Bill

Editorials

With the annual regular session of the West Virginia Legislature at about the halfway mark, election-year politics has reared its extraordinarily ugly head. That needs to stop. Too many important issues are on lawmakers' plates for partisan maneuvering to be allowed to delay action.Gov. Earl ...

Government spending is out of control

Editorials

Spending by Americans was flat in December, but they socked money away in savings accounts at the highest rate in three years, the Commerce Department reported this week.Meanwhile in Washington, President Barack Obama and Congress continued to increase government spending. Just in case you ...

Bigotry stirring up Tyler controversy

Columnists

Tyler County educators face a variety of challenges, and they know it. Getting into the 21st century is not one of them, however.Bonnie Henthorn, who is president of the Tyler County Board of Education, ignited a firestorm earlier this year when she said she plans to take her children out of ...

Political Ploy

Editorials

Even Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, a staunch Democrat, cannot stomach the political ploy undertaken by some of his party in the West Virginia House of Delegates.If legislators do not pass a supplemental spending bill during the next few days, state government may not be able to pay some of its bills, ...

D&E art program thrives

Columnists

We each face challenges and often must deal with issues that, at times, seem overwhelming or even impossible to resolve. But, over time, these usually balance out with the many good things which come our way. In retrospect, both seem to be blessings, for it is only by Grace that we get from one ...

Emissions

Editorials

U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., visited China and India, to view for himself the miracles those two countries are allegedly performing in reducing carbon emissions and other forms of pollution.What he quickly discovered was those who point to two of the world's top-four carbon emitters as ...

Al was a good man, too

Columnists

When Al Molnar embarked upon his career in journalism, newspapers still produced type with molten lead. Writing was something of a physical effort because reporters used manual typewriters. The communications worldwide web on which most people relied was the telephone, plugged into the ...

Skilled workforce requires effort

Columnists

Since becoming your governor, preparing our state's workforce to meet the long-term needs of business and industry operating in West Virginia has been one of my top priorities. Today, there are more job training programs in place than ever before, and our state's career and technical education ...

Trump may offer GOP hope

Columnists

For some Republicans, Donald Trump's presence indicates that the Reagan Revolution is dead. Gone is the illusion that Americans desired a limited government as a founding principle. From Paul Ryan to Ted Cruz, Trump's success stymies their ideas on what the GOP stands for. Unlike 1964 when ...

Making myself happy

Columnists

Can I just tell y'all, one of my favorite things to do is plan a party!From the time I was a little girl, when I used to make oatmeal cookies with my dad, I have loved to cook for people. Growing up my career goal was to open a restaurant. I wanted to live in Dallas, Texas and open a 50-story ...

Snowy stillness of winter takes over the area

Columnists

This morning I awoke to 18 inches of snow in my yard and snow still falling from the sky. There is the prediction that the snow will last into the evening hours. Could it be that we will receive the 20-30 inches that are now possible?My southern bones make it so that I am not a big fan of the ...

Higher education gaining ground

Editorials

Are West Virginia's colleges getting leaner and meaner? Let's hope so. That is precisely what the Mountain State needs.Higher education officials reported earlier this year that enrollment in public colleges and universities is down. In 2011, their enrollment was the equivalent of 64,427 ...

Effort during storm worthy of praise

Letters to the Editor

After one of the strongest snowstorms to hit West Virginia in the last 50 years, there are a lot of emotions I could be feeling.Mainly, I am feeling gratitude.I am grateful for our hard-working city employees, who worked long hours clearing streets. They did a fantastic job keeping the main ...

Christmas lights in need of repair

Letters to the Editor

With our deepest gratitude, the Elkins Depot Welcome Center thanks the city of Elkins Street Department, Ed Griesel and Elkins Electrical Contracting Co. for their contributions of time and labor regarding the holiday light display in the Town Square. Without the generosity of these ...

Tobacco tax hike a must for W.Va.

Letters to the Editor

As a parent, I do everything I can to protect my daughter and make sure she has all the tools she needs to make the right life choices. I know she knows how dangerous tobacco is, and how the industry targets and manipulates people to line their own pockets.But I worry that's not enough. In West ...

NIP program helps community

Letters to the Editor

Since the Great Recession of 2008, we continue to recover from a dramatic economic downturn, and many groups have had to make sacrifices as public funding opportunities diminish. Many nonprofit organizations took a hit with fluctuations in charitable giving over the past few years, and the ...