Opinion

Obama still clueless on terrorism

Columnists

Islamic terrorists are not an "existential threat" to the United States, President Barack Obama advised us last week.Neither is global warming, Mr. President.But dismissing Islamic terrorists as his very language continues to do merely because they are not powerful enough - yet - to threaten ...

Taxpayers’ money

Editorials

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's announcement Tuesday that his office is returning $5 million to the state treasury may have seemed like ho-hum news to some West Virginians. After all, Morrisey should be expected to do that.But such action was not always expected. Just a few years ago, ...

Public Debates

Editorials

Today marks just five weeks until the West Virginia Primary election.Now, more than ever, it is essential for voters to become accustomed to the many candidates campaigning to represent them. Informed voters are integral to the foundations of the democratic process.Why is it important to be an ...

Suffering

Editorials

Rules established by the Environmental Protection Agency - without the consent of Congress - already have devastated entire counties in West Virginia. Tens of thousands of Mountain State residents have suffered at the EPA's hands. Much more damage is on the agency's agenda.So U.S. Rep. David ...

The magic of college

Columnists

The timeless magic of a college is the chance to experience unexpected discoveries of the mind and heart. This was everywhere around us the past 10 days as we continue the sawtooth journey from winter to spring.One example was seeing art students making fantastic chalk murals of T Rex, ...

Running Amok

Editorials

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan had it right earlier this month when he told visitors to Washington from the Ohio Farm Bureau that the federal bureaucracy is running amok."Our laws are not being written by us," Ryan, R-Wis., said of Congress. "The agencies write the actual regulations that ...

Choice of Clinton is difficult for most

Columnists

For Democrats, the choice of Hillary Clinton is a very difficult decision. Despite her reputation as some sort of a "radical," with Rightwingers, she is really a mushy moderate. Friendly with big banks, big investors and their minions, she resembles George W. Bush rather than Barack Obama. ...

Parlock earns recognition for work

Columnists

Elkins Middle School Assistant Principal Shanna Parlock was recognized by AmeriCorps on the Frontline in the "Educator Spotlight" for working with Kump Education Center on the STREAM program.Parlock has been very helpful in finding at-risk students who could benefit from mentoring at the middle ...

The desires of our heart

Columnists

God really does care about the desires of our heart, y'all, and if anyone tries to tell you any different, well, then you can tell them this story.In 2011 I left my full time employment with WVU Extension Services to take a position with a local private Christian school. It was a HUGE decision ...

He is Risen

Editorials

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men ...

School levy has benefitted area

Letters to the Editor

I would like to thank you for what you have given to the children of Tygarts Valley Middle High School through the support of the Randolph County school levy over the past five years. This support will have a long and lasting impact on the students and the communities served.The levy allowed ...

We must support those who serve

Letters to the Editor

I recently read a letter to the editor about one veteran and his plight with his benefits. As I was reading, I became angry - and I would hope that you do as well.We, as American people and particularly as Christian people, had better quit sitting back and saying or doing nothing because our ...

Our success truly is killing us!

Letters to the Editor

These are tough times for our oil and gas industry. Why? Because the industry's amazing success is killing it. Since the shale revolution commenced in 2006, Appalachian natural gas production has increased 15 fold (from1.3 bcf/day to well over 20 bcf/day). During that same period, total U.S. ...

‘Raw milk’ can be very dangerous

Letters to the Editor

A few weeks ago, the West Virginia Legislature passed what has been called the Raw Milk Bill. The same bill was vetoed by the governor last year. The bill was Senate Bill number 387 and states that people can strike agreements to share milk-producing animals and drink raw milk. It passed both ...

Governor should sign bill

Columnists

West Virginia legislators left Charleston last week without accomplishing much of what they hoped when they began their annual 60-day session in January.But one thing they did get done may well save children's lives.It is Senate Bill 13, finalized by the Legislature on March 12. It was sent to ...

Priorities

Editorials

West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose, again, to 6.5 percent in February. Compare that with the national average, which is holding steady at 4.9 percent. The number of unemployed residents here increased by 1,300 last month.Meanwhile, another study ranks the Mountain State ...

Budget decisions were difficult

Editorials

Elkins city officials approved an approximate $4.4 million budget this week.To develop the budget, the Elkins City Council Finance Committee presented administrative staff with an estimated revenue figure and administrators were tasked with coming to terms on department expenditures.There are ...

Funding will do little for W.Va.

Editorials

Some investment. Hundreds of thousands of West Virginians, East Ohioans and others in the Appalachian coalfields are being devastated directly or indirectly by President Barack Obama's war against coal and affordable energy, and the White House brags about dropping crumbs to us.Tens of ...

Symposium highlights uniqueness at D&E

Columnists

It seems especially fitting that the spiritual reflection and reaffirmation of Holy Week comes just when the natural world too is being renewed with the change of seasons.It struck us as fitting as well - as a college of the church with deep roots in the Christian faith - that we should host a ...

Two states may hold key

Columnists

Donald Trump is going to come close to winning enough delegates in primary elections to claim the Republican nomination for president before the party holds its July convention in Cleveland.But with the field of contenders down to three - Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Ohio Gov. John Kasich ...