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Opinion

How should Elkins use sales tax funds?

Letters to the Editor

It is truly refreshing to see that Elkins city officials have prioritized the spending of the somewhat unexpected financial windfall from the forced imposition of the 1% sales tax on businesses. This includes, but is not limited to, employee pay raises, infrastructure projects, equipment ...

‘Socialist’ different than ‘progressive’

Letters to the Editor

With all due respect to my fellow Americans, most of us simply don’t know that a “liberal/progressive” is not the same thing as a “socialist.” A true “socialist” is someone who wants all of the businesses and workplaces to be owned and controlled by “the state” or “the ...

Climate change and world’s food supply

Letters to the Editor

“Climate Change Threatens World Food Supply” was the lead story in recent newspapers. It was prompted by the release of a summary report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, staffed by more than 100 experts from 52 countries. The report details how climate ...

Divisive healthcare relationships

Columnists

If you think politics is divisive, take a look at health care. Relationships in that industry sometimes make Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi look like chums. Charleston Area Medical Center, the largest health care provider in West Virginia’s capital city, is severing its relationship with The ...

Value of local newspapers

Columnists

For as long as our great nation has existed, newspapers have been part of the fabric that strengthens our democracy and makes our communities stronger. Before James Madison became our 4th U.S. President, he wrote the Bill of Rights and enshrined the freedom of the press into the First ...

Respecting tradition

Columnists

Like Teyve in “Fiddler on the Roof,” I am a respecter of tradition. In addition to Randolph County residents, students and alumni of Davis & Elkins College experience the annual fall tradition known as the Mountain State Forest Festival on our campus and throughout the town. Concluding ...

Slow Payer?

Editorials

West Virginia’s state government fiscal dilemma is illustrated well by the relief state officials exhibited this week when they learned that, one-fourth of the way through the current fiscal year, the general revenue budget is only $29.7 million in the red. It could have been worse, to ...

When to Tell

Editorials

Most West Virginians are not the type to “rat out” our neighbors, especially if they are engaged in what we view as relatively minor infractions. But Medicaid fraud is far from a victimless crime. Those who lie about income and/or disabilities to obtain health insurance coverage through ...

Local Threat

Editorials

Now it’s personal. Someone may have tried to hack into computers used in an election in West Virginia — our election. Most reports of attempts to influence politics and/or hack into electronic election equipment involve other states. But last week, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac ...

Inaction

Editorials

More than 70,000 Americans — 974 of them in West Virginia and 5,111 in Ohio — died of drug overdoses in 2017. How many of them might be alive today if officials at the Drug Enforcement Administration had not been asleep at the switch? Fighting, then getting out of, the Vietnam War was a ...

Bring questions to education forum

Columnists

Do you want to know more about how House Bill 206 will change schools in Randolph County? Come to the Education Forum at Kump Education Center across from Kroger at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10. You will have an opportunity to question your newest representative to WV House of Delegates, ...

Fateful phone call

Columnists

For Democrats, President Donald Trump’s phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky could not have come at a better time. After a number of mistakes in the summer, Trump was beginning to recover. Helped mostly by the economy, his approval numbers began to rise from 38% to 45%. ...

Autumn is in the air in Barbour County, and conditions are dry

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! Fall is in the air, and how do we do fall in this area? Forest Festival! Barbour County has several girls who are princesses this year, and I would like to wish all of the royal court a very happy time and congratulations. This will be an unforgettable time in your ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the army of volunteers it takes to successfully present the Mountain State Forest Festival each year. The 83rd edition of the MSFF has been a rousing success, and we are grateful to the hundreds of people whose hard work made it happen. Kaitlin Marie Smith, who was crowned as Queen ...

Opioid crisis: Tragedy, travesty

Letters to the Editor

The pharmaceutical industry acted in a timely manner to have insulation in place in the event the opioid crisis ever neared a reckoning. Having lobbyist/ politicians in place to mitigate the heat of litigation against opioid manufacturers and suppliers is good business. It’s a walking, ...

Why so surprised?

Letters to the Editor

Edward S. Brenwalt writes that he doesn’t think much of our president’s record. He says many of his promises have not been kept, and ones that he has claimed to have kept he has had to lie about because they were certainly not kept. We knew he was a vain and vulgar, pathological liar, ...

Parade flags

Letters to the Editor

I hope that people will stand and remove their hats as every American flag passes by during the Forest Festival Parade on Saturday. Alan Merklin Elkins

Grateful for help

Letters to the Editor

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my friends who donated toward the purchase of my new wheelchair. It is heartfelt and very appreciative. I didn’t realize I was so blessed with so many friends, but I am thankful that you were there when needed. This brings me back to a ...

Fundraiser a success

Letters to the Editor

The family of Donald R.Carr would like to thank everyone who purchased hot dogs and baked goods at our fundraiser on Aug. 31 at Wal Mart. Thank you to everybody who just gave donations. Special thanks to Walmart for allowing us to have our fundraiser at their location and for their donation. ...

Rare Earth

Editorials

Mention gadolinium, ytterbium and praseodymium to a friend and the reaction is likely to be, “Huh?” Yet the substances and 14 others also classed as rare-earth minerals are important. They are used in a variety of manufacturing, including cellphones and television sets. Until the 1980s, a ...