Opinion

Maintaining Kump Education Center

Columnists

All the work that was postponed at Kump Education Center until after Forest Festival had to be done quickly on the first three sunny days after the carnival left town. Elkins always works so hard to prepare for fall visitors, and we have to wait until they leave to do the maintenance we really ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the progress being made on the downtown Elkins Town Square amphitheater project. The Randolph County Development Authority board unanimously approved a bid for the project Wednesday. Officials plan to break ground next week, with the ceremony set for 9 a.m. on Oct. 19. Applause to ...

Amendment prompts much controversy

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor have been appearing in newspapers around the state, making extreme claims about what the effect of Amendment 1 will be if passed. It’s time to get the facts. The most common claim is that Amendment 1 will “make abortion illegal in West Virginia.” False. Abortion is ...

‘Gotcha!’ moment backfires in Senate

Letters to the Editor

I cannot remember another time in my 68-plus years when there was so much hate coming out of so few people. When it comes to a certain handful of democrats in Washington, D.C., anything goes these days and there’s no shame, even when their stupid plots backfire and fail to deliver the desired ...

Manchin’s decision frustrating to reader

Letters to the Editor

Joe Manchin has made a habit of obstructing the president and his administration. A president clearly supported by a large percentage of West Virginians. Manchin always has a reason for every one of his actions, an excuse for his votes and anything but results. His actions are far louder than ...

EHS Alumni group looks to help school

Letters to the Editor

On behalf of the Elkins High Alumni Association, I would like to thank all for attending our gathering during the Mountain State Forest Festival. A thanks to Deloris Wilfong and her band of merry women and men for putting together another great gathering. Grads from as far back as 1942 came ...

Clerks are chief elections officials

Columnists

I want to begin by thanking media outlets throughout the state who have published or reported on "Project Election Protection." Without your help, this important and educational eight-week series of op-eds focused on legal and ethical activities by candidates, their supporters and voters would ...

Great Job

Editorials

At Wednesday's Elkins City Council meeting, both Mayor Van Broughton and Police Chief Glenn Galloway mentioned that this year's Mountain State Forest Festival "ran very smoothly." Maybe the biggest reason for this was the leadership of 82nd Mountain State Forest Festival Director General Rich ...

Senator Nation

Columnists

More than 320 young men and women at Davis & Elkins College serve a dual role. They are both students and NCAA Division II athletes. Known as Senator Nation, D&E athletics has a long and rich tradition and remains today a highly valued aspect of Davis & Elkins College. Today the ...

Revenue

Editorials

It is possible — just possible — that Gov. Jim Justice’s forecast of a $300 million surplus in West Virginia’s general revenue budget this year may be low. Mountain State residents and legislators have learned to be leery of rosy fiscal forecasts, of course. Making long-term ...

E-Cigarettes

Editorials

Among the more than 1,100 businesses throughout the country being warned by the Food and Drug Administration to stop selling e-cigarettes to minors are 14 in West Virginia. Do the math: That represents a far higher per capita rate than the national average. The FDA conducted a massive sting ...

$100 million investment

Columnists

Last week, West Virginia’s Republican Leadership announced a $100 million funding commitment that significantly stabilizes and strengthens Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA), as well as a proposed five percent pay raise for teachers and state employees. When passed, this will be the ...

Supreme Court intrigue continues

Columnists

West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Walker did not exactly hit a home run during her impeachment trial before the state Senate. Call it a walk; senators voted not to remove her, but to censure her and leave her in office. Next up to bat, Justice Margaret Workman. Her impeachment ...

PEIA ‘fix’

Editorials

“Fix the PEIA,” demanded thousands of West Virginia public school employees who stayed off work for nearly two weeks earlier this year. Well, it seems the Public Employees Insurance Agency indeed is “fixed” — for now. Tens of thousands of active and retired public employees and ...

Too Much Paper

Editorials

West Virginia has become more attractive as an economic development destination during the past couple of years. Tax reform at both the state and federal levels has helped. So has regulatory reform, with legislators slicing away at state mandates that are unnecessarily burdensome for businesses ...

Birthday at crossroads of history

Columnists

The Tygart Valley Lion’s Club celebrated the 70th birthday of cancer survivor Jim Wiest at the Beverly Heritage Center Thursday, Oct. 4. It was a time to remember that many paths have crossed in this valley and that good friendships can bridge much difficulty in the progress of a human ...

Trump vs. his advisors

Columnists

Donald Trump’s clumsy performance at the United Nations underscores the disjointed nature of his foreign policy. There is no over-arching theme; indeed the “axis of evil” has one less member. North Korea and its leader chairman Kim Jong Un have now been ushered into the family of nations. ...

Fall festivals and other events planned in Barbour County

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! The fall burning law is in effect. From Oct. 1 - Dec. 31, outdoor burning is only allowed between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. There will be a Food Service Worker Permit Class on Oct. 13 at the Market Place in Philippi. Registration begins at 5:15 p.m., with ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the hundreds of volunteers who have donated so much time and effort to present the 82nd Mountain State Forest Festival this week in downtown Elkins. The events and activities have all run smoothly and thousands of people have enjoyed themselves at West Virginia’s oldest festival ...

Reader frustrated by turning lane work

Letters to the Editor

One month. Just one more month. Two local West Virginia Division of Highways officials recently said that’s the answer to the most frequently asked question they field: “When will the McDonald’s turning lane project (in Buckhannon) be finished?” A.L.L. Construction was given notice ...