Opinion

Inventory Tax

Editorials

Just a month ago, the path seemed clear for West Virginia legislators to take another step to improve the state’s economy. Now, there are obstacles — you guessed it, money — in the way. Making the state more attractive for job creators has been one of the current Legislature’s top ...

Disappointing

Editorials

Just a month ago, Gov. Jim Justice told his fellow West Virginians dramatic changes had occurred during the previous year. Referring to the “dire” situation 12 months ago, he said that now, “you can’t imagine how promising it looks.” Unfortunately, in terms of state government ...

Changes for the better for teenagers

Columnists

Teenagers are behaving better in developed countries around the world, according to an article published in The Economist on Jan.13. Drinking, smoking, even drug use and premarital sex have decreased over the last two decades among teenagers. Perhaps the most obvious worldwide trend is that ...

Trump on the attack

Columnists

Donald Trump’s dismissive and crude language aimed at immigrants sealed the impression that he is racist. No longer does it appear that it was primarily an election pitch, but that his feelings are deeply held. For Republicans it should be a justification for abandoning Trump’s presidency. ...

Philip Barbour High School Hall of Fame seeking nominations

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! I would like to wish a very happy birthday to my friend Pearl Lipscomb. Miss Pearl will be 97 years young on Feb. 13. I hope you have a wonderful day! The Philip Barbour Hall of Fame is looking for nominations for the class of 2018. They be accepted until Feb. ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the announcement that the new $37-million Elkins water plant has begun pumping water, although work remains to be done before the facility is fully operational, officials said. Bob Pingley, the city’s operations manager, said the new system appears to be working and “producing ...

Reader tired of political dynasties

Letters to the Editor

Another day, another political dynasty. West Virginia home of the free mountaineers, home of the political dynasty. Once upon a time it was Britain and old Europe where nothing changed. Where are all those historic ruling families: today? Gone to the political graveyard. These days in ...

Lent an opportunity to abstain from meat

Letters to the Editor

Feb. 14 marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter, when Christians abstain from animal foods in remembrance of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the wilderness. The call to abstain from eating animals is as current as the teaching of evangelical leader Franklin Graham, yet as ...

Even the president is not above the law

Letters to the Editor

Donald Trump believes he is a dictator and is above the law. He has no idea what it is to be president. He believes he can do whatever he wants just like his buddy, Putin. Mr. Trump, we are the land of the free. You are not above the law and for you to obstruct the FBI investigation just ...

Should the C-rule be struck down?

Columnists

No doubt some high school coaches wonder, at times, what might have happened had certain physically talented students been permitted to go out for the team, but couldn’t. You have to maintain a C average in classwork to be eligible for many extracurricular activities. So, the coaches wish ...

Salaries

Editorials

Among the applause lines in West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s State of the State speech last month was his announcement that, for the first time in four years, the state has enough money to train a new group of State Police troopers. So strained were the state’s finances during that period ...

Officers deserve support

Columnists

On a late October morning last fall, just before dawn, inmate Todd Wayne Boyes walked out of the South Central Regional Jail in Charleston. He left dressed in regular street clothing and managed to get through three locked doors. His escape was not noticed until 36 hours later. After four days ...

Successful formula

Columnists

The following is a formula for success: an energetic Sport Science Department, committed faculty with a desire to serve the community, strong partnerships within the Elkins community and a significant need to fight the obesity epidemic and promote healthy lifestyles within West Virginia. The ...

Cyberbullying

Editorials

A bill approved Monday by the West Virginia House of Delegates may do some good to prevent cyberbullying of minors, if it is enacted. So the measure, HB 2655, is a step in the right direction. State senators should pass it, too. But bullies, regardless of age, are endlessly devious in how ...

New Strategy

Editorials

West Virginians cannot afford to just give up in the war against substance abuse. On the other hand, we cannot afford to wage it effectively, either. The full-court assault clearly required is beyond our financial means, and the federal government has shown little inclination to make up the ...

Sports Betting

Editorials

West Virginia ought to have a sports betting statute on the books this spring — but it needs to be a home run, not a foul ball. Within a few months, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to clear the way for states to set up sports betting operations. A few states already have plans in ...

No Tuition

Editorials

Thousands of West Virginians could benefit from a bill approved last week by the state Senate, if it proceeds to enactment. In fact, the measure could help the state’s economy in general. Senators approved SB 284, a bill that would allow Mountain State residents to attend in-state technical ...

Sin’s clear consequence

Columnists

We are all familiar with consequences. Regardless whether our choice on any given item was intentional or unintentional, there is always a consequence. A consequence is not always bad; however, negative feelings arise when we read or hear the word. The dictionary defines consequence as “a ...

Sweet Celebration

Columnists

WESTON — After enduring an almost endless series of frigid days, many people look to February and the possibility that warmer weather will allow us to get out of our houses and back to routines. Walks, shopping mall trips and favorite eating spot outings can once again be ...

Budget process

Columnists

A municipality’s budget is much more than an accounting document. It serves as an outline for how the city should best use its resources to benefit the citizens. The city of Elkins has limited resources that it can utilize to perform necessary city functions. Each year a city must forecast ...