Opinion

Pulitzer Prize winner deemed a ‘bully’

Letters to the Editor

The column of George F. Will on the May 10 editorial page is the lowest of the low. He comes across as a small-minded bully, not a journalist. One of Webster’s definitions of journalism: “Direct presentation of facts or description of events without an attempt at interpretation.” The ...

Political Signs

Editorials

Most candidates for public office in last week’s elections appear to have done the right thing. Win or lose, they and their supporters have been out removing the political signs they placed during the past several weeks. Good for them. At election time, political signage is an important ...

A special experience

Columnists

I have discovered the quintessential moment that encapsulates the transformative educational experience of Davis & Elkins College. I watched it about 180 times this past Friday, and the powerful image is burned into my thoughts. Harper-McNeeley Auditorium was at capacity for the ...

Epidemic

Editorials

No wonder U.S. Rep. David McKinley told drug company executives last week that, “The fury inside me right now is bubbling over.” McKinley, R-W.Va., is part of a congressional subcommittee that grilled top executives from some of the nation’s biggest drug distributors concerning their ...

Costs Rising

Editorials

Money is the key challenge facing West Virginia’s Public Employee Insurance Agency. With health care costs increasing continually, neither of the two primary options for dealing with the dilemma seems appealing. One option is providing more taxpayers’ money to subsidize the PEIA. Another ...

Change Needed

Editorials

Appeals court justices sometimes have to grit their teeth when issuing rulings that go against every fiber of their ethical beings — but clearly are called for under existing laws. That may have been the case last week when the West Virginia Supreme Court decided a case involving a young ...

Disappointing

Editorials

Tuesday’s primary election in West Virginia was among the most interesting and important in recent memory. Yet fewer than one-fourth of registered voters bothered to cast ballots. It will take a few days for official results of the election to be reported. Initial indications are that only ...

Taking it to the streets

Columnists

I have always been a “people person” from my days of working at Roger, owning and operating my own business (Van’s Army Surplus Store), through my 12 years on council and especially now as mayor of Elkins. I love getting out into the community and hearing what people have to say. Even ...

Lifelong learning is important

Columnists

Medicine is unique as a profession in that it combines art and science. Physicians are trained in humanities as well as sciences. This background begins as early as high school and continues throughout college and medical school. This is helpful as new physicians learn to relate and take a ...

Carter’s warning

Columnists

Jimmy Carter in 1979 made a speech which came in for considerable criticism because he hinted that the United States was limited in its power. What was called the “malaise” speech — in fact, he never mentioned the word — was considered apostasy by the American imperial establishment. ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to everyone who voted in Tuesday’s primary election. You took part in democracy and made your voice heard. Whether the candidates you voted for won or lost their races, you did your civic duty and helped carry on our American tradition of government. We also congratulate the winners, ...

Discussion needed on needle exchange

Letters to the Editor

Two weeks ago, following articles published in local newspapers referencing the implementation of a “needle exchange” program here in Buckhannon, I, like many others, became highly concerned. I remember thinking to myself: “How could the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department implement such ...

Mother’s Day and cows

Letters to the Editor

As I look forward to Mother’s Day and its cherished bond between mother and child, my mind wanders to dairy cows, worldwide symbols of motherhood, who never get to see or nurture their own babies. Newborn calves are torn from their mothers at birth and turned into veal cutlets, so we can ...

Eligibility

Editorials

Another proposal is afoot to separate parochial school athletics from public school sports in West Virginia. It would affect how state championships are decided. The proposal is this: Public schools would remain under the current system of handling postseason play. But the state’s eight ...

Expanding

Editorials

Lawmakers from West Virginia and Virginia have teamed up to bring the Mountain State’s Handle With Care program to the rest of the nation. U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.; Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; and Tim Kaine, D-Va., introduced the Handle With Care Act to broaden what has been an ...

Senator is seeking stories

Columnists

The past year and a half was a time of important accomplishments that will help improve the lives of West Virginians. When Congress passed tax reform legislation at the end of last year, we promised it would help workers and families keep more of their hard-earned money. We promised it would ...

Cooperation

Editorials

West Virginians hear time and again that we must make a choice: business and industry (jobs), or the environment. That is not the reality, however. Organizations such as the Nature Conservancy remind us such a choice is not necessary, and, in fact, business and industry can be an important ...

Bad Plan

Editorials

Since former President Barack Obama began his war on coal and affordable electricity, power prices for West Virginians have soared. Now, apparently taking up where Obama left off, a major utility serving our area apparently wants to sock it to us some more. Between 2008, when Obama was ...

Trade War?

Editorials

West Virginia Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher is not known for issuing assurances based on wishful thinking. So when he says Chinese officials remain on track to spend $83.7 billion on energy developments in the Mountain State, he probably has good reason for confidence. Thrasher, in ...

City manager and stoplights

Columnists

The answer is a resounding “yes” to the question “Does Elkins Need a City Manager,” posed by the Elkins City Clerk recently. A clue to the answer to Jessica Sutton’s rhetorical question may be found in the letter-to-the-editor from Barrett M. Williams, which was juxtaposed to her ...