Opinion

Reader: New traffic lights are not needed

Letters to the Editor

I’d like to address the issue of traffic lights at Childers Run and Kesling Mill Road. I’ll start with traffic lights on a four-lane highway. The whole idea of building four-lane highways is to move traffic from one point to another more efficiently. That’s why they have posted speed ...

Vietnam veterans still fighting battles

Letters to the Editor

In case you haven’t been paying attention these past few decades since the end of war in Vietnam, the clock has been ticking. Of the 2,709,918 Americans who served in Vietnam, Less than 850,000 are estimated to be alive today most of us in our early seventies. So, if you served in South ...

Taxes and lawsuits

Letters to the Editor

I remember when our state sued tobacco companies over people getting cancer. Yet the people who died from tobacco got nothing. This is just a rip-off for our state to get money.Yet it is still OK for tobacco companies to sell their products as long as the state gets tax money from the sales. ...

Mass Amnesty?

Editorials

No nation, especially one as attractive as ours in terms of liberty, safety and prosperity, can survive long without some firm policy on immigration. By definition, the “open borders” crowd refuses to accept that. So do those in favor of mass amnesty for illegal immigrants already in the ...

For the Future

Editorials

Most West Virginians who were upset and outraged about last year’s impeachment summer, involving state Supreme Court members, probably would prefer to forget about it. It is over and done with — except for one critical detail. Three of the high court’s five members were replaced as a ...

Veterans

Editorials

Just a week ago, we Americans paid homage to those who gave their lives for our nation. Within a few weeks, some military veterans who survived their service will need our help. There is no better way to honor them than by providing it. Many veterans who need medical care at Department of ...

Justice

Editorials

The accusation by a legislator that West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is violating the state constitution is not over the most earth-shattering of issues. It involves no claim of dirty political tricks or misuse of taxpayers’ money. In fact, Justice is quite open about the matter: He lives at ...

Attack mode

Columnists

Perhaps one of the greatest gifts given to then-candidate Donald Trump was provided in the form of political correctness. Hillary Clinton used it in every possible way concerning conservatism. As Trump rocked his rallies with a number of outrageous gags, Clinton pretended that this was a ...

Summer is time to take a trip to the pool in Barbour County

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! I did receive some response about my hummingbird question in the last column. It seems that I am not the only one who misses the daily visits from the cute little birds this year. It’s kinda strange to me as to what has happened that they are so scarce, but ...

First Friday at Kump Education Center

Columnists

Now that Kump Education Center is included in the Elkins Main Street District, we are planning First Friday activities for each summer month. Friday, June 7 will be a time when children can help plant a small garden bed at Kump Center and learn why bee hives help gardens grow. Each First ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to Debra Schmidlen, who is taking a leadership role in the education of local children. The Randolph County Board of Education voted Wednesday evening to name Schmidlen to the position of superintendent. Schmidlen has served as assistant superintendent for two years under Gabriel ...

Reader expresses highway concerns

Letters to the Editor

It is insane what is not occurring within the local DOH District jurisdiction in relation to maintaining the state roadways and protecting the public safety of local residents and the visitors from other areas of the country. For example, the secondary road between Mill Creek and Helvetia is ...

Deleting history of the Civil War

Letters to the Editor

The renaming of streets and buildings and removing monuments that represent the “South” during the Civil War bothers me for a couple of reasons. This seems like the first step in deleting that part of our history/ What’s next- the rewriting of history books to remove Southern names and ...

Imperfect but vital system

Letters to the Editor

There is one bill which causes me to celebrate each time I pay it. It is the small health insurance premium which entitles me to an array of affordable medical care. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, I am one of many Americans who will not likely be a drain on the national debt by having to ...

Partners thanked by organization

Letters to the Editor

Women’s Aid in Crisis, Inc. would like to thank the following speakers, performers and community partners for their participation and sacrifice of time and talent in support of survivors of sexual assault and child abuse. Your support means the world to survivors and the work we do! Thank ...

Voting Fiasco

Editorials

How many people went to the polls for the 2018 election in West Virginia, believing they were registered to vote — only to be told there was no record of them — is not known. Some complained, however, so Secretary of State Mac Warner’s office was made aware of the fiasco. Don’t blame ...

Wise Decision

Editorials

Thank heaven firefighters in Tyler County did not give in to their first impulse on Saturday and Sunday. When they see a fire, it is near-instinct for them to do all they can to put it out. Had they attempted to do so during the weekend, some of them might have been hurt or killed. It was the ...

America’s longest war

Columnists

America’s longest war — neither Vietnam nor Afghanistan — shows no sign of even winding down, much less ending. To the contrary, the death toll may continue to increase. Veterans of military service rightly point to the Vietnam and Afghan wars as the longest, in most respects, in U.S. ...

Bad Timing

Editorials

One wonders why anyone in the U.S. justice system thought Thursday, less than a week before Americans honor those who died defending our freedom, was a good time to release John Walker Lindh from prison. Lindh, the “American Taliban,” spent more than 17 years in prison after being ...

Democrats need to look at strategy

Columnists

Once again Democratic strategists have become entranced with the idea that if they dominate the middle in the 2020 campaign, they will defeat Donald Trump. As in 2016 when they believed Hillary Clinton was a sure bet, Democrats assumed all voters live in their political universe. Indeed, they ...