Opinion

Feral cats are causing problems

Letters to the Editor

We homeowners have a feral cat problem that nobody seems to want to address. These feral cats use our gardens as litter boxes. They spray an where they choose, and they climb on our cars. Feral cats are an ecological disaster to our surroundings. They kill other wildlife just for the fun of ...

Abortion still a polarizing issue

Letters to the Editor

Let’s talk about abortion — a polarizing, hot button issue that is dividing our nation. Listening to the extreme left, abortion should be a free privilege that everyone should have, under all conditions. The extreme right pushes the opposite view, that abortion is wrong, criminal, and ...

Kavanaugh under the microscope

Letters to the Editor

Kavanaugh is Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court. What do we know about Kavanaugh? He once held a hearing saying the president of the U.S. is above the law, can not be investigated, charged with a crime or convicted of a crime. If that is true then to hell with the Declaration of ...

Suggestion to help immigration crisis

Letters to the Editor

The protesters on the left demand open borders and getting rid of ICE, while the right wants “zero tolerance” where illegal immigration is concerned. Why not compromise, have all the left’s protesters donate all the money that they are spending traveling to and from protests and on ...

Blackwater Canyon and development

Letters to the Editor

Blackwater Canyon, in Tucker County, is under threat of assault by Allegheny Wood Products of Petersburg, which owns significant acreage in the canyon. Allegheny wants to deforest the canyon and then develop it. Deforestation and development of Blackwater Canyon would result in elimination of ...

High Court

Editorials

West Virginians have a three-letter reason for liking Judge Brett Kavanaugh, nominated by President Donald Trump for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court: EPA. Many Americans have been encouraged to believe that we here in coal country somehow hate clean air, water and soil. Nothing could be ...

Nominee

Editorials

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., will be a key figure in the battle over whether the Senate confirms President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Let us hope Manchin breaks with those in his party who see the decision as a political one. On Monday, Trump introduced ...

Mismanagement

Editorials

Allegations of outright fraud certainly ought to outrage West Virginians. But what about mismanagement — let’s be honest and call it bureaucratic laziness — that probably cost taxpayers even more than corruption? Years after legislators demanded the answer to a simple question, state ...

Wakeup Call

Editorials

If we hope to ever make a dent in the substance abuse crisis in West Virginia, we have to convince young people misusing drugs is a bad idea. We are not doing very well at that. Each year, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducts an annual High School Youth Risk ...

Residents Taking On City Hall

Editorials

A showdown of sorts is shaping up at Elkins City Hall, as residents who feel they’ve been ignored by city officials are now threatening to take their complaints to court. On Thursday, a letter featuring 325 signatures of Elkins residents was presented to Mayor Van Broughton and Elkins City ...

Pace of progress really heating up

Columnists

July 3 was one of those days when everything happens at once at Kump Education Center. When the large van arrived from Valley Supply with two new gas boilers, the ”Plaster Master” was giving AmeriCorps members a lesson on how to repair the dining room ceiling. I was preparing to make final ...

Sobering time for Democrats

Columnists

For Democrats the end of June was quite sobering. The Supreme Court, in a number of rulings, reduced the power of public employee unions and strengthened gerrymandering, and Anthony Kennedy retired. And they were also reminded that their allies in the anti-Trump fight were, in fact, worse than ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to Mountain State Street Machines and organizer Tammy Dolly for bringing back the annual Independence Day weekend car show to downtown Elkins. The event, which began with a cruise-in last Friday evening and culminated with grand prizes being presented Sunday, drew crowds each of the ...

Outraged by separation policy

Letters to the Editor

On June 30, hundreds of thousands of American citizens, plus thousands more across the globe, stood and marched and spoke as one, with the message being, “Reunite and free the immigrants!” What is happening at the border is truly the darkest crime in recent political history. The wanton ...

Liberals versus conservatives

Letters to the Editor

Why is it that liberals feel no qualms about being rude? Far too many people who are perfectly polite and courteous, otherwise, think nothing of insulting us for not sharing their political opinions. If you do nothing else today make sure you take the time to understand. Until everyone ...

What does DNC really stand for?

Letters to the Editor

Debbie Wasserman Schultz thinks conservatives want to bring back the Jim Crowe laws. Perhaps someone should remind her it was “her” party that wrote them? Nancy Pelosi: “You should only deport illegal aliens if they do something illegal.” They are, you senile old fool, they’re here ...

Let’s change the second W.Va. statue

Columnists

If you’re a West Virginian looking around the U.S. Capitol, among the sights you may want to see are statues of two native sons. Each state has two, of people in whom great pride is taken. Francis H. Pierpont, in some ways thought of as the father of West Virginia, is one of the Mountain ...

Kick the Habit

Editorials

We have known for decades that smoking can cause cancer, heart disease and a variety of other illnesses. Yet many Americans still have not kicked the habit. Here in West Virginia, the concern is particularly worrisome. The Mountain State has the highest rate of adult smokers in the nation. ...

Snail’s Pace

Editorials

How is it that while state officials were sitting on nearly $150 million in federal funding meant to help victims of 2016 flooding in West Virginia, private charities were getting results? Perhaps state legislators looking into the RISE scandal should ask that question. Lawmakers are ...

Worry about local business

Columnists

Well, good for West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice. Little more than a week ago, he reacted to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling by proclaiming in a news release that, “I don’t want to reach into West Virginians’ pockets when we don’t need to.” High court justices have issued a decision hoped ...