Opinion

Seeing the potential in prospective students

Columnists

Prospective students and their parents filled the Great Hall of Halliehurst at a recent Open House event. They were an attentive audience. One of the many privileges I have as president of Davis & Elkins College is to address the attendees at these Open House events throughout the ...

Firearm Safety

Editorials

Most West Virginians appear to be staunch defenders of the Second Amendment’s guarantees that we may keep and bear firearms. But along with that, we understand the responsibilities that go with gun ownership and use. One of them is to handle firearms safely — certainly with whatever ...

Loophole

Editorials

Local and state officials in West Virginia are prohibited in a variety of ways from using their positions for personal gain. One is steering local or state contracts to businesses in which they have interests. For example, a county board of education member whose family sells school buses ...

Northam’s controversies

Columnists

Imagine responding to the doorbell some Halloween night, opening the front door and finding in front of you a youngster dressed as a Native American from the late 1700s, holding a doll smeared in blood. “So, who are you?” “I’m a Shawnee warrior” he might respond, holding up a ...

Omnibus Bill

Editorials

Decisive action needs to be taken to improve public schools in West Virginia. State Senate Bill 451 is the right idea with the wrong strategy, however. Republican leaders in the Senate have taken what amounts to an all-or-nothing approach in SB 451, the so-called “omnibus education bill.” ...

Rough Road

Editorials

State Sen. Charles Clements, R-Wetzel, probably was expressing a concern common to many lawmakers in questions he asked about a controversial plan to find more money for secondary road repairs in West Virginia. During his State of the State speech last month, Gov. Jim Justice suggested one ...

Shutdown setbacks

Columnists

Donald Trump’s shutdown of the government reflects a larger problem within the Republican party and the conservative movement. This ill-begotten action was done to appease those two relics of reaction, Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter, outhpieces of the “base” who managed to take a done deal ...

Omnibus education bill a poor choice

Columnists

The Education Reform Bill [Senate Bill 451] is a perfect example of an omnibus piece of legislation full of miscellaneous provisions. However, higher teacher pay and better benefits are the real education issues that West Virginia legislators need to address. SB 451 provides a 5 percent pay ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to our local emergency service professionals for the great job they did during dangerous weather conditions this week. Local residents suffered through record subzero temperatures on Thursday morning just to be subjected to a snowstorm Friday. The low of -13 degrees Thursday morning ...

Misinformation behaves like a virus

Letters to the Editor

To those who say that there is no such thing as harmless misinformation or false truths, do you recall the story of Adam and Eve, from the Old Testament’s Book of Genesis? In the story, the snake convinces Eve and then Adam into eating the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of ...

Operation Christmas Child helpers thanked

Letters to the Editor

I am writing to thank Elkins residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. Because of the generosity of donors in Elkins and across the United States, Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, collected more than 8.8 ...

Learning to get along

Letters to the Editor

Do we not live in the United States of America? Where everyone is allowed to have an opinion, and on election day these people gather to cast their vote, and the person with the most votes is elected, or I should say most Electoral votes. I have seen people beaten, or have their property ...

Cost of owning and operating a vehicle

Letters to the Editor

If the West Virginia Legislature wants to help individual taxpayers, a great place to start would be reducing the amount of annual taxes and fees that the state requires residents to spend on owning and operating a personal vehicle. First, allow single taxpayers to exempt one personal ...

Extreme Caution

Editorials

West Virginia legislators seemed to be in agreement last year that a major bill involving jails and prisons ought to include a provision allowing some corrections officers to carry guns while on duty and while traveling to and from work. But, as state Sen. Ryan Weld, R-Brooke, told our ...

Best policy

Columnists

Honesty is the best policy. Therefore, I will admit that making an annual pilgrimage to Florida is preferable in January rather than July! Having recently returned from several days traversing the state from coast to coast and points in-between, I joined members of our Institutional Advancement ...

So just where were the adults?

Columnists

Where were the adults? That’s the question we ought to be asking about what happened to a group of Kentucky high school kids last weekend in Washington. Why were the teenagers left without capable adult help in an explosive atmosphere? Who thought it was a good idea to involve them in a big ...

No Easy Business

Editorials

Under a 2017 law, West Virginians with prescriptions for medicinal marijuana were supposed to have been able to buy it by this July 1. Don’t look for that to happen ­— but not necessarily for the reason you may think. As Ohio’s experience teaches us, setting up a medicinal marijuana ...

Controversial

Editorials

“Omnibus” legislation covering scores of matters related to an overall goal is not uncommon at either the state or national levels. So the catch-all education bill moving through the West Virginia Senate is not necessarily objectionable because it contains so many different ...

Questions and answers

Columnists

More and more, public officials at all levels are adopting the opinion that people are either for them or against them. The corollary to that, in their minds, is that if you’re against them, you must be not just wrong, but mean-spirited. Even asking questions about what they do and ...

Life at Conception Act reintroduced

Columnists

On Wednesday, Jan.16, I reintroduced the Life at Conception Act. As the Representative of the 17 beautiful counties which comprise West Virginia’s Second Congressional District, I am honored to be the lead sponsor of the Life at Conception Act (H.R. 616). My bill simply defines human life ...