Opinion

New plans for the old Kump farm

Columnists

We are delighted to have Davis & Elkins College sustainability students preparing to research and demonstrate good sustainable practices on the historic property at Kump Education Center. Their sustainable pilot projects will demonstrate how to reduce energy costs, extend the growing ...

Double standards

Columnists

One of the weaknesses of American foreign policy is the insistence of applying double standards to other countries. Although the United States has been engaged in innumerable wars since 1945, it always tries to present every conflict as justified. Vietnam, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan — throw in ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School for seeking donations for its food pantry in order to continue to provide students with food options and personal hygiene items. With almost half — 41.6 percent — of BUMS students coming from low-income families, the school decided to begin a food ...

Teachers seeking adequate pay

Letters to the Editor

I would like to address Gov. Jim Justice and State Senator Robert L. Karnes (R-Upshur, 11) for the districts of Grant, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Upshur and Webster counties. I would also like to address the recent editorial entitled “Reject Strike by Educators” that ...

What the pipeline might bring to area

Letters to the Editor

I’m all for jobs in West Virginia, and I feel the residents of West Virginia should be first. I’m talking about the pipeline coming through West Virginia. First, though, I was raised in oil and gas county and again lived there from 2010-2015. So, I’m going to tell you what I saw first ...

Super Sunday advice

Letters to the Editor

This sign on the Job Church of God is very timely: “Stand For The Flag/Kneel At The Cross.” Good advice from my perspective as a USMCR veteran and retired teacher. Boycott the NFL! Mike Snyder Harman

Logging in state parks?

Letters to the Editor

I write to call attention to a matter under consideration in the West Virginia Senate, SB270 Authorizing DNR to implement silvicultural management for state park lands. In plain language, this bill would direct the Department of Natural Resources to develop a plan that would result in ...

Getting Justice

Editorials

West Virginia state senators have taken one small step to rectify unconscionable failures in getting justice for victims of sexual assault. They and the House of Delegates should follow up with another critical reform. It is difficult to understand why, in some ways, those who have been ...

College comradery

Columnists

Education is the key to our future. With conviction, I believe this is true. Recently, I joined with college and university presidents from across West Virginia for Higher Education Day at the State Capitol. Among those gathered were leaders of public and private institutions, as well as ...

Unrewarding

Editorials

It may give West Virginia residents a kick to see the state listed in movie credits as a site where filming occurred, but it almost undoubtedly does little to lure tourists or new businesses here. And it costs Mountain State taxpayers around $1.8 million a year, on average. No more. State ...

Politics and population

Columnists

Some legislators representing the Northern Panhandle, including Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel and Tyler counties, worry our region will lose one member of the West Virginia House of Delegates after 2020. Maybe not. Some change is inevitable, however, and it has nothing to do with ...

Bad Timing

Editorials

Questioned about challenges facing public education in West Virginia, teachers sometimes respond that they’re doing the best they can with what they have. So are Mountain State taxpayers. Now, as many are preparing to do their state income tax returns and are thinking about paying property ...

Reasoning

Editorials

After belittling President Donald Trump’s “America first” economic policies as hopelessly out of step with globalism, some foreign leaders have seen the light. Now, they admit they understand Trump’s reasoning. One wonders how much public opinion in their own countries had to do with ...

New Jobs

Editorials

Since 2015, Marshall County Commissioner Bob Miller has been attempting to convince state legislators to give counties more fiscal flexibility to make improvements linked to economic development. He is trying again this year. Miller’s proposal is somewhat complex, but what it amounts to is ...

Love of beauty is a joy forever

Columnists

Sue Derbyshire loved flowers and planted them wherever she thought other people might enjoy them. She was a great gardener and a quiet volunteer who brought joyous color to the streets of downtown Elkins. After her friends met for her service last week, her husband asked us to take a ...

Shutdown may reap benefits

Columnists

Although it was messy, the short shutdown appeared to have reaped benefits for people of goodwill in both parties. Unlike the contentious House of Representatives, the Senate actually proceeded in good order and with good sense. Mitch McConnell, tiring of White House games, managed a small ...

Youth baseball signups on the agenda in Barbour County

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! It may still be winter, but folks are starting to think about baseball. Barbour County Youth Baseball will be having sign-ups today from 9:30 a.m.—1 p.m. and all day on Sunday. The cost will be $50 for the first child, and $45 for each sibling. Sign-ups ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to everyone who has taken an interest in the future of this area and has filed to run for elected office in the upcoming election. These people won’t settle for just complaining about the way things are — they’re stepping forward and volunteering to help take the lead in making ...

Looking back on a very eventful year

Letters to the Editor

Well now, the year 2017 has passed us and some people at the local, state and even federal level will be wishing they could revisit it before 2018 is gone; others won’t care. Probably the biggest thing with the most objection came in the last quarter of the year when Elkins City Council ...

Reader not a fan of homeschooling youth

Letters to the Editor

Although I am sure there are many parents engaged in providing for the education of their children at home, I think it is a very bad idea for children to be home-schooled. To begin with, teachers have to be licensed by the state in order to teach in our public schools. This involves earning ...