Opinion

Weaponizing words to use as a tool

Letters to the Editor

Liberals are obsessed with race. They weaponize certain words in order to use them as a tool to strike out when you disagree. A while back I was involved in a conversation about Puerto Rico. After looking at pictures of homes with bars on the windows and doors, I asked about Puerto Rico’s ...

Reader upset by recent celebrations

Letters to the Editor

I wish I lived in Elkins or Buckhannon, so I could pack up and leave. Between the obnoxious Home Rule and the Pridefests celebrating behavior between members of the same sex, there is no attraction in those places for me. Several things bother me about this year’s “celebrations,” the ...

What will our kids say about climate change?

Letters to the Editor

The last year or two has seen an unusual number of U.S. natural disasters: major hurricanes, massive Midwest floods, way too many deadly tornadoes, severe wildfires, subzero cold spells, some of the hottest years on record, etc. The rest of the world has likewise suffered increasing droughts, ...

Flood of Pills

Editorials

In 2012, after the addictive properties of opioid pain pills were known, drug companies shipped 12.6 billion of them to U.S. pharmacies. That works out to about 38 each for every man, woman and child in this country. No wonder drug companies involved in lawsuits over marketing of opioid ...

Valid Point

Editorials

West Virginia House of Delegates member Patrick McGeehan is firmly in favor of improving public schools. But McGeehan, R-Hancock, voted against a bill to that end for an understandable reason — cost. “We seem to have short memories in Charleston,” McGeehan told our reporter. “In this ...

‘Wasping’

Editorials

Perhaps “wasping” has come to our area already. If not, it probably will arrive soon. As we have lamented before, producers of illicit drugs seem to be the most inventive people on the planet. Progress in curbing abuse of opioids has been accompanied by an increase in overdoses from ...

Frustrating lack of progress

Columnists

In both our states, something interesting has occurred regarding public schools during the past year or so. Whether it is good or bad is a matter many may dispute, but it marks a sea change in attitudes among policymakers. Ohio legislators are considering a change in the requirements to ...

Bridges

Editorials

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., understands that when public officials make decisions about infrastructure spending, they prefer new construction over repairs. She is right to be urging that a federal highway funding bill make bridge rehabilitation a priority. Capito, who chairs the ...

Action Needed

Editorials

People who could have done something about it were aware of the “excessive spending” engaged in by former bishop Michael Bransfield, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. They did not. So, while church officials have pledged to keep a close eye on spending in the diocese, ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to Randolph County Schools officials and volunteers from across the county and state who have helped with the clean-up efforts at Harman School following the severe flooding of June 30. They are all to be commended for their efforts in getting the facility prepared for the start of ...

Reader perceives a major lack of respect

Letters to the Editor

If the Republicans really stop and listen to Trump’s racist comments, lies, unlawful acts, then how can you vote for a man like this? Who pays for the tariffs Trump put on China? Not China, we do when we buy things made in China. So this hurts us, not China. Vice President Pence stood in ...

Elected leaders or fictitious characters?

Letters to the Editor

I am responding to Robert Ware’s letter, “Terrified,” published Saturday, June 22. Ware divides Americans into halves: Conservatives led by WWF heavyweight champion Donald J. Trump, and his liberal opponents under the command of Democrats. Ware says they include “educators: K-12, ...

Public should take part in government

Letters to the Editor

The “West Virginia Code” stating in CHAPTER 6 “General Provisions Respecting Officers 9A-1 Open Governmental Proceedings, 6-9A-1 “Declaration of legislative policy” states: “The Legislature hereby finds and declares that public agencies in this state exist for the singular purpose ...

Leaking of cables

Letters to the Editor

The leaking of cables sent by the United Kingdom’s Ambassador to the United States Sir Kim Darroch that reflected badly on the Trump administration represent a serious infraction. And not on the ambassador’s part, but those receiving the advice in London. With Brexit swirling around every ...

Corridor H

Editorials

Making West Virginia’s mountain playground more accessible to tourists from the East Coast would be an enormous boon to our state. Both our U.S. senators — Republican Shelley Moore Capito and Democrat Joe Manchin— referred to that this week, during a visit to the Canaan Valley Wildlife ...

Why reward stupidity?

Columnists

I have a confession to make: I understand how the fellow in the Starbucks in Tempe, Arizona, felt. Sometimes I, too, am seized by an almost uncontrollable fear of police officers. It makes me very uncomfortable. Usually, it happens when I notice a police or sheriff’s cruiser parked near the ...

Liberals, lawsuits and education

Columnists

Led by conservatives in the West Virginia State Senate, the entire legislature passed The Student Success Act that provides much needed reforms to the state’s public education system. The Student Success Act will help improve outcomes for students all across this state, it gives parents ...

Good Choice

Editorials

Work to repair roads damaged by flash floods in a few counties late in June — including Harman and other areas in Randolph County — is proceeding, but the damage could have been much worse, West Virginia Division of Highways Commissioner Jimmy Wriston commented this week. Wriston is in ...

Banking Issues

Editorials

It may seem strange that the primary obstacle in implementing West Virginia’s medicinal marijuana law is not the health care aspect of the matter but, rather, banking. But, as an Associated Press story a few days ago noted, that is the case. State officials believe they may have found a way ...

Promises

Editorials

Big promises were made by Gov. Jim Justice’s administration in 2017, in order to convince West Virginia voters to approve $1.6 billion in bond sales for the “Roads to Prosperity” initiative. The question now is whether those pledges will be fulfilled. Brooke County commissioners agreed ...