Opinion

Foraging can be a fun family activity

Columnists

As men, women, boys and girls are shaken out of their wintry haze to blossom outdoors, nature is also transitioning into warmer-day activities. The plant world changes in amazing ways during spring and summer. This is the absolute best time to head outside for a closer look as plants and ...

No Protection

Editorials

Many victims of sexual assault or harassment do not come forward because they are afraid of retaliation. One might suppose that if any employer could protect them, it would be the U.S. military. But the number of armed service members reporting they were retaliated against for filing sexual ...

Sprucing up the campus

Columnists

Spring has arrived, even in Elkins! After a cold and snowy winter in the West Virginia mountains, God’s gift of new life is re-emerging all around us. That is certainly true on the campus of Davis & Elkins College. April 27 was Beautification Day at D&E, and 112 members of the ...

Transparency

Editorials

It is good news indeed that West Virginia and Ohio ranked highest in the nation for government transparency, in an examination by a public interest group. But as educators so often remind us, it is unrealistic to gauge any sort of success by just one test. In this case, residents of both the ...

Speak Up

Editorials

West Virginia has its own “entitlement” problem, and it will be the subject of public meetings in our area during the next several weeks. Entitlements such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are the elephants in the room whenever talk turns to reining in deficit spending by the ...

Manchin faces tough fight

Columnists

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., should be very concerned about two numbers showing up in public opinion polls regarding the Republican nomination for the Senate. Manchin is expected to win his party’s nomination handily. That would mean that in November, he would face the winner of the May 8 ...

New Law

Editorials

A trend gaining popularity in many states is taxing pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors for opioid drugs they sell, with proceeds allegedly going toward programs to treat drug addicts and prevent substance abuse. West Virginia legislators discussed just such an idea last winter. ...

Lasting Gems

Editorials

Though there are still environmental ills to tackle, West Virginia has come a long way in the effort to slow and even reverse the damage done during more than a century of unfettered industrial exploitation. Today, children in most of the state must take their grandparents’ word for it ...

Is an Elkins city manager needed?

Columnists

The Elkins Charter act was approved by Gov. George W. Atkinson on Feb. 8, 1901, and in effect 90 days from passage. Since that time, as set out by the charter, Elkins has functioned under what is commonly called a Mayor-Council plan. This recognized form of municipal government grants the city ...

Annual education seminar a success

Columnists

The teacher education faculty and students from Alderson Broaddus University and Davis & Elkins College met to share research findings on Wednesday. It was the eighth time the Kump Education Research Seminar has convened and the first time that all six presenters discussed teaching ...

Depression can happen to anyone

Columnists

Psalm chapter 42 and 43: (Read it! Read it slowly!) There we see the dreaded experience of depression. “Why are you cast down O my soul?” Hear the pain of the beloved Psalmist, “My tears have been my food night and day.” When you read the Bible, you will find this theme of ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to everyone who took advantage of the opportunity to vote early this week. Early voting kicked off statewide Wednesday, giving people the opportunity to cast their ballots prior to the May 8 primary election. Randolph County Clerk Brenda Wiseman said she had seen an uptick in votes ...

Former Elkins stoplights in use

Letters to the Editor

Your readers might like to know what happened to the three historic Darley stoplights that controlled traffic on Davis Avenue in downtown Elkins for decades, until their controversial removal in 2009. In 2007 I urged then-Mayor Judy Guye Swanson and city council members to retain these ...

Reader opposed to city manager idea

Letters to the Editor

Have you ever sat in on a Elkins City Council meeting? The experience is strangely fascinating, at times maddening, and if you care about good governance, downright depressing. Bi-monthly, the elected council members who make up city council (though not all always show up) file into a room at ...

Healthcare forum offered information

Letters to the Editor

Upshur Indivisible Votes sponsored a forum at West Virginia Wesleyan College on Monday, April 23, which was open to the public. They had invited five guests with unique perspectives on healthcare. I would like to let you know some of these issues in case you were unable to attend. Rodney ...

Taking Lives

Editorials

There he goes again. Despite the lowest unemployment rate in 17 years, including declining rates for minorities, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), affectionately called “crazy Bernie” by some conservative talk show hosts, is again flirting with the idea that the federal government should ...

Ebb, flow of life on campus

Columnists

There is an ebb and a flow to life on a college campus. As we finally (and hopefully) emerge from the cold and snow of winter, there is a feeling of anticipation and accomplishment in the air as spring arrives and the academic year winds toward its climax. Recently, we celebrated an Honors ...

Justice

Editorials

It has been six and a half years since precious little Aliayah Lunsford was murdered by her mother. This week, justice was finally done. Lena Marie Lunsford-Conaway was convicted of killing her 3-year-old daughter. Lunsford-Conaway, who lived for a time in Wheeling, resided in Lewis County ...

Teens, carding and prom season

Columnists

“I’m the carding b—— from hell,” the store clerk advised me. “Thank you,” I replied. I’d stopped in at a local convenience store and, while checking out, was reading a little notice placed on the counter near the cash register. It advised adults not to try to buy cigarettes ...

Potholes

Editorials

It is unlikely that many of the West Virginians who last fall voted to issue $1.6 billion in bonds to repair and improve highways and bridges had any idea of how quickly the money would be needed urgently. The winter that would ravage our roads was still several weeks away. Many of those who ...