Opinion

Pay More for Less?

Editorials

You turn off the lights when leaving a room. You adjust the thermostat, up a degree or two in summer, down in winter. You do other things to reduce your use of electricity. Your reward? A higher electric bill, if Appalachian Power gets its way. The company is seeking a $114.6 million rate ...

Recovery?

Editorials

With just a few days, West Virginians will learn how much of a recovery state government has made from the “Great Recession.” At the same time, Gov. Jim Justice and state legislators will get some guidance on how freely they can spend in the future. West Virginia’s fiscal year ended ...

YMCA day campers enjoy color

Columnists

YMCA Day Campers arrived at Kump Education Center on two Country Roads Tour Coaches Wednesday afternoon for the first Summer Science Session of the season. Nothing will do more to brighten up a day than the arrival of 20 children ages 7 and 8 years. Their multicolored tee shirts fit ...

Trump and Kim

Columnists

Donald Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been criticized for its lack of content. More or less a general statement of intent rather than concrete proposals. As well, what President Trump did not bring up — most notably human rights violations — have also been ...

Barbour County digs out from under flash-flooding debris

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! I guess the main news from the area is the flood damage that we have experienced. Roads were closed and one home was destroyed, displacing the family. Folks in the Mt. Liberty area, who have lived there all their lives, said that they have never seen water over the ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to all the emergency responders who had a long night Wednesday as flash flooding raged through parts of Barbour County. The high waters began after 11 p.m. Wednesday evening, and quickly forced authorities to close several roads, including the Teter Creek Road, Porter Shaver Road, ...

Newspapers are part of our lives

Letters to the Editor

My mother worked at The Baltimore Sun in the 1950s. As an 8 to 10-year-old, I loved going to “the paper.” The ink smell, the presses and watching the finished papers roll out was magical. At 16 I found myself at Columbia University in New York City. There was great satisfaction in ...

Are changes trying to tell us something?

Letters to the Editor

We all know nature has gone amuck — fires, earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, etc. Added to all of this is crime and drugs. There are people who are too lazy to work who try to extort money from the elderly. We can’t trust our own government. Trump and others want to build a wall to keep ...

Controversy over immigration grows

Letters to the Editor

There’s been a ton of fervor over the past weeks regarding the issue of illegal aliens being separated from children at our border. To say emotions are running high would be putting it mildly. If you’re like most people, and you’re on Facebook, you know what I’m talking about. In my ...

Good News

Editorials

Jason Haught, the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency’s chief financial officer, had good advice for all of us in the Mountain State last week. It came during a PEIA Finance Board meeting at which it was reported the agency, which provides health insurance for as many as 200,000 ...

Ways to say thanks

Columnists

These two words are small, yet so powerful. For some they offer the possibility to change one’s outlook on life. At a minimum, they eloquently express an attitude that makes our world a better place. A sampling of these words in different languages includes arigato, merci, danke, grazie, ...

Be Cautious

Editorials

Leaders in the West Virginia Legislature have started down a road that could lead to impeachment proceedings against state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry. Going beyond laying the groundwork for impeachment may be premature. Loughry, who has been suspended from his post, was indicted by a ...

Fraternities

Editorials

West Virginia University officials have made it harshly clear they intend to put an end to dangerous, often abusive activities by fraternities. Last week, they revealed they are suspending four fraternities, two of them indefinitely. That is an excellent warning shot fired across the bow of ...

Justice smells the flowers

Columnists

You can’t criticize Gov. Jim Justice for not smelling the roses here in West Virginia. During a press conference regarding the Public Employees Insurance Agency the other day, Justice lashed out at the press. We focus too much on the negative and not enough on the positive, he said. “Why ...

Fixing It?

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice and West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency officials are doing the politically smart thing in forestalling an increase in health insurance premiums for an estimated 14,000 people. In saying the action will have no financial impact, however, they are being ...

No Way to Celebrate

Editorials

West Virginia’s 155th birthday was a distinctly unpleasant occasion for suspended state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry. While many of the rest of his fellow Mountaineers were celebrating, he was being arrested. FBI agents took Loughry, a Tucker County native, into custody on 22 charges ...

Now is the time

Columnists

Among the many powerful lessons within the New Testament, one of the most challenging is found in both the 12th chapter of Mark and the 21st chapter of Luke. Jesus and his disciples are at the Temple in Jerusalem as they witness people bringing their offerings. A frail, old woman brings two ...

Kump Center renovations continue

Columnists

Last week while writing about the transforming electrical project at the historic Kump House, I failed to mention that this project and five other major projects have been partially funded through the WV State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). I have enjoyed working with Susan Pierce and ...

Playing to the ‘base’

Columnists

The detention camps amassed along the Texas and California border bear witness to the folly of trying to satisfy a “base” of voters. Children being separated away from their parents conjures up memories of some of the worst moments in the 20th Century. The evocation of a non-law and ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to Upshur County Schools for expanding its backpack program through a non-traditional feeding program grant. Cynthia Nesselroade, child nutrition director for Upshur County, announced that the county had received $20,000 to expand the backpack services. With the grant, Nesselroade said ...