Opinion

Reader has concerns about patient care

Letters to the Editor

I would like to speak publicly to the patient care at the Davis Medical Center. Prior to Obamacare and the massive consolidation of medical services I found the care of patients in both the Davis Memorial Hospital and private care physician’s offices to be excellent. However, with doctors and ...

Good News

Editorials

Wonderful news for West Virginia’s economy came out a few days ago. “The Cheat River is the healthiest it’s been in 50 years,” proclaimed Amanda Pitzer, executive director of the Friends of the Cheat. Well, yes, that is good to hear, you say. But what does it have to do with the ...

Uplifted by theater

Columnists

Recently I found myself transported back to the Oklahoma Indian Territory circa 1900. I encountered farmers and cowboys, a love story or two, wonderful show tunes, lots of laughter, lessons about living in a community and a very enjoyable evening. I should thank Rodgers and Hammerstein, along ...

Drug Abuse

Editorials

Political correctness simply cannot be permitted to stand in the way of attacking West Virginia’s drug abuse epidemic on all fronts. Fortunately, state legislators seem to agree. In 2016, lawmakers approved a three-year pilot program to screen applicants of a major public assistance program ...

Caution Needed

Editorials

At some point, the decline in legalized gambling in West Virginia will stop. Once that occurs, state officials will be able to rely on a certain amount of revenue from the practice. Businesses involved in it — and there are quite a few — will benefit from some stability. Unfortunately, ...

Fiscal issues not going away

Columnists

If you’re Gov. Jim Justice or a member of the West Virginia Legislature, you may be really excited about 2018. In contrast to the past couple of years, lawmakers’ regular session and budget deliberations ought to be a breeze. Indeed, there has been some good news lately: • Fifty-four ...

Troubling

Editorials

On Sunday, more than a full week after fire destroyed an old plant near Parkersburg, the fire was finally put out but smoke continued to waft into the air into the air over the area. The charred remnants may be smouldering today. No one really knows what was in that smoke, though. It is ...

Reversal

Editorials

Two wrongs don’t make a right, even if the first was very, very wrong — harmful in a way to tens of millions of Americans. For eight years, former President Barack Obama’s administration did all it could to kill the coal industry and shut down coal-fired power plants. Part of the ...

Trump’s team struggles

Columnists

Donald Trump’s pyrotechnics reminds one of the clumsiness of a bad juggler. He issues a statement on Iran and then the very next day most of his administration is claiming that he doesn’t mean what he seemed to say. Nikki Haley, U.N. ambassador, and Rex Tillerson, secretary of state, ...

Family stories need to be shared

Columnists

“O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old— What we have heard and known, what our ancestors have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next ...

Friendly ghost will speak at Kump House

Columnists

Our friendly ghost has been preparing all week for the Ghost of a Good Guy Celebration at 3-5 p.m. Sunday in the historic Kump House at 401 South Randolph Avenue across from Kroger. His voice sounds a little shaky at times, but he will speak on Sunday. This Halloween event will offer ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to Elkins Main Street officials for their highly successful Scarecrow Festival in downtown Elkins this fall. Countless residents and visitors to town have marveled over the imagination and skill involved in creating the scarecrow people lining our city streets. All good things must ...

Visiting couple charmed by Elkins

Letters to the Editor

In April of this year, my wife Lauren and I scheduled a trip to Randolph County to specifically ride the trains. Lauren said she was aware of some type of festival/fair that was happening at the same time we would be in Elkins. While there, we stayed at the Holiday Inn. Little did we realize ...

Reader opposes closing local office

Letters to the Editor

One of Suddenlink’s past ads shows their employees being good citizens in the community. It shows the employees involved in community activities and charities, which I believe is true, but the corporation which is owned by Altice does not practice that in our community by closing the local ...

Marine mother has an epiphany

Letters to the Editor

Until recently I supported the statement, “My son fights for your freedom, your right to: burn the flag, refuse to stand for our National Anthem, protest our foundational monuments, in the name of exercising your right to be an American …” until last night. I had an epiphany: My son, ...

Police keeping kids safe are heroes

Columnists

My route to work takes me past Woodsdale School, which is just a few feet off busy Route 88. Every morning, I see a Wheeling police officer there. His car is parked on the sidewalk, blue lights flashing. He has the look of a fellow with whom, as we used to say, you don’t want to mess. Last ...

Opportunity

Editorials

A door of opportunity opened up for some West Virginia communities earlier this month, when state legislators approved a change in tax law. Let us hope Congress and President Donald Trump are not about to close it. State lawmakers approved a change in the state tax credit for redevelopment of ...

Molding lives

Columnists

Davis & Elkins College has some very insightful alumni! A few months ago, Lisa and I attended an alumni gathering in the Midwest. During some dinner conversation with a gentleman who graduated from D&E in the 1970s, he shared a statement that I have been pondering for several weeks now. ...

Tax Reform

Editorials

Tax reform such as that proposed by conservatives in Congress and President Donald Trump may be more important to West Virginia than to many other states, as Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., has pointed out. Contrary to what former President Barack Obama insisted, the federal government ...

Kids at Risk

Editorials

According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, there are several experiences for children that can contribute to high stress, sidetrack healthy development and increase the chances of risky behavior. The list is a long one. It includes having a parent or guardian die, serve time in jail or ...