Opinion

Voters have options in November election

Letters to the Editor

It’s that time for us to voice our options, And we all need to go vote if we want our voice to count. If you like what has happened in the past two years with the Republican control in our state, Then vote Republican. Here is a reminder of what they have done. Like raising what we pay for ...

Economy is moving in the right direction

Letters to the Editor

Things sure are looking up! America and West Virginia’s economy are finally moving in the right direction — thanks to Congressman McKinley and President Trump! I see Help Wanted ads all over on the internet and in the newspapers now. Unemployment claims are the lowest they’ve been in ...

Senators’ questions an embarrassment

Letters to the Editor

The Democratic senators that spoke during Ford’s testimony began their questioning of her by stating that they “believed” her version of the attempted rape. How can you decide the truth before questioning the witness? These senators did not care about the truth, they wanted to derail the ...

What will cut down on repeat offenders?

Columnists

Brylee West, who allegedly shot a 2-year-old girl and her mother last week in Steubenville, is no stranger to pulling a trigger on another human being. When West was 15 years old, he put a bullet in another teenager who was unarmed and walking down a sidewalk in Steubenville. The boy, whose ...

Under Pressure

Editorials

There have been more pleasant times in history to be a U.S. senator. Just ask Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. Every member of the Senate is under pressure regarding the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. A vote on him will be held this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch ...

D&E, MSFF connected

Columnists

For 82 years, Elkins and the Mountain State Forest Festival have been inseparable. The Forest Festival encompasses so much that is positive and celebratory about small communities across our state and nation. The civic pride and economic impact resulting from the Forest Festival are clear ...

Fed Up

Editorials

West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Walker was able to breathe a sigh of relief Tuesday. There are others in state government who ought not to be let off the hook. Walker is among justices impeached by the House of Delegates in August. Hers was the first in a series of state Senate ...

Moving the Target

Editorials

Unless the FBI uncovers facts to back up allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, members of the U.S. Senate should vote to confirm him. The situation is that simple. Senate Democrats who oppose Kavanaugh have perfected the art of the moving target. First, they insisted that ...

Davis claims conspiracy

Columnists

Former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis says it’s all a vast, right-wing conspiracy. Where have we heard that before? In 1998 and again in 2016, from Hillary Clinton. Give Davis credit for coming up with a new and improved version. Davis has filed a federal lawsuit ...

Impeachment

Editorials

Legislators began writing a new chapter for West Virginia history books Monday morning. State senators opened proceedings in an impeachment trial involving state Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Walker. Later this fall, two other sitting justices and one who resigned after being impeached will ...

Nonsense

Editorials

We are living in the era of the long-shot in politics. No matter how absurd the claim or the strategy, some in office or seeking to be elected seem to think it is worth a try. Fortunately, a panel of judges sitting as the West Virginia Supreme Court saw through it all last week. They ...

Kump team to ‘Run For It’ today

Columnists

Kump Education Center will have a team “running for it” in the Tucker Community Foundation Run For It race today in Davis. Last year we were fortunate to have Davis & Elkins College Coach Jason Pyle on our team, and he took second place in the event. This year we will miss Coach ...

Forcing narrow viewpoints

Columnists

Mitch McConnell, majority leader of the United States Senate, has been perhaps the most partisan leader in recent history. His cynicism is legendary and his ruthlessness commensurate. Unlike Newt Gingrich, he does not parley, he blocks; he does not seek consensus, only total victory. Certainly, ...

Is signage a code enforcement issue?

Letters to the Editor

City officials have been seen in the newspaper and on the television and social media celebrating the restoration of a Coca-Cola bottling sign on the Stalnaker Building in downtown Elkins. In 2015 City Council adopted a comprehensive change to the existing sign ordinance. The newly passed ...

Distressed properties and a strategic plan

Letters to the Editor

Distressed properties, possible solutions and the strategic plan. What to do? I recommend waiting until the midterm elections this coming November. I do greatly encourage everyone to vote. Personally, I have not missed an opportunity to vote since I became of legal age to vote. I am now 65 ...

Racism in politics

Letters to the Editor

“Trump: The worst racist of all times.” The following is an excerpt from an article written by “Wayne Allyn Root”, at Townhall.com. “I’m going to tell you the tale of two presidents: Trump and Obama. First, I’m going to introduce you to the worst racist ever in the White House. ...

Higher Ed

Editorials

Perhaps the agency overseeing most four-year public colleges and universities in West Virginia should be replaced. Quite a few people involved in higher education believe that something better than the current Higher Education Policy Commission can be devised. But HEPC officials are on the ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the Elkins Rotary Club and all their contributors for moving foward with their project of constructing an amphitheater stage at the Elkins Town Square. Hoy Ferguson, amphitheater project chairman, said this week the project is close to reaching its fundraising goal, and will be ...

Making peace

Columnists

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.” These are the words of Jesus in his Sermon on the Mount, also known as the Beatitudes. These were powerful words in first century Palestine, and they remain powerful words in our day. This past weekend I attended ...

Epidemic

Editorials

For years, West Virginians have been making slow but steady progress in making life better for our children. Infant mortality is down. The percentage of children living in poverty has been reduced. More are completing high school. Then, along came the drug abuse epidemic. Child abuse and ...