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Opinion

Diverse and growing

Columnists

The Davis & Elkins family is diverse and growing. Students are at the forefront of our family. Others are very important parts as well. To mention just a few, we have alumni, faculty, staff, trustees, Elkins and Randolph County friends, and business partners. Parents, another important ...

Tough Problem

Editorials

West Virginians have a tradition of finding solutions to tough problems. One reported last week will be a tough nut to crack, however. Still, we have to do something — because this one involves our children. Due in large measure to the drug abuse crisis, our state’s foster home network is ...

Natural Gas

Editorials

Putting all of one’s eggs in a single basket usually is a bad idea. Yet we Americans have done just that with a vital industry. For decades, the Gulf Coast has been the focal point of our nation’s petrochemical industry. Because much of the oil and natural gas produced in the United ...

Political willpower problem

Columnists

In Washington, everyone knows the national debt is a disaster, at $22.6 trillion and growing by leaps and bounds. No one seems capable of building a bipartisan consensus to do anything about it, however. We have an equivalent here in West Virginia: the State Road Fund. Both it and the ...

New Data

Editorials

Even proponents of widespread access to abortions say they hope the practice is rare. Those who believe abortion is immoral would like to see it go away entirely. From either point of view, a recent study on abortions in West Virginia is good news, then. A study by The Guttmacher Institute, ...

Too Trusting?

Editorials

Perhaps West Virginia State Police officials should reflect that what the Legislature has granted, the Legislature can take away. Most state agencies are required to comply with Purchasing Division guidelines when they buy goods or services on their own. The rules are meant both to ...

Politics turned on its head

Columnists

Ever since the coup that overthrew the Ukrainian government in 2014, American politics has been turned on its head. With the State Department taking the lead, the elected government of Victor Yanukovych was overthrown by the remnants of the “Orange Revolution” of 2005. John McCain and ...

Much to Do

Editorials

State officials are right to be pleased with improvements in West Virginia’s economy during the past few years. Unemployment, at a statewide average of 4.6% has not been lower in some time. But putting the number in context reveals that this is a situation in which the grass really is ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to Mike Ross and family for making a million dollar contribution in support of the WVU Medicine Children’s “Grow Children’s” Capital Campaign and the Brick Health Outreach Fund in the WVU School of Medicine. A portion of the new gift will be used to name the family waiting area ...

Promises made, promises kept?

Letters to the Editor

This is a follow up to my previous letter, which continues the trend of providing a list. This time, however, we are going to be looking at Trump’s record. Lets begin: Trump is constantly claiming, “Promises Made, Promises Kept!” But what “promises” were kept? He hasn’t even built ...

What does bill mean for education?

Columnists

You are invited to a public forum to discuss the omnibus education legislation passed in July 2019. Randolph County Democratic Women will offer this opportunity for the public to learn more about House Bill 206 at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 at Kump Education Center located across from Kroger. ...

IRS refund would slash power bills

Letters to the Editor

If the government is serious about cutting carbon emissions to “save the planet,” a great place to start would be to provide a pathway for home owners to implement solar and wind power. An IRS refund of $5,000 dollars per household to be used on solar and\or wind power would make most ...

Providing pleasure for music lovers

Letters to the Editor

Drawing from Jamaican, Mexican, his native Brazilian and other sources, guitar virtuoso Carlos Barbosa-Lima held a Randolph County Community Arts Center audience spellbound last Saturday as he transported them into the infectious swing and sublime melody of the Latin American musical world. ...

Group extends thanks

Letters to the Editor

Pure Country Twirlettes would like to extend a huge thank you to the following people and businesses for helping raise money for uniforms, parties and the end of year banquet: Aarons, Advance Auto, Auto Zone, Barb’s Restaurant, Bates Carpet, Betty Hale, Bob’s Automotive, Camden Creek, ...

Retention

Editorials

Getting high school graduates to colleges and universities may be the easy part. Keeping them there can be even more difficult. Each year, a substantial number of young people who entered as freshmen fail to return as sophomores. West Virginia University has been using a focused retention ...

Strong Link

Editorials

Easy access to prescriptions for opioid painkillers put many people on the path to addiction. That is known. But, thanks to drastic reductions in marketing of painkillers, they no longer are the major factor they were at one time, say some analysts. Not so fast. There may be some truth to ...

Questions

Editorials

Support for the family and fellow students of Alex Miller, the young player who died during a Sept. 13 football game in Spencer, West Virginia, has been heartwarming. People from communities throughout our state and Ohio have gone far out of their way to support his family and friends at Roane ...

Who Knew? Questions must be answered

Editorials

The more West Virginia’s Roman Catholics hear about disgraced former Bishop Michael Bransfield’s moral failings, the more some may ask, “How could this happen?” More important: Who allowed it to occur? It is a concern people of all faiths should share. Reminders of Bransfield’s ...

Glimmer of hope

Columnists

With Donald Trump’s dismissal of John Bolton, a glimmer of hope can be seen in the conduct of foreign policy. Of course, there is always Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to push the hardline particularly against Iran. But, at least, Trump had the will to get rid of Bolton who even his boss ...

Belington Fall Festival set to kick off in Barbour County

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County where the Belington Fall Festival is taking place this weekend. Make your way downtown for food, music, crafts, games, a parade and more. I’ve noticed that the leaves are starting to change. Fall sure is a pretty time of year! September is National Baby Safety ...