Opinion

Dangerous

Editorials

U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., is right to be concerned about informational picketing last week by members of a prison guards’ union at the federal correctional center in Preston County. McKinley is aware the union members were not demonstrating in the hope of getting higher wages ...

Really? Defeated Ojeda says he’ll run for president

Editorials

A genuinely promising candidate for president from West Virginia would be a nice thing. Too bad the best we seem to be able to offer is state Sen. Richard Ojeda II, D-Logan. Ojeda went to Washington the other day to announce that he is running for president. “We have not had people that ...

WV election a huge success

Columnists

I am very pleased to report that West Virginia hosted a very successful November General Election. Here are a few of the highlights from my perspective as the state’s chief elections officer. Approximately 593,900 ballots were cast statewide resulting in 48 percent voter turnout. A total of ...

Long arc that bends toward justice

Columnists

Theodore Parker, a controversial Unitarian minister in the early 1800s, wrote, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Parker was a transcendentalist and friend of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau in New England. He was also an abolitionist ...

Trump and Dems

Columnists

Democrats scored an impressive victory in the House in the mid-term election. Once more they won 54 percent of the vote for Congressional candidates. Given the gerrymandering in some states, the full potential of such a vote was not fully realized. But to downplay the achievement, as did that ...

Thanksgiving activities are on tap across Barbour County

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! Thanksgiving season is upon us. A time for many to reflect, spend time with family and enjoy what we have been blessed with. May we try to remember to have a thanksgiving time in our hearts all year long. Rifle season begins on Monday. Be extra careful in the ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the Unsung Heroes who participated in this year's Inter-Mountain series of articles detailing the military careers of local veterans. This year’s series featured a great variety of veterans who had served in different branches and in different wars around the globe. Each and ...

Should Elkins police be better paid?

Letters to the Editor

I have read with interest local news concerning our local policemen — particularly Boatwright and Sayre. It seems that all our city law enforcement officers are actively seeking out those who cross the legal lines concerning drugs. In a meeting at our City Hall, I read that these policemen ...

Did ‘evangelical’ become a bad word?

Letters to the Editor

I love America. I also love Jesus. I feel like I needed to make these two facts known before I went any further into what I am about to write. I have been struggling lately, as I have watched the nation be pulled apart by politics. Yet, even more disturbing to me, is how Christians have been ...

Debating turkey on Thanksgiving

Letters to the Editor

While President Trump is pardoning two turkeys for Thanksgiving, every one of us can exercise that same presidential power by choosing a non-violent Thanksgiving observance. And here are some other good reasons: You can brag about pardoning a turkey — like Trump (or not). You will stay ...

Reader is elated by election results

Letters to the Editor

Democrats have just won control of Congress for the first time in eight years. It was a long and hard-fought battle. A gracious and humbled individual would show respect and tenderness in their victory and not mock their opponents’ defeat. I am NOT going to be that person today. In your ...

Separation of powers is key

Columnists

For years, activist appeals court judges and justices have made a mockery of the separation of powers to which they lay claim in preservation of their own authority. But just before the general election, our state Supreme Court signaled those days may be over in West Virginia. Separation of ...

Reality

Editorials

Well, it was fun while it lasted. But a few days ago, state officials got a reminder of good old West Virginia reality. During the first three months of the fiscal year, collections for the state’s general revenue budget soared in comparison to what had been projected. They were more ...

Caboose returns to campus

Columnists

As a child, I remember reading about “the little engine that could.” On the Davis & Elkins College campus we have the little caboose that keeps coming back! Sitting between Lake Tolstead and Robbins Memorial Chapel is a 1940 B&O Railroad caboose. Now refurbished and sporting a new ...

Supreme Court

Editorials

Just two of the five people who were West Virginia Supreme Court justices less than four months ago remain on the bench. Three justices have resigned in a scandal over corruption, mismanagement and waste of taxpayers’ money. It may be time to call it a day, as we in the Mountain State say ...

The need to talk to veterans

Columnists

On this Veterans Day, the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, we have no living veterans of that conflict to tell us what it was like. The last doughboy, Frank Buckles, died in 2011. I’m reasonably certain that were he alive today, Buckles would be urging us to talk to every World ...

No Option

Editorials

Suspended West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry resigned Friday — but only after it became obvious to him that he had no realistic option. Loughry resigned from his post, effective at the close of business today. He is one of two ex-justices charged with federal crimes. ...

Critical Role

Editorials

In terms of guarding West Virginians against serious threats to our physical wellbeing, the state Bureau for Public Health may be the most important agency in Charleston. From guarding against food-borne outbreaks to finding ways to battle substance abuse, the bureau plays a critical role. ...

Traffic safety

Columnists

Traffic safety is important to every West Virginian. Regardless of whether you are a driver, a passenger, a cyclist, or a pedestrian, laws exists to protect your life and your rights. Most of us are aware of the high profile traffic-related safety initiatives in the state, such as “Click-It ...

Working with words and wetlands

Columnists

The Economist included a commentary on metaphors in political language this week. The author pointed out that the phrase “to have your cake and eat it” is used too often with regard to the British exit from the European Union. The problem with some of these metaphors is that they confuse ...