Opinion

Are you next?

Letters to the Editor

Who’s next? Christians, Jews, Muslims, conservatives, libertarians, blacks, Asians, Hispanics, LGBTQ, rich, poor, middle class or anyone who voted for President Donald Trump. I should also toss in the never Trumpers and those who have walked away from the howling Democrat Party. The left ...

Reader touts Morrisey

Letters to the Editor

President Trump made yet another visit to our beautiful state in support of Patrick Morrisey for U.S. Senate. It is obvious to me that the President needs a reliable ally in Washington, D.C., to help him make America great again, instead of our current senator, Joe Manchin, who sides time and ...

Veteran backs Manchin

Letters to the Editor

Sen. Joe Manchin deserves thanks for standing up for West Virginia veterans. Joe has always had our backs and now we need to have his back. I’m proud to support Joe for the U.S. Senate because he always does what’s best for our state. Throughout his time as West Virginia’s Governor and ...

Amendment on ballot

Letters to the Editor

This November, the people of West Virginia will be able to decide whether or not taxpayer dollars should be used to fund elective abortions. Amendment 1 will be included on the ballot to determine this. Over the years, the state of West Virginia has paid for abortion on demand with nearly ...

Concerns for the future

Letters to the Editor

I write today about three weeks before the mid-term elections with grave concerns regarding our future and well-being as Americans. The federal government in Washington is extremely partisan and divisive. They and the elite media would like us to believe that we the people are divided to the ...

High court seats open

Letters to the Editor

Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 6. There are many important races on the ballot. There will be two seats for Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court. Like many others, this position is extremely important to regular West Virginians because it is the highest court in our state. I’ve had the ...

Party on the attack

Letters to the Editor

The Democrats are on the attack and here’s why. Plainly put, the Republicans are winning, and they don’t like it. The Democrats have tried everything, but America is fed up. They’ve had their fill of the bully tactics, false accusation, lying under oath, the misuse of the justice system, ...

Usurping of power

Letters to the Editor

I sent the following email to all our representatives in the legislature. Dear (Delegate/Senator), I attended the West Virginia Senate meeting yesterday. What transpired saddens me. As Sen. Karnes so eloquently stated, allowing Margaret Workman to control the outcome of her trial in the ...

PEIA promises facing criticism

Columnists

Ever chew yourself out for missing a bargain or, perhaps, a chance to make some money through an investment, because you didn’t have enough money to take advantage of the opportunity when it presented itself? It may have been a jewel of a used car offered at a bargain price by a friend. But ...

Health Care Questions

Editorials

A substantial amount of health care research seems to rely on an assumption that access to medical treatment is a given. For the tens of millions of Americans who live in or near urban areas with big hospitals, that may not be unreasonable. But here in West Virginia, as well as in rural areas ...

Coming home to D&E

Columnists

Scores of our alumni accepted our invitation to return home. Homecoming 2018 is now history, but the memories were myriad and will last for a very long time. Lisa and I participated in our third homecoming as president and first lady at Davis & Elkins College. Like many alumni, we now ...

Political Plague

Editorials

Periodically, we Americans have to contend with our own modern version of the biblical plagues in ancient Egypt. But instead of being invaded by frogs or locusts, we have to endure a plague of political campaign signs. They are everywhere — including some places they are not supposed to be ...

Trial Delayed

Editorials

It is a good thing cooler heads seem to be prevailing in Charleston. The battle between the judicial and legislative branches of West Virginia government is beginning to make Democrats and Republicans in Congress look like the best of buddies. On Monday morning, state senators were to have ...

System setting its own rules?

Columnists

What if a West Virginia Supreme Court justice decided she or he needed a couch with a price tag of, say, $100,000? Or what if circuit judges convinced the high court their $126,000 annual salaries were not adequate, despite the fact they’re specified in state law? Buy the couch. Give the ...

Go Forward

Editorials

West Virginia state senators cannot conduct an impeachment trial for state Supreme Court Justice Margaret Workman, a panel of five circuit judges acting temporarily as the state’s highest court has ruled. Because similar constitutional issues affect a second person, retired Justice Robin ...

Crisis

Editorials

Clearly, we in West Virginia need a referee — nine of them, actually. We have a genuine constitutional crisis here. It is beyond the power of anyone within our borders to resolve it. On Thursday, the state Supreme Court issued a ruling regarding the impeachment of Justice Margaret Workman ...

Working together on energy

Columnists

In today’s polarizing political climate, it may seem like there are few issues Republicans and Democrats can work together on. But on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, we are proving that is not the case. As the Republican Chairman and an active Democratic member of this ...

Center is shrinking

Columnists

For Democrats, the treatment meted out to its U.S. senators by Mitch McConnell is a wake-up moment. When Lindsay Graham launched tirade after tirade and personal attack after personal attack, they remained surprisingly mute. Amy Klobuchar tried to be a good little presence, bringing a plastic ...

Maintaining Kump Education Center

Columnists

All the work that was postponed at Kump Education Center until after Forest Festival had to be done quickly on the first three sunny days after the carnival left town. Elkins always works so hard to prepare for fall visitors, and we have to wait until they leave to do the maintenance we really ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the progress being made on the downtown Elkins Town Square amphitheater project. The Randolph County Development Authority board unanimously approved a bid for the project Wednesday. Officials plan to break ground next week, with the ceremony set for 9 a.m. on Oct. 19. Applause to ...