Opinion

No Discussion?

Editorials

Democrat leaders in the West Virginia House of Delegates apparently have a simple philosophy on improving public schools: Let’s not even talk about it. House members are to convene at the Capitol on Monday, pursuant to Gov. Jim Justice’s call earlier this year for the Legislature to hold ...

Misdeeds

Editorials

Most of the nearly 75,000 West Virginians who are members of the Roman Catholic faith have unshakable reverence for the church itself, by all appearances. But trust in the church’s leaders is another thing entirely. It has been damaged greatly during the past several years. It is that fact ...

Political Fight

Editorials

A dislike that has been simmering for many months, between some state senators and West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, has come to a boil. Now, a high-ranking lawmaker is calling for Justice to resign. That will not happen. Justice is not the type of man to walk away from a political ...

Politicians and charters

Columnists

Put yourself in the position of a county board of education member in West Virginia. In terms of the bugaboo much of the public school establishment has been wringing its hands and gnashing its teeth over — charter schools — you’re in the driver’s seat, at least if the Student Success ...

Bipartisan

Editorials

Pop quiz: What is included in the Student Success Act approved last week by the West Virginia Senate? If your answer was limited to charter schools and education savings accounts, you have been napping in class Much attention has been devoted to those two aspects of the SSA. But, as we have ...

Kevin’s Law

Editorials

Remember common sense? It seems to have gone the way of the dodo bird, even when the consequences of its absence can be fatal. On Dec. 31, 2013, Kevin Houdeshell, of Sheffield Lake, Ohio, ran out of the insulin he needed to keep his diabetes in check. He went to a pharmacy, where he was told ...

Tackling a question

Columnists

Perhaps William Barr has inadvertently figured out a path for Donald Trump to explain his behavior to the public. In comments, Barr criticized the “praetorians” among member of the press and security services who see their roles as being self-appointed protectors of the republic. Barr’s ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to Gov. Jim Justice’s announcement that a contract has been awarded for another 4-mile section of Corridor H to be completed, which will bring the highway closer to Parsons. The contract, through the governor’s Roads to Prosperity program, has been awarded to Kokosing Construction ...

State police searching for missing person

Letters to the Editor

On or about July 18, 2012, Luke David Stout was reported missing by his family. Stout was last seen leaving his residence on Hickory Flat Road and has not been seen since. The West Virginia State Police continues to follow up on leads and is requesting assistance from the public. The West ...

Reader: New traffic lights are not needed

Letters to the Editor

I’d like to address the issue of traffic lights at Childers Run and Kesling Mill Road. I’ll start with traffic lights on a four-lane highway. The whole idea of building four-lane highways is to move traffic from one point to another more efficiently. That’s why they have posted speed ...

Vietnam veterans still fighting battles

Letters to the Editor

In case you haven’t been paying attention these past few decades since the end of war in Vietnam, the clock has been ticking. Of the 2,709,918 Americans who served in Vietnam, Less than 850,000 are estimated to be alive today most of us in our early seventies. So, if you served in South ...

Taxes and lawsuits

Letters to the Editor

I remember when our state sued tobacco companies over people getting cancer. Yet the people who died from tobacco got nothing. This is just a rip-off for our state to get money.Yet it is still OK for tobacco companies to sell their products as long as the state gets tax money from the sales. ...

Mass Amnesty?

Editorials

No nation, especially one as attractive as ours in terms of liberty, safety and prosperity, can survive long without some firm policy on immigration. By definition, the “open borders” crowd refuses to accept that. So do those in favor of mass amnesty for illegal immigrants already in the ...

For the Future

Editorials

Most West Virginians who were upset and outraged about last year’s impeachment summer, involving state Supreme Court members, probably would prefer to forget about it. It is over and done with — except for one critical detail. Three of the high court’s five members were replaced as a ...

Veterans

Editorials

Just a week ago, we Americans paid homage to those who gave their lives for our nation. Within a few weeks, some military veterans who survived their service will need our help. There is no better way to honor them than by providing it. Many veterans who need medical care at Department of ...

Justice

Editorials

The accusation by a legislator that West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is violating the state constitution is not over the most earth-shattering of issues. It involves no claim of dirty political tricks or misuse of taxpayers’ money. In fact, Justice is quite open about the matter: He lives at ...

Attack mode

Columnists

Perhaps one of the greatest gifts given to then-candidate Donald Trump was provided in the form of political correctness. Hillary Clinton used it in every possible way concerning conservatism. As Trump rocked his rallies with a number of outrageous gags, Clinton pretended that this was a ...

Summer is time to take a trip to the pool in Barbour County

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! I did receive some response about my hummingbird question in the last column. It seems that I am not the only one who misses the daily visits from the cute little birds this year. It’s kinda strange to me as to what has happened that they are so scarce, but ...

First Friday at Kump Education Center

Columnists

Now that Kump Education Center is included in the Elkins Main Street District, we are planning First Friday activities for each summer month. Friday, June 7 will be a time when children can help plant a small garden bed at Kump Center and learn why bee hives help gardens grow. Each First ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to Debra Schmidlen, who is taking a leadership role in the education of local children. The Randolph County Board of Education voted Wednesday evening to name Schmidlen to the position of superintendent. Schmidlen has served as assistant superintendent for two years under Gabriel ...