Opinion

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 ...

Reader expresses highway concerns

Letters to the Editor

It is insane what is not occurring within the local DOH District jurisdiction in relation to maintaining the state roadways and protecting the public safety of local residents and the visitors from other areas of the country. For example, the secondary road between Mill Creek and Helvetia is ...

Deleting history of the Civil War

Letters to the Editor

The renaming of streets and buildings and removing monuments that represent the “South” during the Civil War bothers me for a couple of reasons. This seems like the first step in deleting that part of our history/ What’s next- the rewriting of history books to remove Southern names and ...

Imperfect but vital system

Letters to the Editor

There is one bill which causes me to celebrate each time I pay it. It is the small health insurance premium which entitles me to an array of affordable medical care. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, I am one of many Americans who will not likely be a drain on the national debt by having to ...

Partners thanked by organization

Letters to the Editor

Women’s Aid in Crisis, Inc. would like to thank the following speakers, performers and community partners for their participation and sacrifice of time and talent in support of survivors of sexual assault and child abuse. Your support means the world to survivors and the work we do! Thank ...

Voting Fiasco

Editorials

How many people went to the polls for the 2018 election in West Virginia, believing they were registered to vote — only to be told there was no record of them — is not known. Some complained, however, so Secretary of State Mac Warner’s office was made aware of the fiasco. Don’t blame ...

Wise Decision

Editorials

Thank heaven firefighters in Tyler County did not give in to their first impulse on Saturday and Sunday. When they see a fire, it is near-instinct for them to do all they can to put it out. Had they attempted to do so during the weekend, some of them might have been hurt or killed. It was the ...

America’s longest war

Columnists

America’s longest war — neither Vietnam nor Afghanistan — shows no sign of even winding down, much less ending. To the contrary, the death toll may continue to increase. Veterans of military service rightly point to the Vietnam and Afghan wars as the longest, in most respects, in U.S. ...

Bad Timing

Editorials

One wonders why anyone in the U.S. justice system thought Thursday, less than a week before Americans honor those who died defending our freedom, was a good time to release John Walker Lindh from prison. Lindh, the “American Taliban,” spent more than 17 years in prison after being ...

Democrats need to look at strategy

Columnists

Once again Democratic strategists have become entranced with the idea that if they dominate the middle in the 2020 campaign, they will defeat Donald Trump. As in 2016 when they believed Hillary Clinton was a sure bet, Democrats assumed all voters live in their political universe. Indeed, they ...

Teachers working toward certification

Columnists

Four promising Randolph County teachers met at Kump Education Center May 23 to explore the possibility of becoming National Board certified teachers. They plan to attend meetings in Clarksburg, June 18-20, to learn more about this unique program. If any local teachers would like to join our ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Boo to the sleepy bus drivers that temporally stranded Barbour County students en route to the National Zoo in Washington D.C. Last week, Hardy County sheriff’s deputies pulled over two commercial buses transporting students and their chaperones on a field trip after the deputies observed the ...

The economics of ‘free’ money

Letters to the Editor

The building of the new rail trail bridge displays the risks of spending “free” money arbitrarily. While the rail trail bridge’s initial construction is funded by a grant, the structure will cause the citizens of Elkins to incur many more costs that are not covered in the years to come. ...

Garden Club thanks community

Letters to the Editor

The Emma Scott Garden Club wishes to thank the community for its support of our annual fundraiser called Food, Floral and Fun. It was held on May 18 at the Randolph County Community Arts Center. We appreciate so much the many people who came to buy our plants, bazaar and raffle items and ...

Fighting the opioid epidemic

Letters to the Editor

West Virginia is considered “ground zero” of the opioid epidemic, with 833 drug overdose deaths in 2017. This is threefold the national rate. Injecting drugs increases the risk of infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis B and C. Sadly, in towns across our state, news of these ...

Easy Decision

Editorials

Just three Americans who earned the Medal of Honor during World War II remain among the living. West Virginian Hershel W. “Woody” Williams is one of them. U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia and Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, revealed Monday they are backing a Senate ...

Defending the Second Amendment

Columnists

For West Virginians, guns are part of our way of life. The Second Amendment guarantees our right as Americans to keep and bear arms. Whether for self-defense or sport, our right to own guns is protected by the U.S. Constitution. In Washington, D.C., the new House Majority under the leadership ...

Let joy ring out

Columnists

Let the joy ring out! If there was one word to describe the atmosphere in Harper-McNeeley Auditorium on May 11 during the 110th Commencement Ceremonies of Davis & Elkins College, it would be “joy.” Joy was obvious on the faces and in the hearts of graduates, families, trustees, faculty, ...

Education

Editorials

Republicans in the West Virginia state Senate ignored the advice about putting all one’s eggs in a single basket last winter. They packaged a variety of public school bills into one “omnibus education bill” — and it failed to pass. As a result, a variety of improvements on which there ...

Conflict

Editorials

Any number of individuals, organizations and even nations in the Middle East would not be displeased in the slightest at a military conflict between the United States and Iran. Islamic terrorist groups, for one, understand that would divert U.S. assets from targeting them, to at least some ...