Opinion

Reader reacts to talk of recreational marijuana

Letters to the Editor

There is a popular phrase that people love to use, usually with slight variations in wording from a film titled “Network” from the 70’s that goes “I’m as mad as H—- and I’m not going to take this anymore!” Well, that’s exactly how I felt when I saw the front page of the ...

Success Story

Editorials

Among the few health-related success stories in West Virginia is that of immunizing children against diseases. Let’s not ruin that success. Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health members felt it important this week to pass a resolution supporting continuation of current state requirements on ...

Scary Find

Editorials

A .30-caliber machine gun, the kind you see in the movies mowing people down by the dozens. It was seized Monday by Wheeling police in the process of making a drug arrest at a Pierce Street home. Whether the weapon is fully functional was unknown at this writing. Wheeling police are continuing ...

Reversing a vicious cycle

Columnists

So many West Virginians have given up on our state that we are one of the few actually losing population. Numbers from the 2020 census are expected to be so bad that we lose one member of the U.S. House of Representatives. That would take us down to two, making us even weaker politically ...

New Idea

Editorials

Veterans of military service enjoy an enormous level of support from the public in West Virginia. During the upcoming session of the state Legislature, they should benefit from concrete political clout, too. House of Delegates member Patrick McGeehan, R-Hancock, has been named chairman of his ...

Coping With The Shutdown

Editorials

He’d love to help us with a comment, the employee at a federal agency told one of our journalists last Monday, but he couldn’t. Blame the “government shutdown,” he explained. He wasn’t even supposed to be on the job Monday. Still, he answered some questions, doing his best to ...

Humility in victory

Columnists

With victory comes responsibility and should engender some humility. Democrats have been given a second chance at controlling the House of Representatives. Certainly, it should not copy the tacky ascendance of Newt Gingrich’s triumph in 1994. The theatrics resembled a Latin American coup ...

Odyssey of the Mind in Randolph

Columnists

Kump Education Center is sponsoring Odyssey of the Mind [OM] creative problem solving teams from Randolph County Schools for the 2018-19 school year. OM team members work together to solve a long-term problem to be presented in competition with other teams. The Region 11 Competition will be ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to area elected officials for participating in the first Legislative Luncheon of 2019. Their time is valuable and yet they realize they have made a commitment to listen to our needs and represent us as best they can. During the 2019 Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce ...

Tensions growing, jobs disappearing

Letters to the Editor

Brace yourselves, because I’m about to write the two most toxic, dangerous and politically suicidal words any current elected official or media outlet could hear: Fiscal responsibility. Fact: West Virginia is one of two states whose population declined in the last decade. Fact: West ...

Reader opposes levy proposal

Letters to the Editor

Why? Why are you trying to pass another school levy that will just cost our county more money for a bill that we will just vote “no” on? If you want to pass a bill to add money for our schools, all of the people we have in jail, all of the deputies in our sheriff’s office, who run ...

Reasons listed for carrying a gun

Letters to the Editor

Why carry a gun? At some point, you may have asked yourself that question. There are several reasons for carrying a gun. I don’t carry a gun because I’m evil; I carry one because I see the evil in the world. I don’t carry a gun because I hate the government; I carry one because I ...

Dangers

Editorials

If you managed to get into the new year without suffering through a case of influenza, even though you haven’t been vaccinated against the virus, congratulations. Now, go get that shot. The most dangerous part of the flu season lies ahead. Flu activity began tracking upward in ...

Getting caught doesn’t hurt

Columnists

What’s the difference between many of those serving long sentences in West Virginia prisons and some government officials in our state? If you said, “they got caught,” you’re wrong. We know the culprits behind at least some of the wrongdoing in government, but too often, we don’t do ...

Questions

Editorials

Rest assured that what interests state legislators most about the potential to legalize recreational marijuana in West Virginia is a number: $250 million. That is how much Colorado government is expected to have raked in last year from taxes and fees on marijuana sales. In all likelihood, ...

Settle It

Editorials

Will the third time be the charm for West Virginia House of Delegates member Isaac Sponaugle? More important, will the state’s judiciary finally settle the question of where our governor is required to reside? Gov. Jim Justice makes no secret of the fact that he continues to ...

Solution needed

Editorials

Tens of thousands of working and retired public employees in West Virginia got a bit of an early Christmas present. They will not pay more for health care coverage through the Public Employees Insurance Agency next year. Their benefits will not be reduced. In fact, for some of them whose health ...

How toys help develop mental skills

Columnists

The holiday season is a wonderful time for children to develop mental acumen when they acquire a new array of gifts for hands-on activities with caring adults. It is a time to develop new vocabulary, dexterity, and inventiveness without worrying about competition against peers for grades or ...

Time to adjust

Columnists

For Donald Trump the time to adjust his course has arrived. As long as he remains the captive of the Republican party, he is destined to fail. His alliance of convenience with the GOP has failed to gain him very much in tangible results. They got the tax cut and reduced regulations, Trump ...

Barbour County ready to head into the new year

Columnists

Happy New Year from Barbour County! I trust that you all had a good Christmas. School in Barbour County will resume on Wednesday. There's a new kid in town in Philippi. Molly's Ice Cream has opened on Main Street, across from the court house. They feature Hershey's hand dipped ice ...