Opinion

No better enemies

Columnists

When he won the election of 2016, even Donald Trump appeared surprised. Not since 1948 had there been such an upset. Republicans who rallied to his candidacy late to preserve their Congressional majorities were surprised that for the first time in eight years they had one of their own in the ...

Best Choice

Editorials

Too many members of Congress are preoccupied with what leaders of their political parties want. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is different. He has earned a national reputation as a political maverick by making what his fellow West Virginians want and need his top priority. That can be ...

Former mayor: Take it to the voting booth

Letters to the Editor

Jimmy Hammond, former Elkins mayor, ended his letter to the editor about distressed and dilapidated structures saying, “Take it to the voting booth.” I echo these words. A Vacant Structure Ordinance was passed by Elkins City Council in 2011. On June 16, 2016, an Ordinance of the City of ...

Learning about a public trust

Columnists

McKinley Murphy was Mayor Broughton’s guest at the Kump House Endowment Trust Board meeting Wednesday at City Hall. Ms. Murphy is a senior at Tucker County High School, and she asked to shadow the Elkins Mayor that day for her senior project because she wants to become involved in local ...

Hoping to breathe new life into Barbour County

Letters to the Editor

Cindy Hart is running for a seat on the Barbour County Commission. Thank God! While campaigning in the communities, Barbour County, I have been hearing about the need for a change in leadership and membership of the Barbour County Commission. The main concerns are inertia and lack of ...

Experienced judge seeks Supreme Court seat

Letters to the Editor

I am voting for the Honorable Christopher Wilkes to the Supreme Court in the state of West Virginia. I am so proud to say my brother-in-law, Chris, for the 34 years I have known him, has been a hard-working attorney, loyal to his family and to the people in the tri-county of the eastern ...

Senior Citizens Christmas Party cancelled this year

Letters to the Editor

I would like the senior citizens of Randolph and surrounding counties to know that it has been a privilege to provide the Senior Citizens Christmas Party for the last 40-plus years. The dinners started in the 1970s at the Elkins YMCA, then to the National Guard Armory and then on to Orchard ...

A Good Start

Editorials

Roman Catholic church officials are doing the right thing in preparing to release a list of names of priests and deacons “credibly accused” of sexually abusing children in West Virginia. It is a good start toward repairing the church’s damaged relationship with its flock in the Mountain ...

Bad News

Editorials

Recently, Gov. Jim Justice had to issue a difficult press release — one he filled with assurances about “as best as I possibly can” and “every way we possibly can from the Governor’s Office” doing something to reverse the situation. In Wyoming County, the Pinnacle Mine is ...

Dangerous

Editorials

Tobacco is hazardous to our health. We have known that for many years. Finally, it seems the message about cigarettes, snuff and other traditional methods of consuming nicotine has gotten through to many young people. So they have turned to “vaping” — that is, using e-cigarettes that ...

Removal

Editorials

Suspended West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry — convicted earlier this month on 11 federal criminal charges — thinks the state Legislature should not be allowed to remove him from office. Last week, Loughry’s attorneys filed a petition with the Supreme Court, asking it to ...

Crisis for Trump

Columnists

Nikki Haley's resignation as United Nations Ambassador highlights the unloading of the praetorian guard around President Donald Trump. First it was Rex Tillerson, then it was H.R. McMaster, now Haley, and maybe Defense Secretary James Mattis. All were militant neo-Conservatives who would have ...

Getting Results

Editorials

If U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., has overlooked a way he can help his fellow West Virginians in Congress, it must be hidden very well. We need to retain him in Congress so he can keep up the good — nay, excellent —work. Just during the current session of Congress, McKinley has ...

Supporting student-centered learning

Columnists

Elkins Middle School students representing the Kump Education Center STREAM Program were asked to present samples of their learning activities for the Student Expo at the Education Summit in Charleston October 17. It was a time to celebrate Student-Centered Learning. EMS student Haylee ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to Friday’s groundbreaking ceremony for a project that will bring music, fun and tourism to downtown Elkins. Officials broke ground Friday morning for the new amphitheater project in Elkins Town Square. The Rotary Club of Elkins has raised $139,000 in just one year to begin the ...

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 ...