Opinion

Back to School

Editorials

Remember how exciting the first day of school was when you were growing up? You got to see friends you’d been separated from all summer; you got to have a new desk and a new locker; you met your new teachers. Randolph County’s public schools will open for the first day of the new school ...

Health care affects each life

Columnists

Like many of you, I have been following closely the national dialogue about healthcare which has occupied the Senate throughout these summer months. We are witnessing one of the greatest debates of our time going on in Washington, D.C. as our elected representatives try to address the problem ...

Overdoses

Editorials

Since 2000, more than half a million Americans have died of drug overdoses, most of them succumbing to opioids in one form or another, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On average, overdoses kill 142 people each day in our country. By definition, we don’t seem to ...

Conflict

Editorials

Like his father before him, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has become an expert at rattling the American tiger’s cage, with seeming impunity. But now, he has ratcheted up his rhetoric to the point that he risks triggering a war. Some analysts say it is all an act, intended to make Kim ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the official groundbreaking Wednesday for the Buckhannon Dog Park, to be located on the Elizabeth J. “Binky” Poundstone River Walk. The concept of having a dog park in Buckhannon has been talked about for the past 12 years, but now, with the help of Mayor David McCauley and ...

Corruption

Editorials

It appears all of Bruce E. Kenney III’s ill-gotten gains are going up in smoke, courtesy of U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr. in Wheeling. In addition, Kenney, 61, will have 21 months behind bars to think about the error of his ways. Good. Kenney may have committed only a ...

Insurance

Editorials

Flooding has been on the minds of many area residents during the past few weeks. Soon it, or rather, insurance to cover victims of it, will be considered by members of Congress. Authorization for the National Flood Insurance Program expires Sept. 30. Between now and then, lawmakers will have ...

Marijuana

Editorials

Here in West Virginia, it takes something like a devastating flood for us to declare an official state of emergency. In Nevada, a shortage of marijuana qualifies. Talk about reefer madness. It probably helps to be over, oh, 50 years of age to see the irony in that. Not so long ago, a ...

Trump needs some help

Columnists

Don’t get mad, get even. Either President Donald Trump has never heard that advice or he believes he can do both, to judge by his angry tweets and habit of thumbing his nose at the political establishment. But whether the swamp can be drained from the outside is a question. In fact, it is ...

Revenue

Editorials

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice seems unable to resist any opportunity to belittle legislators, both Democrat and Republican. Last week he accused them of forcing some state agencies, including higher education, to reduce spending unnecessarily. Indeed, lawmakers enacted a budget that, in ...

Information

Editorials

Whether you agree with them or not, some complaints by President Donald Trump’s political opponents are based on disagreements about very real policies. But as the left’s hysteria regarding Trump grows, a few of his foes have found it necessary to invent concerns with no basis in ...

VA Woes

Editorials

A package of emergency funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs was approved by the U.S. Senate this week. It includes $2.1 billion for a special program to ensure veterans are not kept waiting for health care treatment at VA facilities. Meanwhile, the agency continues to spend in some ...

Thoughtful

Editorials

The federal funding game is a rough-and-tumble one in Washington, as members of Congress scuffle to take as much money as possible back to the constituents. Devising politically correct ways of spending taxpayers’ money can be a secret to success. So can finding politically incorrect ...

Imploded

Editorials

Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, has become the “gift” that keeps on taking. It has made obtaining health insurance more difficult and more expensive for millions of Americans. It is choking many already stressed state budgets. And it has locked in a federal deficit of ...

Portman, Capito on right track

Columnists

Perhaps the art of politics — compromise — isn’t dead, after all. Good for U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., for attempting to jumpstart it. Last week’s column suggested the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, won’t be repealed and replaced unless ...

Standards

Editorials

Energy companies were justified in complaining that former President Barack Obama’s administration threw all sorts of unnecessary obstacles in their way. President Donald Trump’s more realistic attitude is a welcome change for tens of millions of Americans who rely on reasonably priced fuel ...

Ethical?

Editorials

Little Charlie Gard may have passed away by the time you read this. The 11-month-old British child, center of an international controversy for weeks, was moved to a hospice, where doctors planned to turn off life-support equipment. What if Charlie’s life could have been saved before he was ...

Trump should reset his position

Editorials

When it came to awkwardness, the so-called healthcare legislation reached new levels of deceit. Unless Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan did, as my mother used to quip, “go around their elbows to get to their thumbs,” the whole process represented a charade. A giant time-wasting effort to ...

Summer Splash Fest is here!

Columnists

Today is the date of our first-ever Summer Splash Fest at Kump Education Center. “SuperB Science Hero,” John Red Banks is here in town with all his gear for three short shows titled The Magic of Science. Between magic shows check out the Minds in Motion games Midland Elementary teachers ...

Multiple events on tap in Barbour

Columnists

Hello, from Barbour County! Summer is quickly drawing to a close. School begins on Aug. 15. There still is some time left to enjoy the summer reading program at Philippi Southern Baptist Church. Children meet there on Thursdays for an evening of fun. Ages 1-3 will meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m., ...