Opinion

White Death moving into state

Editorials

First Huntington. Then Cincinnati, Ohio. Now Louisville, Kentucky. An epidemic that might be called the White Death is sweeping that region of the country.It is heroin with an additive that makes it even more dangerous than the primary product, which is what many buyers think they are getting. ...

Aid aid to efforts to curb slaughter

Editorials

Elephants seem to be doing well in some African countries, but they are being slaughtered by poachers at an alarming rate in others.The total population of African elephants is declining at a rate of 8 percent a year, according to a recent study. At that rate, they will become an endangered ...

Campaign pitch style has changed

Columnists

As the campaign moves toward Nov. 8, it is clear that Hillary Clinton enjoys considerable advantages. She is well-financed, skillfully managed and cool under fire.Donald Trump, on the other hand, is reasonably financed, but not by Republican standards, with Kellyann Conway extremely ...

When I grow up…

Columnists

When I was a little girl, I wanted to own a restaurant. I wanted it to be in the middle of downtown Dallas, Texas (thank you J.R. Ewing. Why did my parents allow me to watch Dallas? Not sure, but it was my absolute favorite show and I never missed it.) It was going to be called "Lavender ...

Festivals bring sensational sounds

Columnists

With autumn fast approaching, we most often prepare ourselves for a visual experience during the next several weeks, but also are mindful of the many melodies that fill the air.The sweet music places us among the wise who gain lots of inspiration and joy by listening to the many seasonal sounds ...

2016 Barbour Fair set to wrap up

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County, where we are closing out the 41st Barbour County Fair. Congratulations to Leah Seaman, Barbour County Fair Queen for 2016.There is no school in Barbour County on Monday because of Labor Day.I was able to attend opening night at the new football field at Philip Barbour ...

Government hasn’t helped W.Va. recover

Editorials

West Virginia has two addiction problems. The worst is that so many Mountain State residents are substance abusers. But the second, critical to all of us, is that we were hooked on coal for so many decades.As long as the orders for our black gold kept coming in from utilities eager to provide ...

Gun talk nothing but a falsehood

Letters to the Editor

I just don't believe my ears when I hear people say if Hillary is elected she will take our guns and our rights under the Constitution. What a lie that is.To change an amendment to the Constitution requires a two-thirds majority by both the House and Senate and requires 38 of 50 of the state ...

We must promote healthy eating

Letters to the Editor

With the new school year starting, parents' to-do lists are now filled with shopping for school clothes, school supplies and school food. That's right - school food.In past years, our nation's schools were used by the USDA as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities. It is ...

Veterans deserve better treatment

Letters to the Editor

I would like to address all military personal veterans, spouses and widows. I was married to a Vietnam veteran who was wounded in action twice while serving his country. He refused to use any VA benefits. He felt that others needed it worse than he. Finally after years of friends and other vets ...

America has lost its way

Letters to the Editor

Today, news happens at the speed of light 24/7. We hear and read of great things, horrible tragedies and weird stuff. Recently, a call to ignore the law to save a dog. Yes, a dog, forget about the babies.Today, not just today but every day, about 4,000 unborn children in America will die at the ...

Reflecting along the journey…

Columnists

It is both an honor and a joy to share the first of many weekly communications as president with both the Davis & Elkins community, and the greater Elkins community as well.I have been thinking about "journeys" a great deal lately. The older, and hopefully wiser, I become, the more I am ...

Competition great when permitted

Columnists

If you like to hike, camp, fish or hunt in certain areas, you'd be well-advised to carry a snakebite kit. But how would you react if, upon going to the store for one, you found the simple equipment cost $150?You'd shop elsewhere, in the knowledge competing companies would be offering the kits ...

Incident should be investigated

Editorials

One might conclude that what happened Saturday at the Axiall Corp. chemical plant in southern Marshall County ought to be investigated by the federal Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board. Apparently, that agency's officials do not see it that way. They do not plan to send experts to ...

Thank you to all Flash Mob friends

Columnists

The Flash Mob at Kump Education Center Aug. 20 was a joyful event thanks to all the wonderful folks who came out to celebrate with us.The person who set a joyous pace for the music was Katy Ross, our dynamic young bagpiper. She was there in front of the old Kump House filling her bagpipes with ...

Moniz visit will have little impact

Editorials

Give U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., points for trying. Unfortunately, his new effort on behalf of West Virginia coal miners and families worried about their electric bills is based on faulty reasoning.Manchin announced this week that Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has accepted an invitation to ...

Regulations could crush coal industry

Editorials

When Barack Obama became president, more than half the electricity generated in the United States came from coal-fired power plants. Coal was the most economical means of providing electricity.Now, electricity from gas costs about the same as that from coal. Only about 40 percent of the ...

Clinton counts on big cities

Columnists

Take a look at the map at the bottom. Think of it as Donald Trump's political death certificate. It's a graphic illustration of why he's going to lose the presidential election to Hillary Clinton.Listen carefully to what both Trump and Clinton say on the campaign trail. Much of it is aimed at ...

Chamber run an inspiration

Editorials

West Virginia, unfortunately, remains one of the most overweight states in the union. Waistlines keep expanding, health care costs attributed to obesity continue to skyrocket and that super-sized mentality seems harder than ever to shift to a less-is-more - and healthier - attitude.The ...

Belgians love joking around

Columnists

While I detest political correctness (in my opinion, a form of thought and behavior control that would have been detested on campuses in the 1970s, when I was in college, much less by the author of the Bill of Rights), I am afraid I may have been an early participant. When I was in college, ...