Opinion

Education needs attention, funds

Letters to the Editor

Soon, the state Legislature will be debating how to deal with another budget crunch. I hope they don’t forget to invest in the things that help us grow,  such as education. West Virginia Public Broadcasting is a cost-effective and proven way to improve education in our state. Here are just ...

Helping those in need

Columnists

For many of us, thoughts turn at this time of the year to the less fortunate. We hope and pray they, too, will have a merry Christmas. Often, we dig into our own pockets to help make that happen. But how well do we help them during the rest of the year? Or, rather, how well do our state and ...

Drug problem needs fought on all fronts

Editorials

A true all-of-the-above campaign against substance abuse is the only way West Virginians will win the war against illegal drugs and abuse of legal pharmaceuticals. That means a combination of education to keep people from abusing drugs, treatment to get addicts weaned off them and enforcement ...

The power of giving is tremendous

Columnists

I wish to thank the students of Davis & Elkins College for reminding all of us what Christmas is truly all about! In response to a request from a local elementary school, our student government association, known as the Student Assembly, “adopted” the students of this school for ...

Patrick Morrisey right to file lawsuit

Editorials

The link between abuse of opioid painkillers such as OxyContin and heroin addiction has been obvious for years. Responsible physicians, pharmacists and drug companies have taken steps to curb misuse of pain pills. But some continue to reap big profits for themselves at enormous cost to ...

Board right to keep Homestead open

Editorials

After more than four hours, filled with public comment, input from school employees and study of provided materials, the Randolph County Board of Education voted unanimously against the proposed closure of Homestead Elementary School. Eighty-plus community members filled the gymnasium to ...

Business’ donation speaks volumes

Editorials

Instead of sending out hundreds of Christmas cards this year, one local business showed the true meaning of the holiday season by making a donation that has a more far-reaching impact. In a recent social media posting, Elkins Auto owner Jim Jackson said, “This year, you will not be ...

Trump a master of bully pulpit

Columnists

Strange, isn’t it, how a strategy used by an icon of progressivism suddenly has become idiotic and irresponsible in the eyes of many progressives? “Progressive” is the new/old term for the people we used to call “liberals.” The change is intended to convey the subliminal message ...

Mountain Tough

Editorials

Entertainers are in the news constantly. Most of the time they are taking political stances, ridiculing those whose faith disagrees with the stars’ agendas, or being accused of misbehavior. Occasionally, the headlines are about the glittery set’s extravagant spending. A few stars are ...

A teacher’s Christmas

Columnists

One of my favorite things to do as a public-school administrator was to chat informally about educations and life in general with teachers — rookies and veterans. In doing so, it is easy to learn that every school day brings special challenges and rewards for teachers, but this time of year ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to Armstrong Flooring for donating 150 hams to Tygart Valley Ministries for distribution to local families. The food will go a long way in helping those less fortunate to have a merry and blessed Christmas. ——— Applause to the Elkins Police Department for their continued ...

Trump, Sanders challenge status quo

Columnists

From 1854 on, the United States has more or less maintained its two-party system. Rarely has a political structure proved so durable. Third parties have come and gone and the two-party system, represented by Republicans and Democrats, has remained. But the election of 2016 represented a ...

Elkins puts best foot forward for holidays

Editorials

It’s beginning to look — and feel — a lot like Christmas here in Elkins. From the beautiful new decorations in the town square to the holiday finery outside City Hall and throughout the downtown area, Elkins has again put its best foot forward to make our city a shining beacon of ...

The gift of solitude

Columnists

I believe every one of us needs time alone, some more than others. I am one of those who definitely needs it. Fortunate that I do, now that I have been widowed for 10 years. This need comes, it seems to me, from learning to entertain myself growing up on the farm. Even though I had a sister ...

WVU can serve as a model for nation

Editorials

Since the Nov. 8 presidential election, we Americans have expended much of our creative power in finding new ways to demonize those with whom we disagree. That has been true on both sides of the social and political chasm that separates us. Much of the wailing and gnashing of teeth has been ...

Corporations are manipulating us

Letters to the Editor

In the late 1930s, under the name of marijuana, hemp was demonized nationally. Though it had been cultivated for thousands of years for all sorts of uses, hemp threatened to compete with the newly emerging drug, paper, synthetics and fuel industries. These entities therefore decided to get rid ...

‘The Angry Man’ decides election

Letters to the Editor

For all the interest group pandering that shapes modern American politics, the group that may well have decided the election has come down to the demographic of “The Angry Man.” The Angry Man is difficult to stereotype. He comes from all economic backgrounds, from dirt-poor to filthy rich. ...

Woman gives thanks to Canaan staff

Letters to the Editor

In August, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. It’s not something you can ever prepare for, but I am forever thankful to have had these good people at my side through this journey. Thank you to Tom Biegler, Steve Drumheller and Tom Arvan. Your support, words and kindness are ...

Trump not right for our country

Letters to the Editor

There is a hard reality that a lot of people are going have to face, and I would like for them to face it sooner rather than later, because later might be too late. Trump is not the president we need or deserve. He is woefully unfit to lead this country, on so many different reasons. FACT: ...

Safe driving practices a must for us all

Editorials

Central West Virginians venturing out early Thursday morning were greeted with bitter temperatures, slick roadways and light snow. Old Man Winter, indeed, made his first of what will be many appearances throughout the next few months. While low temperatures are uncomfortable, snow and ...