Opinion

New program offers much to parents

Editorials

Public schools are having an increasingly difficult time depending on a working relationship with the parents of students in their charge. Learning opportunities that used to be exploited at home are often wasted as parents rely on teachers and administrators to handle all of their children's ...

Proper harvesting of timber can enhance habitat

Letters to the Editor

I think some clarification is needed regarding the editorial article "Protection: Birthplace of rivers need preserved" dated, July 18. After doing some research, I agree that the establishment of the birthplace of rivers as a National Monument would be good for West Virginia. I think it is ...

Elkins takes action on drug problem

Letters to the Editor

Four years ago when I took office, the biggest issues facing the city were the landfill and the water project. We have made significant progress on both. I bring this up because as we face new challenges I want the citizens of Elkins to be reassured that their elected officials and city ...

Commission made the right decision

Letters to the Editor

I was one of the speakers opposing the proposed school levy for Randolph County this November. I am writing this letter in response to statements that Pam Hewitt, superintendent of Randolph County Schools, made to WDTV regarding the County Commission's decision not to place the levy on the ...

New leadership really is needed

Letters to the Editor

Once again, history has been made - a woman could be president. But who's really going to sit in the seat - Obama, Bill Clinton or Hillary? She has already shown that she agrees with Obama on coal and other issues that put people out of work. But, just which of these candidates can we trust, ...

Since I have returned to Elkins

Letters to the Editor

Since moving back to Elkins 12 years ago, I have watched people lose jobs and businesses close. Crime, homelessness, feral cats have increased, just to name a few. It unnerves me to see people on drugs walking down the street in a zombie state of mind and their eyes empty.When I first came back ...

9/11 more than ‘OMG’ experience

Columnists

Oh my God.Many of us reserve the exclamation, no punctuation needed, for events that shock us to the core.Like September 11.It's something of a prayer, really, of supplication that what you've seen or heard didn't really happen.But it did.Nearly 15 years ago, Sept. 11, 2001, Islamic terrorists ...

It shouldn’t be business as usual

Editorials

Lest West Virginians believe what they have been told about state government bloat being a thing of the past, a report from the Legislative Post-Audit Division reminds us little has truly changed.In what is surely still just the tip of the iceberg in terms of bureaucratic coasting, division ...

Plan of action is needed

Columnists

On Aug. 15, there were 28 overdoses with one death in Cabell County. The drug crisis is literally destroying our cherished way of life. West Virginia needs a leader who will tackle our state's drug epidemic head on. The proliferation of heroin and other opiates, as well as the misuse of ...

W.Va. needs help, too

Editorials

Federal disaster relief agencies seem focused on devastating flooding in Louisiana, and that certainly is appropriate. As many as 40,000 homes have been damaged by muddy water that also claimed 13 lives in that state.Don't forget about West Virginia, however.Raging flash floods that hit several ...

We can build it, but will they come?

Columnists

"If you build it, he will come!"These familiar words from the 1989 movie "Field of Dreams" were the basis of protagonist Ray Kinsella building a baseball field in the middle of an Iowa cornfield. Deceased baseball players from ages past visit the field to play baseball. Though Ray and his wife ...

Loss of value must be monitored

Editorials

State officials hit by round after round of bad fiscal news may have been wondering what on earth could go wrong next. They got their answer last week.West Virginia's state investments have been doing well for many years. That came to a screeching halt during the fiscal year that ended June ...

State not ready for legalized pot

Editorials

Some crazy ideas have been put forth in politics this year. Among the most absurd and disturbing was a suggestion this week, that the state of West Virginia should, in effect, turn to drug pushing to raise money.Center for Budget and Policy officials released a report suggesting all sorts of ...

Feds already ban discrimination

Columnists

It is being said that lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people lack protection against job and housing discrimination in West Virginia.It isn't true.Members of the Wheeling Human Rights Commission have asked City Council to consider an ordinance on the rights of workers and renters who ...

Cole’s plan worth an immediate look

Editorials

Much of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Cole's plan to battle the drug abuse epidemic in West Virginia focuses on, well, focus. Cole, who is president of the state Senate, recognizes the very intensity with which Mountain State residents are fighting substance abuse is a challenge.That ...

Soft Drinks

Editorials

Why is it that many liberals' answer to virtually any challenge in government is higher taxes?Revenue to fund government lagging? Raise taxes. Never mind that budget shortfalls often indicate constituents are having their own financial problems.Some social need, perhaps involving health, on ...

Flash Mob at Kump Education Center

Columnists

Kump Education Center invites the public to participate in a Flash Mob at high noon today in the middle of the Open Studio Tour 2016 sponsored by the Randolph County Community Arts Center.We envision a Bruegel painting of people on a glorious Saturday at Kump Education Center.The "Mob" will ...

From Russia with love?

Columnists

Lost in the debate over so-called Russian hackers and the Democratic National Committee is the actual situation in the Ukraine and Eastern European policy in general. Democrats see Donald Trump as having too much of an affinity for Vladimir Putin, who consequently desires to see the Republican ...

The Fair, football and fun on tap

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County, where school is back in swing. Just a reminder to be on the lookout for those big yellow buses and obey their lights and signs. They are carrying our future. I wish everyone a safe and successful school year.The new football field at Philip Barbour High School will be ...

Visiting Helvetia

Columnists

HELVETIA - Between the torrid heat and the swift pace in which we usually move, summer has its own stresses that take a toll on energy and nerves. For some peace and comfort, we have our own Randolph County remedy - a visit to Helvetia.Greeting you on a perfectly-paved road from Routes 219/250 ...