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Opinion

Drug Crisis

Editorials

The standard measuring stick for determining the human cost of the drug abuse crisis tends to be the number of lives claimed by it — more than 70,000 annually in the United States. As we have pointed out, that exceeds the total number of U.S. deaths in the Vietnam War (58,220). But an ...

Rising Costs

Editorials

West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee actually was being a bit modest when he spoke of affordability during his State of the University speech last week. “Only six out of 50 flagship (state) universities are affordable for most students, according to a recent Institute for Higher ...

The DAR in a changing America

Columnists

The John Hart Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution [DAR] held its 112th Birthday Celebration at Kump Education Center on Wednesday, October 9th. DAR members wanted to meet in the home of Edna Scott Kump, a founding member of the local chapter. The DAR has financially supported ...

Time to reassess

Columnists

For the Republican party, the hour is drawing nigh to reassess their position in the Trump era. Slowly but surely the president is purging the party of moderates and reversing their policies, especially in regard to foreign policy. Trump’s actions in regard to Syria have been evolving since ...

Leaves are now falling and time is flying in Barbour County

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! The leaves are really starting to look pretty. Look quick though, because they are also falling fast. The first quarter of school in Barbour County is already over. Time is flying by! The 36th annual Mt. Liberty Fall Festival takes place today, Oct. 19, with ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the late Thomas H. Albinson for providing West Virginia Wesleyan College its single largest donation in the school’s 129-year history at the start of its Homecoming Weekend Friday afternoon. The gift in excess of $11 million comes from the estate of Albinson, a 1976 alumnus, and ...

Visitor praises Elkins experience

Letters to the Editor

I just wanted to share our experiences during a recent visit to Elkins. I organized a group from the Capital City Corvette Club to come visit the Greenbriar and Durbin Railroad. While I organized the trip through MountainRail, and they did a great job, all the folks who attended were just ...

Making money or following morality?

Letters to the Editor

I was just reading about the Chinese government being accused of harvesting organs from Muslim and Christian minorities that have been placed in re-education camps. They are not just taking one kidney or part of a liver, they harvest everything, thus murdering the prisoners, it is alleged. ...

Proposal deserves to be considered

Letters to the Editor

If we capture CO2 from burning coal and gas, we can keep using coal and gas. If we don’t capture CO2 these power plants will be closed, one way or another. The climate marches and rallies show that people are pushing harder and harder to limit CO2. Capturing CO2 lets power plants survive, ...

Annual banquet deemed a success

Letters to the Editor

The Allegheny Mountain Chapter Friends of the NRA would like to take this space to thank all of the business and individuals who helped make the annual fundraising banquet, held at the Beverly VFD on Sept. 7, another success for youth shooting sports in West Virginia. The Friends of the NRA ...

How to cut down our carbon footprint

Letters to the Editor

Timothy M. Simmons has a novel idea to cut our carbon footprint. He says, let’s give every household $5,000 to be spent only on renewable energy. Since you can’t put a windmill or a dam on the property of most households, he is saying merely to install solar panels. That’s a nice idea. ...

Inaction

Editorials

Last week’s decision by U.S. Supreme Court justices not to intervene in a squabble between the legislative and judicial branches of government in West Virginia puts the matter to rest — for now. While there is no reason to believe the issue will come up again anytime soon, it could in the ...

Don’t fail to plan

Columnists

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” This wisdom was passed along to me at an early age. Early in my presidency at Davis & Elkins College, we began a grassroots strategic planning effort. One central component of this multi-faceted strategic plan called for a Comprehensive Master ...

Right Decision

Editorials

Many of us have been startled from time to time by revelations about people with whom we were close. We didn’t really know them at all. Simona Southall insisted that was the situation with her boyfriend in June 2017, Jonathan Brockman. The two, along with their son, lived in Fayette County, ...

Education

Editorials

Members of the West Virginia Board of Education and state school Superintendent Steven Paine are in a no-win situation — at least in pleasing education “stakeholders.” So what? That is not their job. Their responsibility is to do their best to ensure that children get good educations, ...

Voters have long memories

Columnists

Richard Neely may be underestimating how angry West Virginians have become at arrogant government officials, especially those in the judicial branch. He also may not realize we have excellent memories. Now 78 years old, Neely announced this week he will run for a seat on the state Supreme ...

Bad Ranking

Editorials

Some West Virginians have become accustomed to muttering, with a chuckle, “Thank heaven for Mississippi, otherwise we’d be dead last in everything.” But there is nothing funny about a new state-by-state ranking. It involves the health of our children. West Virginia has the nation’s ...

Tough Questions

Editorials

Our state’s economy has “a lot of uncertainty,” West Virginia University economist John Deskins noted during an economic outlook conference this week in Charleston. Deskins, director of WVU’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research, explained that, among other things, the ...

Lively discussion about education

Columnists

This week Randolph County Democratic Women’s Club hosted a stimulating discussion on the omnibus education legislation passed by the West Virginia Legislature last July when some 35-40 concerned citizens gathered at Kump Education Center on Thursday. Cody Thompson, Randolph County ...

Trump and Syria

Columnists

Donald Trump’s decision to pull U.S. forces off the Turkish-Syrian border was by and large a correct one. The PKK — the main Kurdish resistance movement — has underwritten a terror campaign in Turkey for years and tries to drive a wedge between Washington and Ankara. Although Trump has ...