Opinion

PEIA promises facing criticism

Columnists

Ever chew yourself out for missing a bargain or, perhaps, a chance to make some money through an investment, because you didn’t have enough money to take advantage of the opportunity when it presented itself? It may have been a jewel of a used car offered at a bargain price by a friend. But ...

Health Care Questions

Editorials

A substantial amount of health care research seems to rely on an assumption that access to medical treatment is a given. For the tens of millions of Americans who live in or near urban areas with big hospitals, that may not be unreasonable. But here in West Virginia, as well as in rural areas ...

Coming home to D&E

Columnists

Scores of our alumni accepted our invitation to return home. Homecoming 2018 is now history, but the memories were myriad and will last for a very long time. Lisa and I participated in our third homecoming as president and first lady at Davis & Elkins College. Like many alumni, we now ...

Political Plague

Editorials

Periodically, we Americans have to contend with our own modern version of the biblical plagues in ancient Egypt. But instead of being invaded by frogs or locusts, we have to endure a plague of political campaign signs. They are everywhere — including some places they are not supposed to be ...

Trial Delayed

Editorials

It is a good thing cooler heads seem to be prevailing in Charleston. The battle between the judicial and legislative branches of West Virginia government is beginning to make Democrats and Republicans in Congress look like the best of buddies. On Monday morning, state senators were to have ...

System setting its own rules?

Columnists

What if a West Virginia Supreme Court justice decided she or he needed a couch with a price tag of, say, $100,000? Or what if circuit judges convinced the high court their $126,000 annual salaries were not adequate, despite the fact they’re specified in state law? Buy the couch. Give the ...

Go Forward

Editorials

West Virginia state senators cannot conduct an impeachment trial for state Supreme Court Justice Margaret Workman, a panel of five circuit judges acting temporarily as the state’s highest court has ruled. Because similar constitutional issues affect a second person, retired Justice Robin ...

Crisis

Editorials

Clearly, we in West Virginia need a referee — nine of them, actually. We have a genuine constitutional crisis here. It is beyond the power of anyone within our borders to resolve it. On Thursday, the state Supreme Court issued a ruling regarding the impeachment of Justice Margaret Workman ...

Working together on energy

Columnists

In today’s polarizing political climate, it may seem like there are few issues Republicans and Democrats can work together on. But on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, we are proving that is not the case. As the Republican Chairman and an active Democratic member of this ...

Center is shrinking

Columnists

For Democrats, the treatment meted out to its U.S. senators by Mitch McConnell is a wake-up moment. When Lindsay Graham launched tirade after tirade and personal attack after personal attack, they remained surprisingly mute. Amy Klobuchar tried to be a good little presence, bringing a plastic ...

Maintaining Kump Education Center

Columnists

All the work that was postponed at Kump Education Center until after Forest Festival had to be done quickly on the first three sunny days after the carnival left town. Elkins always works so hard to prepare for fall visitors, and we have to wait until they leave to do the maintenance we really ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the progress being made on the downtown Elkins Town Square amphitheater project. The Randolph County Development Authority board unanimously approved a bid for the project Wednesday. Officials plan to break ground next week, with the ceremony set for 9 a.m. on Oct. 19. Applause to ...

Amendment prompts much controversy

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor have been appearing in newspapers around the state, making extreme claims about what the effect of Amendment 1 will be if passed. It’s time to get the facts. The most common claim is that Amendment 1 will “make abortion illegal in West Virginia.” False. Abortion is ...

‘Gotcha!’ moment backfires in Senate

Letters to the Editor

I cannot remember another time in my 68-plus years when there was so much hate coming out of so few people. When it comes to a certain handful of democrats in Washington, D.C., anything goes these days and there’s no shame, even when their stupid plots backfire and fail to deliver the desired ...

Manchin’s decision frustrating to reader

Letters to the Editor

Joe Manchin has made a habit of obstructing the president and his administration. A president clearly supported by a large percentage of West Virginians. Manchin always has a reason for every one of his actions, an excuse for his votes and anything but results. His actions are far louder than ...

EHS Alumni group looks to help school

Letters to the Editor

On behalf of the Elkins High Alumni Association, I would like to thank all for attending our gathering during the Mountain State Forest Festival. A thanks to Deloris Wilfong and her band of merry women and men for putting together another great gathering. Grads from as far back as 1942 came ...

Clerks are chief elections officials

Columnists

I want to begin by thanking media outlets throughout the state who have published or reported on "Project Election Protection." Without your help, this important and educational eight-week series of op-eds focused on legal and ethical activities by candidates, their supporters and voters would ...

Great Job

Editorials

At Wednesday's Elkins City Council meeting, both Mayor Van Broughton and Police Chief Glenn Galloway mentioned that this year's Mountain State Forest Festival "ran very smoothly." Maybe the biggest reason for this was the leadership of 82nd Mountain State Forest Festival Director General Rich ...

Senator Nation

Columnists

More than 320 young men and women at Davis & Elkins College serve a dual role. They are both students and NCAA Division II athletes. Known as Senator Nation, D&E athletics has a long and rich tradition and remains today a highly valued aspect of Davis & Elkins College. Today the ...

Revenue

Editorials

It is possible — just possible — that Gov. Jim Justice’s forecast of a $300 million surplus in West Virginia’s general revenue budget this year may be low. Mountain State residents and legislators have learned to be leery of rosy fiscal forecasts, of course. Making long-term ...