Opinion

Sure sign that spring has sprung

Columnists

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then this beholder finds the Davis & Elkins College campus exceptionally beautiful. Whether feasting one’s eyes on the mountains surrounding the campus, or the close encounter with nature resulting from the woods, trees and plantings throughout ...

Challenge

Editorials

It was predictable that West Virginia University’s Board of Governors earlier this month approved tuition increases. What may not have been expected is that the boost was at the lowest percentage since the 2010-11 academic year. Then, this week, the other shoe dropped: WVU began offering ...

Tax Revenue

Editorials

No doubt many West Virginians wonder just what happens to the money we send to Charleston in the form of state income taxes. It just disappears into the black hole of state government. But State Auditor J.B. McCuskey wants us to have an idea of exactly how our hard-earned cash is used. So, he ...

2020 governor’s race begins

Columnists

Political scientists devote their lives to using scholarly studies to develop formulas predicting how people will vote. Campaign consultants rake in six-figure fees by assuring candidates they can do that. Pollsters insist they’ve got it down to a science. With all that in mind, who’s ...

Disturbing

Editorials

Reports about bridges and dams in dire need of repair need to be taken with a grain of salt, as the officials responsible for maintaining them remind us. Still, some of them raise disturbing questions. A new report by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association notes that nearly ...

Drug Crisis

Editorials

One of West Virginia’s best, most realistic hopes of getting past the drug abuse crisis was on display earlier this week at a conference in Flatwoods. In essence, it was about people who really understand the challenges of weaning oneself off chemical dependence — recovering addicts ...

Hometown heroes for EMS students

Columnists

Last Friday morning Jim Jackson was host and tour guide for 21 Elkins Middle School students in our STREAM mentoring program when they visited Elkins Fordland. It was a wonderful opportunity for the students to see a local business man who really cares about kids. Mr. Jackson also serves as ...

Ominous point

Columnists

President Donald Trump’s sacking of Kirstjen Nielsen as Secretary of Homeland Security along with her staff once more proves an ominous point. When he gets frustrated, he plays a nativist card. So devoid of visions, Trump goes back to what he convinces himself as his touchstone issue. It is ...

Spring Break and Easter weekend come to Barbour County

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! Some of us were surprised earlier this week to see winter make an entrance once again. Snow flurries and cold temperatures stormed in, but then by the end of the week, it was spring once again. We were able to get some much-needed yard work done, as well as ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to Davis & Elkins College for naming a new award after a longtime staff member. The establishment of The Robin Price Award for Staff Excellence came as a surprise announcement from D&E President Chris A. Wood at the conclusion of the annual Academic Awards and Recognition ...

Who makes the rules these days?

Letters to the Editor

“Don’t run with scissors in your hand!” “Don’t drive your car on the sidewalk!” “Do not steal your neighbor’s property!” “Get a permit to fix your roof!” “Get a license to fix lawnmowers!” “Cut your grass!” Who makes those laws? The prerogative powers once ...

Fighting to protect our healthcare

Letters to the Editor

I’d like to know why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is fighting harder to protect my healthcare than Senators Capito and Manchin and Rep. McKinley are? I’m sure it’s nice for my elected officials to pat themselves on the back for “trying to lower prescription medication prices,” but they ...

Celebrate 50th Earth Day Monday

Letters to the Editor

April 22 marks a half century of celebrating Earth Days, but do we observe it? Beyond Earth Day there is a growing national debate over the Green New Deal. We can each do our part by reducing our driving, use of electricity, and consumption of animals. Why the attack on meat and dairy? A ...

NWTF annual event deemed a success

Letters to the Editor

The Tygart Valley Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation recently held their annual Hunting Heritage Super Fund Banquet at the Gandy Dancer in Elkins. The NWTF’S primary fundraiser is the annual banquets held throughout the nation, with funding to be used to conduct Hunting Heritage ...

Charter Schools

Editorials

State Senate leaders’ position that West Virginia needs half a dozen or more charter schools gets most of the blame for the Legislature’s failure to enact a major public school improvement bill earlier this year. Gov. Jim Justice’s stance that he would not sign a bill including charter ...

Tap the Brakes

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice continues to radiate confidence about state government fiscal affairs, but West Virginia legislators would be wise to tap the brakes on new spending initiatives. That may be a factor within the next few weeks, when lawmakers hold a special session to discuss improving public ...

Bad teachers are far from the norm

Columnists

While a friend of mine and his wife were eating dinner at a local restaurant the other evening, her cellphone rang. She’s a school teacher. One of her students was calling.He and his siblings were hungry, he told her. Aware of his family situation, she knew the children needed some help. So ...

Farewell, Old Friend

Editorials

The city of Elkins razed a city structure last week that served local residents for almost 100 years. The former Elkins Water Works was officially retired last year when the city’s new $37 million water plant facility went online. For such a historic structure, few people in the area ...

Spring bringing events to Center

Columnists

April is always a busy time at Kump Education Center. Our STREAM program students from North Elementary had their field trip at the new water plant and Kump Education Center last week, and the Elkins Middle School visited Elkins Fordland and Randolph Technical Center this week. On Wednesday, ...

Threat to power

Columnists

It seems providential that in its presidential election, Ukrainians chose a comic, at least in the first round. Petro Poroshenko, the confectionery king, limped in at a poor second place. Quite appropriate for a government placed in power after a comic-opera coup in 2014. At least, Volodymyr ...