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Opinion

Closer to the light

Columnists

According to a recent article published in The Journal of Positive Psychology, creativity “… encourages positive emotions that can unlock our inner resources for dealing with stress and uncertainty.” The truth of the preceding statement has been made evident on the campus of Davis & ...

Low Priority?

Editorials

Though it may not have been their intention, West Virginia lawmakers sent a clear message to West Virginians and those looking in during this year’s legislative session: Education is not a priority — unless we’re talking about being able to control it from Charleston. As the session ...

Substance Abuse

Editorials

If the human toll is not enough reason for some elected and bureaucratic officials to take seriously the fight against substance abuse in our state, here is one that might come closer to speaking their language: According to the Center on Budget and Policy, treating and addressing substance ...

Come Back

Editorials

It is not difficult to understand why so many are optimistic we have turned the corner in our fight against COVID-19. Hopeful signs are everywhere. Earlier this month, the Institute for Supply Management reported the U.S. services sector showed record growth in March, as states ease ...

Playing catch-up on coronavirus

Columnists

After covering the 60-day legislative session, I almost always need the week after to recover, decompress, and catch up on things. For example, I feel like I missed the one-year anniversary of the coronavirus in the state. I didn’t. I did write about it even while covering the session, but I ...

COVID-19

Editorials

A situation we warned of several weeks back with fewer West Virginians getting vaccinated seems to be growing — and it has caught the attention of Gov. Jim Justice. Justice, during a COVID-19 news conference this past week, said it was unacceptable that less than 85% of the COVID-19 vaccine ...

Best teachers bring out the best in students

Columnists

Several years ago after Dr. Bill King received the Lois Latham Award for Teaching Excellence, he told his audience at Davis & Elkins College that the purpose of education is not to pound in information, but it is to draw out the abilities of students. He noted that the root word of ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to Our Town Inc. volunteers for lining up summer activities at the Rotary Amphitheater in downtown Elkins, including a summer concert series. Our Town volunteers were responsible for the Scarecrow Festival in the fall and the recent beautiful decorated flowers on display throughout ...

Citizens’ right to vote is not a partisan issue

Letters to the Editor

Congress is now debating the For the People Act, which passed in the House (H.R.1) and is now underway in the Senate (S.1). The bill aims at protecting the right to vote and making elections more secure, transparent, accessible, democratic and free from foreign interference. Here are some ...

Reader: Vaccination papers may be required

Letters to the Editor

One of my early childhood memories involves my father, hunched over his dinner, sawing away at some substance and complaining about more senseless and mind-numbing rules. He spit out each syllable as if it were a piece of insect that had flown into his mouth. Then he sighed, said the government ...

Veteran received help from congressman

Letters to the Editor

As a retired Senior Master Sergeant and First Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, I must publicly give my appreciation to Congressman Mooney and his office for assisting me in a matter I could not get resolved on my own. I was having an issue with the U.S. Postal Service and getting a money order ...

Stay on Track

Editorials

Americans know our nation has been shaken by the events of the past year or so. COVID-19 is only the start of what threw us off track. But reports from the U.S. intelligence community should serve as a warning that we are not alone in having been disrupted, and we’d better be prepared for the ...

Committed to excellence

Columnists

Green Bay Packers Coach Vince Lombardi said, “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” A commitment to excellence aptly describes three individuals retiring from Davis & Elkins College in ...

Tourism

Editorials

West Virginians are sometimes numb to the wonders that surround us in this incredible state. When we seek adventure, we don’t often turn to our own backyards — we go to beaches or explore other regions. But people from across the country understand the beauty and adventure that awaits in ...

Program

Editorials

Given the enormous sums of money promised by the federal government over the past year, it is understandable if our state’s municipalities are feeling like they’re in the deep end of the pool when it comes to the millions upon millions headed their way. As part of the American Rescue Plan ...

Marijuana

Editorials

A small group of West Virginia lawmakers spent much of this year’s legislative session behaving as though they would have been among those opposing our state’s secession from Virginia nearly 160 years ago. Perhaps, then, those folks will look to what Virginia did recently and be more likely ...

Legislative session ends

Columnists

As I write this Sunday, I’m still recovering from the end of the 2021 legislative session that ended at midnight Saturday. It was truly a 60-day rollercoaster and certainly a session for the history books. I’m going to highlight several things that happened this session, so bear with ...

Safety

Editorials

In case we were looking for something else to worry about, the West Virginia Division of Forestry is reporting it has had to respond to 312 fires with nearly 3,000 acres burned since Jan. 1. Compare that with the previous year, when during the same period there were 158 fires with only 632 ...

Love of learning can be a family legacy

Columnists

Mothers are the first teachers for most children, but those of us who had teachers as mothers have a special legacy to pass on. Attorney Rob Perdue nominated his mother and his son for apples for our teacher tree because these two teachers have made a difference in his on-going ...

Troubling

Editorials

As federal officials are being brought on board to address an HIV outbreak in West Virginia, a warning in February by Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, the CDC’s chief of HIV prevention, rings through: “It is possible the current case count represents the tip of the iceberg,” Daskalakis said. ...