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Opinion

Stay Strong

Editorials

West Virginia is at its lowest level of COVID-19 cases since November. We also are ranked among the highest vaccination rates in the world. The Mountain State is making great strides in fighting back the pandemic. It is wonderful news, and continued cause for celebration. But let’s not get ...

Blame Game

Editorials

Finger-pointing and a botched blame game have marked the testimony regarding the breach of the U.S. Capitol. During Senate hearings last week, the people who were in charge of security that day now say the problem was “missed intelligence” by various federal agencies. Former Capitol ...

Week three at the legislature

Columnists

As of today, we’re one-third of the way through the 2021 legislative session. We still have the whole month of March and about a week and a half of April left to go. The one thing I keep hearing as we trudge on through the slaughterhouse where the legislative sausage is made is where are ...

In Charge?

Editorials

When Republicans took over the legislative majority in Charleston in 2014, there was renewed hope that those elected to represent us in state government would be weeding out fraud, waste, incompetence and frivolous spending; they’d dethrone King Bureaucracy; they’d turn their backs on ...

Candidate opposes city manager change

Letters to the Editor

This is an important election for the City of Elkins. We will be electing a new mayor, half of the council seats are up, and the citizens will be deciding on some important key issues. I have been in attendance at many of the meetings related to the city charter changes. While some changes ...

Great teachers help social change happen

Columnists

Jean Minnick has been a force for change in the lives of young women at Davis & Elkins College and other female collegiate athletes across West Virginia. Title IX was passed in 1972 just two years after Jean earned her PhD in physical education at New York University. Dr. Minnick knew ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to everyone who has helped administer the COVID-19 vaccinations. The Randolph County Senior Center was one of the first entities in the area to assist in providing seniors with the COVID-19 vaccinations. Officials with the City of Elkins have provided the Phil Gainer Community Center ...

Reader concerned by perceived socialism

Letters to the Editor

Let me get this straight. You allowed the socialist to steal the election and remove a president who gave us the best economy we’ve had in 50 years, a president who put America first. You then installed someone who I believe is a want-a-be socialist. Who, on the first day in the White House, ...

Need for city manager

Columnists

Several years ago, the Elkins City Council, Administrative Officers and with the assistance of Legal Counsel drafted a Strategic Plan for the city. The plan was designed to be completed over a five-year period with goals, objectives and timelines. One of the key elements of the plan was to ...

Who cares about public notices? You should

Columnists

One of the great things about living in the U.S. is that our city and county governments are required to keep their citizens informed about their actions. One of the ways they do this is through public notices — the informational notices that have been deemed to be of importance to local ...

What you give, what you get

Columnists

Words to live by are printed on the card that sits on my desk. The author was the colorful Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill, who penned, “You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.” Philanthropy, at its core, is the desire to promote the ...

Necessary?

Editorials

Lawmakers are being asked to consider whether West Virginia needs two new cabinet positions as the state aims to diversify and jump start its economy, and attract new visitors who might one day become residents. House Bill 2019 would make the West Virginia Development Office and the Division ...

Top Priority

Editorials

West Virginia’s Department of Education has been in overdrive for almost a year trying to figure out how to both educate and otherwise care for the kids who fall under the public schools’ umbrella. Among its highest and most important ongoing priorities was to figure out how to keep ...

Education

Editorials

House Bill 2012 to adjust the public charter school pilot program in West Virginia has been handed to the state Senate. It could ensure Mountain State parents have choices for their children’s education, but House Education Committee Minority Chairman Sean Hornbuckle, D-Cabell, is right: ” ...

Week 2 at the legislature

Columnists

As the headline states, it is week two here under the gold dome, but it feels like it’s the final two weeks based on how long floor sessions are going, as well as the tone. Already this week the House of Delegates passed two education reform bills, legislation dealing with states of ...

Filling Gaps

Editorials

West Virginia’s Department of Highways is running into a problem that affects many private employers. A generation of experienced workers is nearing retirement, and when they leave they will take a wealth of institutional knowledge with them. Officials are pulling out all the stops to recruit ...

One teacher deserves two apples on tree

Columnists

Kump Education Center continues to add apples to the wooden tree in our learning lab to honor beloved schoolteachers. This week we honor a teacher who has been nominated by two donors because his individual tutoring made such a difference in the lives of two students. This amazing teacher and ...

Heeding the Public’s Voice

Editorials

Elkins City Council members are to be praised for listening to their constituents this week and voting down a proposed ordinance that would have allowed ATVs and UTVs to drive on city streets. An Inter-Mountain online poll showed that 90.5% of our readers responding said they opposed the ...

Business owner: Elkins needs a city manager

Letters to the Editor

The city has great individuals who are committed to the success of Elkins. Even with commitment, the organizational structure can limit the ability of Elkins to achieve its full potential. The city has four key positions — Operations Manager, Treasurer, Fire Chief and Police Chief. An ...

Will America go through the door of opportunity?

Letters to the Editor

The door to a renewed America is open. Will we walk through it? What could be viewed as somewhat of a political experiment — the election and presidency of Donald Trump — is over. We took a chance on what a political outsider who was unafraid to “speak his mind” could deliver for ...