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Opinion

Paving the road with good intentions

Columnists

As the old proverb goes, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Gov. Jim Justice’s plan to used federal coronavirus relief funds for road repair sounds great in theory, but how they think they’re able to use those funds is unclear. I said last week that I would dive into ...

Getting from ‘H’ere to there

Columnists

Improving West Virginia’s infrastructure is one of my top priorities. No project is more important to our state’s future than completing Corridor H. Once finished, that four-lane highway will link Interstate 79 with the Washington, D.C. area, creating tremendous opportunities for economic ...

Summer Gift

Editorials

Thanks to the state Department of Education, Marshall University and a foundation set up by entertainer Dolly Parton, about 37,000 West Virginia children are receiving free books this summer. They go to children who will be entering first and second grades this fall. The first shipment, of ...

No Increase

Coronavirus

Many West Virginians feel hunting and fishing are birthrights, though they are willing to pay a few dollars for licenses required to do so legally. They understand the state Division of Natural Resources makes good use of revenue from licenses. Currently, an adult “sportsman” license ...

Understanding what police go through

Letters to the Editor

Not many in our society know what an officer of the law goes through. of the police officers are pretty durable and have the mental capacity to hold up. There are psychiatrists when needed. But, for the most part, they are able to put things into perspective and handle whatever it is that ...

Reader baffled by public’s support

Letters to the Editor

How can people support a president who has no leadership except lies? He has lied to us about COVID-19. His lies are: We have one case. Then we have 15 cases. We have it under control. It will just go away when it gets warm. It will all be going away by Easter. We have control on it. It ...

Who will keep up county cemeteries?

Letters to the Editor

I am thinking today about the younger generation and what is going to happen once the older generation is gone. I am involved in the upkeep of two country cemeteries, Kerns Cemetery at Sully and Kelly Mountain Cemetery near Elkins. They are both beautiful cemeteries. Both are nicely ...

Resident grateful to Beverly VFD

Letters to the Editor

I am aware that the Beverly Fire Department fixed dinner for several employees as well as Elkins Rehabilitation and Care Center employees. As a member of a community, I would like to say thank you for taking care of our health-care workers. God bless and keep you safe. Stanley ...

Safety First

Editorials

Fireworks are part of the Fourth of July. They are more available than ever in most areas. And this year, for obvious reasons, even some people who did not buy and set off their own pyrotechnics in the past may be tempted to use them to blow off some steam. Just so no one blows off a couple ...

Who are the real patriots today?

Letters to the Editor

How do you destroy the U.S.? Vote for a Democrat. Is America really that bad? It is if you accept the lies and propaganda from the anti-American Left in our country, our state and even right here in our own community. This dismal, distorted view of the greatest, freest nation in ...

Close call in a blind curve

Letters to the Editor

On June 28 at 1:30 p.m., my wife and I had just left Belington on Route 250 headed toward Route 33. With traffic headed toward Belington, there is a complete blind curve. As my wife and I headed into that curve, a police truck heading toward Belington passed a car in that blind curve. ...

From peaceful events to riots

Letters to the Editor

Black Lives Matter was founded in 2013 after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin to protest police killings of African Americans. It was a mainly peaceful demonstration that did not bring about a lot of actual changes in the last seven years. Fast forward to today and look at the riots, ...

Scholarship winner expresses thanks

Letters to the Editor

I wish to thank the Snowshoe Foundation for the generous Education Scholarship I was granted this summer. This scholarship has allowed me more time to focus on my studies and help fund the amount of travel that is needed for labs and clinical rotations. I am grateful for the ...

Charmed by Elkins

Letters to the Editor

I am from out of town. I came to Elkins with my (now) wife to marry at the courthouse. Neither of us had any knowledge of what a courthouse wedding was. We thought that it may be like buying a dog tag. It is not. Not in Elkins. Not in Judge Lori Haynes’ office. Far from it. What a kind, ...

Bill before the House

Letters to the Editor

Our local bike shop, Joey’s Bikes, has sold more bikes this year than ever before. In major cities like Washington and Richmond, you can’t find a new bike to buy. Large box stores across the country are selling kayaks right off the truck as it pulls up, as people look to the outdoors to ...

Fairs & Festivals

Coronavirus

Many, if not most, of the fairs and festivals that make life in the Mountain State a little more enjoyable are not being held this year. They were victims of COVID-19 and the necessity for social distancing. Ways will be found to hold some of them, of course, as the danger from COVID-19 ...

Discussing race and bigotry is difficult

Editorials

Talking with someone of a different race about bigotry is difficult. I’ve done it, though not as many times as I should have, so I know. It’s a whole lot tougher than, say, demanding that your state remove from the capitol building a bust of a Confederate general. It’s more ...

2020 Census

Coronavirus

Results of the 2020 Census will be especially important to West Virginians. With the rest of the nation growing in population, our decline means we could lose one of the three members we now have in the U.S. House of Representatives. Not enough Mountain State residents are responding to the ...

Virus takes toll on economy

Columnists

Gov. Jim Justice and West Virginia legislators will have an ace up their collective sleeve when the new fiscal year begins Wednesday. My guess is the card will be worth $105 million to $140 million. State personal income tax collections for the first five months of 2019 totaled about $932 ...

COVID-19

Coronavirus

It will take some time for us all to get used to the “new normal” after the COVID-19 epidemic. One aspect of our lives that should not change — but could — is the variety of museums that educate and entertain us. Throughout the world, most museums had to close during the height of ...