Opinion

New Law

Editorials

Mountain State residents should not have to have a law mandating that if we learn about abuse or neglect of children, we do something about it. We do have such a statute, however, and it is brand new. Among new laws going into effect this summer is one clarifying the mandate for those in many ...

Technology

Editorials

West Virginians have learned through expensive experience that it sometimes is a good idea to look a gift horse in the mouth. That is true particularly when the “horse” is a high-tech animal. Among the many challenges facing our state is extending broadband internet access to the many ...

Putting the ball in Kim’s court

Columnists

What if Kim Jong Un is playing the long game? What if he only needs one nuclear weapon to work his will on the rest of the world? What if he doesn’t need atomic bombs or long-range missiles at all — and understands that? What President Donald Trump and the North Korean dictator agreed to ...

Economy

Editorials

Increasing salaries paid to public school teachers in West Virginia was a step toward improving the state’s economy. The action, taken earlier this year by legislators, should make it easier to attract and retain educators. But, as West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee pointed ...

Doing Battle

Editorials

One reason executives in so-called “alternative energy” companies can claim to be using cutting-edge technology, in comparison to their competitors who utilize fossil fuels, is that former President Barack Obama helped make it so — with our tax dollars. During Obama’s eight years in ...

Being smart for the party

Columnists

Despite Donald Trump’s constant beratement of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, his real threat comes from Republicans. Although his hold on the rank and file is solid, he still has to finesse the Congressional leaders and the old “base.” As an example, in his overtures to North Korea, ...

Summertime activities are in full swing in Barbour County

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! I’ve noticed several people have been putting hay up already this year. Summer activities are in full swing! Construction crews have been working in Belington the past couple weeks. They are renovating the handicap ramps on the sidewalks through town. They ...

Losing access to healthcare

Columnists

On Monday, Bobbi from Buckhannon wrote to me to share her family’s reality. Last year, Bobbi’s life was changed forever when her teenage daughter was diagnosed with a rare condition called dystonia. With proper healthcare this young woman still has a bright future ahead of her. She’ll go ...

Heart transplant for Kump House

Columnists

Replacing the old electrical meter and rewiring the whole Kump house is as transforming as heart transplant surgery plus a total vascular system replacement. Contractor Michael Marrs and his team are in the process of replacing the 94-year-old electrical meter and all the old wiring to make ...

Municipal sales tax

Columnists

Since the passage of Ordinance 248 by Elkins City Council in December 2017 operators of local businesses, city officials and state officials have been preparing for the imposition of the 1 percent municipal sales tax set to begin on July 1. Affected business owners have reportedly been ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the small army of people who helped organize this year’s American Legion Auxiliary West Virginia Rhododendron Girls State, which was held for the first time ever at Davis & Elkins College this week. The approximately 300 girls from across the state who participated in this ...

Reader decries family separation

Letters to the Editor

One of the first quotes I memorized as an elementary school student were those famous words by Emma Lazarus inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty. “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these the ...

Republican control working in W.Va.

Letters to the Editor

In the election of 2014, the citizens of West Virginia entrusted Republicans with control of their Legislature for the first time in 84 years. When the new team took control, we made a plan to lift West Virginia from her doldrums. The plan was not a short-term plan, but rather a plan for ...

Safer than ever?

Letters to the Editor

I fell so safe now that North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat. Or are they? They have not destroyed any nuclear weapons nor have they made an agreement to do so in the near future. This is just more lies from Trump so he can make himself look good and maybe get the Nobel Peace Prize. ...

Rules made for a reason

Letters to the Editor

For someone who has worked at a grocery store, there are rules made for a reason. If the cashier thinks they need to card someone, they have to do so because if not it could be their job. Personally its not worth losing someone’s job because they are doing their job. No one is above the ...

Good News

Editorials

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice may have been as surprised as anyone to find out he was close to the mark a few months back when he predicted increasing revenue — an extra $58 million — would be available for the 2018-19 budget. But, true to form, he came around to an I-knew-it-all-along ...

Party to celebrate campaign conclusion

Columnists

For the past two years I have been inviting people to a party. The date is June 30, 2018. The place is Davis & Elkins College. The occasion is the conclusion of a 10-year effort called Secure the Future. Now, with just over two weeks to go, the plans for the party are well underway and I ...

Flag Day

Editorials

Today is Flag Day, on which really thoughtful Americans pay homage not to a mere piece of red, white and blue fabric, but to our nation for which it stands. But now also is another of the times in our history when critics of our government commit the error of assuming the flag represents it ...

Voter Rolls

Editorials

Ohioans and West Virginians concerned about honest elections can celebrate this week, courtesy of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Both our states have relatively new mechanisms, handled by secretaries of state and local election officials, for keeping voter registration rolls up to date. One ...

A disservice to the people of West Virginia

Columnists

Not long after Allen Loughry’s book came out, he was in my office discussing it. The title is “Don’t Buy Another Vote, I Won’t Pay for a Landslide: The Sordid and Continuing History of Political Corruption in West Virginia.” It’s fascinating reading, all the more so because of ...