Letters to the Editor

Former officer says police are underpaid

My name is Alex Wyshyvanuk. I was an Elkins police officer for just over three years. I quit earlier this year because I was tired of making almost 40 percent less than officers in Morgantown and Bridgeport. Under the old pay system, our highest-paid officer made less money than a “day-one” ...

Innocent until proven guilty is still the rule

This is a respectful reminder for all of us. In America, everyone is innocent until proven guilty. It is not the other way around. If it were, this wouldn’t be America. This is not about defending President Trump. It’s about defending our American way of justice because it should matter ...

Reader upset by bell ringer policy

I was recently visiting the Elkins Kroger and noticed that the bell ringer for the Salvation Army was not near the front door but was instead at the other end of the building. As I approached the lady, I asked why she was so far away from all of the people entering the store. She said that ...

Santa Claus: To lie or not to lie

Ho-ho-ho. Do your kids believe in the magical, mythical, mysterious bearded man in the red suit who drives a sleigh with eight reindeer? Did you believe in the jolly ole guy during your childhood? Is your family seeped in the Santa-obsessed season? Well, here’s my question: Is there any ...

President sells out to Saudi Arabia

Our president has sold us out again; this time to the prince of Saudi Arabia over oil production when we only get 10 percent of our oil from them. Trump even let’s them commit murder and that is OK with him. I am a Christian who stopped going to church because the way the churches take up ...

Should Elkins police be better paid?

I have read with interest local news concerning our local policemen — particularly Boatwright and Sayre. It seems that all our city law enforcement officers are actively seeking out those who cross the legal lines concerning drugs. In a meeting at our City Hall, I read that these policemen ...

Did ‘evangelical’ become a bad word?

I love America. I also love Jesus. I feel like I needed to make these two facts known before I went any further into what I am about to write. I have been struggling lately, as I have watched the nation be pulled apart by politics. Yet, even more disturbing to me, is how Christians have been ...

Debating turkey on Thanksgiving

While President Trump is pardoning two turkeys for Thanksgiving, every one of us can exercise that same presidential power by choosing a non-violent Thanksgiving observance. And here are some other good reasons: You can brag about pardoning a turkey — like Trump (or not). You will stay ...

Reader is elated by election results

Democrats have just won control of Congress for the first time in eight years. It was a long and hard-fought battle. A gracious and humbled individual would show respect and tenderness in their victory and not mock their opponents’ defeat. I am NOT going to be that person today. In your ...

November is about pancreatic awareness

I’ve been advocating for pancreatic cancer awareness since October 2007. I can even tell you the exact day, Oct. 4, 2007, the day that my younger brother passed away from pancreatic cancer. Until he was diagnosed just 18 months earlier, basically all I knew about cancer was the pink ribbon, ...

Can you choose ‘none of the above’?

Elections are essentially multiple-choice tests. You’re asked a question: Who do you want for this position? And you fill in the bubble. You’re asked: Do you support taxpayer-funded abortion? And you fill in the bubble. Typically a Democrat or a Republican is listed as A and B, in ...

Veterans Appreciation Banquet is a success

The Alliance Church in Gilman held its 13th annual Veterans Appreciation Banquet on Nov 1. This banquet was enjoyed by scores of veterans from various eras including Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan. During the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of the National Anthem, it ...

Service organizations in need of veterans

Veterans Day is around the corner and Randolph County never disappoints in showing its patriotic spirit to those who served and those who gave it all for the defense of the USA. In a county of 2,400 veterans, it would seem that on these days it’s as if the whole county served. However, if ...

Honor veterans by casting your vote

No one will ever vote a perfect ballot, so go vote what you know. We will make mistakes, but in the end, by majority rule, free choice, expressing ourselves, many times, in the end our goodness and better angels have prevailed. In this super important election, not to vote magnifies money and ...

Former mayor: Take it to the voting booth

Jimmy Hammond, former Elkins mayor, ended his letter to the editor about distressed and dilapidated structures saying, “Take it to the voting booth.” I echo these words. A Vacant Structure Ordinance was passed by Elkins City Council in 2011. On June 16, 2016, an Ordinance of the City of ...

Hoping to breathe new life into Barbour County

Cindy Hart is running for a seat on the Barbour County Commission. Thank God! While campaigning in the communities, Barbour County, I have been hearing about the need for a change in leadership and membership of the Barbour County Commission. The main concerns are inertia and lack of ...

Experienced judge seeks Supreme Court seat

I am voting for the Honorable Christopher Wilkes to the Supreme Court in the state of West Virginia. I am so proud to say my brother-in-law, Chris, for the 34 years I have known him, has been a hard-working attorney, loyal to his family and to the people in the tri-county of the eastern ...

Senior Citizens Christmas Party cancelled this year

I would like the senior citizens of Randolph and surrounding counties to know that it has been a privilege to provide the Senior Citizens Christmas Party for the last 40-plus years. The dinners started in the 1970s at the Elkins YMCA, then to the National Guard Armory and then on to Orchard ...

Are you next?

Who’s next? Christians, Jews, Muslims, conservatives, libertarians, blacks, Asians, Hispanics, LGBTQ, rich, poor, middle class or anyone who voted for President Donald Trump. I should also toss in the never Trumpers and those who have walked away from the howling Democrat Party. The left ...

Reader touts Morrisey

President Trump made yet another visit to our beautiful state in support of Patrick Morrisey for U.S. Senate. It is obvious to me that the President needs a reliable ally in Washington, D.C., to help him make America great again, instead of our current senator, Joe Manchin, who sides time and ...