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Letters to the Editor

Reader: Exception needed for veterans

“There is no parallel parking on the street in front of your house.” Authority “Such and Such” says as a city, we are required to do it. Find parking somewhere else in a safer place for your own safety. “Such and Such” will put a handicap spot around the corner from your ...

Pandemic worsening child hunger issue

As the coronavirus rages on across our state, it has caused yet another crisis — child hunger. Thousands of families with kids right here in West Virginia are now dealing with unemployment, rising food prices, eviction and hunger. And yet Congress continues to fail these children by leaving ...

Reader amazed by national political scene

“We have met the enemy and they are ours…” Navy Commander Perry wrote the statement in 1813 just after he walloped the Royal Navy during the war of 1812, and sank or captured about a half-dozen British ships in the Battle of Lake Erie. President Trump can do the same thing in ...

Church Women United increases donations to local nonprofits

The Elkins Area Church Women United has great news to share despite the current uncertainty of the pandemic. We would like to inform everyone of our continuing support within our Elkins area community. In the past, we have provided yearly monetary donations to several different local ...

Not wearing masks is maddening to reader

This week I drove my mother home and returned to West Virginia. Along the way, in our neighboring states, I passed through many a door with precautions on state masking laws. Yet inside the stores, neither staff nor customers wore face coverings. In West Virginia I didn’t even see ...

Washington touted as statuary replacement

Each state is represented by two statues in the National Statuary Hall Collection. West Virginia is represented by Francis Pierpont, the state’s founding father, abolitionist and the only governor of the Restored State of Virginia, and John Keena, a once-popular senator who is now largely ...

Coronavirus causing problems nationwide

When our president and vice president say we have COVID-19 under control and cases coming down, that is not true. It is just a bald face lie. When it comes to wearing a mask, we are told that to enforce mask wearing would be against our rights. Yet when it comes to seat belts or helmets, ...

Coronavirus threatens public education

Thanks to COVID-19, universal public education as we’ve known it in the United States may be dead. Here are just some of the areas of concern: — Parents/kids. Many parents had already been concerned about sending their kids to school where classmates had colds or the flu or something, ...

Ways to support our veterans of combat

More than 20 combat veterans commit suicide every day. The armed forces have many programs to help stem this horrible plight, but I was wondering what you or I could do to help. If you’re behind a service member in the gas station check-out line, offer to buy their tank of gas and thank ...

Understanding what police go through

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

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?

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

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 ...

Who are the real patriots today?

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

Pastor says he was present among armed anti-protesters

With all due respect to those concerned with the armed response to the BLM rally, you must understand that these rallies have not gone well throughout the country! Contrary to what was thought to be an out-of-town militia response, most of us that came or were prepared to be present were ...