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Letters to the Editor

Elkins annexation efforts explained

The Common Council of the City of Elkins recently adopted an ordinance proposing the annexation of three properties into the city’s municipal limits, using a process known as minor boundary adjustment. These ordinances were recommended by council’s Economic Growth and Development Committee ...

Reader: Impeachment trial was a comedy

If you go see a good comedy show or play you can sometimes put out a good sum of cash, likely enough to pay for a good dinner at an upscale restaurant. If you want good entertainment you have to pay for it. That is of course unless you were maintaining vigilance over the impeachment ...

TVHS Alumni event deemed a success

On behalf of the Tygarts Valley High School Alumni Association, I want to extend a sincere “thank you” to everyone who participated in our fundraiser on Feb. 1 at George Ward Elementary. We were able to raise a total of $3,680.21. We couldn’t have done it without the help of the Tygarts ...

What will the results be from new law?

The new food stamp law will only do one thing and that is to force more children to go to bed hungry. Is that what we want? If it is then when you go to church Sunday tell God you are not doing what he wants but what the Republicans want. That you support giving the rich a big tax break and ...

Reader opposes annexation efforts

As I was watching the Home Rule Law or ordinance on my computer, I stumbled onto two different articles on the subject. One of which was the Home Rule program may be violating the state Constitution. An editorial from the Charleston Daily Mail, written by a Charleston attorney and former ...

How big is big enough for a city?

Over the next few weeks Elkins leadership will be trying to convince you their “donut hole” approach to annexation is in your best interest. Why do they really want to annex certain areas? When politicians tell you, “It isn’t about the money,” believe me, it’s about the ...

TVHS coaches set to be honored

I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the Weber and Wamsley family for having their name branded on the gym floor as Weber-Wamsley Court. I remember Coach Weber when I was a freshman at Tygarts Valley. Two of my brothers played for Coach Weber in the 1950s. He was an outstanding ...

Reader weighs in on proposed gun laws

The following is an open letter to Creigh Deeds, a Democratic Virginia state Senator representing the 25th district, about proposed gun control laws: Mr. Deeds, Although I am sure your inbox is quite full these days I would appreciate if you hear me out. I am not a rabid partisan by any ...

Hate and contempt on the rise in the U.S.

As I’ve said in previous letters, I consider myself an expert on hatred and the way it is shamelessly used and let me say that for the last two months especially I have seen enough hate and contempt to do any of us a lifetime. I don’t have enough boxes and buckets to hold the rhetoric and ...

Annual Toys for Tots distribution a success

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and the Marine Corps League Leland D. “Crow” Crawford Detachment 956 of Elkins completed their 17th annual Toys for Tots distribution in the Elkins region. The Elkins Marine Corps League collected and/or purchased almost 21,000 toys, books and stuffed animals ...

Proposed federal law long in coming

The media has been so involved covering the impeachment proceedings they have missed important pending legislation. When the term “lynching” was used and the reaction was so strong I decided to find out more specific information. The numbers were high and not restricted to African ...

Angel Tree program benefits seniors

Since there is no way to personally thank the people involved. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all individuals who donated items, food stuffs and clothing to the Silver Angel Tree Program for Christmas 2019, coordinated by Catholic Charities. Thanks to the tremendous generosity ...

Valuable tool for W.Va.

As West Virginia continues to fall short on revenue collections, Gov. Jim Justice said his budget proposal is “very conservative” in his State of the State Address. But Justice missed an important opportunity in Wednesday night’s speech to get ahead of budget shortfalls that would put ...

Reader’s New Year’s wish is for peace

I don’t pretend to know everything there is to know about Middle East politics. Perhaps our presence in Iraq and Afghanistan is the only thing keeping the Chinese and Russians from taking over the world. One thing I do know is that the Middle East has been at war with itself since the time ...

W.Va. park sites facing challenges

As residents of Tucker County, we have a sincere appreciation for the great outdoors and enjoy getting out and exploring nature’s playground. Luckily, we have an abundance of options in our state. West Virginia boasts eight incredible national park sites perfect for hiking, biking, ...

Study: Fracking could create climate issues

Anyone who still believes that natural gas is a clean fuel might be surprised by the videos, with commentary (http://www.texassharon.com/2019/07/15/is-that-a-methane-leak-or-a-methane-tsunami), showing cancer-causing VOCs and methane freely exiting from horizontal hydrofracturing (hhf) units. ...

Dumbing down our children?

Our grandparents survived the roaring 1920s. Will our grandchildren survive the dis-empowered 2020s? Welcome to the liberal 2020s. Frankly, it is time to end the dumbing down culture in West Virginia. Our imperative should be to instill personal pride in learning. This new form of patriotism ...

Liberal spending plan boggles minds

Most if not all of the Democratic presidential candidates want the “Green New Deal” and “Medicare for All” to headline their agenda once elected. The cost estimate is over 50 trillion dollars for these two programs alone, not even considering other programs they plan like free college ...

Start of year may be time to look at diet

The end-of-year/New Year holidays seem to whiplash us from one extreme to the other: eat, drink and be merry vs. the customary New Year’s resolutions: reduce social media, reduce weight, and embrace a plant-based diet! One third of consumers already report reducing their consumption of ...

President Trump to stand trial

President Donald J. Trump will soon stand trial in the Senate of the United States, charged with abusing the power of his office and for obstructing the legal responsibilities of the United States Congress. I pray that our two United States Senators will do all that they can to ensure that ...