Letters to the Editor

Reader decries family separation

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.

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?

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

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 ...

Reorganizing school districts

West Virginia’s current school district model is antiquated and full of redundancies that need to be reorganized or eliminated. The West Virginia Constitution, as amended, establishes the West Virginia Board of Education and allows, but does not require, the legislature to provide for ...

Store’s policy frustrates reader

Over the holiday weekend, my husband, our 18-year-old son and I went to Walmart in Elkins to purchase party supplies. One of the things we wanted to buy happened to be alcohol. When we got to the register, I was informed that we would need to show ID — all three of us. I have no problem ...

Teacher strikes and party politics

It’s no coincidence that teachers’ unions are forcing strikes only in states which the Democrat establishment has targeted for election success this November. It started with West Virginia and has spread to Arizona, Colorado and Kentucky, all states targeted by Democrats. Union ...

Legalization of marijuana debated

To all you knuckleheads supporting the legalization of marijuana: Just because other drugs are legal doesn’t mean we should add more drugs to the party, pushing the state’s drug addiction problem on a more rapid downward spiral that it is on now. Most of us have either seen or know ...

Does U.S. need stricter gun laws?

This letter goes, more or less, to a certain other letter writer, if only because he had a special response to one of my more recent letters. First, you acknowledge that other countries have stricter gun laws. Good for you, really good for you. But... You didn’t explain why it was that ...

Has GOP control been good for WV?

If you like what the Republicans have done the last four years in our state, then vote Republican. Then let me inform you some of the things they have done. 1. They passed the right-to-work law which is against the union workers, better pay, safer work places. 2. They raised our taxes on ...

Fundraiser a success

Tygart Valley Homestead Association would like to thank the Beverly United Methodist Church, the Hinzman family, Homestead volunteers and patrons for a successful pancake breakfast fundraiser for Homestead Community Center kitchen and dining room. The amount raised is $1,150. Alvin Keith ...

Event is more than just a festival

Sunday marked the closing of yet another action-packed, fun-filled, berry-sweet, West Virginia Strawberry Festival week. For the citizens of Upshur County, the middle of May has always been, and will always be, our most special time of year. In the weeks leading up to the event, we rush to ...

Raises in gas tax and DMV fees

It appears the raising of the gas tax and DMV fees is shaping up to be a point of contention in the upcoming general election. Because it was a bipartisan initiative, it’s difficult to see how it can be used by either party against the other. Agree or disagree, it was a key initiative of ...

Holy Week Services received support

This letter is a little late, but it is never too late to say thank you. The Elkins Church Women United want to thank the Elkins Area Ministerial Association members for leading the worship services each day during our community’s Holy Week Services and the Elkins community for its monetary ...

Fundraiser a success

I would like to thank my mother, Lisa Wamsley, for initiating the call to Harvey Taylor to host a fundraiser for our Key Club. Taylor is “King of the Cakewalk.” My mom has always instilled in me hard work and determination. You can make a difference, she encouraged me to do just that. I ...

Coach takes issue with editorial

Your May 11 editorial titled “Eligibility” deftly illustrates the simplistic thought process of those who watch interscholastic sports and therefore feel they know everything about the subject. As someone who has coached at this level for more than 40 years, plus having been an athletic ...

Why was voter turnout so low?

Is it okay to be so sick of local politics that we’ve just given up and don’t care anymore? Absolutely! It’s our right as an American to vote or to not vote. To watch news or ignore it. To affiliate with a party or not at all. What you want to care about or not care about is your ...

Stand up for freedom

While reading about Facebook’s CEO agreeing to remove any posts that they or the government consider to be terroristic or harmful to the public, it occurs to me that this may be how Russia or Hitler started their control of the masses. A gentleman used Twitter to send several direct quotes ...

Pulitzer Prize winner deemed a ‘bully’

The column of George F. Will on the May 10 editorial page is the lowest of the low. He comes across as a small-minded bully, not a journalist. One of Webster’s definitions of journalism: “Direct presentation of facts or description of events without an attempt at interpretation.” The ...

Discussion needed on needle exchange

Two weeks ago, following articles published in local newspapers referencing the implementation of a “needle exchange” program here in Buckhannon, I, like many others, became highly concerned. I remember thinking to myself: “How could the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department implement such ...