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Letters to the Editor

Thankful for what they had

This is the eve of Thanksgiving and I just wanted to share some thoughts of a Thanksgiving day in Vietnam. I joined 2nd Bn, 5th Marines on Hill 69 at An Ton Bridge near Chu Lai in 1966. Several companies were up north near the DMZ on Operation Prairie and in late November 1966 our battalion ...

Election disappoints Trump supporter

It isn’t much fun anymore cleaning up behind the same old horse from which the same old fertilizer falls, day after day and year after year, but I’m going to do it one more time since there appears to be two or three, possibly four Democrats in the area who get their news from MSNBC, CNN ...

Kroger, employees work on agreement

Whether it’s for the turkey at Thanksgiving dinner or the fresh food and essentials your family needs, Kroger has been proud to serve as the neighborhood grocer for West Virginia families for nearly a hundred years. What started as just five stores in Charleston in 1926 has grown to forty ...

Biden supporter happy with election

After four long years, the Trump nightmare is near its end and there has been much rejoicing. Now, I know you Trumpcakes out there are bitter and angry but I implore you to take this opportunity to reflect and let this truly sink in. People celebrated Trump’s defeat, from coast to coast. In ...

Putting up lights a community event

I am often amazed at the generosity and kindness of the people of Elkins. This weekend once again made me realize what a special place I live in and how people step up when needed. With this unusual year came the lack of the inmate work crew which is essential to the placement of the ...

County clerk, staff’s efforts appreciated

I worked both the primary and general election polls this 2020 election year. Brenda Wiseman and her staff at the County Clerk’s office are professional, efficient, patient and kind. And on top of all that, they are great to work with. Any time there was a need to call their office with a ...

Hyperloop will create great opportunities

It was recently announced that Virgin, the multinational venture capital conglomerate, intends to open a Hyperloop certification facility and testing track on approximately 800 acres that span Tucker and Grant counties. Apart from the obvious economic benefit, this is a heartening sign of good ...

Reader: America is now in decline

On Sunday, Nov. 8, Iran made a statement that the election process proved that America was “in decline.” For once I agree wholeheartedly with Iran. In these modern times there is no excuse for not having a voting process that is tamperproof and error proof. It’s more complicated to run ...

Reflecting on changes brought by election

Trump, you lost, and Biden is our new president. Wipe your tears, and you are fired. How does it fill to get some of your own medicine? The day you lost was the best day for America’s future. No more lies, no more bragging you are the best, no more name calling, no more Twitter lies from ...

Newly elected sheriff is congratulated

In the election for sheriff of Randolph County, the people have spoken. Congratulations to Rob Elbon. Rob will be the new supreme law enforcement officer, defender of the West Virginia Constitution, and maintainer of the rule of law. I also express a sincere appreciation for the people who ...

Working to battle pancreatic cancer

Now that the election is over, I know all of us are getting to or have gotten to the point of COVID fatigue. I know I have. Like everyone else, I wish things would go back to “normal.” However, through all of this, people are still dying of all types of cancer. In October each year, we ...

Group should look at Wimer Field

With the “Elkins Make It Shine” initiative, the city needs to look at Wimer Field. Elkins Make It Shine is a great (and) obviously successful program giving our city a clean presentation and much needed facelift. Wimer stadium is the exact opposite. On Oct. 6, 2018, the MSFF hosted a ...

True value of an honest businessman

I have heard so many people use an explanation for voting for Donald Trump: he is better for business. Indeed, Vice President Pence remarked during the recent vice presidential debates that President Trump is a businessman. OK. I get that business owners might indeed be glad that a ...

Manchin surprises former delegate

During my 34 years in the West Virginia House of Delegates, I had the honor to serve with many state legislators, including Joe Manchin. During those years in the 1980s and 1990s, he seemed to operate in a non-partisan fashion generally representing the conservative values of our state. ...

Reader: Voters need the facts, not fiction

In response to Doris Kelley’s Oct. 10 letter, I offer this. In the words of Vice President Pence, “You are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts.” I’ll make this short and sweet. I repeat, Trump did NOT say our soldiers are losers. When Trump said, “I don’t like ...

Time running out on election campaigns

I called Sen. Capito’s office this morning but she wasn’t there. Someone said she might be out on the Capitol steps helping change diapers on the Democrats who boycotted the vote this morning on Judge Amy Barrett. I didn’t watch the show but there must have been a lot of them there, ...

Dispute over an alleged statement

A Navy vet said I was lying when I quoted what Trump said about our heroes who lost their lives in wars defending our great country. How can you call me a liar? Trump was the one who made the statement, but yet you don’t want to see him for what a loser he is. Trump has no respect for ...

Census taker finds hope in his travels

I recently spent two and a half months working for the U.S. Census Bureau counting people. My journey took me through six counties. Hampshire to Hardy ... Pendleton to Pocahontas ... Randolph to Webster. I experienced the early morning sun peeking through the fall leaves on the North ...

First-hand lessons in homeschooling

A famed philosopher, Paris Hilton, once said, “Math is hard.” West Virginia parents are getting a first-hand lesson in home schooling during this so-called COVID-19 lockdown. Like many issues today, public education is as edgy as it gets. Old guard school boards are now squeezed ...

Election time is rolling around again

It is time to vote again, So stop and think how the Republicans in Charleston raised our taxes on vehicles, trailers, boats, driving licenses and not just a little but almost doubling them. Teachers had to go on strike to get a raise. Just to hear the lies from the Republicans. We pay ...