Letters to the Editor

Free trade and W.Va.’s economy

Many of the economic problems afflicting West Virginia are directly tied to the loss of jobs and opportunity caused by the proliferation of free trade agreements in the last forty-plus years. Cities and towns across the state that used to thrive are nearly devoid of all economic activity. ...

What government type do we need?

In the Constitution of West Virginia, under Article III titled Bill of Rights Reserved to People, it states, “Government is instituted for the common benefit, protection and security of the people, nation or community. Of all its various forms that is the best, which is capable of producing ...

Are they guilty as sin?

Well, well, well... the Russia investigation has just indicted 12 more Russians, all of them government officials (meaning that they work for Putin!), all for the crime of hacking the DNC and Millard Clinton emails and distributing for the purpose of damaging Millard’s chances to win the ...

Times have changed

During Hoppy Kercheval’s call-in segment of his radio show on July 20, there was a man who called in complaining about “Conservative Christians” telling everyone what to do. Obviously, this man slept through Obama’s eight-year presidency. For eight years, we were forced to pay for lousy ...

Russian meddling and Y2K hysteria

Does anyone remember that quaint apocalyptic hysteria called Y2K? Remember when you were a teenager and so excited that you were going out with your first crush. You: showered, brushed your teeth, dressed right. Hanging out, both laughing when you go for it. You go for a cheek kiss and ...

Wildflowers bring beauty to W.Va.

The largest flower garden in Randolph County? West Virginia? For wildflower buffs, the 5-mile bed of chicory in the median up Kelly Mountain, to Bowden, may be the largest. (Unless you count the miles and miles of yellow clover along limestone berms of West Virginia.) Like its dandelion ...

Candidate stood with teachers this year

Over the past 10 months I’ve had the good fortune to get to know Talley Sergent, Democratic candidate for the House in the Second Congressional district. I can say without hesitation that she’s the real deal! Sergent is a sixth-generation West Virginian whose great-grandparents founded ...

Con artist playing us all for suckers?

Let me add my perspective to the Donald Trump debate: Trump is merely a skillful, manipulative “gaslighter” and con artist who intentionally appeals to our worst inner qualities because he believes that this is who and what 51 percent of us are. Namely, angry, lonely, fearful, bitter, ...

Elkins man’s life is memorialized

I have the habit of striking up conversation with everyone. And so, in the wee hours of the morning, as the bus headed to the start of the first Kingsford Allegheny Highlands Trail 20-miler in 2016, I talked to Michael Stennes. He was the only person awake near me. I was thinking about ...

Cassity resident upset about cats

The community of Cassity, among many others, are being over run with cats. The level of irresponsibility is astonishing. If people have no intention of tending to and caring for animals, they shouldn't have them in the first place. It is completely disrespectful to allow your cats to run ...

Is speech still free?

I recently read an article about a law professor that was invited to give a speech at a New York law college. The professor was heckled out of the building with one protester yelling “f*** the law.” Is that not ironic, a law student yelling that out and being supported by the faculty and ...

Rotten fruit in the Garden of Eden?

Buckhannon/Upshur County’s beauty and bureaucracy could reduce a grown man to tears. A string of failed administrations and a lack of public appetite for reform have made this gem in the mountains almost ungovernable. The first tree I ever climbed was an apple tree. It was growing in our ...

Amendment to be on the state ballot

There is a little-known proposed amendment to the West Virginia Constitution that will be on the ballot in the general election on Nov. 6. A yes vote on Amendment 1 will prevent your tax dollars from being used for abortions. Opponents of this amendment will misrepresent this as an attack on ...

TVHS Homecoming deemed a success

On behalf of the TVHS Alumni Association I would like to offer sincere thanks to the following groups and individuals for helping to make the TVHS Homecoming 2018 a huge success. First and foremost, thanks to Tom Wamsley for everything you did to make the weekend a huge success. You attended ...

It’s time to be quiet and think

Elected officials slaughtered because someone does not agree with their political belief or actions. Teachers slaughtered by a student disciplined for misbehavior, and guns were easier than other conflict resolutions. Students slaughtered by another student for real or perceived ...

Feral cats are causing problems

We homeowners have a feral cat problem that nobody seems to want to address. These feral cats use our gardens as litter boxes. They spray an where they choose, and they climb on our cars. Feral cats are an ecological disaster to our surroundings. They kill other wildlife just for the fun of ...

Abortion still a polarizing issue

Let’s talk about abortion — a polarizing, hot button issue that is dividing our nation. Listening to the extreme left, abortion should be a free privilege that everyone should have, under all conditions. The extreme right pushes the opposite view, that abortion is wrong, criminal, and ...

Kavanaugh under the microscope

Kavanaugh is Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court. What do we know about Kavanaugh? He once held a hearing saying the president of the U.S. is above the law, can not be investigated, charged with a crime or convicted of a crime. If that is true then to hell with the Declaration of ...

Suggestion to help immigration crisis

The protesters on the left demand open borders and getting rid of ICE, while the right wants “zero tolerance” where illegal immigration is concerned. Why not compromise, have all the left’s protesters donate all the money that they are spending traveling to and from protests and on ...

Blackwater Canyon and development

Blackwater Canyon, in Tucker County, is under threat of assault by Allegheny Wood Products of Petersburg, which owns significant acreage in the canyon. Allegheny wants to deforest the canyon and then develop it. Deforestation and development of Blackwater Canyon would result in elimination of ...