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Letters to the Editor

Lincoln’s words are still revelant

To honor our veterans, listen to Lincoln! In 270 words at Gettysburg, Lincoln said it is fitting and proper, to honor their sacrifice, so their sacrifice will not be in vain. But, he challenged us to do more. With increased devotion, he said, it is for us, the living, to be dedicated to the ...

Will our leaders ruin the country?

The Republican Party is letting this president destroy their party. First, there is no Quid Pro Quo, Now there is but it is OK for a Republican president to do it. Only the Dems are wrong. The Dems are doing everything behind closed doors. Not so fast now, it is in the open. They realize ...

Cub Scouts offer local programs for youth

This letter is in memory of Larry Scott. My parents signed me up for Cub Scouts in grade school. Although I did not know anyone in the troop, I quickly made friends. A lot of families are involved in sports throughout the year, and I am thankful that mine kept me involved in scouts. There ...

Reader proposes a migrant prosperity tax

I would like to propose a voluntary tax, lets say 25% of your annual wealth, to be spent on housing and food for all the people trying to cross our southern border. This money is to be spent in Mexico or South America to better the lives of these distressed peoples,thus ending the need for ...

What candidates are promising us

Because all good things should come in threes, here is the final part of my trend of letters that involves making a list. Today, I want to look at what our presidential hopefuls are promising to bring to the table if elected. Here goes: A Wealth Tax. Are you, like me, sick and tired of the ...

Just what does it stand for today?

Both of my parents were Democrat, obviously. I’m sure Republican families had their version of my dad’s explanation, perhaps something along the lines of: “Republicans believe in less government and more hard work. Democrats want high taxes and welfare.” Political parties were easy to ...

Reader: Party isn’t what it used to be

Well, it’s that time of year again when the leaves are in full flame, and we all gleefully gorge ourselves silly on zombies, overpriced costumes, jack-o-lanterns, candy, and the latest Hollywood creature feature. It is after all, our one time a year where we can let loose and dare to ...

Organization seeks noise reduction

I grew up in Elkins and returned here to retire. The place has exceptional natural beauty. As a child I found my first insect exo-skeleton left on a rock in the Shavers Fork and was hooked on the wild, wonderful beauty of this place ever since. It was very disappointing in 2012 when the noise ...

Alumni association needs volunteers

The Elkins High Alumni Association has been at it for close to 27 years. Its purpose is to assist the high school and its programs when money is short. We assist everything from academics to theater and music to athletics. We also assist some of the school clubs when they perform for ...

Barging in on a secretive hearing

Just this morning, Oct. 24, by happenstance I listened to Hoppy Kercheval of WV Metro News conducting an interview with 2nd Congressional District representative Alex Mooney. I don’t make a habit of tuning in to Hoppy’s programs because of conflicting interests and opinions of what’s good ...

Visitor praises Elkins experience

I just wanted to share our experiences during a recent visit to Elkins. I organized a group from the Capital City Corvette Club to come visit the Greenbriar and Durbin Railroad. While I organized the trip through MountainRail, and they did a great job, all the folks who attended were just ...

Making money or following morality?

I was just reading about the Chinese government being accused of harvesting organs from Muslim and Christian minorities that have been placed in re-education camps. They are not just taking one kidney or part of a liver, they harvest everything, thus murdering the prisoners, it is alleged. ...

Proposal deserves to be considered

If we capture CO2 from burning coal and gas, we can keep using coal and gas. If we don’t capture CO2 these power plants will be closed, one way or another. The climate marches and rallies show that people are pushing harder and harder to limit CO2. Capturing CO2 lets power plants survive, ...

Annual banquet deemed a success

The Allegheny Mountain Chapter Friends of the NRA would like to take this space to thank all of the business and individuals who helped make the annual fundraising banquet, held at the Beverly VFD on Sept. 7, another success for youth shooting sports in West Virginia. The Friends of the NRA ...

How to cut down our carbon footprint

Timothy M. Simmons has a novel idea to cut our carbon footprint. He says, let’s give every household $5,000 to be spent only on renewable energy. Since you can’t put a windmill or a dam on the property of most households, he is saying merely to install solar panels. That’s a nice idea. ...

How should Elkins use sales tax funds?

It is truly refreshing to see that Elkins city officials have prioritized the spending of the somewhat unexpected financial windfall from the forced imposition of the 1% sales tax on businesses. This includes, but is not limited to, employee pay raises, infrastructure projects, equipment ...

‘Socialist’ different than ‘progressive’

With all due respect to my fellow Americans, most of us simply don’t know that a “liberal/progressive” is not the same thing as a “socialist.” A true “socialist” is someone who wants all of the businesses and workplaces to be owned and controlled by “the state” or “the ...

Climate change and world’s food supply

“Climate Change Threatens World Food Supply” was the lead story in recent newspapers. It was prompted by the release of a summary report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, staffed by more than 100 experts from 52 countries. The report details how climate ...

Opioid crisis: Tragedy, travesty

The pharmaceutical industry acted in a timely manner to have insulation in place in the event the opioid crisis ever neared a reckoning. Having lobbyist/ politicians in place to mitigate the heat of litigation against opioid manufacturers and suppliers is good business. It’s a walking, ...

Why so surprised?

Edward S. Brenwalt writes that he doesn’t think much of our president’s record. He says many of his promises have not been kept, and ones that he has claimed to have kept he has had to lie about because they were certainly not kept. We knew he was a vain and vulgar, pathological liar, ...