Letters to the Editor

Amendment prompts much controversy

Letters to the editor have been appearing in newspapers around the state, making extreme claims about what the effect of Amendment 1 will be if passed. It’s time to get the facts. The most common claim is that Amendment 1 will “make abortion illegal in West Virginia.” False. Abortion is ...

‘Gotcha!’ moment backfires in Senate

I cannot remember another time in my 68-plus years when there was so much hate coming out of so few people. When it comes to a certain handful of democrats in Washington, D.C., anything goes these days and there’s no shame, even when their stupid plots backfire and fail to deliver the desired ...

Manchin’s decision frustrating to reader

Joe Manchin has made a habit of obstructing the president and his administration. A president clearly supported by a large percentage of West Virginians. Manchin always has a reason for every one of his actions, an excuse for his votes and anything but results. His actions are far louder than ...

EHS Alumni group looks to help school

On behalf of the Elkins High Alumni Association, I would like to thank all for attending our gathering during the Mountain State Forest Festival. A thanks to Deloris Wilfong and her band of merry women and men for putting together another great gathering. Grads from as far back as 1942 came ...

Reader frustrated by turning lane work

One month. Just one more month. Two local West Virginia Division of Highways officials recently said that’s the answer to the most frequently asked question they field: “When will the McDonald’s turning lane project (in Buckhannon) be finished?” A.L.L. Construction was given notice ...

Voters have options in November election

It’s that time for us to voice our options, And we all need to go vote if we want our voice to count. If you like what has happened in the past two years with the Republican control in our state, Then vote Republican. Here is a reminder of what they have done. Like raising what we pay for ...

Economy is moving in the right direction

Things sure are looking up! America and West Virginia’s economy are finally moving in the right direction — thanks to Congressman McKinley and President Trump! I see Help Wanted ads all over on the internet and in the newspapers now. Unemployment claims are the lowest they’ve been in ...

Senators’ questions an embarrassment

The Democratic senators that spoke during Ford’s testimony began their questioning of her by stating that they “believed” her version of the attempted rape. How can you decide the truth before questioning the witness? These senators did not care about the truth, they wanted to derail the ...

Is signage a code enforcement issue?

City officials have been seen in the newspaper and on the television and social media celebrating the restoration of a Coca-Cola bottling sign on the Stalnaker Building in downtown Elkins. In 2015 City Council adopted a comprehensive change to the existing sign ordinance. The newly passed ...

Distressed properties and a strategic plan

Distressed properties, possible solutions and the strategic plan. What to do? I recommend waiting until the midterm elections this coming November. I do greatly encourage everyone to vote. Personally, I have not missed an opportunity to vote since I became of legal age to vote. I am now 65 ...

Racism in politics

“Trump: The worst racist of all times.” The following is an excerpt from an article written by “Wayne Allyn Root”, at Townhall.com. “I’m going to tell you the tale of two presidents: Trump and Obama. First, I’m going to introduce you to the worst racist ever in the White House. ...

Pipeliner praises local area, residents

I came to this area three months ago for work. I have never been to Elkins and the Randolph County area before. My stay has been quite an adventure. I am from Indiana, an equipment operator for 12 years and represent a trade of workers that are often the targets of disdain because of the very ...

Commercial breeders law still not enacted

The Federation of Humane Organizations of West Virginia, FOHOWV, would like to thank Deputy M.P. Dyer and Animal Control Officer Charlie Ramsey for their thorough investigation in the Deborah Kay Jones case, which resulted in dozens of misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty. Without their hard ...

Building on sales tax

Put your hand up if you’d like to pay more sales tax. One of the great mantras of many of our elected political leadership is that people really want to pay more taxes. They want us to believe what we receive from our government in return is of such huge value that we are simply gagging ...

Town Hall meetings give residents a voice

Misinformation is spreading regarding the purpose and participants of the Town Hall meetings. These meetings have been held quarterly for the past few years to brainstorm about what the residents and property owners of Elkins can and should do about the growing problem associated with vacant ...

Taking things for granted is dangerous

I read a previous letter to the editor about wildflowers making West Virginia beautiful, and it made me think of the rural roads in Randolph County back in the 1980s. The Long Run Road in Cassidy had road banks covered in wild honeysuckles that were breathtaking in early June. But people came, ...

Should the singer have been stifled?

We were extremely disappointed in the action taken by the “Create Buckhannon” members for discriminating against those of us who came particularly to hear music from Ed Crawford on Friday evening in Jaw Bone Park. His performance had been advertised in the local paper and he was denied ...

Funding needs to be reinstated

I’m writing to invite my fellow West Virginians to ask our Congressional delegation to support permanent reauthorization and funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). This extremely powerful and reliable source of funding is absolutely essential for the growth and welfare of ...

Trump stacking up accomplishments

As we approach the end of President Trump’s second year in office, the ever-growing list of extraordinary good things he has done for America is nothing short of remarkable. President Trump inspires such deep emotions in his critics that many have struggled to objectively assess his ...

Comparing McCain to the president

I was just thinking about cults. How people can be brainwashed to join and believe someone like Jim Jones and Charles Manson. But yet today we have a president running his own cult. It doesn’t matter what he says, his 37 percent of his cult sticks with him. He can talk about how he has ...