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Letters to the Editor

Holiday event set

The Randolph Coalition of Christian Churches is happy to again announce that we will be serving a Thanksgiving lunch at the Oddfellows from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, and we invite anyone in the community who has a desire to join us for lunch to come out and be a part of our ...

Nightmare situation

I have a question for you. Think before you answer. What if you got a call from your children’s or grandchildren’s school and told you there was a shooting and your child was dead or shot? If I got that call it would tear my heart out. I am 74 and have owned guns and hunted all of my ...

Thanksgiving options

Next week, President Trump will take a break from watching his impeachment hearings to pardon two turkeys. Every one of us can exercise our own pardon power by choosing a non-violent, cruelty-free Thanksgiving observance. The 244 million turkeys killed in the U.S. this year were raised in ...

Bowl-A-Thon a success

Upshur County Relay For Life would like to thank everyone who came out and supported our inaugural Bowl-A-Thon. We would also like to thank our sponsors: Woody’s Bowling Center, Brake’s Dairy King and Upshur Cinema 6. There was a great turnout and a good time was had by all. Lots of ...

Reader imagines what he would do

If I was a liberal socialist Democrat I would engulf the whole of America in darkness. I’d seize half of its real estate and redistribute four-fifths of its wealth, but I would not be happy until I had seized total control of you. I would set about however necessary to take over the United ...

Bipartisan leaders are much needed

Bipartisanship has been declared all but dead in Washington. But even as tempers flare and divisions deepen, there are still critical issues impacting West Virginians that can’t be fixed without bipartisan solutions. Broadband policy is near the top of that list. For years, the fight over ...

Could parking lot be better utilized?

Elkins Church of God Family Worship Center on Taylor Avenue has a lovely parking lot. My question is, why isn’t it better utilized? I have a family member who lives close by. When church is in session or other church events are happening, there are cars lined up in front of the residence. ...

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, ...