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Letters to the Editor

Education the key to moving forward

According to the dictionary the definition of a leader is someone who leads, guides or shows the way. This is a pivotal time in West Virginia for a variety of reasons and we need strong, intelligent, and forward looking leadership to carry us through this critical moment in our history. I ...

Thanking water, PSD workers for service

In these days of isolation from family, co-workers and friends, we all manage to come together in spirit and with great admiration to all of our first responders, who are doing their best to put these chaotic times back to normal. Our gratitude goes out to all the ones providing care ...

Possible uses for left-over funding

I wish the government would spend the money that is left-over after everyone received their stimulus check on something that would benefit the low-income people in our country. I have said it before and maybe if I say it enough someone will listen — the left-over money could put solar ...

COVID-19 crisis spotlights problems

As I set here today and listen to President Trump speak, if it wasn’t so important it would be a laughing matter. He is like a bird with his head in the sand. As he brags about all he has done and pats his own back, he should stop and think what he didn’t do when he had a chance. Like ...

Consequences of closing churches

I am sure Satan is laughing as the church retreats into hiding and God’s people stay away from the church. Satan knows if he can keep folks from church, from fellowship, and from the preaching of God’s word long enough they become weak and vulnerable to his attacks. When the church does ...

Reader: Officer’s response appropriate

I’m not going to say that I agree with the reaction that the arresting officer had in reference to the shooting of a fellow officer last week, but we have to realize that he had just watched his partner take two bullets and with the anxiety and fear for his well-being this officer had acted ...

Coronavirus crisis prompting racism

Our family has watched with horror as racist acts against Asian Americans, some violent (including a knife attack in Texas seriously injuring several small children), have increased dramatically. While our president initially insisted on calling the coronavirus the “Chinese virus,” this has ...

Unnecessary funding tarnishes new bill

I took time to take a look at the recently passed bill by Congress to see what was in it. What I saw was money allocated to other agencies that had nothing to do with our current situation. First for the obvious. Smithsonian Institution at $7.5 million, the Kennedy Center at $25 million, ...

Hospital’s staff is grateful for donations

St. Joseph’s Hospital sends a sincere thank you to all the businesses and community members for their donations of supplies and food. We have received vital donations of N95 masks, surgical gloves, face shields, gowns and other protective gear from: Auto Zone, Buckhannon Animal ...

Viral video raises many questions

There is a video circulating of the alleged police brutality relating to the officer shooting on March 26 in Elkins. An officer appears to strike the handcuffed subject. Where does the corruption end? Dash cams, body cam and video should be released to the public. Officer Boatwright should ...

Health professionals on the front lines

Health professionals on the front lines Across the country, in large urban areas as well as small rural communities, EMTs and paramedics are serving on the frontlines of our nation’s war against the COVID-19 pandemic, oftentimes without the necessary supplies and equipment to ensure the ...

Failed bill would have made changes

I am a lawyer and lobbyist for the folks who sign the back of their paychecks, not the front. I want to publicly thank Sen. Bill Hamilton and Sen. John Pitsenbarger for voting against SB 528 during the most recent legislative session. It only passed the Senate by one vote before the House of ...

We cannot give in to despair despite crisis

To the residents of Randolph County, West Virginia and the United Sates of America: After much thought I have decided to add my two cents to this real and serious pandemic that we all are facing. (Yes, the young people also.) Please do not despair; do not panic; listen to what the health ...

Playing party politics with stimulus bill

Do any of you readers think the risk of thousands of people dying could stir compassion in a Democrat’s heart? Especially in a Democrat with a title of Speaker and Minority Leader preceding their name. More specific, Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader Schumer, two people I hope to never get ...

‘Chicken Little’ is sometimes justified

What if the sky was not falling? What if all the hysterical calls for the end of everything was a bid for ratings, views, clicks,and likes. Well, it is, because most news outlets have to fight the most popular shows to get ratings and add revenue. It’s not the fault of the news outlets ...

Veterinarian looks at coronavirus issues

Like most people, I am concerned about the health and well-being of my family (two- and four-legged) and my friends. As a veterinarian, I must be concerned for my clients and their pets. News, social media and television programs are filled with stories and impressions of COVID-19. The danger ...

Good advice is simple

School closings, sports event cancellations, food hoarding... we live in a new coronavirus-induced world. Yet some personal health facts remain unchanged. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer good advice for preventing community spread and personal infection: apply ...

Using the crisis as a political tool

At a time when we need to come together as a nation and cooperate to combat this new health scare the Democratic establishment is using it as an opportunity to belittle President Trump’s handling of the outbreak. They are acting no better than the Chinese by trying to create a false ...

Imagine a better West Virginia

Imagine if you will a West Virginia where millionaires can’t buy elections and the Governor will fight for working families like he’s done his entire life. Imagine a West Virginia where a healthcare system keeps us healthy and doesn’t bankrupt us; where there’s an expansion of rural ...

Reader responds to Belington mayor

Oh, Maureen Laskey-Satchell. The mayor who can’t seem to tell the truth and lives in a world of alternative reality. First of all, I did in fact find many violations at the Civic Center, which I still have pictures, showing children in high risk of being hurt. Is there a law stating I ...