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Opinion

Spending

Editorials

One thing about government at all levels that must puzzle many people is why spending is allowed to grow, year by year, even when tax increases are needed to make it happen. Why can’t government do what many families have no choice about? Why can’t it work with what money it has to pay ...

Hoping for change of heart

Columnists

In just one week, the 60-day legislative session will have come to a close. Since February 8, the Senate has sent 267 bills over to the House for consideration, and in the coming days, many of those will become law. While most of this session has been completely under the umbrella of the ...

Flaws

Editorials

Though the intent was good in the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, the proposal itself was full of flaws. That very thing is what killed it. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, with President Donald Trump’s backing, proposed a bill that would have addressed just ...

Lessons from failure

Columnists

For President Donald Trump, his foray into legislative negotiation was a failure. Failing to heed the most elementary of warnings, “stop,” “look” and particularly “listen,” he suffered a defeat on health care. Moreover, he apparently did not have a clue as where or how to proceed ...

Delightful Dining

Columnists

ELKINS — April Fool’s Day has gained prominence this year, because the February and March weather patterns seem to have “flip-flopped” and the spring-like days that occurred in February ended with sinter fooling us all when snow filled the air during March’s first week of spring. ...

How shall ye contend with the horses?

Columnists

In recent weeks we’ve surpassed a myriad of special events and holidays. We elected and inaugurated a new POTUS. On Dec. 7, we commemorated the 75th anniversary of the empire of Japan’s bombing the U.S. naval fleet at Pearl Harbor. On a personal note, Dec. 7, 2016, marked 15 years since the ...

Journey continues at D&E College

Columnists

Chris A. Wood was inaugurated as president of Davis & Elkins College Thursday. It was a celebration of the life-long learning path that brings people together in the supportive environment of an academic community. The theme for inaugural events was: “The Journey Continues,” a ...

Enough Secrets

Editorials

Complaints about public money used to pay out-of-state workers on big construction projects prompted West Virginia legislators to insist a few years ago that at least 75 percent of employees in such contracts be residents of our state. An enforcement mechanism requires contractors to submit ...

Drug Crisis Bill

Editorials

When it comes to battling our state’s substance abuse crisis, there are no Democrats and Republicans in the Legislature. There are just West Virginians as desperate as any of the rest of us to do something about the scourge. A bill approved Wednesday by the House of Delegates made that ...

Senate set to vote on confirmation

Columnists

Within a few days, U.S. senators will vote on whether to confirm federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch to a seat on the Supreme Court. His opponents have a variety of criticisms of him, some voiced through rhetorical questions asked during his confirmation hearings. Those who claim to fear ...

Education

Editorials

West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee sounded something like the typical bureaucrat in part of what he said in his State of the University speech last week. Legislators who are insisting on spending cuts from many in state government should be careful not to cripple higher ...

Education

Editorials

During the past few decades, state and federal governments have tightened their control over public schools. Very little in the way of meaningful education reform can be done without clearing it in Charleston or Washington. Predictably — and rightly — that has prompted many West ...

Fake news from the government?

Columnists

This week’s Fake News Trophy goes not to any newspaper, internet site or broadcast outlet, but to the U.S. Census Bureau. On Thursday, the Census agency released its 2016 population estimates. The next day, a story and chart were published showing the Northern Panhandle-East Ohio region had ...

Struggling

Editorials

West Virginians — legislators, business owners, workers, students ... all of us — are struggling mightily with how to make the changes that will propel us past the mess we have been trying to clean up for the past few years. We are proud, tradition-based people who sometimes lose sight ...

Flawed

Editorials

President Donald Trump has received an enormous amount of criticism — much of it justified — for some of his off-the-cuff comments. One, about unemployment in the United States, was right on target, however. Earlier this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the nation’s ...

Trump needs to follow another example

Columnists

Perhaps as Chancellor Angela Merkel met President Donald Trump she probably was tempted to make comparisons to another leader from German history. No, not the one that everyone seems to pull out of the pack but Kaiser Wilhelm II, who reigned from 1888-1918. Vain, egotistical, flighty and ...

Belington satellite tax office to close on April 1; cleanup set

Columnists

Hello and happy spring from Barbour County! Folks needing to pay their taxes have been able to go to the satellite tax office in Belington, instead of driving to the other end of the county. As of April 1, that will change. The tax office satellite location will be closing in Belington, and ...

Reinventing Seneca Mall in Elkins

Columnists

See how things are changing at Seneca Mall at the Main Street First Friday Event from 5-7 p.m. on April 7 in the mall atrium. Dr. Kyle West and his wife Sydney Metheny are not only bringing better physical fitness to their clientele, they are helping Seneca Mall to shape up, too. Their Seven ...

Jesus delivers in a time of need

Columnists

Recently, as I was recovering from surgery, our bird feeders were moved so that I could see them from the windows of the living room. This was the space where I spent most of my time during that period and I had hoped that the birds would keep me company. However, no birds appeared. And then ...

Bill would provide real help for many

Editorials

Give West Virginia legislators several years ago credit for wanting to protect their constituents from junk cars. But like so many consumer-protection laws, the statute enacted for that purpose was detrimental to many it was supposed to help. Under current law, if you want to buy a used car ...