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Opinion

Group thankful for local efforts

Letters to the Editor

Elkins Church Women United want to thank the Elkins Ministerial Association members for leading the ecumenical worship services during Holy Week. We also would like to thank the musicians for sharing their talents, First Church of Christ for hosting us each day, Davis Medical Center for ...

Protection not wasteful spending

Letters to the Editor

Most likely, your dictionary will define the words “a one-track mind” as intentionally focusing on a single subject to a degree that probably also meets the definition of obsession. I’m referring, of course, to Mr. Lloyd Price’s letter to the editor in the April 1 edition of The ...

The value of a college degree

Columnists

The national tone of public criticism of higher education has sharpened recently. Many in both the public and private sectors are questioning the cost of higher education, and others are questioning its value. We are being exposed through all forms of media to predominantly negative stories ...

Kudos for Justice on BOE appointments

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice seems intent on ensuring members of the West Virginia Board of Education understand public schools from the inside. That would explain his appointments to the board, most of which have been people with experience in the classroom and school administration. That makes one of ...

Victories require vigilance

Columnists

Over the past few months, West Virginia has experienced a tremendous amount of success in beating back years of federal overreach that have devastated many in our state. One of the greatest victories involved my office leading a coalition of 27 states and state agencies against the so-called ...

Something has to give in Charleston

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice’s veto last week of a budget bill sent to him by the West Virginia Legislature may have prompted some frustrated lawmakers to adopt a “back to square one” attitude. Let us hope the governor’s position is that reasonable. During a press conference in which he had ...

Warner has cleaned up voter registrations

Editorials

Eleven states are being threatened with lawsuits if they do not clean up their voter registration lists, the Judicial Watch organization revealed a few days ago. If you are a West Virginian, the announcement may well have prompted a “here we go again” reaction. Our state is notorious for ...

Fix budget without tax hikes

Columnists

Once again, the bureaucracy — aided and abetted by Gov. Jim Justice — has pulled the wool over West Virginia legislators’ eyes. With the very best of intentions, conservative lawmakers allowed themselves to be stampeded into a badly flawed budget proposal. It’s not that the ...

War on coal is far from over

Editorials

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey deserves much of the credit for delaying former President Barack Obama’s assault on the coal industry and affordable electricity. Other state officials, including legislators and former Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, merit kudos for opposing Obama, ...

Highly Improper

Editorials

Billionaire businessman Jim Justice had every right to lobby Marshall University to make changes in its football program. Governor Jim Justice does not. It is being reported Justice pressured Marshall officials to fire head football coach Doc Holliday and replace him with former coach ...

Easter blessings

Columnists

Whenever I think of Easter, many cherished — albeit humorous — memories from long ago come flooding into consciousness. As a child, my family had as many Easter traditions as the Easter Bunny has brothers and sisters. It all would start, though, with the annual trip to the department ...

Loughry gives thanks for visit

Letters to the Editor

Last week, I had the distinct honor of bringing the Legal Advancement for West Virginia Students (ALAWS) program to my Tucker County home. This program allowed the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia to partner with local lawyers, teachers and community leaders to educate young West ...

Governor is just wrong

Columnists

Well, West Virginia. If you were tired of being last in everything, you were at least first in something last week. On Thursday, West Virginia very well may have become the first state in which the sitting governor used an actual pile of cow manure to make a point. It shouldn’t have come ...

Activism is alive, well in Highlands

Letters to the Editor

Since the November election, citizen activism has surged. Nationwide, thousands of groups of neighbors are meeting to learn about people power. In December, former congressional aides published an activism handbook called “The Indivisible Guide,” which has been downloaded over a million ...

A STREAM Fox Forest field trip

Columnists

Twenty students from Elkins Middle School embarked on a spring adventure at Fox Forest Wildlife Management Area near the Division of Natural Resources Elkins Operations Center on Wednesday. These students participate in Kump Education Center’s STREAM Program with mentors Kylie Antoline and ...

Council shouldn’t take up rights issue

Letters to the Editor

It does the heart good to see someone like Mike House stand up and speak out against the pseudo rights protectors (Elkins City Council) who, on Friday, March 24, declared they are merely protecting the rights of all peoples by drafting these unenforceable resolutions and ordinances, or in this ...

Catastrophe truly has bipartisan roots

Columnists

Donald Trump’s strike against Syria was a symbolic and showy display amidst the constant barrage of criticism his administration has received for trying to meet Russia halfway. But for the neo-cons it was a slam dunk. From Lindsay Graham to Nikki Haley, the proponents of regime change in ...

A thank-you to West Virginia

Letters to the Editor

I am moving to Baltimore April 22. I am leaving a love note to West Virginia here: Dear West Virginia, I am leaving but I wanted to depart with a final message. Thank you for letting me find myself here. I am a kinder and less judgmental person for knowing you. Thank you for letting me ...

Water quality is a big concern

Letters to the Editor

Concerned about your water quality and availability and with the proposed 42 inch methane Atlantic Coast Pipeline proposed to cross West Virginia? You should be, the EPA is. The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protections is requesting comments from the public. The deadline is April ...

He is Risen

Editorials

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men ...