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Opinion

Gorsuch needs support

Columnists

In late January, President Trump took an important step toward ensuring that the U.S. Supreme Court will protect the interests of the people of West Virginia. Fulfilling an important campaign promise, President Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch, a brilliant jurist with a demonstrated ...

What to expect in W.Va. public schools

Columnists

It’s been a busy week for those of us who care about the future of public schools in West Virginia. Changes in national and state leadership will bringing about many changes in schools. Only time will tell if these change will make public education better or worse. The biggest sign of ...

A President’s Day buffet and more

Columnists

ELKINS —As winter’s colds and flus have found most of us, we look for some things to do indoors that are fun and fulfilling. We know the wrath of the season is ahead of us and it could be a long February and March if our usual climatic characteristics begin to act out. About an hour away ...

Activities announced for Barbour County

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County, where the weather has been nice and sunny. Wait! I mean, very cold and snowy. Well, I guess a little of both. From temperatures near 70 at the beginning of the week, to snow at the end of the week, a person might get a little confused. As I write this article, I ...

State doesn’t need another drug problem

Editorials

Arguments for legalizing marijuana in West Virginia boil down to two factors: cash and compassion. Neither holds up under prudent scrutiny. As state legislators and Gov. Jim Justice struggle to balance the state budget, the claim legalized marijuana would result in an infusion of cash in the ...

Tax dollars should not go to abortion

Letters to the Editor

What if we called an unborn baby an undocumented fetal refugee. Would leftists care about them? Maybe I’m a jerk for picking such a provocative introduction, or maybe this country is doomed because of this utterly self-evident statement of the obvious. It’s striking that so many people ...

Trump’s disrespect is what is at issue

Letters to the Editor

This letter is not about partisan politics. It is also not about liberal versus conservative views. It is about preserving our Constitutional form of government and the critical role of our senators and congressmen, as a check and balance protecting our system of government. Our newly elected ...

Alleged abuse at school being eyed

Editorials

A boarding school that operated from 2009-14 in Salem was a horror story for at least some of the boys and girls there, according to two former students who have filed a lawsuit over their alleged mistreatment. They contend a “culture of silence and secrecy” allowed children to be ...

Changing lives a hallmark of college

Columnists

College presidents receive lots of mail and email. Some of it is from parents of students. I admit that, generally, parents are expressing a concern or complaint. However, on occasion, a parent takes the time to share a transformative story. I recently received one such email. I shared this ...

Bureaucracy

Editorials

Jim Justice has been governor of West Virginia for less than a month. Yet during that time, three state agencies suddenly have found they don’t need as many cars and trucks as they have, courtesy of taxpayers. Justice himself led the way, announcing a couple of days after taking office that ...

AWD opens up whole new world

Columnists

Gov. Jim Justice is looking for “big ideas.”  Here is a middle-sized idea. These ideas could help avoid a tax increase on our state’s residents, plus help an industry with 7,300 jobs and communities and businesses that depend on horse racing. The concept is known as Advance Deposit ...

Despite controversy, we must rally around local law enforcement

Editorials

Law enforcement officials have a very tough job to do. It comes with unimaginable stress and strain, and challenges we likely cannot relate to unless we have walked a police beat, or as they say a mile in their shoes. They deserve our thanks, in an often thankless world, and community support ...

Some Dems may aid Gorsuch

Columnists

There may be a good reason U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not threatened to use the “nuclear option” to gain confirmation of federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. McConnell may have enough Democrat votes in his pocket to gain approval of Gorsuch ...

New initiative will make a difference

Editorials

Interim Elkins Police Chief J.C. Raffety said he believes it is important for his department to establish trust with the community. As part of that trust-building, Raffety and his staff have started an initiative to increase patrols of the city’s homes and downtown businesses. The chief ...

Stable Revenue

Editorials

While revenue from some forms of legalized gambling in West Virginia has plummeted during the past several years, the take from “limited video lottery” machines has remained remarkably stable. LVL devices are the electronic versions of slot machines that can be found in private clubs, ...

Changing the paradigms

Columnists

I have never been one for political correctness and often have been condemned to political purgatory for my actions and words attempting to change the political paradigm in West Virginia. So it is with no great joy that I write today about the “elephant” in the room in West Virginia, the ...

Open Mind

Editorials

The reaction of some U.S. Senate Democrats to President Donald Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch as a Supreme Court justice can be summed up in two words: Hell, no. That is not putting it too strongly. Gorsuch, who has distinguished himself as a federal appeals court judge, will be blocked ...

Demonstrating at the capital

Letters to the Editor

On Jan. 21, I marched with nearly 3,000 other West Virginians in our state’s capital. The sign I carried read “Hands off our bodies; Hands off our land; Hands off our budget.” We have a legislature that has become increasingly concerned with making decisions about women’s bodies for ...

Manchin will vote for public schools

Columnists

West Virginia should be proud that Sen. Joe Manchin is willing to speak out on the issue of school choice in rural communities. It takes courage for a minority senator to take a stand against a powerful new administration. Sen. Manchin released the following statement on the nominee for ...

Trump is testing our boundaries

Columnists

How much can a politician say to the public in regard to his positions without undermining key goals? Certainly President Donald Trump is about to test these boundaries with his insistence on using Twitter diplomacy. Every day a comment, a threat or a suggestion to a broad spectrum of ...