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Opinion

Marine mother has an epiphany

Letters to the Editor

Until recently I supported the statement, “My son fights for your freedom, your right to: burn the flag, refuse to stand for our National Anthem, protest our foundational monuments, in the name of exercising your right to be an American …” until last night. I had an epiphany: My son, ...

Police keeping kids safe are heroes

Columnists

My route to work takes me past Woodsdale School, which is just a few feet off busy Route 88. Every morning, I see a Wheeling police officer there. His car is parked on the sidewalk, blue lights flashing. He has the look of a fellow with whom, as we used to say, you don’t want to mess. Last ...

Opportunity

Editorials

A door of opportunity opened up for some West Virginia communities earlier this month, when state legislators approved a change in tax law. Let us hope Congress and President Donald Trump are not about to close it. State lawmakers approved a change in the state tax credit for redevelopment of ...

Molding lives

Columnists

Davis & Elkins College has some very insightful alumni! A few months ago, Lisa and I attended an alumni gathering in the Midwest. During some dinner conversation with a gentleman who graduated from D&E in the 1970s, he shared a statement that I have been pondering for several weeks now. ...

Tax Reform

Editorials

Tax reform such as that proposed by conservatives in Congress and President Donald Trump may be more important to West Virginia than to many other states, as Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., has pointed out. Contrary to what former President Barack Obama insisted, the federal government ...

Kids at Risk

Editorials

According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, there are several experiences for children that can contribute to high stress, sidetrack healthy development and increase the chances of risky behavior. The list is a long one. It includes having a parent or guardian die, serve time in jail or ...

Checks and balances failing

Columnists

We Americans may have a problem far worse than the drug abuse epidemic. What if one of our vaunted checks and balances on governmental abuses took itself out of the game? What if another one — and there are only three — went AWOL on occasion? You may have heard about the flap involving ...

Fiasco?

Editorials

West Virginia taxpayers already have spent about $150 million on the wvOasis computer accounting system, and the meter still is running. One might expect that for that amount of money, the Oasis system would make coffee for its human handlers each morning, in addition to dealing efficiently ...

American Terrorist

Editorials

David Wright clearly is a troubled young man, perhaps in part because of a lack of intellectual energy. He is an American citizen, a resident of Everett, Mass. He also is a terrorist. Wright has been convicted of involvement in a terrorist scheme to behead a conservative blogger, Pamela ...

Celebration planned at Kump House

Columnists

If you want to see the inside of historic Kump House before it undergoes changes necessary to meet current codes for public buildings, plan to attend the “Ghost of a Good Guy Celebration” from 3-5 p.m. Oct. 29 at 401 South Randolph Avenue across from the Elkins Kroger. Halloween will be ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to Elkins City Council for having a discussion Thursday about the proposed 1 percent sales tax on Elkins businesses, as opposed to simply having the first of three votes on the issue at that night’s meeting. The discussion showed that both residents and council members have differing ...

Barbour County hosting fall activities

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! The first quarter of school is over already, and we’ve already seen our first frost of the year. October is almost gone. Time sure does fly! I have some exciting news! The Barbour County Playhouse was once a productive organization which got together and performed ...

White House follies

Columnists

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker’s likening Donald Trump’s White House to an “adult daycare center” marks him as one of the Senate’s best wits. It also comes close to the truth. General John Kelly and the rest of the palace guard have tried to manage Trump as if he was not capable of ...

Common Sense

Editorials

Tourism is big business in West Virginia, but it could be even more important to the state’s economy. Making that happen is going to require hard work and a creative approach to marketing. Fortunately, state Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby seems to have just the right work ethic and ...

Innovation

Editorials

Tourism is big business in West Virginia, but it could be even more important to the state’s economy. Making that happen is going to require hard work and a creative approach to marketing. Fortunately, state Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby seems to have just the right work ethic and ...

Danger Signs

Editorials

The shooting of Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese several weeks ago was a stark reminder of the risk those at every level of law enforcement take simply to do their jobs. Fortunately, Bruzzese is back at work while he continues to recover. But even while he was lying in a hospital bed, ...

West Virginia needs ideas

Columnists

Apparently, our state’s top leaders believe the only way to bring prosperity to West Virginia is to borrow $1.6 billion to build a lot of new roads, providing only temporary jobs, many of which will go to out-of-state residents. And we wonder why so many of our fellow Americans think ...

Federal Bully

Editorials

Proving once again it is a “do as we say, not as we do” bully, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is playing games with the residents of Minden, W.Va., who are worried about the levels of polychlorinated biphenyls left behind by the former Shaffer Equipment Company, which has been ...

Slow Progress

Editorials

How many West Virginians have died of drug overdoses during the past 11 months? How many more will die during the next nine months? Dozens? Scores? How many of those lives might have been saved had low-income drug addicts been directed to effective treatment programs? Those questions are ...

Trump stumbles

Columnists

Partisanship has its uses but President Donald Trump cannot seem to understand that it has no applications for his administration. He is not really a Republican in that he is not wedded to any particular set of ideas. During the failed healthcare debate, he described GOP solutions as ...