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Opinion

Trump has an ancestor

Columnists

“Hell, we get too much dignity in government now, what we need is some meanness. You elect one of those steelworkers guvnuh, you talk about a revolution — damn, there’d be a shootin’ and tearin’ down and burnin’ up and killing and bloodlettin’, sho nuff,” intoned Alabama ...

Atonement is precious

Columnists

I attribute various adjectives to these words associated with the work of the cross. For example, God’s love is “amazing,” grace is “overwhelming” and justification is “humbling.” Perhaps atonement is our most “precious” word in this work of the cross. In its most basic ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the Philip Barbour Colts boys basketball squad, who won the program’s first ever state tournament game this week, pulling out a dramatic 57-56 first-round win over Bluefield. Cole Whited scored 27 points and set a new state tournament record during the game by shooting a perfect ...

Where will the funds come from?

Letters to the Editor

Now that the strike is over, did the teachers get everything they walked out for? They said it was not only for a raise but also for PEIA. The teachers are on a contract. Did they get paid on this illegal strike? Who gets shafted if they did? No one but the taxpayers and kids. One sign they ...

Fear, paranoia over gun problem

Letters to the Editor

I am writing about Kenneth Cobb’s outdoor sports column from Feb. 17 entitled “Crossbow a challenge for hunters.” Normally, I read his columns with a great deal of pleasure, but this one was different. Like the writer of this article, I’ve never even held a crossbow, but I always ...

Debate after tragedy

Letters to the Editor

After the recent tragedy in Florida, arguments are erupting over who or what is to blame. Was the FBI at fault? Maybe. I would not rule out the possibility of law enforcement failing to act with utmost integrity. But it this goes so much further than that. That shooter and all the others ...

Are we smart enough to vote?

Letters to the Editor

What if I said to you, “Don’t stick that knife into that electrical outlet,” and you did it anyway, because you listened to someone who told you everyone else is doing it and that they’d be your friends if you did. You get the shock of your life and wind up in the hospital. You’re ...

Sunshine always needed

Columnists

It is a basic American right. The political landscape is more polarized than ever and there seems to be little common ground for conservatives and progressives. Transparency — keeping the light on the people’s business — ought to be something everyone can agree on. Instead, ...

Elimination

Editorials

Even as former Gov. Gaston Caperton was persuading West Virginia legislators many years ago to create a new Department of Education and the Arts, critics suggested the agency was not needed. Its functions could be handled more efficiently through then-existing arms of state government, it was ...

Now is the time

Columnists

While interviewing for the presidency of Davis & Elkins College, I first heard about “Secure the Future.” This is the very aptly named capital campaign that began in 2008 and will draw to a close on June 30 of this year. While not the original goal of the campaign, $100 million is now ...

Pipeline Problems

Editorials

What part of “don’t trash our state” do pipeline construction companies not understand? To judge by action state officials took a few days ago, some of it did not sink in. Last July, Energy Transfer Partners was cited by the state Department of Environmental Protection for violations ...

Sports Betting

Editorials

Enact it and forget it is standard practice in the West Virginia Legislature, but it often is not good policy. Gov. Jim Justice seems to recognize that regarding a proposal to legalize sports betting. Justice told us last week he will allow the measure to become law. But, he added, he may ask ...

Task Force

Editorials

Members of a task force appointed by Gov. Jim Justice to find “a permanent solution” to the Public Employees Insurance Agency are to hold their initial meeting on Tuesday. Let us hope their first step is to agree to find a real solution, not just a way to throw more money at the ...

No Excuses

Editorials

We have watered down the quality of public education in West Virginia more than enough during the past few years. Good for a tiny group of state senators for saying, “Enough!” Much has been said and written during recent weeks about the state’s inability to provide enough certified ...

Events in the city

Columnists

Every spring, as nicer weather and longer days approach, both the vehicle and foot traffic through town increase. While to some it may seem an inconvenient slowing to their normal routine, I welcome it as an explosion of community activity and engagement. Not only are people more ...

Happy to see school buses again

Columnists

What a joy it is to see the yellow school buses running again! If the West Virginia teacher strike did nothing else, it reminded us that free public schools offer a great service to the community. Anyone who thinks teaching is an easy job should have tried to help take care of children ...

Trump in the moment

Columnists

For all the talk of President Donald Trump’s unique presidency, his regime has a sort of familiarity. He resembles a ward healer politician who talks big but ultimately retreats. Overly dependent on his “base” — a tiresome description if ever there was one — Trump tries to keep all ...

Welcome to ‘Cucumber Valley’

Columnists

By Elkins Church of God of Prophecy Greetings in the name of our Almighty Jehovah God the Father, His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, soon coming King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and their mighty Holy Ghost! As I’m thinking ahead for spring to blossom, I hope to ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to school being back in session across West Virginia! The work stoppage ended as lawmakers voted Tuesday to give state employees a 5 percent raise, ending a nine-day walkout that closed schools across the state. Upshur County teachers and service personnel hastily put together a rally ...

Teachers kept students in mind

Letters to the Editor

No matter what your personal feelings are about the West Virginia public school employees’ strike, I believe we have witnessed why teachers across the U.S. are woefully underappreciated. These dedicated men and women care about our children, and make unprecedented sacrifices to ensure ...