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Opinion

Family objects to reports of death

Letters to the Editor

My name is Matthew Hedrick and I am the grandson of Willie C Lambert, the 95-year-old man that was reported as the first death in Randolph County from coronavirus at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. I am writing this letter to address some issues that I, and my family, have with the ...

Reader: ‘Do what the officer says’

Letters to the Editor

I have a simple solution to most of the riots and social unrest going on in our country. My simple motto is “Do what the cop says.” There would be no shootings, strangulations or beatings by the police if people simply listened to directions. Of course you are still going to have a ...

Veteran upset by alleged comments

Letters to the Editor

I served my country 8 1/2 years in the U.S. Army, 12 1/2 months in Vietnam, and I was proud to do so. Until now. When we have a president who says those who served this great country of ours are useless and losers, I can no longer call him a president, or even a man. To call those who lost ...

Pandemic inspires many questions

Letters to the Editor

As new information comes out, it is revealed more and more that Trump actually knew the full severity of what this virus would play on our country, our lives, our very way of living. He just chose to not care. He just chose to believe that it would only affect Democrat states and he could put ...

Election a wake-up call for America?

Letters to the Editor

America, here’s your wake-up call. I’ve seen America at her best, and now her worst, but if Joe Biden ends up as president, you’re going to see how low the greatest nation on earth can sink. Seattle, Minneapolis, Chicago and several other Democrat-controlled cities are a barometer for ...

Manchin’s proxy race for governor

Columnists

It’s been just over one year since U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced he would remain in the Senate and not seek the Democratic nomination for governor, but it sure seems to me like he’s still running. No, Manchin won’t be on the ballot in November. His proxy, Kanawha County ...

Bad Behavior

Editorials

Disappointing stupidity. Mass insanity. A geronticidal plot. Pick one, or even all three to describe the behavior of some West Virginia University students. Whatever the explanation for their behavior, it simply must stop. Since students — mostly freshmen, it appears — began gathering ...

Kump Education Center programs starting

Columnists

This September is a very important time for all people who care about education. Our whole way of life is now in transition, and schools must make dramatic changes quickly to help kids keep up with the new online lifestyle. In the middle of the COVID-19 Crisis teachers and parents are ...

Legislative help needed to fund police vests

Columnists

On Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, Trooper First Class Josh Tallman was shot by a high-caliber rifle while he was responding to a shots fired call from the Pocahontas Sheriff. Approximately one month later, Trooper Tallman and his father, Ralph Tallman visited my office to inquire about funding to ...

Changes

Editorials

There is some debate, as there often is with good ideas, about who thought of it first. Was it Peter McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, or was it machinist Matthew Maguire, secretary of Local 344 ...

Keep going during times of difficulty

Letters to the Editor

September is Suicide Prevention Month and it’s important that we are there for each other and take steps to prevent suicide. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s theme for the month is to #KeepGoing, by taking simple actions to safeguard our mental health and save lives. From ...

Scarecrow Days to beautify downtown

Letters to the Editor

Dear citizens and business owners of Elkins and surrounding areas: My name is Bobbi Trimboli and I have been a lifelong resident of Elkins. I have always valued this area and those who reside within our mountain valley. I believe that small communities and those who live within them survive ...

Outbreak

Coronavirus

West Virginia’s Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation is good at keeping human beings inside jails and prisons. Now, the agency needs to do all it can to keep the COVID-19 virus from escaping, too. Last Friday, Gov. Jim Justice revealed an inmate at the South Central Regional Jail in ...

Two months away from the election

Columnists

CHARLESTON — As of this writing, we are 64 days from the Nov. 3, general election, with the traditional start of campaign season coming next week on Labor Day. Kanawha County Commissioner Ben Salango, the Democratic challenger to Democrat-turned-Republican Gov. Jim Justice, knows he still ...

Unemployment

Editorials

Behind the unemployment statistics — between 16 million and 18 million Americans without jobs, many as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic — are the children. Millions of them are in homes where the coronavirus continues to make it difficult to put bread on the table. Now is not the time to ...

Building a Vibrant Community — what is economic development?

Columnists

ELKINS — Over the past several months you have heard and read about the efforts of many in Elkins to “build a vibrant community.” While there are many different parts to building a vibrant community, the epicenter is economic development. Economic development is a phrase that gets thrown ...

Information

Editorials

With public schools in many states either reopened or ready to become so within the next few weeks, it is virtually inevitable that there will be COVID-19 outbreaks in some classrooms. That will result in calls to school officials from worried parents and guardians. “Sorry,” many of them ...

Reader opposed to BLM movement

Letters to the Editor

For crying out loud! For all who choose to pursue their dreams, America is the greatest land of opportunity on the planet. Anything else is a lie! It is time for everyone to do their part and challenge the lies and calls to violence that are at the heart of the Black Lives Matter movement. ...

Warner’s plan a bust?

Letters to the Editor

If a public official wanted to suppress the vote in November, what would he do? We may have the answer right in front of us. Secretary of State (SOS) Mac Warner has changed the rules on absentee voting for November. The coronavirus epidemic is worse now than in the spring, so most voters I ...

Great divide in America

Letters to the Editor

I have a radio service that comes with most if not all new cars and decided to turn the dial over one spot from the Patriot Channel just to see what the other side was up to. My jaw hit the ground when I heard that Trump was going to declare the election illegal if he lost and set up his own ...