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Opinion

Jan. 6: An epiphany for our democracy

Columnists

Jan. 6 is the last of the Twelve Days of Christmas, and it is called Epiphany in the Roman Catholic tradition. It is the celebration of the day when the three wise men found the baby Jesus, and the coming of the savior was made manifest to the Gentiles. This revelation changed the world for ...

Just Follow the Guidelines

Editorials

Last week, Gov. Jim Justice told our reporter, “I want all West Virginians to know just how proud I am of all of them. When it really boils down to it, they’ve done a heck of a job.” He was referring to the diligence and sacrifice of ordinary citizens in fighting the spread of COVID-19 ...

Manchin, Capito and Miller lauded

Letters to the Editor

Friends of Blackwater is congratulating West Virginia Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Capito, and Congressperson Carol Miller, for including the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve Designation Act in the year-end legislative package. The New River Gorge will become the 63rd National ...

Veterans Memorial supporters appreciated

Letters to the Editor

With such an abnormal year that 2020 has been I would like to recognize those individuals and business that stepped up even more this year to do what had to be done to support the All Veterans Memorial in Elkins. To maintain social distancing, our veteran organizations (H. W. Daniels Post ...

Reader: America is not a dictatorship

Letters to the Editor

Trump is not man enough to take his loss and move on. He continues to lie to the American people about losing. Trump, you got beat and fired by American voters. Pack your golf clubs and go to Florida, where you spent one whole year of your term trying to play golf. We are not Russia, we ...

Engagement

Editorials

It makes sense that there was some resistance to Gov. Jim Justice’s plan last week to reopen all West Virginia pre-K, elementary and middle schools for in-person learning by Jan. 19. People want to know that students, teachers, administrators and staff will be safe under such a plan. But ...

No Excuse

Editorials

U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has a lot of explaining to do, as some in Washington are saying his removal this fall of mail sorting machines at postal facilities is partly to blame for challenges the U.S. Postal Service faced in getting packages delivered during the Christmas season. Of ...

Lawmaking in the time of COVID

Columnists

Happy new year everyone. It’s now 2021, and with a new year comes the beginning of Gov. Jim Justice’s second term and a new legislative session with two Republican supermajorities. The first thing to happen will be the start of the regular session of the West Virginia Legislature starting ...

Gun Laws

Editorials

The Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees that we Americans can own firearms. We venture to suggest those who wrote and ratified the Constitution did not intend it to promote the accidental shootings of children. In fact, it is likely accidental shootings of children were far less ...

Collectively achieve greatness

Columnists

Our nation wasn’t built by the people whose names you see in the history books. It was the invention of your great-times-six grandmother who raised children in a wilderness, the great-times-four grandfather who died preserving the Union, the elderly uncle who worked in the steel mill and the ...

Vaccinations

Editorials

We know that older people are much more likely than younger ones to have their lives cut short by COVID-19. It is a disease they preys primarily on the elderly. In both West Virginia and Ohio, state officials have made vaccinating older people against the virus a top priority. Residents of ...

Not Working

Editorials

No doubt many teachers, students and parents in West Virginia will agree with our nomination for contradiction in terms of the past year: “remote learning.” It simply has not worked well for tens of thousands of Mountain State children who have had to stay away from the classrooms for ...

Bipartisanship

Editorials

For months, Americans’ pleas for Congress to give us more financial help in coping with COVID-19 have fallen on political ears — much worse than merely deaf ones — in Washington. Exactly why lawmakers were unable to agree on a second CARES Act is open to debate. Republican loyalists ...

Should ATVs be allowed on city streets?

Letters to the Editor

A copy of an email sent to all Elkins City Council members: With regards to the ATVs ordinance currently in front of city council. I want to oppose such ordinance whole-heartedly for several reasons and ask council several questions related to their thinking about and decisions concerning ...

United Way kickoff auction a success

Letters to the Editor

Thanks to the Randolph County community, the United Way of Randolph County has added $18,755 towards their $100,000 campaign goal with their annual campaign kickoff auction. We would like to extend a very special thank you to Roys RV, which has continued to be our lead sponsor for the ...

Reader discusses COVID controversies

Letters to the Editor

I am so glad that all those celebrities from Hollywood and our great leaders in Washington and across the nation took their vaccination with the press pushing cameras in their face. “See there folks; it didn’t hurt at all. If I can do it you can do it. Hurry and get your shot!” Cheap ...

Population

Editorials

New U.S. Census Bureau figures released last week indicate West Virginia has lost another 10,476 residents in the past year alone. While the nation as a whole grew approximately 0.35% between July 2019 and July 2020 (the slowest growth in 12 years), the Mountain State was going backwards, as it ...

Education

Editorials

No one involved thought the “omnibus” education reform bill West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed into law in June 2019 was perfect. Far from it — though reasons for dissatisfaction differed greatly. Among key changes conservative legislators sought and got included in the bill was a ...

Leonhardt shares 2021 goals

Columnists

The last year has been one of the roughest in recent memory. Mainly due to the pandemic, we as Americans have experienced loss, hardship and new challenges that haven’t been seen in several decades. As many of us try to leave 2020 behind, we can look towards the hope the new year will bring. ...

Internet

Editorials

The COVID-19 epidemic has made a glaring need in how we educate children apparent. With their schools closed, many of them for weeks or even months on end, millions of children have been forced to rely on “remote learning” via the internet. But that is impossible for a significant number ...