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Opinion

2021 legislation on education in W.Va.

Columnists

The West Virginia Legislature has been crafting many measures that have to do with the future of schools and the children who attend them. The most noticeable trends are: 1. Punitive action against public school teachers, 2. Increased funding for private and home schooling, 3. More ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to The Randolph County Commission for approving the purchase of a K-9 officer and outfitting the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department with tasers and other equipment needed to perform their duties. We are glad to see Sheriff Rob Elbon and his staff be more visible in the communities. ...

Doctor sees need for a separate entrance

Letters to the Editor

I applaud efforts to increase healthcare access to rural locations, especially for evenings and weekends when most physician offices are closed. Thus, I wish Davis Medical Center and the Davis Shop n Save all the best in their new joint venture. I must protest, however, their current plan as ...

Will natural gas tax increase kill jobs?

Letters to the Editor

The natural gas industry is extremely diversified across hundreds of companies in West Virginia. Almost every service needed to take gas from thousands of feet below the earth’s surface to the eventual customer is contracted to an enormous number of specialists — each working for a separate ...

Reader opposes state legislature bills

Letters to the Editor

Our state legislature is outdoing itself with harmful legislation this legislative term. It seems that the wealthy industry leaders who operate our state government do not have any proposals that would help our struggling population economically weather or recover from the devastating effects ...

Our piece of the pie keeps getting small

Letters to the Editor

The Free Dictionary defines the phrase “a piece of the pie” as a share in an amount of money or a business regarded as something to be divpided up. You want, and expect, your fair share, especially when you’ve paid into that business. In this case, I am not referring to a business, I ...

Thoughtful

Editorials

As our nation moves toward a more diversified energy portfolio, the loudest voices touting disastrous ideas such as the Green New Deal would have us believe attending to the health of our planet is an all-or-nothing proposition that requires sacrificing — immediately — those who are ...

Faith and knowledge

Columnists

Davis & Elkins College is a private, liberal arts, residential, church-affiliated institution. For this week’s “Reflecting Along the Journey” column I want to focus on the question, “What does being a church-affiliated college mean in 2021?” The following words are penned by my ...

Access

Editorials

Making it more difficult for people to learn about potentially serious problems — such as losing one’s home — ought to be the very last thing on the minds of West Virginia legislators. Yet every year, some in Charleston introduce legislation that would effectively do just that. Consider ...

Wind Power

Editorials

It has not been so long ago that liberal politicians were screeching about the dangers of extraction industries and the benefits of renewable energy sources, while at the same time refusing to allow a major wind farm off the coast of their Massachusetts estates because they were worried it ...

New Ideas

Editorials

West Virginia is in desperate need of economic diversity and growth — and multiple new revenue streams. That kind of change does not come from turning back to the way things have always been done. It comes from forging new paths with new ideas and energy. But, according to WalletHub, ...

Week 6 at the Legislature

Columnists

We are less than 20 days away from the end of the 60-day legislative session, or more than two-thirds through and what I predicted last week is happening. As the old saying goes, idle hands are the devil’s workshop. With really the only big agenda items left being Gov. Jim Justice’s tax ...

Not Needed

Editorials

Lawmakers must be able to hear the collective eye-rolls by this point in the legislative session. Rather than focus on increasing revenue, diversifying and expanding our struggling economy or improving our children’s educations, they are instead wallowing in the embarrassing political theater ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to Karen Wilmoth. She has represented Fourth Ward on Elkins City Council since 2019. She also represented Fourth Ward from 2005-2009. She has also served on the Municipal Properties and Economic Growth and Development committees. Her efforts on behalf of the city have been appreciated ...

Reader opposes bills before Legislature

Letters to the Editor

Dear fellow West Virginians, The 85th West Virginia Legislature will soon be voting on very important bills: House Bill 2715 and Senate Bill 318, which will probably affect your life in some way. This bill will eliminate the publication of legal notices in newspapers, and place them on a ...

Current events prompt questions from reader

Letters to the Editor

Last week, March 11, I endured 20-plus minutes of the most agonizing blathering I have ever experienced. Our wonderful president stood in front of that TV camera and told one whopper after another and didn’t bat an eye, so to speak. The only people who believed his lies were those who ...

Grateful to volunteers

Letters to the Editor

I would like to express my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all the volunteers who have made the COVID vaccines possible at the Phil Gainer Center in Elkins. Whether you were behind the scenes, a parking lot attendant, a greeter, a table sanitizer, kept the paperwork, or gave the shots, ...

Should state elections be under federal control?

Letters to the Editor

In February, the U.S. House of Representatives began consideration of House Resolution No. 1 (H.R. 1) that would establish federal mandates in the administration of state elections. Last week, I joined other Secretaries of State from throughout the nation in a letter to members of Congress ...

Thorny Issue

Editorials

For many years, there was a line in the sand when it came to legalizing recreational marijuana in West Virginia. We might have nudged against it with the much-delayed rollout of medical marijuana, or through discussions among some lawmakers over the past few years about decriminalization, ...

Very good report card

Columnists

Whether one anticipates or dreads receiving a report card generally is determined by how good or poor are the grades. That is true of a student and is also true for a college. Once a year Forbes magazine publishes its “College Financial Grades” as an indicator of the financial stability ...