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Opinion

Undeserved

Editorials

Child Protective Services workers in West Virginia are the knights in shining armor who ride to the rescue of hundreds of children every year. They do not deserve the tarnish on them created by lapses at the state Department of Health and Human Resources. Neither do Mountain State residents ...

Off-year triumph

Columnists

Democrats once again pulled off a triumph in off-year elections, this time with a victory in Louisiana. John Bel-Edwards clearly defeated a candidate who tried to make it a referendum on Donald Trump. Edwards, a Democratic Conservative and pro-business governor, proved along with Andy ...

KEC has much to be thankful for

Columnists

This week Kump Education Center (KEC) celebrated the opening of the Altice Learning Lab (ALL). We want to thank Bob Lillie, Erin Jones, Kenneth Matthews, and everyone from Altice and Suddenlink who have made this 21st century computer learning facility available to students and teachers in ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the Randolph County Family Resource Network for donating items this week to be provided in health and wellness “closets” in public schools across Randolph County. A special presentation was made to all principals in Randolph County Tuesday afternoon to provide hygiene totes and ...

Conservatives being silenced?

Letters to the Editor

Conservatives beware. There’s a push on to silence conservatives. Adam Schiff’s doing it, the internet search engines are doing it, social media is doing it, the mainstream media, and even some local newspapers are doing it. Schiff is a special kind of idiot that isn’t intelligent enough ...

Is public money spent in best way?

Letters to the Editor

I have a concern for the city of Elkins that money is not being spent as it should be. My first example. Purchasing an armory at $200,000. We recently found they are needing to put $750,000 of work into it. Is this repairing or remodeling and does that include asbestos removal? Is it good ...

Holiday event set

Letters to the Editor

The Randolph Coalition of Christian Churches is happy to again announce that we will be serving a Thanksgiving lunch at the Oddfellows from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, and we invite anyone in the community who has a desire to join us for lunch to come out and be a part of our ...

Nightmare situation

Letters to the Editor

I have a question for you. Think before you answer. What if you got a call from your children’s or grandchildren’s school and told you there was a shooting and your child was dead or shot? If I got that call it would tear my heart out. I am 74 and have owned guns and hunted all of my ...

Thanksgiving options

Letters to the Editor

Next week, President Trump will take a break from watching his impeachment hearings to pardon two turkeys. Every one of us can exercise our own pardon power by choosing a non-violent, cruelty-free Thanksgiving observance. The 244 million turkeys killed in the U.S. this year were raised in ...

Bowl-A-Thon a success

Letters to the Editor

Upshur County Relay For Life would like to thank everyone who came out and supported our inaugural Bowl-A-Thon. We would also like to thank our sponsors: Woody’s Bowling Center, Brake’s Dairy King and Upshur Cinema 6. There was a great turnout and a good time was had by all. Lots of ...

Smoke and Mirrors

Editorials

For decades, tobacco companies insisted their product was not hazardous to health. When scientific proof countered that, they maintained their advertising strategies were not calculated to get as many new smokers hooked on nicotine as possible. We know now that all of those protestations ...

Attitude of gratitude

Columnists

The upcoming national holiday is all about an attitude of gratitude. At its core, the uniquely American day of Thanksgiving is quite profound. Except for love, and possibly forgiveness, few concepts are more powerful or more life-altering than giving thanks from the heart. As I near the ...

In a War

Editorials

During just five years from 2014-18, drug overdoses claimed at least 4,098 lives in our state. That is nearly twice the number of West Virginians who perished fighting in the Korean and Vietnam wars combined. Any questions about whether we are engaged in a war against substance abuse? A ...

Begin the Process

Editorials

During the first four months of the fiscal year, West Virginia state government took in $33 million less than had been expected. At that rate, fiscal 2020 will end with the general revenue budget $100 million short of meeting commitments. A few weeks ago, state agency heads were told to begin ...

Local officials need to help census process

Editorials

Municipal and county officials in West Virginia complain often that the Census Bureau gets it wrong. Our city isn’t that small. Our county has more people. Ensuring every Mountain State resident is counted in the 2020 Census will require grassroots efforts throughout the state. To that end, ...

Excess levies and voters

Columnists

So-called “excess levies” for public schools can serve as small red ribbons tied around the fingers of education officials. That is, they can remind them that voters are watching, and if they do not like what they see, the electorate can come down hard on the education establishment by ...

Charters

Editorials

Proposed policies to govern charter schools in West Virginia have been made public by the state Board of Education. Fred Albert, leader of the second-largest teachers union in the state, appears not to care what policies are adopted, however. Any policy permitting charters is unacceptable to ...

Concerned

Editorials

State Sen. Bob Beach, D-Monongalia, is right to be worried about e-cigarettes. It was in his district, after all, that two teenagers had to be hospitalized after using e-cigarette cartridges laced with heroin. This week, Beach wrote to Gov. Jim Justice suggesting that a public health ...

Electoral bad news

Columnists

Elections in 2019 carried bad news for Republicans. In Kentucky, Democrats won the governorship — although they lost nearly every other office. But, they were crushed in Virginia, losing both houses of the legislature. In the suburbs of Philadelphia, they also suffered other losses in local ...

Holiday events begin as the season starts in Barbour County

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! There is a youth cheer competition today at Philip Barbour High School, beginning at 7 a.m. During this time, there will be a vendor and craft show. Come on out and support our youth, and do some Christmas shopping! Also today, there is a Christmas Bazaar at the ...