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Opinion

How will W.Va. go in the primary?

Columnists

What’s scariest about Bernie Sanders is how many voters support him, not whether he’ll win the presidency. He won’t. But how close he comes will give us an idea of how far along the path to full socialism — and thus, repression of our liberties — many people are eager to go. How ...

Transparent

Editorials

Let us hope that if COVID-19 comes to West Virginia or Ohio — and it probably will — our state governments are transparent. To date, public health officials in both our states have not been as informative as in some others. Neither state has confirmed an active case of COVID-19, but a ...

Week nine at the Legislature

Columnists

Reporter’s Notebook: CHARLESTON— Here we are, at the end of another legislative session and looking back, I have to say it wasn’t too bad. Sure, I’ve noted various issues and dramas over the last nine weeks. As I’ve said before, when you lock in maybe 300 people (lawmakers, ...

Flu Shot

Editorials

Other than avoiding people who may have been traveling internationally, there is not much you can do to avoid catching COVID-19, the coronavirus variety that has been in the headlines. There is something you can do to avoid coming down with common influenza, however: Get a flu shot. Doing ...

A question of gender bias

Columnists

It is a question I never believed I would have to ponder: How real a phenomenon is gender bias in politics in West Virginia’s towns and cities? As a former mayor of Beverly — and only the second female in the town’s history to serve as such — my experience suggests that it might be a ...

Coalitions remain essential

Columnists

Coalitions are essential if a political party is to achieve success. Sometimes they are made by mixing and matching with appeals to groups that maybe do not get along with others in the organization. Franklin Roosevelt constructed a victory by depending on southern segregationist, labor unions, ...

Bargaining in good faith

Columnists

This spring marks the 30th anniversary of the AHF Products Pre-Finished Hardwood Flooring plant in Beverly. The plant employs over 600 people from Randolph County and beyond, with nearly 475 of those employees belonging to Teamsters Local 175. The bargaining unit employees have been working ...

Presenting an hour of code for kids

Columnists

Teachers Susan Ellison and eight elementary school students have brought historic Kump House into the 21st Century. On Tuesday, March 3 from 4-5 p.m. Kump Education Center [KEC] offered a Free Coding Class for second- to fifth-graders. If students want to learn more they will enroll in the ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the organizers and volunteers of both the Buckhannon-Upshur Chamber of Commerce and The Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce for their respective awards dinners this week. Both Chambers paid tribute to citizens, businesses and organizations through their awards ceremonies. ...

Resident details meeting incident

Letters to the Editor

The citizens of Belington have a right to know. Aaron Crummel was recently accused of reprehensible behavior at the Belington Civic Center. The acting mayor, Maureen Lasky-Setchell, had him served with a no trespassing order. We asked if it would help if we wrote a statement about what ...

Benefit deemed a success

Letters to the Editor

Thanks to the “Saint Patrick’s Spaghetti Cookers” the United Way of Randolph County has added $8,456.25 towards their campaign goal with their annual meatball hoagie sale. We would like to extend a very special thank you to Jim and Pat Rossi for the behind the scenes coordination for ...

Parties in conflict

Letters to the Editor

If I should never get another chance to express my disgust with the Democrats who are in positions of power in this nation, I want to make this a good one. Cry Baby Schumer, standing before mics and cameras on the plaza of the Supreme Court of the United States spewed venomous hate speech the ...

America’s changing

Letters to the Editor

Just so you know, I’m no longer a white, 64-year-old, male, conservative. I’ve broken the shackles that have kept me in bondage my entire life. I now identify as an 18-year-old, liberal, undocumented, Hispanic, transgender, female immigrant who’s looking for a better life. My needs are ...

Disturbing

Editorials

West Virginia University’s Morgantown campus, with nearly 27,000 students, is a small city within the municipality where it is located. Officials in most cities with that many people would be delighted at crime rates as low as occur on the WVU campus. Still, two shootings on Friday and ...

No Crystal Ball

Editorials

Wading through thousands of individual line items, wishing they had a crystal ball to predict state revenue for next year, and making difficult choices, West Virginia state senators have devised a budget for the coming year. Give them credit for both their hard work and their willingness to ...

Going out on a limb again

Columnists

It will come as no surprise to you, fellow West Virginians, that once again this year we are not going out on a limb. Last week I suggested that if we don’t get out of our comfort zone and take some risks to develop our economy, we’re doomed to continuing stagnation. Specifically, I ...

Readiness

Editorials

We can hope and pray that COVID-19 — otherwise known as “the coronavirus” — does not become a serious threat to the health of West Virginians. But if it does, we need to be ready. To their credit, Gov. Jim Justice and other state officials already have begun planning what to do if the ...

Week eight at the Legislature

Columnists

Here we are folks, ending week eight and starting week nine — the final week — of the 2020 legislative session. I’m not ready to do a look-back yet. That will come in next week’s column. But I can at least say that my predictions of a boring session have been mostly on the money. ...

Honoring Williams and other heroes

Columnists

Seventy-five years ago Feb. 23, a young West Virginian, Hershel “Woody” Williams, lifted his face from the black volcanic sand of a small island in the Pacific, wondering why many of the men with him were standing up, cheering and firing their rifles into the air. Then he saw the American ...

At the Capitol

Columnists

CHARLESTON — For the second week in a row at the Capitol, a major piece of legislative agenda crashed and burned, as the Senate failed to advance a joint resolution to amend the state Constitution in order to phase out personal property taxes on manufacturing equipment, machinery and ...