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Opinion

Why U.S. wars are ‘endless’

Columnists

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell produced a revealing piece in the Washington Post chastising those who use the term endless wars. In his conclusion, he stated “America’s wars will be ‘endless’ only if America refuses to win them.” What does McConnell mean by winning? Since ...

Learning lab brings technology

Columnists

This week Altice USA connected Kump Education Center to 21st Century technology with all-in-one service for internet, phone, TV and Wi-Fi through Suddenlink. The new lines will serve a new Altice Learning Lab in a basement room Kump children used as a playroom 90 years ago. Elkins High ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the Randolph County Circuit Court, which is set to pilot one of three new Family Treatment Courts being opened in West Virginia. The pilot program is designed to provide structure and accountability to aid in the recovery of parents adjudicated in abuse and neglect cases in order to ...

Organization seeks noise reduction

Letters to the Editor

I grew up in Elkins and returned here to retire. The place has exceptional natural beauty. As a child I found my first insect exo-skeleton left on a rock in the Shavers Fork and was hooked on the wild, wonderful beauty of this place ever since. It was very disappointing in 2012 when the noise ...

Alumni association needs volunteers

Letters to the Editor

The Elkins High Alumni Association has been at it for close to 27 years. Its purpose is to assist the high school and its programs when money is short. We assist everything from academics to theater and music to athletics. We also assist some of the school clubs when they perform for ...

Barging in on a secretive hearing

Letters to the Editor

Just this morning, Oct. 24, by happenstance I listened to Hoppy Kercheval of WV Metro News conducting an interview with 2nd Congressional District representative Alex Mooney. I don’t make a habit of tuning in to Hoppy’s programs because of conflicting interests and opinions of what’s good ...

Skeptics Needed

Editorials

Russian trolls who have been successful, probably beyond their wildest dreams, in sowing discord among Americans may be getting a good chuckle out of an announcement by Facebook. Officials at the widely used social media company said this week they will increase efforts to keep Facebook from ...

Change is inherent

Columnists

Inherent in the life cycle of a college is change. Each fall about 30% of the students on campus are new and occasional members of the faculty and staff are beginning their Davis & Elkins College journey as well. The result is a dynamic environment that resists “sameness” and promotes ...

Prevention

Editorials

Research a West Virginia University associate professor is conducting may not seem important at first glance — but it is. WVU researcher Alfgeir Kristjansson is investigating use of alcohol by middle school students. He and his team will be looking into how frequently about 2,000 West ...

Age Hike

Editorials

State Sen. Tom Takubo thinks one reason his proposal to increase the age at which West Virginians can buy tobacco products failed earlier this year is that some lawmakers considered it an infringement upon personal freedom. Takubo, R-Kanawha, introduced a bill last year to raise the allowable ...

Drug Crisis

Editorials

The standard measuring stick for determining the human cost of the drug abuse crisis tends to be the number of lives claimed by it — more than 70,000 annually in the United States. As we have pointed out, that exceeds the total number of U.S. deaths in the Vietnam War (58,220). But an ...

Rising Costs

Editorials

West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee actually was being a bit modest when he spoke of affordability during his State of the University speech last week. “Only six out of 50 flagship (state) universities are affordable for most students, according to a recent Institute for Higher ...

The DAR in a changing America

Columnists

The John Hart Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution [DAR] held its 112th Birthday Celebration at Kump Education Center on Wednesday, October 9th. DAR members wanted to meet in the home of Edna Scott Kump, a founding member of the local chapter. The DAR has financially supported ...

Time to reassess

Columnists

For the Republican party, the hour is drawing nigh to reassess their position in the Trump era. Slowly but surely the president is purging the party of moderates and reversing their policies, especially in regard to foreign policy. Trump’s actions in regard to Syria have been evolving since ...

Leaves are now falling and time is flying in Barbour County

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! The leaves are really starting to look pretty. Look quick though, because they are also falling fast. The first quarter of school in Barbour County is already over. Time is flying by! The 36th annual Mt. Liberty Fall Festival takes place today, Oct. 19, with ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the late Thomas H. Albinson for providing West Virginia Wesleyan College its single largest donation in the school’s 129-year history at the start of its Homecoming Weekend Friday afternoon. The gift in excess of $11 million comes from the estate of Albinson, a 1976 alumnus, and ...

Visitor praises Elkins experience

Letters to the Editor

I just wanted to share our experiences during a recent visit to Elkins. I organized a group from the Capital City Corvette Club to come visit the Greenbriar and Durbin Railroad. While I organized the trip through MountainRail, and they did a great job, all the folks who attended were just ...

Making money or following morality?

Letters to the Editor

I was just reading about the Chinese government being accused of harvesting organs from Muslim and Christian minorities that have been placed in re-education camps. They are not just taking one kidney or part of a liver, they harvest everything, thus murdering the prisoners, it is alleged. ...

Proposal deserves to be considered

Letters to the Editor

If we capture CO2 from burning coal and gas, we can keep using coal and gas. If we don’t capture CO2 these power plants will be closed, one way or another. The climate marches and rallies show that people are pushing harder and harder to limit CO2. Capturing CO2 lets power plants survive, ...

Annual banquet deemed a success

Letters to the Editor

The Allegheny Mountain Chapter Friends of the NRA would like to take this space to thank all of the business and individuals who helped make the annual fundraising banquet, held at the Beverly VFD on Sept. 7, another success for youth shooting sports in West Virginia. The Friends of the NRA ...