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Opinion

How to cut down our carbon footprint

Letters to the Editor

Timothy M. Simmons has a novel idea to cut our carbon footprint. He says, let’s give every household $5,000 to be spent only on renewable energy. Since you can’t put a windmill or a dam on the property of most households, he is saying merely to install solar panels. That’s a nice idea. ...

Inaction

Editorials

Last week’s decision by U.S. Supreme Court justices not to intervene in a squabble between the legislative and judicial branches of government in West Virginia puts the matter to rest — for now. While there is no reason to believe the issue will come up again anytime soon, it could in the ...

Don’t fail to plan

Columnists

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” This wisdom was passed along to me at an early age. Early in my presidency at Davis & Elkins College, we began a grassroots strategic planning effort. One central component of this multi-faceted strategic plan called for a Comprehensive Master ...

Right Decision

Editorials

Many of us have been startled from time to time by revelations about people with whom we were close. We didn’t really know them at all. Simona Southall insisted that was the situation with her boyfriend in June 2017, Jonathan Brockman. The two, along with their son, lived in Fayette County, ...

Education

Editorials

Members of the West Virginia Board of Education and state school Superintendent Steven Paine are in a no-win situation — at least in pleasing education “stakeholders.” So what? That is not their job. Their responsibility is to do their best to ensure that children get good educations, ...

Voters have long memories

Columnists

Richard Neely may be underestimating how angry West Virginians have become at arrogant government officials, especially those in the judicial branch. He also may not realize we have excellent memories. Now 78 years old, Neely announced this week he will run for a seat on the state Supreme ...

Bad Ranking

Editorials

Some West Virginians have become accustomed to muttering, with a chuckle, “Thank heaven for Mississippi, otherwise we’d be dead last in everything.” But there is nothing funny about a new state-by-state ranking. It involves the health of our children. West Virginia has the nation’s ...

Tough Questions

Editorials

Our state’s economy has “a lot of uncertainty,” West Virginia University economist John Deskins noted during an economic outlook conference this week in Charleston. Deskins, director of WVU’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research, explained that, among other things, the ...

Lively discussion about education

Columnists

This week Randolph County Democratic Women’s Club hosted a stimulating discussion on the omnibus education legislation passed by the West Virginia Legislature last July when some 35-40 concerned citizens gathered at Kump Education Center on Thursday. Cody Thompson, Randolph County ...

Trump and Syria

Columnists

Donald Trump’s decision to pull U.S. forces off the Turkish-Syrian border was by and large a correct one. The PKK — the main Kurdish resistance movement — has underwritten a terror campaign in Turkey for years and tries to drive a wedge between Washington and Ankara. Although Trump has ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the marching bands from Phillip Barbour High School and Bridgeport High School, which were crowned Grand Champions of the Mountain State Forest Festival Band Field Show Competition at Wimer Field last week. Both bands are invited back to Festival City next year to play as Honor ...

How should Elkins use sales tax funds?

Letters to the Editor

It is truly refreshing to see that Elkins city officials have prioritized the spending of the somewhat unexpected financial windfall from the forced imposition of the 1% sales tax on businesses. This includes, but is not limited to, employee pay raises, infrastructure projects, equipment ...

‘Socialist’ different than ‘progressive’

Letters to the Editor

With all due respect to my fellow Americans, most of us simply don’t know that a “liberal/progressive” is not the same thing as a “socialist.” A true “socialist” is someone who wants all of the businesses and workplaces to be owned and controlled by “the state” or “the ...

Climate change and world’s food supply

Letters to the Editor

“Climate Change Threatens World Food Supply” was the lead story in recent newspapers. It was prompted by the release of a summary report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, staffed by more than 100 experts from 52 countries. The report details how climate ...

Divisive healthcare relationships

Columnists

If you think politics is divisive, take a look at health care. Relationships in that industry sometimes make Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi look like chums. Charleston Area Medical Center, the largest health care provider in West Virginia’s capital city, is severing its relationship with The ...

Value of local newspapers

Columnists

For as long as our great nation has existed, newspapers have been part of the fabric that strengthens our democracy and makes our communities stronger. Before James Madison became our 4th U.S. President, he wrote the Bill of Rights and enshrined the freedom of the press into the First ...

Respecting tradition

Columnists

Like Teyve in “Fiddler on the Roof,” I am a respecter of tradition. In addition to Randolph County residents, students and alumni of Davis & Elkins College experience the annual fall tradition known as the Mountain State Forest Festival on our campus and throughout the town. Concluding ...

Slow Payer?

Editorials

West Virginia’s state government fiscal dilemma is illustrated well by the relief state officials exhibited this week when they learned that, one-fourth of the way through the current fiscal year, the general revenue budget is only $29.7 million in the red. It could have been worse, to ...

When to Tell

Editorials

Most West Virginians are not the type to “rat out” our neighbors, especially if they are engaged in what we view as relatively minor infractions. But Medicaid fraud is far from a victimless crime. Those who lie about income and/or disabilities to obtain health insurance coverage through ...

Local Threat

Editorials

Now it’s personal. Someone may have tried to hack into computers used in an election in West Virginia — our election. Most reports of attempts to influence politics and/or hack into electronic election equipment involve other states. But last week, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac ...