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Opinion

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Donald Trump — and it seems to be a very bad habit — manages to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory. After a run where he appeared presidential, and even more remarkably, human, handling DACA and hurricanes, he managed to perform a reprise of Charlottesville. Bipartisanship went by the ...

Federal tax cuts could help W.Va.

Letters to the Editor

Recently proposed federal tax cuts could help West Virginia more than any other state. The proposed tax cuts on the middle class and small businesses like mine would mean more money in West Virginians’ pockets, helping them cover rising costs of living and stimulating the local economy. ...

Barbour County steps into autumn

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Hello from Barbour County! I just love this time of year. Fall has to be my favorite season. The sky is so blue, the clouds look so fluffy, and the leaves are so beautiful. I love the cooler temperatures, and the air even seems to have a “crisp” smell to it. If you happen to be near the ...

Standing up in an era of fence sitting

Letters to the Editor

I’m tired of lazy government officials that see a tax increase, by any name or term, each year as normal and acceptable. I’m tired of bored bureaucrats that see tax increases as the solution for their failures. I’m tired of secretive politicians that negotiate my future behind closed ...

Something better for us

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Hebrews 11:40 says, “God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.” For more than a month now the words “some better thing” have been on my mind. Something better deals with or refers to something better than what we have now. My ...

What is The Church?

Columnists

“The Church” has come to mean so many different things to so many different people. For some, it points to the building or a location where they attend a service with religious content. For others, it has a broader meaning for religion in general. Yet, even others see it as a weekly ...

STRIKE UP THE BANDS

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ELKINS — Central West Virginia’s big event today is the 81st Mountain State Forest Festival Grand Feature Parade, with a step-off time at 1:30 p.m. American composer John Philip Sousa would welcome this day, as we do, because so many of his songs fill the mountain valleys as the ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to everyone who took the opportunity to vote early, and everyone who plans to cast a ballot today on the state road bond referendum. The referendum seeks voter approval of a $1.6 billion bond issue for highway and bridge repairs and improvements throughout the state. If approved, the ...

Investment in the future

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Republican legislators, along with a few Democrats, were leery of handing Gov. Jim Justice $105 million on what amounted to speculation. Justice billed his request as the Save Our State fund, but he had few details as to how the money would accomplish that. After being turned down flat on ...

Pensions

Editorials

Congressional action earlier this year to safeguard health insurance on which thousands of retired miners and their families depend was an important victory. But it was far from a giveaway — and it also was only part of the equation. Both health insurance and pensions for mine retirees were ...

Leadership and vision

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A butterfly flaps its wings in New Mexico causing a hurricane in China — so goes “the butterfly effect.” It’s a dramatic example of chaos theory wherein our world goes non-linear. Sometimes the results are good, sometimes results are bad. We are now in the midst of a national chaos ...

Coming home to D&E

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A wonderful Homecoming weekend concluded this past Sunday for Davis & Elkins College. With the festivities still fresh in my mind, I want to share an incredible tale of someone “coming home” to D&E. As brief background, Davis & Elkins recently filled a faculty vacancy in our ...

Victimized

Editorials

More than eight years ago, West Virginia taxpayers lost $1.5 million to a very sophisticated scam. About a year later, state officials went to court in an attempt to recover the money. At the rate the matter is proceeding through the courts, some of those involved may be dead before the case ...

Justice

Editorials

If you handed a friend a plate of cookies for which the recipe included a stiff dose of cyanide, you would not be surprised if he ate some, then died. Obviously, you ought to be charged with murder. After years of treating all drug pushers as mere sellers of illegal merchandise, many in the ...

Tough Issue

Editorials

If you remember the last year that went by without talk of reducing benefits under West Virginia’s Public Employee Insurance Agency or increasing taxpayer subsidies — or both — you have a pretty good memory. The PEIA has been a financial problem for many years. Tens of thousands of ...

Reform

Editorials

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That is advice West Virginia legislators should embrace in regard to tax reform. This has not been a good year for tax reform in our state, where we surely need something to help struggling families and give businesses an incentive to create ...

Run For It raises funds for causes

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Davis & Elkins College cross country coach Jason Pyles took second place in the Tucker Community Foundation Run For It 5k race. He won $750 for Kump Education Center, and we are very grateful that coach Pyles was willing to run for us on the hilly Davis course in hot weather last Saturday. ...

Vote Yes

Editorials

State voters have the unique opportunity this week to make huge improvements to our system of highways and bridges by simply marking “yes” on a ballot. A referendum scheduled for Oct. 7 seeks voter approval of a $1.6 billion bond issue for highway and bridge repairs and improvements ...

How are the two parties different?

Letters to the Editor

What’s a Republican and what’s Democrat? It’s a fair question, seeing as our governor, Jim Justice, doesn’t seem to have the answer, either. At a time when politicians, business titans and White House staff are running from the president, our governor is running towards him. It ...

Another repeal effort unveiled

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Republicans, reeling from President Donald Trump’s collaboration with Democrats, threw a bomb into the Senate floor in the form of another repeal and replace bill concerning Obamacare. Led by Lindsay Graham, it is an attempt to restore the GOP’s relevance in Washington. Essentially, the ...