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Opinion

Reader opposed to city manager idea

Letters to the Editor

Have you ever sat in on a Elkins City Council meeting? The experience is strangely fascinating, at times maddening, and if you care about good governance, downright depressing. Bi-monthly, the elected council members who make up city council (though not all always show up) file into a room at ...

Healthcare forum offered information

Letters to the Editor

Upshur Indivisible Votes sponsored a forum at West Virginia Wesleyan College on Monday, April 23, which was open to the public. They had invited five guests with unique perspectives on healthcare. I would like to let you know some of these issues in case you were unable to attend. Rodney ...

Taking Lives

Editorials

There he goes again. Despite the lowest unemployment rate in 17 years, including declining rates for minorities, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), affectionately called “crazy Bernie” by some conservative talk show hosts, is again flirting with the idea that the federal government should ...

Ebb, flow of life on campus

Columnists

There is an ebb and a flow to life on a college campus. As we finally (and hopefully) emerge from the cold and snow of winter, there is a feeling of anticipation and accomplishment in the air as spring arrives and the academic year winds toward its climax. Recently, we celebrated an Honors ...

Justice

Editorials

It has been six and a half years since precious little Aliayah Lunsford was murdered by her mother. This week, justice was finally done. Lena Marie Lunsford-Conaway was convicted of killing her 3-year-old daughter. Lunsford-Conaway, who lived for a time in Wheeling, resided in Lewis County ...

Teens, carding and prom season

Columnists

“I’m the carding b—— from hell,” the store clerk advised me. “Thank you,” I replied. I’d stopped in at a local convenience store and, while checking out, was reading a little notice placed on the counter near the cash register. It advised adults not to try to buy cigarettes ...

Potholes

Editorials

It is unlikely that many of the West Virginians who last fall voted to issue $1.6 billion in bonds to repair and improve highways and bridges had any idea of how quickly the money would be needed urgently. The winter that would ravage our roads was still several weeks away. Many of those who ...

Solution

Editorials

Give members of the panel Gov. Jim Justice appointed to “fix” the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency credit. They have taken on the impossible task of trying to please all of the people all of the time. It can’t be done, as has been observed. Justice appointed the ...

Heroes

Editorials

Imagine: You are traveling on an airliner. With you are your husband, his parents and your two small children. Without warning, disaster strikes. You nod at your spouse — knowing he has asked silently for your permission to risk making you a widow. It happened Tuesday in the sky near ...

Fox Forest on the education frontline

Columnists

AmeriCorps on the Frontline member Jeanne Johnson led twenty-four young naturalists from North Elementary School on a 2.6 mile hike through Fox Forest Wildlife Management Area near the Division of Natural Resources [DNR]. Before students started the hike, they met Naturalist Jim Fregonara, ...

Trump shackled

Columnists

Donald Trump, as he drifts from stance to stance, appears nonplused by foreign policy. Instead of investigating an action he now is a prisoner of his critics. The alleged use of chemical weapons, despite the fact that the Syrian Army had no need to use them, is a tricky issue. Coming as it did ...

Floodwaters and brush fires create challenges in Barbour County

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! I guess the excitement around the area this week has been the weather. Last weekend was beautiful, but then... look out! Rising water closed school for two days in the county, and even closed the bridge in Belington on Tuesday morning. The water did recede rather ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to our hardworking and dedicated local emergency responders, who had their hands full Monday when dangerous flood waters rose throughout the region. Flooding prompted 14 water rescues in Randolph County Monday and multiple road closures, as members of the County Commission declared a ...

What the truth will do for you

Letters to the Editor

Mr. Brenwalt’s April 14th letter to the editor had so many inaccuracies in it, I had a difficult time deciding where to begin. Let’s begin with Civil Rights: Using the Congressional Archives dating from the mid-1800’s forward, you’ll quickly discover who actually led the battle for ...

D&E organization benefits community

Letters to the Editor

National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), also known as Sigma Alpha Pi, is at Davis & Elkins College! We have been on campus for the last six years and here’s some information if you didn’t know about the nationally recognized Society. The Society is the nation’s ...

On the Brink

Editorials

West Virginia may well have been on the brink of the precipice over which South Carolina fell this week. We may not be out of danger yet. A South Carolina state prison about 60 miles from Columbia, the state capital, was the scene of a bloodbath Sunday and Monday. A power struggle between two ...

‘Follow your heart’

Columnists

“Follow Your Heart” was the theme of our orientation program for students this past fall. After attending an event recently with entering students, I have been reflecting on the power of this statement. New students who have committed to Davis & Elkins for the fall of 2018 were ...

Fed Up

Editorials

No one wants to deny relief from pain to West Virginians who truly need opioid prescription drugs. So there is a line between limiting their access and shutting down the notorious pill mills that have helped to create the substance abuse crisis in our state. Clearly, however, that line is ...

Zuckerberg and Congress

Columnists

Much of the commentary regarding Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before congressional committees this week seemed to focus on sarcastic observations about allegedly stupid lawmakers. The implication was that the Facebook founder made them look like fools. One wonders what it will take to ...

Ethics

Editorials

West Virginia Ethics Commission members deal with a variety of unpleasant situations. Some involve public officials who intentionally rip off taxpayers. Others concern men and women in government who simply make mistakes in judgment. Looking into ethics allegations against members of the ...