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Opinion

Lessons learned in the pine patch

Columnists

Come Christmas each year during my childhood, there was one particular place that my dad, sister and I visited. We called it the “pine patch” because it hosted the few number of pines that grew on the farm. It was, of course, the source of our Christmas tree each year. Today, nearly half ...

Early Present

Editorials

Mountain State residents received an early Christmas present this year, in the form of the West Virginia Forward study. Like so many nice but complicated things — think electronics — the question now is what to do with it? How do we get the most out of the research? A collaboration among ...

Elections

Editorials

Claims that attempts to ensure elections are honest are “voter suppression” have been rejected for the most part by West Virginia legislators — and, it needs to be said, the vast majority of those registered to cast ballots. What could be wrong with insisting that only real, live people ...

Hot Topic

Editorials

In recent months Elkins City Council has taken on several issues that prompted public outcry from local residents. City officials seem bound and determined to continue the trend, as the subject of zoning has been positioned to take center stage in January. In her guest column in Friday’s ...

Asking Questions

Editorials

Dealing with the post-holiday bills has become more difficult for West Virginians during the past few years, but not because of their Christmas spending. It is because statements from the electric company have gone up drastically. Ten years ago, the average price residential users in our ...

Elkins to look at zoning

Columnists

With minor exception the City of Elkins zoning laws have not been updated since 1959. While these provisions don’t need revisited or revised frequently, given the finite boundaries and small amount of undeveloped land in city limits, the passage of nearly 60 years has brought enough change to ...

Christmas season prompts questions

Letters to the Editor

Well, it’s that time of year again. The time we tell Virginia about Santa Claus. Is it real or not? Wouldn’t it be good to tell her or whomever about God? Is he real or not? Many are the pictures of an old grey-haired gentleman, sitting on the throne high in the heavens. Some are very ...

GOP and George Wallace

Columnists

Marshall Frady, in his excellent biography of George Wallace, pointed out in 1967 the Alabama governor represented “a general shattering of the American society, a disintegration into fragments.” Certainly the recent election in Alabama placed these divisions on full display. Despite Roy ...

Wish lists and gifts aren’t the point

Letters to the Editor

After my younger daughter came home from school with a Christmas wish list, I was fairly quick to tell her this wasn’t what Christmas was about. I was so moved by our conversation that I wrote “My Dear Child.” Some people saw this letter and were quite moved by this. These people ...

Have a very happy and safe holiday

Letters to the Editor

Merry Christmas to everyone this year, 2017. and a happy new year 2018. Please be careful out on the highway and the byways. Watch at the four-way stop sign. Always watch out for the other fellow. Now, if you are going to drink, don’t, don’t drive. Get a driver that’s not going to ...

Fruit basket project was a great success

Letters to the Editor

The Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Ladies Group would like to extend a big thank you to the Elkins Save A Lot. This year during our annual Christmas Fruit Basket project, Save A Lot stepped in to help make our project a great success. With their help, we were able to deliver our baskets to families, ...

Permit controversy not dying down

Letters to the Editor

The DEP and J.F. Allen are back at it again. When the Pond Lick permit was originally stopped, the DEP sat at the table with J.F. Allen’s lawyers in court each and every time. The judged ruled the permit be denied but ... DEP and Allen cooked up another permit and slid it through for this ...

Reader asks, ‘What Social Security raise?’

Letters to the Editor

What Social Security raise? We were supposed to get a 2 percent raise — just another lie. The only people who got the raise are Medicare recipients. What good does that do for the poor? I get $1,340 dollars a month. A 2 percent raise is $26.80, but I got $6. My wife got nothing. A lot of ...

Pointing out Beverly’s blind spot

Columnists

Thank you to Beverly Mayor Cindy Karelis for pointing out that in 2005 West Virginia Department of Highways agreed to move the historic Logan House back from its precarious position at the turn in the highway. Now 12 years later the situation is increasingly dangerous for vehicular traffic and ...

Healthier

Editorials

Mountain State residents are tired of being told, year after year, they are among the unhealthiest folks in the country. The factors used in creating such reports are often politically motivated, and incomplete indicators of health. One measure often cited, however, is smoking. West ...

Special Families

Editorials

In just a few days, girls and boys throughout the Mountain State will wake up from a good night’s sleep in their own beds, rush excitedly to the Christmas tree (maybe even asking to skip breakfast), and joyfully open presents in a laughter-filled morning with their families. But for ...

Lessons learned in Alabama

Columnists

All sorts of bad things may happen in the U.S. Senate as a result of Alabama voters’ decision to send Doug Jones there. But last Tuesday, hundreds of thousands of conservatives in that state decided they had to do what they believed to be right for now. They’ll deal with the future when ...

Beverly still waiting on DOH promise

Columnists

By , Mayor of Beverly BEVERLY — There is little in life that requires vision more than a blind curve, and over-the-road haulers will tell you that Beverly’s Logan House curve at the south end of town is one of the blindest spots in the state. West Virginia Department of Highway ...

Surprising

Editorials

West Virginia state Senate Clerk Clark Barnes was never, ever, accused of being anything but a staunch Republican during the 10 years when he represented Randolph County in the Senate. At times, he could be a fierce advocate for his party. So it may have come as a surprise to some when ...

Black Lung

Editorials

West Virginians know too much about black lung disease to be happy about talk in Washington of watering down protections against it for coal miners. In some areas, black lung is making a comeback, despite decades of regulations meant to curb it. Officials of the Mine Safety and Health ...