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Opinion

Unreliable

Editorials

Easy come, easy go. Officials in some Northern Panhandle counties are learning the old warning could have been coined to describe tax revenue from the natural gas industry. It has fluctuated wildly during recent years, dropping drastically between 2016 and 2017, as we reported last ...

Trump under the microscope

Columnists

With Donald Trump there is little middle ground, you either love him or you hate him. Since the campaign began in 2015 he has been loathed, mocked and discounted. Democrats who should know better eagerly praise John McCain, Jeff Flake, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski because they have the ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to longtime local surgeon Dr. Joseph Noronha, who is making a significant contribution to Davis Medical Center. Hugh Hitchcock, DMC board of directors member, said during a board meeting Thursday that the foundation is pleased to announce the creation of the Noronha Benevolent Care ...

Elkins Councilman asking questions

Letters to the Editor

In public service there are times when the right decision is not always the popular decision. Conversely, a popular decision is not always the right decision. When my colleagues on city council voted in favor of a 1 percent sales tax without being able to answer basic questions like why such a ...

Elkins offers downtown delights

Columnists

Christmas starlight has never been brighter in downtown Elkins thanks to the Volunteer Fire Department. After City Council announced there was no funding to repair or replace the old lights, the firemen volunteered their time to make the lights work for one more year. Elkins Firemen have been ...

Drug abuse issue has no easy fix

Letters to the Editor

Look out taxpayers: The West Virginia DHHR is creating plans for your money! It is a fact West Virginia has a prescription drug abuse problem. It is also a fact that for decades bureaucrats devised endless plans and programs to fight the war on drugs, virtually all lacking in positive ...

Winter’s health hazards

Columnists

This morning when I woke up and looked out the window, I saw a snow covered yard for the first time this season. This reminded me that we are entering a high risk time of year for injuries. For most of my career, I have thought that falls happened to other people. Other people who are ...

RCHS volunteer rescues animals

Letters to the Editor

I would like to thank and offer my appreciation to the Randolph County Humane Society and a member of such, one Richard Kuhn. A situation occurred where two dogs and seven pups were abandoned on Cheat Mountain on Forest Road 233 on Friday, Nov. 24, by some disgusting person. A call was made ...

Christmas programs on tap in Barbour County this weekend

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County and Merry Christmas! It sure is a busy time of year, and although the weather has been cold lately, the snow sure does help to get one in the Christmas spirit. The Christmas lights around the area sure do look pretty. Especially at the courthouse, where they ...

Groups opposing limitations request

Letters to the Editor

If you or someone you know enjoy fishing, hiking, swimming or floating on Shavers Fork, contact DEP to tell them to deny J.F. Allen Co.’s request to remove all aluminum limitations from their waste water outlet near Bowden. Comments are due by Dec. 30. Aluminum is in the top five ...

Timely subject

Columnists

Have you ever seen a shooting star and made a magical wish? Me, too. Have you ever tried to catch a snowflake on your tongue? Me, too. Have you ever had to explain what a pepperoni roll is to someone from out of state? Me, too. Have you ever had a conversation about sexual assault? TIME ...

Scam Alert

Editorials

‘Tis the season, unfortunately, for scammers to take advantage of consumers who may be both feeling a little more generous than normal, and be using credit cards more frequently. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has issued a warning for folks to protect their personal ...

‘Tis the season

Columnists

‘Tis the season of Christmas parties and open houses! Recently, Lisa and I opened the President’s home at Davis & Elkins for a time of celebration, initially with our faculty and staff and then for friends of the College from the community. Amongst the festive decorations and tables of ...

Absurd

Editorials

Congress seldom admits to making mistakes, unless lawmakers learn they can squeeze a few extra dollars out of taxpayers by doing so. That, in a nutshell, explains the alternative minimum tax regulations. So absurd is the AMT that the House of Representatives, in its tax reform bill, ...

Partnership expands student health services

Columnists

PHILIPPI — Barbour Community Health Association is benefiting from its new partnership with the West Virginia University School of Medicine Telepsychiatry Program. Through collaboration with the Brandon Wellness Center at Phillip Barbour High School, students will now have the opportunity ...

Healing

Editorials

About 100 women in our area may get new leases on life as a result of an announcement last week. It was that Living Free Ohio Valley plans to use a $3 million state grant to open a long-term care facility for women suffering from drug addiction. As LFOV President Sharon Travis noted, ...

Consolidation is the future

Columnists

Talk about bad timing: Eight people who work for the city of St. Clairsville, Ohio, will lose their jobs on the day before Christmas. No doubt they’ve known for some time that the blow was coming, but that won’t make it any more palatable for them. Here’s hoping the eight can land new ...

Outrageous

Editorials

We doubt that many West Virginians would have any idea where to start, if told to go out and buy a $32,000 couch. But someone at our state Supreme Court knew — and did. During the past few weeks, truly mind-boggling expenditures at the Supreme Court have been revealed. Single pieces of ...

Serious Issue

Editorials

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., resigned on Thursday. He was following U.S. Rep. John Conyers’ lead. Conyers, D-Mich., “retired” earlier in the week. So, the two members of Congress in the news recently for sexual harassment have left. Problem solved? Hardly. The problem is not two ...

Shop with a Cop donations needed

Columnists

For most people Christmas is a time of joy and happiness. However, for some children and families it can also be a time of worry and need. Social service agencies recognize this dilemma and offer special programs to help provide a positive holiday experience, such as food for holiday meals, ...