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Opinion

The state of the nation

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The media reports of “chaos” and “both sides” come far short of describing the sheer disregard and disrespect for the American people on display in the presidential debate. If you haven’t watched it yet, do your country a favor and subject yourself to this unpleasant ...

Women need to prioritize their own health

Local Columns

Women often put the needs of their loved ones before their own. That may be truer than ever this year, as mothers juggle working from home, virtual learning and child care along with the usual everyday responsibilities. As a member of the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Congressional Families ...

Don’t let the swamp win

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The Clinton era ushered in a new level of corruption in American politics. The Clinton Foundation became a means of funneling money for government favors. As revealed by the Director of National Intelligence John Radcliffe, Hillary Clinton’s $10 million Steele Dossier became ...

We’re gaining a new appreciation for the farmer

Local Columns

Our farmers have always been one of the most respected professions in America, but the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance agriculture plays in our daily lives. Evident in a recent Gallup poll, which ranked agriculture and farming, for the first time in twenty years, as one of the ...

Keeping us safe from fire

Editorials

Fire safety and prevention should be on all of our minds, especially this time of year as we begin to look for ways to stay warm in the colder months. While we understand that, sometimes, fires happen, it is important to be as prepared as possible. With that in mind, we thank the ...

Morrisey serves state well in his role

Editorials

Since 2013, Patrick Morrisey’s service as state attorney general has been marked by activism in defense of West Virginians. Keeping him in office makes sense. First elected in 2012, Morrisey took office determined to reform the attorney general’s office. Now, when the office needs outside ...

Warner has earned voters’ trust

Editorials

Getting as many people as possible out to vote and holding a secure, honest election need not be mutually exclusive, despite what you may have been led to believe during this ultra-political year. West Virginia’s chief elections officer, Secretary of State Mac Warner, is making both things ...

McKinley a wise choice on Nov. 3

Editorials

At a time when West Virginians need the very best people fighting for us in Washington, it just makes sense to re-elect U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va. Since 2011 he has combined a dedication to representing our best interests with the political skill to get things done. A measure of the ...

Reporter’s Notebook/Is anyone really gaming the system?

Local Columns

Alright folks, allow me to continue my weekly countdown to the 2020 general election. As of today, we are less than 30 days away from Tuesday, Nov. 3. By the time you read this, I will have written campaign profiles of every Board of Public Works race except for the governor’s race (I’m ...

Keeping the election honest in West Virginia

Editorials

Our history makes West Virginians worry about election fraud. Reports of emergency shipments of pints of whiskey used to buy votes have been seen too many times for us to be apathetic about the issue. Perhaps that is why a widely circulated report of election-related misbehavior originated in ...

Have been on both sides of consumer fence

Local Columns

Buyer’s remorse and should have bought that. I have been on both sides of that consumer fence, experiences that ultimately put me in mental scolding mode. What was I thinking? What was I not thinking? Why did I buy that? Why didn’t I get that? And I’m not necessarily talking ...

Do we benefit from the presidential debates?

Local Columns

I didn’t watch the first debate between President Donald Trump and challenge Joe Biden Tuesday night. I read and watched several of the reviews and reactions the next morning, and, based on that, it seems to pretty much be official that the idea of civil discourse in our modern political ...

The importance of newspapers continue

Editorials

Today marks the beginning of National Newspaper Week. Sponsored by the Newspaper Association Managers, it’s a week that has been set aside for the past 80 years to recognize the service of newspapers and their employees. This year’s theme is America Needs Journalists, and it stands as a ...

Pray before voting

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, At this critical time in our nation’s history, I decided to pen a very different letter to the editor. As America embarks on a very delicate process of deciding their choice of candidates, in the upcoming elections, I ask for a simple request. Please select candidates that ...

Does anyone care?

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, After finally getting my internet connection back and periodic power loss and begging for some street lights to be repaired, I have come to a conclusion. we have no one in our town who cares about the citizens. At least once a month power goes out on Marland Heights for five ...

The American nightmare

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The debate: The Trump activists shouldn’t be happy. All the questions asked and the president’s answers had to do with what President Trump did or didn’t. Biden’s answers pertained to what he would have done differently. What is happening in America right now, good ...

Donald Trump is shameful

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, A few weeks ago, presidential author Bob Woodward released excerpts from his tapes of conversations with President Donald Trump that he made for his book. Trump related to Woodward early February that the novel Coronavirus was deadly and dangerous. Trump said, “I always wanted ...

Barrett will prevent mischief

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, What does it matter? Justices form their own opinions once on the Supreme Court. Some liberals lean to the conservative and some conservatives tend to be more liberal. Chief Justice John Roberts, anyone? I know there is plenty of foot stomping (ever notice Chuck Schumer’s ...

History in the Hills: Local American heroes

Local Columns

I owe a lot to my parents. The love of the past and history they instilled in me has been far reaching, not only in my interests, but in my career. In pursuing that career, I met my lovely wife, Abigail, in the public history program at Duquesne University and now we have been blessed with ...

Community activities are beginning to return

Editorials

For more than seven months, we have been reporting on many events across the region that have been forced to close down for the year in response to restrictions and regulations that have been put into place to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. There are some events, though, that ...