OPINION

No, it’s not your birthday and you probably just came off a vacation. But if you need a reason to celebrate and do a little bit of traveling, this is still the week for it.

During the years of World War II, Bob Wills was sports editor of the Beckley Raleigh Register. He was so devoted to America’s cause of liberty and freedom that he stated from that day forward he would never refer to the major league baseball team the Cincinnati Reds as “Reds.” Instead, he wo… Read more

This week, the Mountain State will celebrate its 155th birthday. It is a milestone, of course, but the walkup to this year’s celebrations feels a little different. There is a buzz in the air. West Virginia is making national news as the backdrop for the newest entry in a wildly popular video… Read more

At the E. Paul Barley Recycling & Education Center, the Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority has much to cheer about in the world of recycling. Upon the completion of the 2017-18 school year, Raleigh County schools cumulatively recycled an amazing 358.4 tons — 689,125 pounds of paper and… Read more

washington — Put yourself in the room with immigration officials and try to imagine exactly which argument would convince you that separating children from their migrating parents would be a good idea. Read more

Stoking mob fear and adding to hurtful and false stereotypes of people addicted to opioids, council members and Mayor Rob Rappold allowed chambers on Tuesday night to devolve into a pit of innuendo and fear mongering when citizens – encouraged by the applause of at least two council members … Read more

As I looked up, the stairs continued to spiral into the sky. But as I looked down, I realized I was too far gone to turn around. I was somewhere between the sky and the ground, and my hands began to sting with cold sweat while my stomach decided to become a gymnast. I was a mixture of panic … Read more

To the state Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities award of $332,601 to Marshall Research Corporation from a State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis supplemental grant. The federal funding, which comes from the Substance Abuse and Me… Read more

This past legislative session, Coach Jim Justice – otherwise known as the governor of our state, coal baron, billionaire businessman and, yes, high school girls basketball coach – sat on the bench while the sausage was getting stuffed into law. He rose to the occasion only a couple of times … Read more

washington – Well, it happened: The president and the dictator met, shook hands, looked each other in the eye, smiled for the cameras – and lied through their teeth. Read more

West Virginia has been behind the curve when it comes to women in office, particularly in the U.S. House of Representatives. In our history, we’ve elected only two women to Congress – one being Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., who served seven terms as a congresswoman before being elected… Read more

When forces align against them, most politicians and public servants who have obviously abused their office for personal gain can read the handwriting on the wall – whether they want to or not. Read more

When I was twelve, I remember feeling my heart tingle and a smile appear at the simple mention of a little baby being born. The baby would be my nephew, and I would be his aunt – even though it seemed I was too young. Read more

The unprecedented, historic and weird summit (Dennis Rodman might be there) between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, scheduled to begin Tuesday, if there are no surprises, could produce the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, or just more of the same lies and dissembling … Read more

If West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry has an ounce of honor and humility left in his being, he will spare us all the spectacle of the regurgitation of the purported sins of yet another public official drunk on his own power, offer up his resignation from the court and head bac… Read more

Precisely what the West Virginia Department of Commerce did incorrectly in mismanaging a gigantic program meant to help victims of June 2016 flooding remains unclear. Still, remarks by Gov. Jim Justice on Monday leave a trail of dots to be connected: Read more

At the end of the school year, West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Steven Paine inducted 221 students into the Knights of the Golden Horseshoe, as a sign of their knowledge of our state’s culture and history. For many young people, this award is among the highest honors they will receive… Read more

The June 2016 floods in West Virginia left thousands of people’s homes in disarray and killed about two dozen residents. State officials acted quickly to seek federal help to recover from the disaster, and money was allocated. Read more

washington – Call me naive – I’ve been called worse – but it never occurred to me that Roseanne Barr’s firing would be viewed by some as a political statement. Read more

Here in West Virginia, we don’t ask whether it was the chicken or the egg that came first. Here, we ponder whether it was the corruption in government or the complete lack of accountability that came first. Read more

Tennessee Williams wrote in “The Glass Menagerie” that time is the longest distance between two places. ¶ It was ever so June 5, 1968, in Pierre, South Dakota, for this young wire service reporter covering that state’s presidential primary as the final results dribbled in and the clock neare… Read more

West Virginians – citizens and their elected representatives in Congress and the Legislature – ought to pay attention to new research that shows gun suicides declined significantly in Connecticut and Indiana after lawmakers in those two states passed laws allowing police to temporarily confi… Read more

Schools are soft targets and we are hearing too often about fatalities and the wounded at schools. This should not be happening in this country. Our schools should be safe zones for our children to learn. If that means metal detectors or security at the doors, this needs to happen. Read more

I was running late. I said that I’d be there at 5 (or around that time), but I was about 15 minutes away and the clock on the dashboard was telling me that I was seven minutes behind schedule. I was sure this boy was going to hate me, and he had every right to. I was the one who had suggeste… Read more

WASHINGTON — Of course, I’m jealous of Ivanka Trump — because any criticism of another woman has to be jealousy, according to the letters I shall receive. In the following order, I want her wardrobe, hair, makeup, private transportation and height (5’11”) — and all of her trademarks in China. Read more

washington — Facebook ads purchased by Russia during the 2016 campaign, and released by Congress earlier this month, reveal a clear intent to create havoc in the U.S. — and should make Americans both wary and embarrassed. Read more

We trust this holiday weekend has found you enjoying good food and good times with family and friends. Read more

On Memorial Day, we pay tribute to the courageous service of the men and women who gave their lives in service to our country. It’s because of their commitment, bravery and valor that we remain a safe, strong and secure nation. Our strength is unmatched around the world – and will remain so … Read more

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Now that the summit between the United States and North Korea is in the rearview mirror, how would you grade it?

President Trump, and North Korea's Kim Jong Un met in the first ever historical summit meeting on Tuesday. There were a lot of hot topics to be discussed at this meeting that many speculate were touched on but not with much urgency from either side. The success of the summit wasn't a foregone conclusion. Information taken from the Associated Press

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