Matt Wender is currently serving as President of the County Commission of Fayette County. Matt has many years of service with the County Commission and is now a candidate for re-election in 2018.

Your readers are fortunate to be able to take the first step to return Dr. Margaret Staggers back to the Legislature in the upcoming primary election. She has not been there the last two years, and she has been missed.

We need to elect Marion Tanner to the Fayette County Board of Education. Marion represents a combination of qualities that are just what any board needs, especially one which needs to pull the county system out of the hole it is in.

Matt Wender is currently serving as President of the County Commission of Fayette County. Matt has many years of service with the County Commission and is now a candidate for re-election in 2018.

As I drink my morning coffee here in Kent County, Del., I can’t help but think how fortunate the citizens of Fayette County are to be able to elect a man like Gary Ray to the Fayette County Board of Education.

We have a primary election coming up and there are traditional and new voting issues facing the citizenry of our state. There is a new voter’s identification law in force for the first time, our traditional lack of voter participation to consider, and a lack of data from the Secretary of Sta…

Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and community health centers (CHC) has not been reauthorized by Congress. This means that 48,000 children in West Virginia are at risk for losing health coverage! Also over 400,000 West Virginians are at risk for losing access to the…

The Fayette County Farmland Protection Board purchased the Grady Whitlock farm at public auction on April 27, 2016. As the current treasurer, I actually had the privilege of bidding at the sale and winning the auction. It was the most exciting auction bidding I will ever do.

When considering the recent antics of the Fayette County Library Board Commission in the quest for a county library director, I am reminded of Matthew 13:57: “And they took offense at Him. But Jesus said to them, “Only in his hometown and in his own household is a prophet without honor.”

Members of the Fayette County Democratic Executive Committee raised their hands to be counted among those who want to see the “2017 Roads to Prosperity” amendment passed. They are encouraging residents to vote “Yes” when they mark their ballots.

Recently I have heard that American Whitewater, a national whitewater enthusiast organization, has an effort to “Wet the Dries,” as they call it. This is a proposal (P-2512-069) to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). This proposal is to require Brookfield Renewable Resources, a …

What some fail to realize, is that the Chief Deputy manages and has direct oversight of the day-to-day law enforcement operations within the Sheriff’s Department. With that being said, Mr. (Mike) Fridley has had four years of opportunity to address issues that affect our county, the issues t…

I want to write a letter thanking Margaret Staggers for helping to get us public water in Hilton Village and surrounding areas. I would also like to thank her for getting water for five families in the Edmond Road area, whose pleas had fallen on deaf ears of politicians for seven years. Thos…

I have known Tom Ballard for 38 years, ever since we were classmates at the West Virginia State Police Academy in 1978. I have in that time worked with Tom, often side by side, in virtually every facet of the police profession, whether criminal and drug investigation, political corruption in…

A brief introduction: I am age 72, a Vietnam veteran and still work 40 hours per week, pay taxes and always vote a split ticket because it always appears to me that after research there are always better qualified people to choose from using this approach. This year is no different.

I have said it before, but I will say it again. Your readers are fortunate to be able to vote to re-elect Dave Perry to the West Virginia Legislature in the upcoming general election. He has served as a Delegate since 2000. This time he can be a Senator.

Margaret Staggers is a successful House of Delegates winner of the primary election on May 10. She is now a Democratic candidate for one of the three seats for the W.Va. House of Delegates in our general election on Nov. 8. Margaret is my neighbor on Whispering Lane in Fayetteville, and I wo…

As a 1979 graduate of Valley High School, it has been with great pride witnessing the community and Valley High School working together to finally make their dream for a football field come to fruition for the Valley students. The opening day of the Valley High football field, Aug. 26, 2016,…

According to the Nov. 5, 2015, minutes of the WVU Tech faculty assembly, a questionnaire was distributed to the faculty to determine whether they were interested in teaching in Beckley, in Montgomery, or both for the 2016-17 academic year.

The SBA’s building authority denies Fayette County’s school consolidation plan partly because the county has failed to pass a school bond. Why haven’t Fayette County residents passed a bond

(Editor’s note: The following letter sent to Fayette County’s delegates and senators was forwarded to The Montgomery Herald for publication.)

People can debate endlessly who the best president of the United States is or was, but who can debate the nominee for best former President? Without question, that is Jimmy Carter. Even before his amazing explanation of the cancer he faces, he had already excelled by anyone’s notion of a giv…

I was fortunate to be able to attend part of the Run for the Wall (prior to Memorial Day). My sister-in-law and I went two years ago to support her son, my nephew Bobby, who had been in the military and was riding to D.C. with them. We enjoyed it so much, we wanted to go again.

I write to urge all citizens of Fayette County to vote in favor of the upcoming bond issue in support of Fayette County Schools. A vote in favor of the bond advances many county interests in addition to the most important interest: The quality of education for our children in Fayette County.…

There have been so many convoluted stories and incorrect information used as propaganda against the upcoming bond in Fayette County. I want to first say that I will 100 percent be voting for this bond and my child does NOT attend a school listed on this bond.

Anyone who would make allegations of using children as pawns for the Fayette bond election should look introspectively. Scare tactics such as tax increases for fixed incomes and elderly are disgusting, and IS using children as pawns.

During the regular March board meeting of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber Board voted to endorse the Fayette County School Bond after receiving an official signed copy of the proposed bond.

In my profession of pharmacy, treatment decisions are examined in terms of risks vs. benefits. Will this medicine cause more harm than good? What alternatives exist? What if no medication is given? Timing of the treatment is important as well.

Let your voice be heard! Keep West Virginia Tech in Montgomery. Please attend this important meeting Monday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Upper Kanawha Valley Technology Building, 326 Third Avenue, Montgomery (former site of G.C. Murphy’s).

I have been reading with great interest the problems the Fayette County Board of Education has been having to improve the school system, especially building new schools to replace outdated buildings that were built 50, 60 or 70 years ago.

Reflecting back on the year 2014, West Virginians were once again witness to the obvious: some corporations continue to operate as if they are in a third world country. For example, after Freedom Industries poisoned the water of 300,000 people in January 2014, its Chief Operating Officer Gar…