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Opinion

Graduations

Editorials

Graduation from high school is a big deal for many West Virginia students and their families, as Gov. Jim Justice noted during his press conference on Tuesday. That is so for a variety of reasons, among them the fact that it has taken a minimum of 13 years for the young men and women to earn ...

Murky Water

Editorials

West Virginians are among those in several states who are having to take a plunge into troubled waters — widespread voting by means of mail-in ballots. We have had enough experience with election fraud in the Mountain State to understand the potential for it with mail-in ballots. Eighteen ...

Just a roll of the dice

Columnists

Last week, I told you I was seeking more answers to how the West Virginia Lottery went about approving elections betting for the sports betting app used by the Greenbrier Resort. I won’t dive into the whole thing, as I had a full story last week with a timeline of events. In short, DraftKings ...

Getting kids online is now the agenda

Columnists

The Kump Education Center Board of Directors had their first online meeting last Thursday. Logan Smith set up the connection and eight directors joined the meeting. At the end, President Priscilla Gay said we should have more online conferences because so many new ideas came up during the hour, ...

Staying connected

Columnists

AARP recognizes the on-going Covid-19 pandemic is a challenging time for all as we try to adjust, distance, cope with loss of employment, ill family members, and so much more. We know that our older adults are our most vulnerable. The recommendations we are to follow to help keep us safe, may ...

Difficult Decision

Editorials

The Randolph County Commissioners will have the responsibility of handing out “hero pay” for essential workers in the form of a $100,000 grant from the state, once they have received further clarification from the Governor’s Office. Gov. Jim Justice has said the county officials will ...

Thanking water, PSD workers for service

Letters to the Editor

In these days of isolation from family, co-workers and friends, we all manage to come together in spirit and with great admiration to all of our first responders, who are doing their best to put these chaotic times back to normal. Our gratitude goes out to all the ones providing care ...

Possible uses for left-over funding

Letters to the Editor

I wish the government would spend the money that is left-over after everyone received their stimulus check on something that would benefit the low-income people in our country. I have said it before and maybe if I say it enough someone will listen — the left-over money could put solar ...

COVID-19 crisis spotlights problems

Letters to the Editor

As I set here today and listen to President Trump speak, if it wasn’t so important it would be a laughing matter. He is like a bird with his head in the sand. As he brags about all he has done and pats his own back, he should stop and think what he didn’t do when he had a chance. Like ...

Consequences of closing churches

Letters to the Editor

I am sure Satan is laughing as the church retreats into hiding and God’s people stay away from the church. Satan knows if he can keep folks from church, from fellowship, and from the preaching of God’s word long enough they become weak and vulnerable to his attacks. When the church does ...

Who the real heroes are

Columnists

The real heroes are the health care personnel and first responders. They are the front line defending us from this scourge. They are working day and night. They are heroes. Yes, those working in health care and as first responders today are working to save lives. Putting in extra hours and ...

Students are at the core

Columnists

Students are the very core of Davis & Elkins College. Even during a pandemic, we must not lose sight of why D&E exists, nor who we serve. We are proudly student-centric. Anna Ruf is completing her freshman year at D&E. I remember meeting her as a prospective student and commenting ...

Support local houses of worship

Columnists

There are no atheists in foxholes, it has been said. As many people remain holed-up at home on the COVID-19 battlefield, one wonders how many thoughts have turned to houses of worship. You ought to be thinking about them, even if you’re an atheist or an agnostic. And you ought to be writing ...

Tragic

Editorials

We have known for more than a month that COVID-19 is especially terrible in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities for the elderly. It was in early March that the coronavirus began taking its terrible toll at a nursing home in Kirkland, Washington. To date, 40 deaths have been linked ...

National Debt

Editorials

COVID-19 is focusing attention on another epidemic in the United States. It is the national debt, now at approximately $24.3 trillion. To that, of course, will have to be added the at least $2 trillion in federal funding to save the economy from being another victim of the virus. Think about ...

Cautious

Editorials

Going on the offensive against COVID-19 will require knowing more about who has had the disease, perhaps without showing symptoms. To that end, new tests have been developed and are being perfected. Most seem to rely on detecting antibodies the body produces to fight and often, defeat certain ...

Researchers should be applauded

Columnists

You heard it first from this staunch supporter of the West Virginia University Mountaineers: Hail to Pitt! Calm down. As we reported last week, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers think they may have come up with a vaccine against the COVID-19 virus. It has only been ...

Fine-tuning

Editorials

A CARES-2 Act needs to be written and enacted as soon as possible in Washington — not necessarily to pump more money into the national COVID-19 recovery effort, but to correct flaws in the original law. The ink is barely dry on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, which ...

Preying on our anxiety

Columnists

We’re Americans. We’ll beat this. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness….” This is not just the first line of the novel, Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, it is a good description of our current times. ...

Internet connections for kids in rural areas

Columnists

Schools closures during Covid 19 Pandemic have forced families to make many changes to help educate children. Home schooling, online learning, and child care responsibilities have become the daily duties of parents. After four weeks they are beginning to recognize how difficult teaching can be, ...