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Opinion

Reader: Officer’s response appropriate

Letters to the Editor

I’m not going to say that I agree with the reaction that the arresting officer had in reference to the shooting of a fellow officer last week, but we have to realize that he had just watched his partner take two bullets and with the anxiety and fear for his well-being this officer had acted ...

Coronavirus crisis prompting racism

Letters to the Editor

Our family has watched with horror as racist acts against Asian Americans, some violent (including a knife attack in Texas seriously injuring several small children), have increased dramatically. While our president initially insisted on calling the coronavirus the “Chinese virus,” this has ...

Unnecessary funding tarnishes new bill

Letters to the Editor

I took time to take a look at the recently passed bill by Congress to see what was in it. What I saw was money allocated to other agencies that had nothing to do with our current situation. First for the obvious. Smithsonian Institution at $7.5 million, the Kennedy Center at $25 million, ...

Hospital’s staff is grateful for donations

Letters to the Editor

St. Joseph’s Hospital sends a sincere thank you to all the businesses and community members for their donations of supplies and food. We have received vital donations of N95 masks, surgical gloves, face shields, gowns and other protective gear from: Auto Zone, Buckhannon Animal ...

Local Heroes

Editorials

We can all be grateful that the COVID-19 epidemic in our region is not as bad as in some parts of the country. Almost undoubtedly, our situation will grow worse, however. If it does, our reliance on health care professionals will increase. So, while we all should be doing everything in our ...

Unique Easter experience

Columnists

This Sunday is Easter. As a believer, Easter has always been for me a day of joy and thanksgiving for a divine gift of unspeakable meaning and beauty. I associate the occasion with an overflowing crowd worshipping, praying and recommitting ourselves to live as Easter people. A few weeks ...

Addiction

Editorials

Once the numbers are in, perhaps in a year or so, it will not be surprising if COVID-19 was not the big killer of West Virginians during at least the first few weeks of this month. Thus far during the coronavirus epidemic, COVID-19 has killed three Mountain State residents. No doubt the death ...

Unemployment

Editorials

Normally, WorkForce West Virginia personnel handle 3,000 to 5,000 new claims for unemployment compensation every month. In March, the number exceeded 90,000. No wonder both the people and machines handling the claims are overwhelmed. Give them credit for working as quickly as they ...

Safety First

Editorials

No one can say what course COVID-19 will take through West Virginia. We know that the disease has gained a strong foothold here, however, and if the experience in several other states is any guide, the next several weeks will be a terrible time for us. Gov. Jim Justice has ordered that public ...

The show must go on in West Virginia

Columnists

Once this is over, we’re all going to need to blow off a little steam, relax — and celebrate. A good way to start would be to eat out at local restaurants every night for a couple of weeks, even if you’re in the habit of preparing dinner at home most of the time. Then, what? Hint: ...

Wise Decision

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice’s decision — made in consultation with legislators of both parties — to delay the primary election in West Virginia was wise. It will be held June 9 instead of May 12, as had been scheduled previously. Even if by some miracle our state is out of the COVID-19 woods by ...

Protect your wallet

Columnists

Over the last month, our office has assessed all of its responsibilities so that it can work with consumers and our partners in government to ensure West Virginia is best prepared to fight the coronavirus. For us, that means enforcing the state’s consumer law, maintaining the integrity of ...

Perhaps in the end this will make us stronger

Columnists

In the last few days I have been haunted by the old saying: “If it does not kill you, it will make you stronger.” Wikipedia attributes this idea to Mithridates VI, King of Pontus (134-63 BC) who fortified his body against assassination by taking small amounts of lethal substances to build ...

Snowbirds

Editorials

Spring weather may bring a new public health hazard to West Virginia and Ohio — “snowbirds.” Some of them, having spent the winter in warmer climes, may be bringing more than boxes of fresh oranges back here. What to do about them is a challenge public health officials in both our ...

Viral video raises many questions

Letters to the Editor

There is a video circulating of the alleged police brutality relating to the officer shooting on March 26 in Elkins. An officer appears to strike the handcuffed subject. Where does the corruption end? Dash cams, body cam and video should be released to the public. Officer Boatwright should ...

Health professionals on the front lines

Letters to the Editor

Health professionals on the front lines Across the country, in large urban areas as well as small rural communities, EMTs and paramedics are serving on the frontlines of our nation’s war against the COVID-19 pandemic, oftentimes without the necessary supplies and equipment to ensure the ...

Failed bill would have made changes

Letters to the Editor

I am a lawyer and lobbyist for the folks who sign the back of their paychecks, not the front. I want to publicly thank Sen. Bill Hamilton and Sen. John Pitsenbarger for voting against SB 528 during the most recent legislative session. It only passed the Senate by one vote before the House of ...

Help Needed

Editorials

More than 41,000 West Virginians filed new claims for unemployment compensation last week. In Ohio, the most recent report showed more than 187,000 new claims. Behind those numbers are a multitude of small businesses, sometimes “mom and pop” operations, that are hurting. Nearly all of ...

The future of higher education

Columnists

The early reports are generally positive. Despite having only a few days to prepare to teach students online, our faculty have done superb work, and our students have proven they are committed and adaptive. While none of us would have chosen this new reality, education continues through Davis ...

Epidemic

Editorials

West Virginia’s first death from COVID-19 occurred Sunday. An 88-year-old Marion County woman perished from the disease, at a hospital in Clarksburg. Had she become ill just a few weeks ago, the woman might have been treated at Fairmont, in her home county. But there is no hospital there, ...