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Opinion

Learning how people can survive a pandemic

Columnists

Last week when Randolph County turned orange on the “Active COVID Count” our schools had to close, and Kump Education Center leaders decided not to begin the Tech-Link Tutoring program until January. We decided to postpone beginning our tutoring program for several reasons. Teachers ...

Leadership

Editorials

Each and every one of the 422 fellow West Virginians we have lost to COVID-19 has been a precious life, as Gov. Jim Justice points out. But just seven states have done better to save lives. Our epidemic fatality rate of 23 per 100,000 is one-third of the national average - and lower than 42 ...

True value of an honest businessman

Letters to the Editor

I have heard so many people use an explanation for voting for Donald Trump: he is better for business. Indeed, Vice President Pence remarked during the recent vice presidential debates that President Trump is a businessman. OK. I get that business owners might indeed be glad that a ...

Manchin surprises former delegate

Letters to the Editor

During my 34 years in the West Virginia House of Delegates, I had the honor to serve with many state legislators, including Joe Manchin. During those years in the 1980s and 1990s, he seemed to operate in a non-partisan fashion generally representing the conservative values of our state. ...

Reader: Voters need the facts, not fiction

Letters to the Editor

In response to Doris Kelley’s Oct. 10 letter, I offer this. In the words of Vice President Pence, “You are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts.” I’ll make this short and sweet. I repeat, Trump did NOT say our soldiers are losers. When Trump said, “I don’t like ...

Time running out on election campaigns

Letters to the Editor

I called Sen. Capito’s office this morning but she wasn’t there. Someone said she might be out on the Capitol steps helping change diapers on the Democrats who boycotted the vote this morning on Judge Amy Barrett. I didn’t watch the show but there must have been a lot of them there, ...

Dispute over an alleged statement

Letters to the Editor

A Navy vet said I was lying when I quoted what Trump said about our heroes who lost their lives in wars defending our great country. How can you call me a liar? Trump was the one who made the statement, but yet you don’t want to see him for what a loser he is. Trump has no respect for ...

Plans in Place

Editorials

Once a vaccine for COVID-19 becomes available, the demand for it will be enormous. As we have pointed out, states need to have thoughtful plans in place. West Virginia’s plan has been submitted to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That is good news. So are sketchy details ...

Tragedy

Editorials

Drug abuse was killing West Virginians by the hundreds long before COVID-19 hit. It will remain a killer long after the virus has been beaten. A tragedy on July 11 reminded us all of the terrible hold addictive substances can have on people. Last week, a woman from Chester, in the very tip of ...

Are justices dropping hints?

Columnists

We’ve read and heard a lot lately about how U.S. Supreme Court justices are supposed to abide by the Constitution, the law and precedents in their rulings, regardless of how they may feel personally about an issue. The same is true of the West Virginia Supreme Court. But that doesn’t mean ...

Good Option

Editorials

Newspaper readers are more informed than other people, almost by definition. We presume, then, that you are eager to cast a ballot in the upcoming election. If going to the polls on Nov. 3 worries you and if you just don’t trust mail-in absentee voting, another very good option is ...

Recovery

Editorials

We Americans, collectively, were not ready for the coronavirus epidemic. We ought to be ready for the recovery. It will begin when a vaccine against COVID-19 becomes available. Though a timeline for that is uncertain, it appears safe, effective vaccines will be available early next year. ...

Lasting legacy of Dr. Gloria Payne brings joy

Columnists

The smiling face of Dr. Gloria Payne on the front page of The Inter-Mountain Tuesday reminded me of the old saying: “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.” We think we are living through difficult times now with the pandemic, but Dr. Payne had a smile on her face through good times and ...

Valuable

Editorials

West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee had no option but to devote much of his State of the University speech this week to two critical issues — racial justice and COVID-19. It was appropriate that he talked at length about how WVU has dealt with the two concerns and how it will do ...

Census taker finds hope in his travels

Letters to the Editor

I recently spent two and a half months working for the U.S. Census Bureau counting people. My journey took me through six counties. Hampshire to Hardy ... Pendleton to Pocahontas ... Randolph to Webster. I experienced the early morning sun peeking through the fall leaves on the North ...

First-hand lessons in homeschooling

Letters to the Editor

A famed philosopher, Paris Hilton, once said, “Math is hard.” West Virginia parents are getting a first-hand lesson in home schooling during this so-called COVID-19 lockdown. Like many issues today, public education is as edgy as it gets. Old guard school boards are now squeezed ...

Election time is rolling around again

Letters to the Editor

It is time to vote again, So stop and think how the Republicans in Charleston raised our taxes on vehicles, trailers, boats, driving licenses and not just a little but almost doubling them. Teachers had to go on strike to get a raise. Just to hear the lies from the Republicans. We pay ...

WVFOP seeking to ensure safety

Letters to the Editor

For over 80 years, the West Virginia Fraternal Order of Police (WVFOP) has worked to increase the efficiency of the law enforcement profession, and thus “more firmly establish the confidence of the public in the service dedicated to the protection of life and property.” Today, the WVFOP ...

Crossing the digital divide in days of COVID-19

Columnists

Tech-Link Tutoring will begin at Kump Education Center later this month if Randolph County does not turn Orange on the WV School Covid-19 Alert Map. We plan to initiate a new program designed to help underserved students deal with some of the challenges of online learning. Parents and ...

Common Sense

Editorials

Common sense suggests that Gov. Jim Justice is right about one weapon against COVID-19 that he touted recently. Kanawha County has been a particular headache for the governor for several weeks. COVID-19’s penetration there has kept schools closed, even as students in most other counties ...