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Opinion

Testing should continue

Columnists

It has been suggested that because of COVID-19 upheaval, America’s students and educators should be given a break from standardized testing this year. That is precisely why the tests should be administered this year. Before you begin calling friends to join the mob demanding my head on a ...

Long Break

Editorials

Schools in West Virginia will not reopen until at least April 20, Gov. Jim Justice said last week. We give the governor credit for optimism, but we doubt that date is realistic, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. It appears school officials and personnel have been doing a stellar job in taking ...

Knowledge is power in crisis

Columnists

In my last column, I talked about the fog of war when it comes to the coronavirus. That’s why more, not less, information is needed from the state on not just positive cases, but the state seems content peddling information that in some cases is two days old. The state Department of Health ...

Spring breakers should be disqualified

Columnists

While Congress is in session, lawmakers ought to pass one more bill related to COVID-19. It would alter the application for college student financial aid, both grants and loans. Financial aid applications from individual colleges and universities could copy the language. Question 1 would ...

Laughing at Danger

Editorials

It is difficult, frankly, to view people refusing to join the rest of us in attempting to contain the COVID-19 coronavirus as anything but spoiled brats. The vast majority of them appear to be young. At least reports from our country, such as those of college students packing beaches for ...

Seniors now self-isolating and self-treating

Columnists

What’s next with Covid 19? Plan A: Stay Well. Plan B: Self-Isolate & Self-Treat. Before my column was published last week, our son said our grandchildren should not be in our house, and we should practice social distancing from them if we see them outside. That was not easy to do with ...

Reliable Info

Editorials

After a relatively slow start, COVID-19 in West Virginia appears to be taking the same course it has elsewhere, of the infection spreading rapidly and broadly. Mountain State residents need reliable information on how deeply the virus has penetrated into our communities. Not having that ...

We cannot give in to despair despite crisis

Letters to the Editor

To the residents of Randolph County, West Virginia and the United Sates of America: After much thought I have decided to add my two cents to this real and serious pandemic that we all are facing. (Yes, the young people also.) Please do not despair; do not panic; listen to what the health ...

Playing party politics with stimulus bill

Letters to the Editor

Do any of you readers think the risk of thousands of people dying could stir compassion in a Democrat’s heart? Especially in a Democrat with a title of Speaker and Minority Leader preceding their name. More specific, Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader Schumer, two people I hope to never get ...

Spreading

Editorials

We in West Virginia have been very lucky — fingers crossed — in the COVID-19 outbreak. But if we are to avoid a tragedy such as that in Washington state, we must redouble vigilance regarding the most vulnerable among us. At last count, 20 people at the Sundale Nursing Home in Morgantown ...

Moving forward, spinning backward

Columnists

A colleague recently said we need to keep moving forward even while the world is spinning backward. Her words are wise and thought-provoking for all of us in this time of fear and uncertainty. As I think about this sage advice, we need to stay focused on the mission and goals that bring ...

Upheaval

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice was absolutely correct Saturday in describing how the upheaval of COVID-19 is affecting many West Virginians. “It’s like we’re all lost in a movie that we can’t relate to in any way,” Justice noted. We Americans have been very lucky for more than a century and a ...

Doing Our Part

Editorials

West Virginia could get through this with the ranking we normally hate to see — 50th in the nation. Now, when COVID-19 is the subject, that would be a very good thing. As of Tuesday morning, the Mountain State had the lowest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the nation, at 20. No one ...

Study of new diseases needed

Columnists

How long did it take modern humans to evolve from our primitive ancestors? Well, Neanderthals roamed the earth about 40,000 years ago. Let’s say it required 2,000 generations for creatures like us to evolve to what we are today. Compared to Neanderthals, we are much more capable physically ...

At Risk

Editorials

Are you part of the 40%? If so, you need to start doing your part. Your failure is putting lives at risk — those of your fellow West Virginians. That messages comes from Gov. Jim Justice — and it may be the most important thing he has said in his entire life. Justice spoke Saturday ...

Working to flatten the curve

Columnists

CHARLESTON — In this time of increased anxiety, worry and in some cases panic over the coronavirus, Gov. Jim Justice has mostly done a good job trying to encourage people to social distance from others and not panic. What he did Saturday night and last Thursday might have undone a lot of the ...

Education

Editorials

Just a month ago, students and, no doubt, teachers in West Virginia and Ohio were looking forward to nice spring breaks and classes ending for the year in late May or early June. Mother Nature had been good to us, after all, with few instructional days lost to bad weather. Then Mother Nature ...

We must all work together

Columnists

The pandemic COVID-19 has reminded the world that international cooperation is essential in health and environmental matters. Once limited mostly to the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Korea, it was ignored by the American government until February 2020, despite the fact that ...

Wash hands, stay two arm-lengths away

Columnists

What a difference one week has made in our daily activities and thoughts! Last week we were planning lots of activities for children and adults at Kump Education Center; now we are putting everything on hold. Nothing that was scheduled will be held on the date we expected, and most of our ...

Upheaval

Editorials

West Virginia’s state budget, already in the doldrums, is about to take a severe beating. Blame COVID-19. More important, many Mountain State residents are facing serious, perhaps financially catastrophic, trouble. State officials should be finding a way to help them financially. We are ...