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Opinion

Bad Ranking

Editorials

Ranking states in everything from school quality to safety seems to be all the rage these days. Many of those issuing such reports do so without looking very closely into the 50 states’ situations. Still, a new rating that came out this week — on the performance of highway systems — ...

Slowing the pendulum swing

Columnists

I normally steer clear of national politics in this space. I’m paid to pay more attention to West Virginia government and politics. But it doesn’t mean I don’t observe the national scene since actions by our federal government trickle down to the state. In two weeks, the Electoral ...

Good News

Editorials

West Virginians owe Maj. Gen. James Hoyer a crisp, heartfelt salute for his leadership of the state National Guard. Last week, it was announced Hoyer is retiring as state adjutant general. He will step into a senior associate vice president’s role at West Virginia University. Hoyer has ...

Speed It Up

Editorials

We have been critical at times of online efforts in West Virginia to keep the public informed about the situation regarding COVID-19. Sometimes, statistics posted on the state websites lag significantly behind what actually has happened, we pointed out. Those in charge of updating the ...

Thankful for what they had

Letters to the Editor

This is the eve of Thanksgiving and I just wanted to share some thoughts of a Thanksgiving day in Vietnam. I joined 2nd Bn, 5th Marines on Hill 69 at An Ton Bridge near Chu Lai in 1966. Several companies were up north near the DMZ on Operation Prairie and in late November 1966 our battalion ...

Promises

Editorials

West Virginians have been promised too many high-tech energy developments, only to see plans for them crumble, to count our chickens before they are hatched. Still, an announcement Monday is wonderful news. Gov. Jim Justice revealed an in-state company, Blue Rock Manufacturing, is partnering ...

Major Strain

Editorials

County health departments are under enormous strain because of the drastic increase in COVID-19 cases. They need help, especially in the critical work of contact tracing. That is an attempt to identify people who, because of contact with others who test positive for the disease, may have ...

Too Distant

Editorials

“Remote learning” simply isn’t doing the job for many West Virginia students forced by COVID-19 to stay away from their classrooms. That has been painfully obvious to many educators, parents and school children for months. State Superintendent of Schools Clayton Burch made it official ...

Catching the wave

Columnists

I’ve now had a week to digest all the elections results and what they mean, and man, I’m still flabbergasted. It’s not that I didn’t think Republican candidates would do well. I don’t do predictions, at least not in print. I do sometimes privately talk to people about who I think ...

Unfit for Office

Editorials

If it was not clear previously that West Virginia Republicans made the right decision in rejecting Mike Folk’s candidacy for governor, Folk himself made his unfitness for the office plain this week. Upset over Gov. Jim Justice’s actions regarding COVID-19 — and probably still angry he ...

Thankfulness and hopefulness this holiday season

Columnists

The best thing about this Thanksgiving is that it helps us to avoid thinking of all the doom and gloom that comes through the media and remember the good things we enjoy here and now. We are fortunate to be alive at this time and in this place with so many good people who work honestly to do ...

No Way

Editorials

Some in the Democratic Party are suggesting a virtual re-do of our political system. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is both right and responsible in letting them know he will not go along with that. Depending on how two U.S. Senate races scheduled for January in Georgia go, it is possible ...

Election disappoints Trump supporter

Letters to the Editor

It isn’t much fun anymore cleaning up behind the same old horse from which the same old fertilizer falls, day after day and year after year, but I’m going to do it one more time since there appears to be two or three, possibly four Democrats in the area who get their news from MSNBC, CNN ...

Kroger, employees work on agreement

Letters to the Editor

Whether it’s for the turkey at Thanksgiving dinner or the fresh food and essentials your family needs, Kroger has been proud to serve as the neighborhood grocer for West Virginia families for nearly a hundred years. What started as just five stores in Charleston in 1926 has grown to forty ...

Biden supporter happy with election

Letters to the Editor

After four long years, the Trump nightmare is near its end and there has been much rejoicing. Now, I know you Trumpcakes out there are bitter and angry but I implore you to take this opportunity to reflect and let this truly sink in. People celebrated Trump’s defeat, from coast to coast. In ...

Schools

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice is right to hold off on taking action recommended by the West Virginia Education Association, to close schools from Thanksgiving until the beginning of 2021. As the governor noted, “There are so many ramifications” to such an order. But Justice may want to meet the WVEA ...

Don’t help the virus this holiday

Columnists

No one wants to spoil the party. For that reason, Thanksgiving Day and the ensuing weekend will include big, traditional family get-togethers, just as they have for many years. Thanksgiving rivals Christmas as their favorite time of the year. It’s easy to understand. Christmas Day can be a ...

Like no other

Columnists

Lacking a crystal ball to know the future, important decisions at a college are ideally based on all knowable facts, sound reasoning, and laser focus on what is best for the mission of the institution. During the summer of 2020, the administration of Davis & Elkins College worked ...

Safety First

Editorials

Elkins City Council is set to vote tonight on a proposed ordinance to allow ATVs and UTVs to be driven on city streets. Council’s Rules and Ordinance Committee voted last week to push the proposed ordinance, drafted by City Attorney Gerri Roberts, on to full council to be voted on during ...

Energy

Editorials

It seems clear that Joe Biden will be the nation’s next chief executive. The sooner he clarifies his agenda — especially regarding energy — the better. It is probably no coincidence that within days of the election, some energy companies began revealing their own plans. Two major ...