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Editorials

Leadership

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 ...

Plans in Place

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

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 ...

Good Option

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

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. ...

Valuable

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 ...

Common Sense

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 ...

Unacceptable

Little by little, public officials in West Virginia seem to be getting the message that expressions of bigotry of any kind are not acceptable. Not so long ago, strong expressions of prejudice may have been frowned upon, but they were still tolerated. No more. John Mandt Jr., a House of ...

Stewardship

Since 2013, Patrick Morrisey’s service as state attorney general has been marked by activism in defense of West Virginians. Keeping him in office makes sense. First elected in 2012, Morrisey took office determined to reform the attorney general’s office. Now, when the office needs ...

Struggling

Many sectors of the U.S. economy continue a slow but steady recovery from the COVID-19 slowdown. By the end of September, the unemployment rate had dropped to 7.9%, down from 8.4% in August. But as we and many others have warned, some businesses — and millions of their employees — ...

Fair is Fair

By the end of September 2019, 30 U.S. law enforcement personnel had been killed while on duty. Thirty-seven have been killed this year. Non-fatal injuries have soared, too. It is not being inaccurate to note that many, probably most, police officers, sheriff’s deputies and other law ...

Distortion

Our history makes West Virginians worry about election fraud. Reports of emergency shipments of pints of whiskey used to buy votes have been seen too many times for us to be apathetic about the issue. Perhaps that is why a widely circulated report of election-related misbehavior originated in ...

Vital Duty

Thoughtful area residents understand how important the Nov. 3 election will be not just to the nation, but to each and every one of us personally. Voting this year is important — but it also will be more difficult for many. Blame COVID-19 for that. Many people who normally would have gone ...

Color Changes

State officials are to be applauded for changing the method by which they rate the COVID-19 threat in West Virginia counties. It appears to be a more realistic guide than what was used previously. But it also may be misleading to some people. This week’s map shows most counties in the ...

Ballots

There is one safe bet regarding the upcoming presidential election: If vote totals in any of the states are close, there will be controversy over how ballots were handled. That will be so whether President Donald Trump or Joe Biden appears to have the edge. Ballot battles are nothing new, of ...

Too Loud

The Elkins Town Square Amphitheatre, a recent addition to downtown which was created by the Elkins Rotary Club, saw very little activity this year. Due to the restrictions of COVID-19 this beautiful facility stayed dormant for much of 2020. A lot of fundraising and hard work made this ...

Legal Action

COVID-19 already has killed some businesses in West Virginia. Forced to close when state restrictions designed to keep the disease from spreading were put in place, they simply could not stand months of paying fixed costs without earning any revenue. Even federal assistance, helping keep some ...

Still a Danger

Availability of a vaccine against COVID-19 cannot come too quickly for residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. That may be the only hope some have of surviving the epidemic — because clearly, no one has come up with any other way of keeping them safe from the ...

Bad Timing

This week, Elkins city officials admitted the COVID-19 pandemic is making it difficult to perform normal governmental duties. Which begs the question, why are Elkins officials considering changing the city’s form of government in the midst of this pandemic? Thursday’s Elkins City ...

Bad Behavior

Disappointing stupidity. Mass insanity. A geronticidal plot. Pick one, or even all three to describe the behavior of some West Virginia University students. Whatever the explanation for their behavior, it simply must stop. Since students — mostly freshmen, it appears — began gathering ...