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Editorials

Latitude

In normal times, organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union would have been on the phone with Gov. Jim Justice’s office within minutes of the press conference he held Monday. These are as far from normal times as most Americans can remember. Even the days following the Sept. 11, ...

Long Break

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 ...

Laughing at Danger

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 ...

Reliable Info

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 ...

Spreading

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 ...

Upheaval

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

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 ...

At Risk

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 ...

Education

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 ...

Upheaval

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 ...

Disgraceful

The monumental incompetence with which West Virginia’s first known case of COVID-19 was handled ought to enrage everyone in our state. Those with the power to keep it from happening again ought to be livid — and determined to get it right the next time. There will be a next time. We know ...

Coronavirus

No doubt we were not alone in wondering how closure of West Virginia’s public schools would impact children who rely on them for nutritious breakfasts and lunches. Silly us. We forgot where we live. As we have reported, many local schools have programs in place to ensure that meals are ...

Big Choice

West Virginia’s primary election is scheduled to be held May 12, less than two months from now. Barring some miracle we have no reason to expect, COVID-19 will remain a concern then — though, hopefully, not as serious as it is today. On Monday, Ohio officials took what appeared to be an ...

Leadership

Gov. Jim Justice had an ironclad answer Friday, in the form of a question, to those who wonder why he closed public schools in West Virginia despite the absence then of a single confirmed case of COVID-19 in our state: “How would you answer the question, ‘Why did you wait?’” No ...

Concern

COVID-19 has become a danger to a significant number of people who will never contract the disease. They are those suffering from illnesses or injuries that require them to receive blood transfusions. American Red Cross officials say about 50 blood drives that had been planned across the ...

Disagreement

It is no wonder that for a time last year, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., considered getting out of Washington and going back into politics at the state level. If you wonder why he did, contrast the can-do bipartisanship in Charleston with the politics-at-all-costs atmosphere in ...

Testing

West Virginians suspected of having contracted COVID-19 — the “coronavirus” — will have their tests processed in Charleston, rather than by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Gov. Jim Justice revealed. Justice said state testing will be conducted at the Department ...

Bipartisan

West Virginia politicians can fight like cats and dogs — or, perhaps more apt these days, like Democrats and Republicans at the national level. But events of the past week in Charleston have given Mountain State residents reason for confidence that when it is crucial, thoughtful, ...

Transparent

Let us hope that if COVID-19 comes to West Virginia or Ohio — and it probably will — our state governments are transparent. To date, public health officials in both our states have not been as informative as in some others. Neither state has confirmed an active case of COVID-19, but a ...

Flu Shot

Other than avoiding people who may have been traveling internationally, there is not much you can do to avoid catching COVID-19, the coronavirus variety that has been in the headlines. There is something you can do to avoid coming down with common influenza, however: Get a flu shot. Doing ...