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Editorials

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 ...

Changes

There is some debate, as there often is with good ideas, about who thought of it first. Was it Peter McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, or was it machinist Matthew Maguire, secretary of Local 344 ...

Outbreak

West Virginia’s Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation is good at keeping human beings inside jails and prisons. Now, the agency needs to do all it can to keep the COVID-19 virus from escaping, too. Last Friday, Gov. Jim Justice revealed an inmate at the South Central Regional Jail in ...

Unemployment

Behind the unemployment statistics — between 16 million and 18 million Americans without jobs, many as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic — are the children. Millions of them are in homes where the coronavirus continues to make it difficult to put bread on the table. Now is not the time to ...

Information

With public schools in many states either reopened or ready to become so within the next few weeks, it is virtually inevitable that there will be COVID-19 outbreaks in some classrooms. That will result in calls to school officials from worried parents and guardians. “Sorry,” many of them ...

Shortage

We all should have seen it coming. First there was a shortage of face masks and other personal protective gear. Then a crash program had to be launched to find enough medical ventilators for COVID-19 patients. Now, the shortage is — you guessed it — cheap I-pads and Chromebooks. With ...

Watchful

At some point, West Virginians will just have to bite the bullet and begin getting back to “normal.” COVID-19 cannot rule our lives forever. Still, Gov. Jim Justice’s reservations over a change in precautions against the disease at nursing homes is understandable. Eighty-one of the ...

Profiteering

The power to profit greatly from their misdeeds and to be shielded from punishment is something of which all criminals dream. Occasionally, often through politics, some think they have achieved that. If federal authorities are correct, former White House aide Steve Bannon is among ...

Outbreaks

Where did we go wrong? What do we need to change to safeguard older West Virginians in nursing homes? State officials — and, for that matter, anyone with an idea of what the answers may be — need to be coming up with solutions. Our most vulnerable West Virginians need better protection ...

Paying the Toll

It was understandable, if not prudent, that when COVID-19 seemed to be on the run earlier this summer, many Americans decided it was time to go back to what was normal early this year. We are paying the price for that foolhardiness now. Unfortunately, those paying the grimmest toll had little ...

Funding

An announcement made Wednesday, without fanfare by Gov. Jim Justice’s office, was the most important news of the day for tens of thousands of Mountain State residents. It was that Justice has directed WorkForce West Virginia to apply for federal funds under a new round of benefits for people ...

Bad Party

For several years, West Virginia University had the unenviable reputation of being a “party school.” Let us hope that does not lead to it becoming the Typhoid Mary of higher education. Typhoid Mary Mallon was a domestic worker in the United States during the late 1800s. Somehow, she ...

Reopening

Roman Catholic schools in West Virginia and some public school systems in East Ohio are planning to have students in classrooms five days a week when the new academic year begins. Yet most Mountain State public schools are planning “blended” schedules, often with just two days a week of ...

Assistance

President Donald Trump’s decision to authorize $400 a week in unemployment benefits for people laid off from jobs due to the COVID-19 epidemic came with a catch. It is that states will have to cover one-fourth of the total. Here in West Virginia, that is doable. Gov. Jim Justice had hoped ...

High Alert

Most nursing homes and other long-term care centers in West Virginia have been free of COVID-19 since the epidemic began. Not all have been that lucky. During the weekend, eight more deaths were reported at the Princeton Care Center in Mercer County. A total of 12 people there have succumbed ...

Service

What a shame so many members of Congress are more interested in scoring partisan points than in serving all Americans. Perhaps U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin, of West Virginia, can show them how it’s done. Manchin is a Democrat. Capito is a Republican. They have their ...