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Editorials

Bad Ranking

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 — ...

Good News

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

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 ...

Promises

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

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

“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 ...

Unfit for Office

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 ...

No Way

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 ...

Schools

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 ...

Safety First

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

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 ...

Update Needed

People are dying virtually every day at nursing homes in West Virginia. You would not know that to look at the website maintained by the state Department of Health and Human Resources (dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19). On Friday, a representative of a nursing home in our area told us of an outbreak ...

Prescription Pills

West Virginians have known for years that prescription drugs are a highway to full-blown substance abuse. With the worst drug overdose death rate in the nation, we certainly should be familiar with that fact. Yet despite crackdowns on unscrupulous producers and dealers in opioid drugs, ...

Worrisome

Health care insurance is always a concern for most of us. COVID-19 has made it a real and present worry for many. Here in West Virginia, many business owners take real pleasure in being able to provide employees with good health insurance. Keeping the share of premiums paid by workers ...

Bad Lapse

It would not surprise us if Gov. Jim Justice’s language turned even more colorful than normal and perhaps a bit angry when he was informed of a “communications lapse” regarding COVID-19. If so, we don’t blame him. We agree, in fact. On Monday morning, the state Department of Health ...

Supermajority

No doubt President Donald Trump’s popularity in West Virginia did help “down-ballot” Republican candidates last Tuesday. But more was at play in successes enjoyed by the GOP in state Legislature races. Already in control of both the state Senate and House of Delegates, Republicans ...

Restrictions

With COVID-19 slashing through populations throughout the world, some nations are preparing for lockdowns of the type employed last spring to curb the virus’ spread. Americans can’t afford to do that. Another business slowdown/shutdown of the type we experienced for a few months could ...

Last Chance

Do you think the city of Elkins should create a new city manager position, with a salary of roughly $100,000 per year? If you don’t like that idea, you’d better go to Monday’s public hearing and say you object to it. Even if you’ve already publicly stated that you’re against ...

Inaccurate

West Virginia voters’ solid support of Republican candidates after many years of backing Democrats for president has been remarked upon repeatedly by national political pundits. So certain of their analysis were they Tuesday night that many “called” our state for President Donald Trump ...

Strong Showing

No matter how you feel about the results of Tuesday’s General Election, we can all agree that the majority of West Virginia voters took their civic duty seriously by making sure to cast their ballots. The voter turnout was the highest in years in West Virginia. The Mountain State saw 62.5% ...