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Editorials

Cooperation

It has been more than a decade, but once again the Democratic Party holds the White House and both houses of Congress. For some, that might mean expectations of a change in the way our elected officials interact with one another. But not for West Virginians. We know our congressional delegation ...

Help Needed

Gov. Jim Justice and state officials are determined to kick the statewide COVID-19 vaccination program into high gear, but they need our help. On Thursday, the Randolph-Elkins Health Department coordinated a mass vaccination clinic at the Phil Gainer Community Center in Elkins. Hundreds of ...

Support Heroes

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged all of us, and the difficulty and danger of performing some jobs during the pandemic has given us a new appreciation of some local heroes. Those heroes who have exhibited bravery and determination in our area include healthcare workers, first responders — ...

On Guard

According to outgoing officials at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, warnings that incidents of child abuse would surge during the pandemic have not come to fruition. Lynn Johnson, HHS assistant secretary for children and families, and Jerry Milner, associate commissioner of ...

Education

For many West Virginia students in grades pre-kindergarten through eighth, Tuesday was like the first day of school all over again, as they returned to the classroom following an extended, several-month remote learning break due to COVID-19. Youngsters that have spent the past three months ...

King’s Dream

One wonders, as we look back on the tumultuous, divisive, harrowing year from which we have emerged, what kind of voice the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. might have brought to the discussion as we try to heal. In the worst moments, his vision for this nation seemed as far away as ever. But ...

Labor of Love

More than 600 residents 70 years old and up have received the COVID-19 vaccine in Randolph County during the last two weeks, thanks to hard work put in by employees of the Randolph-Elkins Health Department, the Randolph County Senior Center and Davis Medical Center, as well as community ...

Toys for Tots

Although the holiday season is behind us, we definitely should not forget the efforts of local agencies and individuals who made sure hundreds upon hundreds of local children had a happy Christmas, despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Toys for Tots Foundation, which is part of ...

Great Rate

Over the past few weeks, nearly 5 percent of all West Virginians have received either the Pfizer or the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. That’s by far the highest rate in the nation, according to Bloomberg’s Vaccine Tracker. And what makes this story better — particularly over the past few ...

Accusations

Gov. Jim Justice Friday criticized the state’s news media outlets over what he sees as a lack of good news being reported on how COVID-19 is being handled in West Virginia. Responding to a question about the rising number of COVID-19 deaths over the past month, Justice accused the media of ...

Unacceptable

For the most part, the West Virginia National Guard has done a fantastic job as it stepped up to meet the needs of Mountain State residents faced with the COVID-19 pandemic. They have put themselves in harm’s way at testing sites across the state, distributed personal protective equipment and ...

Just Follow the Guidelines

Last week, Gov. Jim Justice told our reporter, “I want all West Virginians to know just how proud I am of all of them. When it really boils down to it, they’ve done a heck of a job.” He was referring to the diligence and sacrifice of ordinary citizens in fighting the spread of COVID-19 ...

Engagement

It makes sense that there was some resistance to Gov. Jim Justice’s plan last week to reopen all West Virginia pre-K, elementary and middle schools for in-person learning by Jan. 19. People want to know that students, teachers, administrators and staff will be safe under such a plan. But ...

No Excuse

U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has a lot of explaining to do, as some in Washington are saying his removal this fall of mail sorting machines at postal facilities is partly to blame for challenges the U.S. Postal Service faced in getting packages delivered during the Christmas season. Of ...

Gun Laws

The Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees that we Americans can own firearms. We venture to suggest those who wrote and ratified the Constitution did not intend it to promote the accidental shootings of children. In fact, it is likely accidental shootings of children were far less ...

Vaccinations

We know that older people are much more likely than younger ones to have their lives cut short by COVID-19. It is a disease they preys primarily on the elderly. In both West Virginia and Ohio, state officials have made vaccinating older people against the virus a top priority. Residents of ...

Not Working

No doubt many teachers, students and parents in West Virginia will agree with our nomination for contradiction in terms of the past year: “remote learning.” It simply has not worked well for tens of thousands of Mountain State children who have had to stay away from the classrooms for ...

Bipartisanship

For months, Americans’ pleas for Congress to give us more financial help in coping with COVID-19 have fallen on political ears — much worse than merely deaf ones — in Washington. Exactly why lawmakers were unable to agree on a second CARES Act is open to debate. Republican loyalists ...

Population

New U.S. Census Bureau figures released last week indicate West Virginia has lost another 10,476 residents in the past year alone. While the nation as a whole grew approximately 0.35% between July 2019 and July 2020 (the slowest growth in 12 years), the Mountain State was going backwards, as it ...

Education

No one involved thought the “omnibus” education reform bill West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed into law in June 2019 was perfect. Far from it — though reasons for dissatisfaction differed greatly. Among key changes conservative legislators sought and got included in the bill was a ...