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Editorials

Exciting

We’re deeply honored, thrilled, delighted and just plain happy that this day came,” said New River Gorge National Park and Preserve Superintendent Lizzie Watts this past Wednesday. Can you tell she’s excited? All West Virginians should share her enthusiasm for the new, 7,021-acre park, ...

Conservation

Biden administration members have a lot planned for 2030. Last week they announced another goal — conserving at least 30 percent of U.S. lands and waters by 2030. It was all detailed in the “America the Beautiful” report, and is being touted by supporting groups as a “locally led and ...

Subsidies

Let’s get back to work. Talk to any business owner, manager or human resources supervisor and you will hear the same story: We can’t find people to work. We have jobs but no applicants. In most cases this lack of workforce is hampering a business’s ability to grow and service ...

Legal Fight

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey was back on the case last month as he led a 19-state coalition in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stop an appeals court ruling that would give the Environmental Protection Agency broad authority to “decarbonize virtually any sector of the ...

Get the Shot

Gov. Jim Justice is pulling out all the stops in working to get as may people as possible vaccinated as we approach the summer. Remember, we’ve been trying to attract visitors to the state — maybe even some who would want to stay. Our approach to vaccination has gained plenty of positive ...

Local Heroes

The Randolph County Mass Vaccination Clinics offered at the Phil Gainer Community Center in Elkins were great successes, and last week the volunteers who worked so hard to make them operate smoothly were honored — as was the leader who oversaw the clinics. Chad Ware, of Davis Health ...

WVU

West Virginia University has made a good decision in extending the relaxed requirements for test scores for students applying for admission. In fact, if they have not already done so, other institutions of higher learning should follow suit. At WVU, the extension will carry through the ...

Answers

For months, many have wondered what in the world was going on with law enforcement at the U.S. Capitol Complex that would have allowed the Jan. 6 breach. Last week, we got some insight. In a radio transmission heard by members of the House Administration Committee, a U.S. Capitol Police ...

Follow the Law

In case we were looking for something else to worry about, the West Virginia Division of Forestry is reporting it has had to respond to 312 fires with nearly 3,000 acres burned since Jan. 1. Compare that with the previous year, when during the same period there were 158 fires with only 632 ...

Surprising

The numbers are concerning: just a few months ago, West Virginia was in the top five states in the nation in rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine. Gov. Jim Justice, on a daily basis, touted the effectiveness with which the state not only got shots in arms, but shots in the most vulnerable arms ­ ...

Wimer Stadium

Frank Wimer was a man of faith, a man of courage and a man of determination. He was a veteran of the armed services, an educator, a coach and a father — not only to his own children. He was a father figure to every student and player he taught in a classroom or on the field. Anyone lucky ...

Not So Fast

It must have been quite a victory for President Joe Biden to receive the backing of the United Mine Workers in his plan to move away from coal and other fossil fuels in exchange for a “true energy transition.” Biden claims that transition will include thousands of jobs in renewable ...

Still Relevant

A study conducted by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at West Virginia University, but commissioned by the West Virginia Coal Association, suggests the coal industry and coal-fired power plants are still a significant player in the state’s economy. It showed mining and ...

Move Forward

If you had trouble keeping track of all the executive orders issued by Gov. Jim Justice during the pandemic — 91 of them — you are not alone. But the governor has made an effort to clean all that up, and last week issued a new order that canceled some of the outdated orders while clarifying ...

Bureaucracy

If you have been following the news about the death of Prince Philip, you also know how much the royals depend on a vast staff to keep them living in the style to which they have become accustomed. But if you think that kind of attitude is a relic from across the pond, and something we as ...

Hotline

Perhaps the most unsettling recent reminder of the horrors of the COVID-19 pandemic came recently, when the Federal Emergency Management Agency unveiled its new funeral assistance program hotline. More than 1 million callers tried to get through, creating busy signals and “technical ...

Low Priority?

Though it may not have been their intention, West Virginia lawmakers sent a clear message to West Virginians and those looking in during this year’s legislative session: Education is not a priority — unless we’re talking about being able to control it from Charleston. As the session ...

Substance Abuse

If the human toll is not enough reason for some elected and bureaucratic officials to take seriously the fight against substance abuse in our state, here is one that might come closer to speaking their language: According to the Center on Budget and Policy, treating and addressing substance ...

Come Back

It is not difficult to understand why so many are optimistic we have turned the corner in our fight against COVID-19. Hopeful signs are everywhere. Earlier this month, the Institute for Supply Management reported the U.S. services sector showed record growth in March, as states ease ...

COVID-19

A situation we warned of several weeks back with fewer West Virginians getting vaccinated seems to be growing — and it has caught the attention of Gov. Jim Justice. Justice, during a COVID-19 news conference this past week, said it was unacceptable that less than 85% of the COVID-19 vaccine ...