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Many West Virginians feel hunting and fishing are birthrights, though they are willing to pay a few dollars for licenses required to do so legally. They understand the state Division of Natural Resources makes good use of revenue from licenses. Currently, an adult “sportsman” license ...

Safety First

Fireworks are part of the Fourth of July. They are more available than ever in most areas. And this year, for obvious reasons, even some people who did not buy and set off their own pyrotechnics in the past may be tempted to use them to blow off some steam. Just so no one blows off a couple ...

Fairs & Festivals

Many, if not most, of the fairs and festivals that make life in the Mountain State a little more enjoyable are not being held this year. They were victims of COVID-19 and the necessity for social distancing. Ways will be found to hold some of them, of course, as the danger from COVID-19 ...

Discussing race and bigotry is difficult

Talking with someone of a different race about bigotry is difficult. I’ve done it, though not as many times as I should have, so I know. It’s a whole lot tougher than, say, demanding that your state remove from the capitol building a bust of a Confederate general. It’s more ...

2020 Census

Results of the 2020 Census will be especially important to West Virginians. With the rest of the nation growing in population, our decline means we could lose one of the three members we now have in the U.S. House of Representatives. Not enough Mountain State residents are responding to the ...

COVID-19

It will take some time for us all to get used to the “new normal” after the COVID-19 epidemic. One aspect of our lives that should not change — but could — is the variety of museums that educate and entertain us. Throughout the world, most museums had to close during the height of ...

Broadband

Working and learning from home this spring made many Americans familiar with the online world. All too many lacked the experience, however, because they do not have access to high-speed broadband service. That is especially a concern in areas such as ours, which are largely rural. As we ...

Storm Clouds

We have seen our share of storm clouds locally in recent years but none as turbulent as what we saw last Sunday. Ty Flynn, a local 19-year-old, worked to organize a Black Lives Matters protest and march in Elkins on Sunday. Eighty-eight people indicated on Facebook they would participate in ...

Obstacles

Complaints about voter disenfranchisement often have more to do with incompetence than partisan scheming, we suspect. This year’s primary election in Georgia appears to be a case in point. Voters reported lengthy delays and other problems in many of the state’s 159 counties last Tuesday. ...

COVID-19

In the minds of many, among the most abrasive orders issued by many governors in order to combat COVID-19 were those that in-person church services had to be suspended. Like many of the complainers elsewhere, we West Virginians tend to be sensitive regarding religion. Even many of those who ...

Relief and Joy

Relatives and friends of people who live in West Virginia’s 123 nursing homes and other long-term care facilities will be allowed to resume visiting with them in person on June 17, Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday. There will be limitations, Justice said, but the complete ban on ...

Big Decision

West Virginia Board of Education members plan to select a new state superintendent of schools on Wednesday. In many ways, it will be the most important decision made in our state this summer. That is saying a lot, of course. The upheaval caused by COVID-19 has had and will continue to have ...

Mixed News

As the nation began the process of “reopening” slowly but, we all hope, safely, there was encouraging news on the economic front. About two weeks ago, nearly 25 million Americans were receiving unemployment benefits, the Labor Department reported. By Thursday, the number had decreased to ...

Time Sensitive

About 156.5 million Americans are categorized as members of the civilian labor force. At least 41 million people who can work and by definition want to are unemployed. In other words, approximately one of every four people able to work is not employed — and is being supported by the rest. ...

Honor

It was not enough for West Virginian Hershel “Woody” Williams to save lives at the risk of his own during World War II. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism during the Battle of Iwo Jima. But for several years, Williams has been spearheading another campaign — to honor the ...

Containment

It appears nearly all the COVID-19 cases in Randolph County are at the state prison in Huttonsville. Keeping it that way — that is, preventing the disease from spreading into communities around the corrections center — may be the most important task facing Gov. Jim Justice and other state ...

Bad Plan

Of all the chintzy things to do, federal officials’ plan for West Virginia National Guard members takes the prize. Gov. Jim Justice is right to be livid about it. The rest of us in the Mountain State should be furious, too. Nearly 700 men and women of the National Guard have been working ...

Early Voting

Urging West Virginians to use the early voting process is straightforward in most years. But this is as far from being the typical election cycle most people remember. In-person early voting began today at courthouses throughout the state. It will proceed through Saturday, June 6. Early ...

Fingers Crossed

It may be that Gov. Jim Justice and his public health advisers spent much of the Memorial Day weekend with their fingers crossed. West Virginians were being tested in our move to recover both economically and socially from the COVID-19 epidemic. Human beings are creatures of habit. For many ...

Keep His Post

Since he took office as state commissioner of agriculture in January 2017, Kent Leonhardt has worked hard to expand the role of farming in West Virginia’s future. He has gotten results from numerous initiatives. Keeping Leonhardt at his post is important not just to the Mountain State’s ...