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Editorials

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 ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to Our Town Inc. volunteers for lining up summer activities at the Rotary Amphitheater in downtown Elkins, including a summer concert series. Our Town volunteers were responsible for the Scarecrow Festival in the fall and the recent beautiful decorated flowers on display throughout ...

Stay on Track

Americans know our nation has been shaken by the events of the past year or so. COVID-19 is only the start of what threw us off track. But reports from the U.S. intelligence community should serve as a warning that we are not alone in having been disrupted, and we’d better be prepared for the ...

Tourism

West Virginians are sometimes numb to the wonders that surround us in this incredible state. When we seek adventure, we don’t often turn to our own backyards — we go to beaches or explore other regions. But people from across the country understand the beauty and adventure that awaits in ...

Program

Given the enormous sums of money promised by the federal government over the past year, it is understandable if our state’s municipalities are feeling like they’re in the deep end of the pool when it comes to the millions upon millions headed their way. As part of the American Rescue Plan ...

Marijuana

A small group of West Virginia lawmakers spent much of this year’s legislative session behaving as though they would have been among those opposing our state’s secession from Virginia nearly 160 years ago. Perhaps, then, those folks will look to what Virginia did recently and be more likely ...

Safety

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 ...

Troubling

As federal officials are being brought on board to address an HIV outbreak in West Virginia, a warning in February by Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, the CDC’s chief of HIV prevention, rings through: “It is possible the current case count represents the tip of the iceberg,” Daskalakis said. ...

Non-Starter

President Joe Biden’s proposal to raise the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28% to fund his massive infrastructure plan already has at least one Senate democrat in opposition: Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. During a segment Monday on statewide Talkline, Manchin said raising the corporate tax rate ...

Meaning

Most of us think of infrastructure as something physical: bridges, roads, pipelines, power lines and the like. President Joe Biden says he wants to expand that dictionary definition to include workers, families and people — and therefore to include schools and housing, for example. That ...

Urgency

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has suggested a 90-day moratorium on immigration to give Congress time to make the issue a priority. He is right to inject a sense of urgency in tackling the issue. Most Americans cannot fathom coming from a place where it seems preferable to live in holding ...

Accountability

Facebook and other social media giants have demonstrated rather handily they can control the content that appears on their platforms when they choose. It is absurd, then, for the likes of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to pretend he can do nothing about the continued use of his platform to shill ...

Compromise

For most people, the word “compromise” conjures images of meeting in the middle, taking good components from two ideas and blending them into a new idea that works well for as many people as possible. It appears as though the West Virginia state Senate thinks of compromise as introducing a ...

Tough Choice

Lawmakers know they have tough choices to make when it is time to cut spending. They are supposed to look for fraud, waste, incompetence, redundancy and all the items for which there is no explanation other than “that’s the way it’s always been.” Instead, state senators who approved ...

Almost Heaven

As spring approaches, West Virginia residents may turn to cleaning up their yards or larger properties. Winter takes its toll. On a larger scale, it is time to think about this year’s West Virginia Make It Shine Statewide Cleanup, which has been pushed back to May 1-15 to give more time ...

Holidays

Americans are a restless bunch in the best of times. Coop us up for a year or so, and there is bound to be an urge to break free and roam. In fact, the Transportation Security Administration says that is exactly what is happening. Airlines are seeing nearly as many travelers as they did this ...

Distraction

State Sen. Rupie Phillips, R-Logan, may have thought he was scoring extra points with a little distraction when he told another media outlet “I think this is a very good chance for us to stand out ground on our Second Amendment rights,” while discussing Senate Joint Resolution 1. SJR 1 is ...