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Bipartisan

Capito, McKinley work well with others

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito and U.S. Rep. David McKinley, both R-W.Va. can be fiercely partisan when they believe it is necessary to defend the people of our area. But they also know the value of working with lawmakers of the opposite party when that is best.

Both have been recognized for that ability to get along when it serves their constituents.

Each year, the Lugar Center and Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy rank lawmakers according to how well they work with members of opposite parties.

This year, Capito was rated seventh-best in bipartisanship in the Senate. McKinley got the 10th best rating in the House of Representatives.

Good for them — and, more to the point, good for us, their constituents. We elected them to stand up for us, not their political parties. Clearly, both McKinley and Capito understand that.

We have to keep remembering that pride goeth before a fall, of course. So let us in West Virginia be content with a sigh of relief: We are doing quite well in battling the COVID-19 epidemic.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 1,390 Mountain State residents had tested positive for the disease. Fifty-eight had succumbed to it.

But 855 West Virginians had recovered from COVID-19, according to state officials. That is slightly more than two-thirds of those diagnosed with the disease.

Precautions against spreading COVID-19 remain critical, of course. But those we have taken are paying off.

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