Williams should be awarded medal

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 Gold Star families who have sacrificed loved ones in the armed forces. Williams’ foundation is behind about 60 Gold Star Monuments. Another 70 are planned, throughout the country.

Now, a group of U.S. senators including Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., are asking President Donald Trump to award the Medal of Freedom to Williams. There should be no delay in doing so. We can think of no one more deserving.

COVID-19 took the life of just one West Virginian during the Memorial Day weekend. All-terrain vehicles killed four.

A father and daughter perished Saturday in an ATV crash in Preston County. An Oak Hill woman died when her ATV hit a bridge in Wyoming County. A young man died and his wife was injured when a vehicle struck their ATV in Mercer County. They had been married just a day before.

Outdoor recreation season every year seems to bring with it a spate of senseless deaths and injuries in ATV crashes. A significant number of them involve children.

So, once again this summer, we plead with you: Be careful when driving or riding on an ATV. Never let children operate them without safe, adult supervision.

ATVs are wonderful for getting outside and enjoying nature. Please, though, remember that they are powerful, potentially deadly machines.


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