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Editorials

Bad Idea

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has an interesting plan for fixing the struggling U.S. Postal Service: lower expectations. In discussing an expected $160 billion loss for the agency over the next decade, DeJoy said he plans to slow mail delivery standards and cut hours at some post ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to The Randolph County Commission for approving the purchase of a K-9 officer and outfitting the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department with tasers and other equipment needed to perform their duties. We are glad to see Sheriff Rob Elbon and his staff be more visible in the communities. ...

Thoughtful

As our nation moves toward a more diversified energy portfolio, the loudest voices touting disastrous ideas such as the Green New Deal would have us believe attending to the health of our planet is an all-or-nothing proposition that requires sacrificing — immediately — those who are ...

Access

Making it more difficult for people to learn about potentially serious problems — such as losing one’s home — ought to be the very last thing on the minds of West Virginia legislators. Yet every year, some in Charleston introduce legislation that would effectively do just that. Consider ...

Wind Power

It has not been so long ago that liberal politicians were screeching about the dangers of extraction industries and the benefits of renewable energy sources, while at the same time refusing to allow a major wind farm off the coast of their Massachusetts estates because they were worried it ...

New Ideas

West Virginia is in desperate need of economic diversity and growth — and multiple new revenue streams. That kind of change does not come from turning back to the way things have always been done. It comes from forging new paths with new ideas and energy. But, according to WalletHub, ...

Not Needed

Lawmakers must be able to hear the collective eye-rolls by this point in the legislative session. Rather than focus on increasing revenue, diversifying and expanding our struggling economy or improving our children’s educations, they are instead wallowing in the embarrassing political theater ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to Karen Wilmoth. She has represented Fourth Ward on Elkins City Council since 2019. She also represented Fourth Ward from 2005-2009. She has also served on the Municipal Properties and Economic Growth and Development committees. Her efforts on behalf of the city have been appreciated ...

Thorny Issue

For many years, there was a line in the sand when it came to legalizing recreational marijuana in West Virginia. We might have nudged against it with the much-delayed rollout of medical marijuana, or through discussions among some lawmakers over the past few years about decriminalization, ...

Transparency

Readers count on reporters to cover the events they are not able to attend, to ask the questions they are not able to ask. That is more important than ever during a pandemic that has limited the public’s interaction with the government it elected. While technology has made massive strides — ...

New Deal

Forget about the Green New Deal. In recent weeks, President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress have paved the way for a revamping of former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s original New Deal. Action taken as part of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package might mean the federal ...

Work to Do

Public health officials in West Virginia have work to do to determine how 168 coronavirus-related deaths went unreported at a number of hospitals and nursing homes. According to Gov. Jim Justice, the problem’s genesis appears to be with employees that failed to fill out death reports online ...

Slipping Down

For much of the past two months, West Virginia has been the nation’s gold standard on how to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice became a regular on front pages and national news shows discussing the state’s get-it-done vaccine attitude that allowed West ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the Elkins Fire Department for their quick work in putting out a fatal fire in just over an hour Wednesday morning. Two individuals died in the fire in a River Street house that had been declared uninhabitable. The West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the ...

Needle Exchange

On Tuesday, state senators passed a bill that will put greater restrictions on community needle exchange programs. Now it is up to the House of Delegates to decide whether the changes to the program will work best for both those who use the needle exchanges and the communities in which they ...

Transparency

Just about every year, some legislators in Charleston attempt to reduce West Virginians’ access to information about government, business activities that affect us and even matters that could affect our personal finances. Why? State law requires publication in newspapers of legal notices ...

Term Limits

Sen. Ryan Weld is absolutely right that West Virginia needs to get into the business of good governance. A measure the Republican from Brooke County is sponsoring to limit the number of terms the state’s constitutional officers can hold office — Senate Joint Resolution 11 — is a solid ...

Thank You

Elkins residents elected a new mayor on Tuesday. Four candidates ran for the office and each candidate had numerous opportunities to share their vision for Elkins. Each candidate ran their campaigns based on their merits and how they planned on moving the city forward. Elkins’ current ...

Progress

It’s rather amazing when you think about it: the first COVID-19 vaccine shots became available in early December; now, three months later, nearly 200,000 West Virginians are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while another 100,000 residents have received the first shot. That’s 300,000 of ...

Trust Marsh

Dr. Clay Marsh has been part of the effort that led West Virginia to be a leader in trying to fight the spread of COVID-19 and in distributing the vaccine that might help us one day turn the corner in that fight. Mountain State residents have come to trust him as he talks us through the ...