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Editorials

Economy

As the economy reopens in the wake of COVID-19 shutdowns, employers are facing a harsh reality. There are simply fewer workers. Census Bureau estimates show the U.S. working population (ages 16-64) fell 0.1% in 2020. It might not seem like much, but it is the first decline in decades — a ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to all who organized and took part last weekend in the Beverly Heritage Center’s celebration of the 160th anniversary of the Union’s victory at Rich Mountain Battlefield. Reenactors were on hand and a host of events were offered, including a Fun Run and activities for ...

Finish the Job

“If you’re not vaccinated, you’re part of the problem …” Gov. Jim Justice was blunt last week as he also praised those who have worked to help West Virginia reach 64.5% of eligible residents having received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. To that point, he said “West ...

Protect 340B

Most patients are likely unaware of the ins and outs of the 340B drug pricing program, which requires pharmaceutical companies to provide drugs at a discount for certain hospitals and clinics serving the neediest of patients. But in areas such as rural Appalachia, that kind of program can mean ...

Reopening

We’ve all seen the signs. Drive through any community in our region and there are “Help wanted,” “We’re hiring,” and even “Signing bonus!” signs everywhere. Employers are desperate for workers as the economy reopens, and have been for months, as April’s employment numbers ...

Work Group

West Virginia lawmakers know they can’t put it off any longer. They have to start working to help the people who could be left in the lurch as the state’s economy inevitably transitions. Specifically, state House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, and House Minority Leader Doug Skaff, ...