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Editorials

Big Job

Should he be confirmed, President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs has a LOT of work to do to restore trust in the agency — and to do right by the men and women it serves. President Donald Trump has referred to the federal bureaucracy as “the swamp.” The ...

The Meaning of Christmas

The following is from The Gospel According to Luke 2:1-20: And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one ...

Senior Safety

Many West Virginians will not be able to celebrate this Christmas with grandfathers and grandmothers. Our concern for them and other older Mountain State neighbors will keep us apart. But we can celebrate something truly wonderful. Many of our precious older people may not be with us tomorrow ...

Tactics

Law enforcement agencies throughout the nation have been rethinking their tactics this year, in efforts to prevent tragedies such as the death in March of Louisville, Kentucky, resident Breonna Taylor. Taylor died during a raid by police investigating illegal drug trafficking — with which ...

True Gift

What a truly wonderful Christmas present all involved in rushing the COVID-19 vaccine to nursing homes have given us! They have given the gift of life to some of our fellow West Virginians. Are we going overboard? Judge for yourself: Residents in long-term care facilities have been hit ...

Fraud

In all likelihood, fists were clenched and heads were shaken at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department a few days ago, when personnel there heard a local woman’s story about someone stealing thousands of dollars from her. Most of the time, law enforcement officers, deputies and agents ...

Funding

Frugality is not a virtue among most politicians, no matter how often they decry runaway government spending. Throughout the bureaucracy, “spend it or lose it” remains a warning most heed. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice may be an exception to the rule. Good for him. He and his fellow ...

Delivering Life

Just imagine, if you can, the feeling West Virginia National Guard soldiers fanning out throughout the state may have this week. Monday night, they began delivering life itself to their older Mountain State neighbors. It comes in the form of vaccine against COVID-19. Among those at the very ...

Football

College football seems terribly unimportant in many ways, right now. All around us, the lives of good people are being cut short by a viral disease epidemic. Within days — perhaps even before you read this — the COVID-19 death toll will top 1,000 in West Virginia. Before the epidemic ...

Big Decision

Each Christmas season, children (and a few adults) across the country include in their requests to Santa a dog, cat, rabbit or other living creature. They want a lovable, cuddly pet. They promise they will feed it, walk it, clean up after it, take it to the vet and love it. They have no idea ...

Support

It is no fault of billionaire Jeff Bezos that COVID-19 is the grinch who stole Christmas from many people in our communities. Bezos did not bring the virus to our country. We have no hesitation in suggesting that if he could end the epidemic by spending his entire fortune, he would do ...

Right Stuff

Mountain State residents are proud of Chuck 
Yeager not just for what he did — but also how he did it. He seemed to revel in West Virginia-style rebelliousness. Rules, he once said, are made for people who aren’t willing to make up their own. Yeager, a retired Air Force general, passed ...

Grim Truth

Three hundred twenty-seven patients at West Virginia nursing homes have been killed by COVID-19 ­— at least, according to the last report from state officials. By the time you read this, the death toll may be higher The grim truth is that our state’s record on protecting nursing home ...

Never Again

Never again, Americans vowed after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 79 years ago this past Monday. Thoughtful people pause each Pearl Harbor Day to wonder whether we have forgotten the lesson we should have learned on Dec. 7, 1941. Americans’ determination not to be victims of a ...

Under Siege

Many U.S. hospitals are under siege because of COVID-19. Both in personnel and other resources, they need all the help they can get. Earlier this year, when most people thought the epidemic would peak by this fall, Congress acted wisely by including in the CARES Act a provision suspending ...

Education

COVID-19 has been an enormous challenge to the nation’s public school system. It has forced tens of millions of students to stay at home, often for months at a time, rather than go to class. Give educators credit for doing what they could with “remote learning.” Thrown suddenly into a ...

Free Kit

The most important website link you have seen this year may well be dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19. If you are a West Virginian, you can obtain a free COVID-19 test kit there and have it sent to your home. There, you can get a sample of your saliva at your leisure, send it back to the testing company, ...

Bad Ranking

Ranking states in everything from school quality to safety seems to be all the rage these days. Many of those issuing such reports do so without looking very closely into the 50 states’ situations. Still, a new rating that came out this week — on the performance of highway systems — ...

Good News

West Virginians owe Maj. Gen. James Hoyer a crisp, heartfelt salute for his leadership of the state National Guard. Last week, it was announced Hoyer is retiring as state adjutant general. He will step into a senior associate vice president’s role at West Virginia University. Hoyer has ...

Speed It Up

We have been critical at times of online efforts in West Virginia to keep the public informed about the situation regarding COVID-19. Sometimes, statistics posted on the state websites lag significantly behind what actually has happened, we pointed out. Those in charge of updating the ...