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Editorials

Upsetting

Nearly every American has suffered financially from the COVID-19 epidemic. At least 36 million of us were laid off from our workplaces. Even those still on the job have seen their retirement savings decimated. But a few people — those who had some forewarning of the economic havoc to come ...

New Test

If state officials manage to avoid a mini-epidemic at the local prison where it has been revealed that six people have tested positive for COVID-19, they will pull off something of a miracle. It is difficult to imagine an environment more friendly to communicable disease than a ...

Election

Only about 18% of West Virginia’s registered voters have requested absentee ballots for the June 9 primary election. That tells us two things: First, as usual, a substantial number of voters will skip the election. But second, a significant percentage still plan to cast ballots in person, ...

Struggle

During three and one-half years, Americans converted a peacetime economy to become the arsenal of democracy and win World War II. The “greatest generation” accomplished that because it had to be done, for the good of all humankind. Now we as a nation face another challenge, of far less ...

Bipartisan

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 ...

No Choice

We can be grateful that the overwhelming majority of children infected by COVID-19 get through it with few or no symptoms. Yet they can carry the coronavirus and spread it to others — though scientists are not certain yet how serious a threat that presents. Clearly, however, the potential ...

COVID Blues

We all need a bit of a psychological pick-me-up. The tough fight against COVID-19 is taking its toll on us emotionally. Coronavirus blues, meet the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Just in time to give our spirts a boost, NASA is planning to send a new group of astronauts into ...

Damage

An idea of how much damage COVID-19 has done to the health care network was gained this week, when WVU Medicine President and CEO Albert Wright reported the hospital system has lost $75 million during the past month and a half. WVU Medicine includes about a dozen hospitals and manages others. ...

Have a Voice

If history, including last week, is any guide, critical decisions regarding our futures as West Virginians may be made in a few weeks by as little as one-fifth of the state’s electorate. There still is time to avoid that. Our primary election had been scheduled for May 12. Concern ...

Challenge

Remember bookmobiles? If you are of a certain age, you may. They were the large vans many libraries used to employ to serve residents of rural areas. More widespread access to personal vehicles and, of course, limited funds prompted the abandonment of many mobile libraries — but the idea ...

Bad Bailout

Within a month, Congress and President Donald Trump have increased the national debt by more than 10% by enacting about $2.7 trillion in bailouts related to the COVID-19 outbreak. American families, businesses, hospitals and local and state governments are among the beneficiaries. That is ...

Troubling

In many ways the most important new data on COVID-19 released by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is a report on nursing homes. Not all states have been as forthcoming with information on individual long-term care facilities. As you may have suspected, most of the ...

Lessons

COVID-19 has reaffirmed two things Americans ought to have reflected upon previously about China: First, relying on the veracity of China’s government is foolish. We know Beijing has lied about various aspects of the coronavirus epidemic. Second, this country is far too reliant on China ...

Learning from the Shutdown

No reasonable person can blame public school teachers and/or officials for not being ready for the COVID-19 shutdown. For years, in a much different context, many of them have been recommending two steps that, had they been implemented fully, would have helped students and teachers deal with ...

Updates

An early step most states took in dealing with the coronavirus epidemic was closing public schools. That was wise for the good of both students and those to whom the children, perhaps not showing symptoms, might have transmitted COVID-19. Many, probably most, school systems already had in ...

Graduations

Graduation from high school is a big deal for many West Virginia students and their families, as Gov. Jim Justice noted during his press conference on Tuesday. That is so for a variety of reasons, among them the fact that it has taken a minimum of 13 years for the young men and women to earn ...

Murky Water

West Virginians are among those in several states who are having to take a plunge into troubled waters — widespread voting by means of mail-in ballots. We have had enough experience with election fraud in the Mountain State to understand the potential for it with mail-in ballots. Eighteen ...

Difficult Decision

The Randolph County Commissioners will have the responsibility of handing out “hero pay” for essential workers in the form of a $100,000 grant from the state, once they have received further clarification from the Governor’s Office. Gov. Jim Justice has said the county officials will ...

Tragic

We have known for more than a month that COVID-19 is especially terrible in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities for the elderly. It was in early March that the coronavirus began taking its terrible toll at a nursing home in Kirkland, Washington. To date, 40 deaths have been linked ...

National Debt

COVID-19 is focusing attention on another epidemic in the United States. It is the national debt, now at approximately $24.3 trillion. To that, of course, will have to be added the at least $2 trillion in federal funding to save the economy from being another victim of the virus. Think about ...