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Editorials

Service

What a shame so many members of Congress are more interested in scoring partisan points than in serving all Americans. Perhaps U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin, of West Virginia, can show them how it’s done. Manchin is a Democrat. Capito is a Republican. They have their ...

Hotspots

Setting up more than 1,000 Wi-Fi hotspots throughout West Virginia will not be easy, particularly because the project needs to be completed within a month. State officials and technicians will need all the help they can get. They should turn to the 55 county school systems for aid and, just ...

Complicated

Managing all public schools in West Virginia as if the COVID-19 epidemic was affecting them the same way makes no sense at all. Gov. Jim Justice was right to announce Wednesday that state officials will make school decisions on a county-by-county basis. Now, to address that devil that is the ...

Spreading

If you are a West Virginian in the 60-plus age group, your best strategy for avoiding COVID-19 may be simple: Stay away from younger people. Too many of them are refusing to take defensive measures against the virus. As a result, more and more in the under-60 crowd are contracting the ...

Challenge

Officials at several school districts in our region take pride in having many veteran teachers on their payrolls. All other things being equal, that means better education for our children. It may be a challenge this year, however. West Virginia school administrators and teachers are ...

Education Revolution

A revolution is taking place in many West Virginia public schools. Though education leaders have been laying the groundwork for it for several years, COVID-19 gets credit for accelerating the process. School systems throughout the state have been moving during the past few years toward ...

VA Deaths

Whether the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is legally liable for the murders of veterans at its hospital in Clarksburg is one thing. Whether VA officials are morally culpable may be another thing entirely. Reta Mays, a former nursing assistant at the hospital, has pleaded guilty to ...

Test Results

People infected with COVID-19 can recover — or, of course, experience life-threatening illness — within 10-14 days after becoming infected. What good, then, is a test for the disease if results are not obtainable for 10 days or more? Precious little, Gov. Jim Justice said Monday, adding ...

Barriers

For several weeks, it appeared West Virginians were doing a good job protecting residents of long-term care facilities — the people most vulnerable to COVID-19 — from the disease. But as the coronavirus sets new infection records in many counties, it may be time to worry that we have let ...

Directive

Pope Francis is telling Roman Catholic leaders they must do what most people — including the overwhelming majority of the church’s faithful — would do without being told: report cases of sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults to the police. A long awaited manual of guidance from ...

Safeguards

School, both public and private, will be quite different this fall. In many states, classrooms that normally would have been open by mid-August will not be occupied until September or October, if then. Whether the education process for millions of children will involve in-person teaching or ...

Distracted

It appears some villains in the insect world may owe the COVID-19 virus a debt of gratitude. The coronavirus has distracted public attention from them — and siphoned off public health resources. Mosquito control is a task normally undertaken by about half the public health departments in ...

Help Veterans

Some of the men and women who serve us in uniform suffer wounds or other injuries that lead to a lifetime of sacrifice for us. In return, taxpayers help the most severely affected purchase specially adapted motor vehicles — once. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, ...

Hot Spot

Gov. Jim Justice is intelligent and informed enough that we can speculate he is not worried about the resurgence of COVID-19 in West Virginia. Scared stiff would be more like it. Justice has every reason to be concerned deeply about the coronavirus. Take a look at the state website providing ...

Summer Gift

Thanks to the state Department of Education, Marshall University and a foundation set up by entertainer Dolly Parton, about 37,000 West Virginia children are receiving free books this summer. They go to children who will be entering first and second grades this fall. The first shipment, of ...

No Increase

Many West Virginians feel hunting and fishing are birthrights, though they are willing to pay a few dollars for licenses required to do so legally. They understand the state Division of Natural Resources makes good use of revenue from licenses. Currently, an adult “sportsman” license ...

Safety First

Fireworks are part of the Fourth of July. They are more available than ever in most areas. And this year, for obvious reasons, even some people who did not buy and set off their own pyrotechnics in the past may be tempted to use them to blow off some steam. Just so no one blows off a couple ...

Fairs & Festivals

Many, if not most, of the fairs and festivals that make life in the Mountain State a little more enjoyable are not being held this year. They were victims of COVID-19 and the necessity for social distancing. Ways will be found to hold some of them, of course, as the danger from COVID-19 ...

Discussing race and bigotry is difficult

Talking with someone of a different race about bigotry is difficult. I’ve done it, though not as many times as I should have, so I know. It’s a whole lot tougher than, say, demanding that your state remove from the capitol building a bust of a Confederate general. It’s more ...

2020 Census

Results of the 2020 Census will be especially important to West Virginians. With the rest of the nation growing in population, our decline means we could lose one of the three members we now have in the U.S. House of Representatives. Not enough Mountain State residents are responding to the ...