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Editorials

Stay Strong

West Virginia is at its lowest level of COVID-19 cases since November. We also are ranked among the highest vaccination rates in the world. The Mountain State is making great strides in fighting back the pandemic. It is wonderful news, and continued cause for celebration. But let’s not get ...

Blame Game

Finger-pointing and a botched blame game have marked the testimony regarding the breach of the U.S. Capitol. During Senate hearings last week, the people who were in charge of security that day now say the problem was “missed intelligence” by various federal agencies. Former Capitol ...

In Charge?

When Republicans took over the legislative majority in Charleston in 2014, there was renewed hope that those elected to represent us in state government would be weeding out fraud, waste, incompetence and frivolous spending; they’d dethrone King Bureaucracy; they’d turn their backs on ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to everyone who has helped administer the COVID-19 vaccinations. The Randolph County Senior Center was one of the first entities in the area to assist in providing seniors with the COVID-19 vaccinations. Officials with the City of Elkins have provided the Phil Gainer Community Center ...

Necessary?

Lawmakers are being asked to consider whether West Virginia needs two new cabinet positions as the state aims to diversify and jump start its economy, and attract new visitors who might one day become residents. House Bill 2019 would make the West Virginia Development Office and the Division ...

Top Priority

West Virginia’s Department of Education has been in overdrive for almost a year trying to figure out how to both educate and otherwise care for the kids who fall under the public schools’ umbrella. Among its highest and most important ongoing priorities was to figure out how to keep ...

Education

House Bill 2012 to adjust the public charter school pilot program in West Virginia has been handed to the state Senate. It could ensure Mountain State parents have choices for their children’s education, but House Education Committee Minority Chairman Sean Hornbuckle, D-Cabell, is right: ” ...

Filling Gaps

West Virginia’s Department of Highways is running into a problem that affects many private employers. A generation of experienced workers is nearing retirement, and when they leave they will take a wealth of institutional knowledge with them. Officials are pulling out all the stops to recruit ...

Heeding the Public’s Voice

Elkins City Council members are to be praised for listening to their constituents this week and voting down a proposed ordinance that would have allowed ATVs and UTVs to drive on city streets. An Inter-Mountain online poll showed that 90.5% of our readers responding said they opposed the ...

Healing Scars

It’s clear the scars left by the tumultuous tenure of former Wheeling-Charleston Diocese bishop Michael Bransfield will take years to heal; however, two actions taken this month by the Most Rev. Mark Brennan, current Diocesan bishop, to be more open with the faithful will go a long way to ...

Tough Issue

Try to remember what it was like to go to bed at night after having finished your homework, or to wake up in the morning and join the family rush to get ready and get out the door to school. Think about having friends over. Think about knowing you had the same safe place to come home to each ...

Good Numbers

For the first time in months, West Virginia on Sunday had all of its counties out of the red on the state Department of Health and Human Resources’ county COVID-19 map. That’s a great step in the right direction as we work to beat the coronavirus. That trend continued Monday, as more than ...

Repeal?

Gov. Jim Justice has a way with words, doesn’t he? “We are on the launch pad right now. In fact, we’re airborne right now,” he said Wednesday during his annual State of the State address. “And that’s why tonight, I am asking all of you to join me to repeal the income tax in the ...

Decision Time

Who will be the next mayor of Elkins? Do you believe Elkins should create a city manager position? Who will represent you on Elkins City Council? If you’re a registered voter living in Elkins, you’ll soon have the opportunity to voice your opinion on these questions, as early voting for ...

Good Plan

More than 6% of West Virginia’s 1.8 million residents are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. That’s a number we continue to marvel over, particularly as other states — including those on our borders ­— struggle to get shots into arms. What has led West Virginia to lead the nation ...

Leadership

It sounds as though leadership of the West Virginia House of Delegates are on board with this year’s theme of making West Virginia the kind of place that attracts and retains residents. As Speaker Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, put it during the West Virginia Press Association Legislative ...

WVU’s Birthday

Feb. 7, 1867. That’s the day West Virginia University (then known as the “Agricultural College of West Virginia”) was founded in Morgantown under the Morril Land-Grant Colleges Act. The university has grown from one building at its founding (Martin Hall) to now serving as the economic ...

Right Calls

As of Friday, a total of 205,252 West Virginians — more than 11% of the state’s population — have received at least the first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. That means that more than 1 in 10 of our residents are now at least somewhat resistant to COVID-19, as the first ...

Trust the Data

When Dr. Clay Marsh testified Tuesday before a Congressional subcommittee on how West Virginia has been at the front of the nation with getting the COVID-19 vaccine into the arms of residents, one underlying point stood out: The state trusted the data. While other states have struggled in ...

Canceled Twice

The COVID-19 ax fell on another local event Friday, as the 2021 Annual Ramps and Rail Festival was canceled due to health concerns surrounding large public gatherings. This is the second year in a row that the Ramps and Rails Festival has been canceled because of COVID-19, making it one ...