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Editorials

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 ...

Help Needed

Local students returned to public schools during the last few weeks, and along with COVID-19 health concerns, they are facing other troubling possibilities — that there may not be enough teachers to lead the classrooms, or enough bus drivers to even get them to the schools. Both the ...

Spear’s Tip

When it comes to extremist politics, most elected officials learn quickly that what they propose up front needs to be just a bit more outlandish than what they actually hope to accomplish. The idea is that as the political process works, other ideas are heard and compromises are made, and both ...

Reflection

The past eight months, in many ways, have served as a new reckoning for our nation in dealing with race. The rise of the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and the anger and riots that followed, were a stark reminder to the nation that, more than 50 ...

Loan Issues

For years, West Virginia leaders have been urged to think outside the box when it comes to economic development. While the state always needs to be evaluating new ways to attract businesses, officials cannot lose sight of those initiatives — as appears to be the case with a loan program ...

Chairman

West Virginians have good reason to be optimistic — hopeful, even — as an influential advocate finds himself in position to do good things not only for the Mountain State, but for all of rural America. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has been named chairman of the Senate Energy Committee. ...