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Editorials

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. ...

Disturbing

Two strange, disturbing, violent incidents occurred in South Elkins within the span of a week. The fact that both incidents happened in that area is just a coincidence, but they both apparently share a common cause. On Jan. 21, a man apparently shot himself during an incident involving an ...

Caution

Now that all public school students in West Virginia are returning to the classroom — including those who were taking part in long-distance learning earlier this school year — we may have differing opinions on whether it is completely safe for them to return to school, but we can surely ...

Common Sense

Sen. Joe Manchin has always been a common-sense politician who regularly puts the best interests of his state and the nation above that of his party. With the new, 50-50 split in the U.S. Senate, the West Virginia Democrat is well-positioned to be the political wildcard that helps re-institute ...

Move Forward

Many Americans regarded last week’s inauguration of President Joe Biden as a chance to start over; a turning away from the divisions of the past four years to move forward as one. It is essential, however, that Americans do not choose to move forward by ignoring the lessons we learned, and ...

Vaccine

We field calls every day from local residents eager to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and almost all of the inquiries deal with frustration in getting through on the phone banks set up by local county health departments for vaccine clinics. We aren’t going to directly fault our local public ...

Cooperation

It has been more than a decade, but once again the Democratic Party holds the White House and both houses of Congress. For some, that might mean expectations of a change in the way our elected officials interact with one another. But not for West Virginians. We know our congressional delegation ...

Help Needed

Gov. Jim Justice and state officials are determined to kick the statewide COVID-19 vaccination program into high gear, but they need our help. On Thursday, the Randolph-Elkins Health Department coordinated a mass vaccination clinic at the Phil Gainer Community Center in Elkins. Hundreds of ...

Support Heroes

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged all of us, and the difficulty and danger of performing some jobs during the pandemic has given us a new appreciation of some local heroes. Those heroes who have exhibited bravery and determination in our area include healthcare workers, first responders — ...

On Guard

According to outgoing officials at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, warnings that incidents of child abuse would surge during the pandemic have not come to fruition. Lynn Johnson, HHS assistant secretary for children and families, and Jerry Milner, associate commissioner of ...

Education

For many West Virginia students in grades pre-kindergarten through eighth, Tuesday was like the first day of school all over again, as they returned to the classroom following an extended, several-month remote learning break due to COVID-19. Youngsters that have spent the past three months ...

King’s Dream

One wonders, as we look back on the tumultuous, divisive, harrowing year from which we have emerged, what kind of voice the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. might have brought to the discussion as we try to heal. In the worst moments, his vision for this nation seemed as far away as ever. But ...

Labor of Love

More than 600 residents 70 years old and up have received the COVID-19 vaccine in Randolph County during the last two weeks, thanks to hard work put in by employees of the Randolph-Elkins Health Department, the Randolph County Senior Center and Davis Medical Center, as well as community ...

Toys for Tots

Although the holiday season is behind us, we definitely should not forget the efforts of local agencies and individuals who made sure hundreds upon hundreds of local children had a happy Christmas, despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Toys for Tots Foundation, which is part of ...

Great Rate

Over the past few weeks, nearly 5 percent of all West Virginians have received either the Pfizer or the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. That’s by far the highest rate in the nation, according to Bloomberg’s Vaccine Tracker. And what makes this story better — particularly over the past few ...

Accusations

Gov. Jim Justice Friday criticized the state’s news media outlets over what he sees as a lack of good news being reported on how COVID-19 is being handled in West Virginia. Responding to a question about the rising number of COVID-19 deaths over the past month, Justice accused the media of ...

Unacceptable

For the most part, the West Virginia National Guard has done a fantastic job as it stepped up to meet the needs of Mountain State residents faced with the COVID-19 pandemic. They have put themselves in harm’s way at testing sites across the state, distributed personal protective equipment and ...

Just Follow the Guidelines

Last week, Gov. Jim Justice told our reporter, “I want all West Virginians to know just how proud I am of all of them. When it really boils down to it, they’ve done a heck of a job.” He was referring to the diligence and sacrifice of ordinary citizens in fighting the spread of COVID-19 ...

Engagement

It makes sense that there was some resistance to Gov. Jim Justice’s plan last week to reopen all West Virginia pre-K, elementary and middle schools for in-person learning by Jan. 19. People want to know that students, teachers, administrators and staff will be safe under such a plan. But ...

No Excuse

U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has a lot of explaining to do, as some in Washington are saying his removal this fall of mail sorting machines at postal facilities is partly to blame for challenges the U.S. Postal Service faced in getting packages delivered during the Christmas season. Of ...