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Opinion

‘Chicken Little’ is sometimes justified

Letters to the Editor

What if the sky was not falling? What if all the hysterical calls for the end of everything was a bid for ratings, views, clicks,and likes. Well, it is, because most news outlets have to fight the most popular shows to get ratings and add revenue. It’s not the fault of the news outlets ...

Veterinarian looks at coronavirus issues

Letters to the Editor

Like most people, I am concerned about the health and well-being of my family (two- and four-legged) and my friends. As a veterinarian, I must be concerned for my clients and their pets. News, social media and television programs are filled with stories and impressions of COVID-19. The danger ...

Good advice is simple

Letters to the Editor

School closings, sports event cancellations, food hoarding... we live in a new coronavirus-induced world. Yet some personal health facts remain unchanged. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer good advice for preventing community spread and personal infection: apply ...

Disgraceful

Editorials

The monumental incompetence with which West Virginia’s first known case of COVID-19 was handled ought to enrage everyone in our state. Those with the power to keep it from happening again ought to be livid — and determined to get it right the next time. There will be a next time. We know ...

Using the crisis as a political tool

Letters to the Editor

At a time when we need to come together as a nation and cooperate to combat this new health scare the Democratic establishment is using it as an opportunity to belittle President Trump’s handling of the outbreak. They are acting no better than the Chinese by trying to create a false ...

Hope in uncertain times

Columnists

An early morning walk on the Davis & Elkins College campus was met with an eerie silence and sense of loneliness. In the distance I could see a member of the faculty headed to her office, and a car passed by and the occupant waved. Unlike a “normal” morning, I did not encounter a ...

Coronavirus

Editorials

No doubt we were not alone in wondering how closure of West Virginia’s public schools would impact children who rely on them for nutritious breakfasts and lunches. Silly us. We forgot where we live. As we have reported, many local schools have programs in place to ensure that meals are ...

Big Choice

Editorials

West Virginia’s primary election is scheduled to be held May 12, less than two months from now. Barring some miracle we have no reason to expect, COVID-19 will remain a concern then — though, hopefully, not as serious as it is today. On Monday, Ohio officials took what appeared to be an ...

Blame game has dangerous effect

Columnists

Why are so many public officials rushing to close public schools and ban big gatherings? Why are some companies planning to tell employees that if they sneeze once, they’ll be sent home? And why can’t the drug companies hurry up with coronavirus tests, vaccines and drugs to treat ...

Leadership

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice had an ironclad answer Friday, in the form of a question, to those who wonder why he closed public schools in West Virginia despite the absence then of a single confirmed case of COVID-19 in our state: “How would you answer the question, ‘Why did you wait?’” No ...

Coronavirus response ramps up

Columnists

I fully expected to write something about the various statewide races, or some of the after effects of the 2020 legislative session. I didn’t expect I’d be writing about a virus pandemic. But the novel (new) coronavirus, or COVID-19 (short for Coronavirus Disease 2019) has swept the ...

Becoming complacent is dangerous

Columnists

“Mike, you know we don’t sleep in class,” admonished Mrs. F. “I don’t feel so good,” I told her, raising my head and looking at her. “Go home,” she replied. “Now. Go look at yourself in a mirror. Then go home.” Would a young teacher today even recognize a case of the ...

Concern

Editorials

COVID-19 has become a danger to a significant number of people who will never contract the disease. They are those suffering from illnesses or injuries that require them to receive blood transfusions. American Red Cross officials say about 50 blood drives that had been planned across the ...

Counting on W.Va.

Columnists

It’s 2020, and while most minds might be on the upcoming elections, there’s another way you can have your voice heard and make a difference in government: take the census. Every single West Virginian needs to take the census for two critical reasons: First, census data helps ...

Math matters for teachers in rural areas

Columnists

Teachers and future teachers from our local tri-county region have an outstanding opportunity to learn more about current research in the teaching of mathematics. Alderson-Broadus University, Randolph County Schools, and Kump Education Center are sponsoring “Math Matters,” a day of ...

In W.Va., every vote counts

Columnists

It is often said, “every vote counts.” In West Virginia, every voter counts, too. For too long, segments of voters have been disenfranchised from our democratic process through no fault of their own. Deployed armed services members often lack access to mail, printers, and scanners – ...

Uniting Democrats

Columnists

After Bernie Sanders won the Nevada caucus, suddenly vituperative comments were made about the Vermont senator being a “Democratic Socialist.” As the description took hold, the charges went from credible to scurrilous in the speed of a text message. When Sanders made some factual statements ...

Disagreement

Editorials

It is no wonder that for a time last year, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., considered getting out of Washington and going back into politics at the state level. If you wonder why he did, contrast the can-do bipartisanship in Charleston with the politics-at-all-costs atmosphere in ...

Imagine a better West Virginia

Letters to the Editor

Imagine if you will a West Virginia where millionaires can’t buy elections and the Governor will fight for working families like he’s done his entire life. Imagine a West Virginia where a healthcare system keeps us healthy and doesn’t bankrupt us; where there’s an expansion of rural ...

Reader responds to Belington mayor

Letters to the Editor

Oh, Maureen Laskey-Satchell. The mayor who can’t seem to tell the truth and lives in a world of alternative reality. First of all, I did in fact find many violations at the Civic Center, which I still have pictures, showing children in high risk of being hurt. Is there a law stating I ...