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Opinion

Primary: Delaying election was the right decision

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice did the right thing — in consultation with legislators of both parties — to delay the primary election in West Virginia. It will be held June 9 instead of May 12, as had been scheduled previously. Timelines presented by medical experts suggest West Virginia could be ...

What will we be after this?

Local columns

Remember when the internet was new to most of us, and a few brave experimenters decided to find out whether they could use the internet to remain isolated in their homes for long periods of time? Remember how insane that seemed to the rest of us? Some of them made it work, as I recall — ...

Op-ed: The great dismantling of public education

Local columns

The report of the National Commission on Excellence in Education entitled “A Nation at Risk” told Congress that American prosperity, security and civility are in jeopardy because the educational foundations of our society are being eroded. Our concern, the report said, “goes well beyond ...

Voting for lawless incompetents

Letters to the editor

After Capito, Mooney, McKinley and Miller voted against impeachment, they all voted for corruption, lawlessness — for Trump to do as he pleases, which he promptly said on the news media the following day. Then, it became obvious they no longer were representing the people in West Virginia. ...

‘Be Still My Soul’

Letters to the editor

As the earth and mankind pause for a brief time to renew strength, let us keep in mind the text to the song “Be Still My Soul,” words written by Katharina Von Schiegal in 1697. “Be still, my soul, the Lord is on they side With patience bear thy grief and pain Leave to thy God to order ...

Climate change is a cycle

Letters to the editor

In the March 22 newspaper, Aaron Dunbar is wondering why we are not “fathoming the existential horror of the climate crisis” like we are responding to the coronavirus. It could be that people are dying from corona right now and it has spread all over the world. The lack of concern about the ...

Food for thought

Letters to the editor

For politicians and all who care to hear, below is a text from our granddaughter who lives in Florida: Today’s plague? 2nd Chronicles 7: 13-15 — If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; If my people ...

As we go through days of adjustment

Local columns

We all are still in the same boat wondering what has happened to our lifestyle this past month. People’s lifestyle has changed drastically — what has happened to the family outings, shopping at the mall, grocery shopping with your children hanging all over the cart and picking out items ...

Can’t find meat? Try some vegan recipes

Local columns

With it being harder to find beef or chicken on store shelves (except pork products for whatever reason) you might want to consider trying out a vegan recipe. “Wait, That’s Vegan?!” has many new recipes that bring plenty of flavor. Author Lisa Dawn Angerame, founder of Lisa’s Project: ...

The cost of globalization (Why we need to make stuff here)

Local columns

I hope you are doing well in your physical separation. My wife, Lynnda has always enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles. Now I am helping her. It is more enjoyable and thought provoking than I thought. It is a project we can do together. I hope you are housebound with people you like and enjoy being ...

Responding in a crisis

Local columns

How can we respond to a community crisis? How do we step in an impactful way in the midst of something so unknown, something never before fully considered? We do that in the same way that we respond to the more common and the more expected. We start by listening. We monitor. We utilize the ...

Cozy reading while stuck at home

Local columns

You literally cannot do anything else right now, so why not read a cozy mystery? Hayley and her new husband find their honeymoon cruise interrupted by what else, murder, in “Death of a Blueberry Tart” by Lee Hollis. Hayley and Bruce are all set to sail when her mother, Sheila, comes for a ...

The Song Remembers When

Local columns

I remember seeing Trisha Yearwood being interviewed once. She mentioned that her favorite out of all her songs was “The Song Remembers When.” Little wonder — listening to the words and the singer instantly show it is pure genius. I was down on the bottom, looking up, and I remember ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To Dr. Clay Marsh, who has delivered thoughtful, measured, fact-based briefings that give West Virginians the information they need as we face this pandemic. Marsh is an important balance to Gov. Jim Justice’s (understandably) emotional approach to his press briefings. Marsh does not ...

Look Back: Advice from the editor

Local columns

Dear Editor State Journal: I have a friend in Charleston who recently made his headquarters here, who is in doubt about a matter of life-long importance to him. He told me he knew and admired a Parkersburg young lady who has an income of about $40 a month. A little while afterwards he asked ...

Fairmont: Emergency action may be needed for hospital

Editorials

West Virginia’s first death from COVID-19 occurred Sunday. An 88-year-old Marion County woman died from the virus, at a hospital in Clarksburg. Had she become ill just a few weeks ago, the woman might have been treated at Fairmont, in her home county. But there is no hospital there, now. It ...

Common Sense: Do not flood 911 with non-emergency calls

Editorials

As bad as it is to spread false information and rumors at a time like this — and don’t get us wrong, that is awful — it is even worse to put a drain on first responders and tie up our emergency lines by making excessive and unnecessary 911 calls to tattle on folks who are out and about ...

Irresponsible: Faith leaders putting congregations at risk

Editorials

Pastor Tony Spell, of the Life Tabernacle Church in Central, La., is intentionally putting the lives of his parishioners and the rest of the East Baton Rouge Parish community in danger. He — and a few elected officials and church “leaders” here in West Virginia who are pretending they ...

Timelines: There is no quick fix for this pandemic

Editorials

A few days ago, President Donald Trump made a statement that may have been more a reflection of his hopes for the progression of COVID-19 in our country than reality. He spoke of his hope that the U.S. would be “opened up and just raring to go” by Easter — less than two weeks from ...