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Editorials

West Virginia DHHR: Assessment should flip balance to workers

As officials in Charleston begin the work of determining which of the two firms submitting bids will be granted the opportunity to complete a “top-to-bottom” assessment of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, they face a great deal of pressure to get this one right. ...

Foster Care: Children need safe, stable homes

Vulnerable children in West Virginia rely on a network of educators, law enforcement, social workers and bureaucrats to keep them as safe and healthy as possible while their lives are turned upside down. Another important part of that team are the foster families who offer those children ...

Death Toll: It’s not too late to get COVID vaccinations

Earlier this week, the United States surpassed 1 million deaths from COVID-19 since early 2020. That number alone might not be a surprise, but when we learn the majority of those deaths — 614,305 — occurred AFTER the availability of a vaccine, it is more of a shock. A study by Brown School ...

Rescue Plan: Federal funding should be put to use

Gov. Jim Justice announced Monday the state has received the second half of its $1.35 billion in American Rescue Plan Act funds from the federal government. In doing so, he made an important point. West Virginia is simply not used to dealing with this much money. “The second tranche of that ...

Achievement: Golden Horseshoe inductees deserve praise

Many West Virginians recall fondly their middle school state history studies, after which some did well enough on the test to become Knights of the Golden Horseshoe. In June, the 221 eighth graders who achieved the status this year will be honored in Charleston “for their achievement in ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

DOWN: To the pathetically low voter turnout numbers for last week’s primary election —a miserable 22.7%. Fewer than one in four Mountain State residents cared enough about their communities, state and nation to take advantage of one of the many options available to make voting easy and ...