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Editorials

Bitter Pill: D.C. can’t save West Virginia from its problems

West Virginia residents know it is more than just the long-flailing coal industry putting a pause on our economic growth. Other jobs are disappearing, too, as evidenced by the probable loss of 1,500 pharmaceutical plant jobs at the Viatris Inc. plant in Morgantown (formerly Mylan). Labor ...

Caring Adults: Burdette, Trammel go above and beyond

We know by now how much more we are asking of teachers these days, as they fill roles far beyond traditional education. What we often forget is how important the rest of the staff in our public schools has become to children who sometimes feel safe and cared for only when they are on school ...

School Masks: COVID-19 is still here and requires decisions

Unless something changes (and given the nature of this pandemic, it is entirely possible it will), West Virginia officials say there is no reason to impose statewide mask mandates on the state’s K-12 schools, colleges and universities for the fall. “I think we’ve made phenomenal progress ...

PSDs: Consolidation effort must deliver benefits

Wood County officials have begun to consider consolidation of our many public service districts, with West Virginia Public Service Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Lane weighing in Monday. “I am a firm believer that no West Virginian should lack water and adequate sewer services,” Lane ...

Consequences: Insurrectionists could use some soul-searching

Folks who have been keeping an eye on the consequences for those found guilty of crimes during the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection now have some idea how those rioters will be treated by the courts. Monday, Judge Randolph Moss sentenced a Florida man to 8 months in prison for breaching the U.S. ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To Wood County Commissioners’ willingness to support the “Reimagine Appalachia” initiative by New Jobs Appalachia, which is looking to diversify our region’s energy economy. “If the current administration is making this a priority, then we have a number of years to argue for ...