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Editorials

Prisons: Officials must keep virus from spreading

West Virginia’s Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation is good at keeping human beings inside jails and prisons. Now, the agency needs to do all it can to keep the COVID-19 virus from escaping, too. Last Friday, Gov. Jim Justice revealed an inmate at the South Central Regional Jail in ...

Transparency: Schools must keep public informed on COVID-19

No doubt most parents and guardians who have decided to send their children back to public schools in West Virginia, beginning Sept. 8, did so with some trepidation. What if COVID-19 breaks out in a child’s school? Educators have been given detailed guidance on what to do if even one case of ...

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UP: To news that the New Era One Room School Museum in Mineral Wells will get a facelift thanks to the involvement of the New Era Kite Club, Tri State Roofing and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Tours and programs will be available again soon, too — with the proper precautions of ...

Challenges: Wood County BOE should not let delay be exploited

“We’re pushing the envelope,” said Wood County Schools Assistant Superintendent Mike Fling, in discussing the “COVID delay” that has struck construction suppliers as they deliver what is needed to complete several district projects. While all schools are still expected to open on ...

Guidelines: Gov. Justice right to let school bands play

If any group of students can maintain a required distance from the people around them while performing, it is marching band members. Thank goodness West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice understands that. As confusion and concern arose Tuesday morning over the news that the West Virginia Secondary ...

Education: West Virginia students need laptops, tablets

It was predictable. We were surprised when there was a shortage of face masks and other personal protective gear. But then a crash program was needed to find enough medical ventilators for COVID-19 patients. Now, the shortage is — you guessed it — affordable iPads and Chromebooks. With ...

Outbreaks: Vulnerable nursing homes need safeguards

Where did we go wrong? What do we need to change to safeguard older West Virginians in nursing homes? State officials — and, for that matter, anyone with an idea of what the answers may be — need to be coming up with solutions. Our most vulnerable West Virginians need better protection ...

Funding: Justice made right call to help events survive

When Gov. Jim Justice announced approximately $2.7 million was coming from the Governor’s Contingency Fund in the form of grants to fairs and festivals across the state, it is understandable that some might have wondered why the organizations who makes those events happen need that kind of ...

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UP: To thorough police work in Jackson County that led to the arrest of an Akron man who had been on the run for two years. After being stopped for a traffic violation, Duane Eugene Griffin Jr. provided a fake name to the officer. But when a search of the vehicle yielded methamphetamine, ...

Dangerous: Students who can’t obey rules should go home

For several years, West Virginia University had the unenviable reputation of being a “party school.” Let us hope that does not lead to it becoming the Typhoid Mary of higher education. Typhoid Mary Mallon was a domestic worker in the United States during the late 1800s. Somehow, she ...

Possibilities: Working together can make miracles happen

How many of us have a number in our heads — a dollar amount that, if received, would create a little breathing room … ease a worry? For more fortunate families, that number might be daunting — maybe enough to pay off a large credit card bill, pay off a car or finish off a mortgage. ...

Partnership: Roane County Schools, hospital make good team

Mid-Ohio Valley families know how important our communities’ schools have become to more than just the education of our children. They serve a much greater role as our kids grow and learn — in loco parentis has never meant so much. That is why partnership in Roane County is such a fantastic ...

Public Health: Spending for agencies should be increased

For many years, local public health agencies were viewed by many Americans as centers for anti-smoking campaigns, immunizations for children in low-income families, enforcers of restaurant cleanliness rules and similar activities. Suddenly last winter, all that changed. Now and probably for ...

Help Needed: Trump should keep Guard funding at 100 percent

West Virginians have had many reasons to be grateful to our National Guard servicemen and women during the past several months. They have been all over the state, taking leadership roles against COVID-19. But the cost of keeping them on duty has been high. Normally, the National Guard is not ...

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UP: To the availability of federal money through the Family Relief Fund in Parkersburg, which will make short-term emergency payments on behalf of those who need to halt the cut off of utilities or eviction from their homes as a result of the financial struggles brought on by the coronavirus ...

U.S. Census: Accurate count is too important to ignore

Last week, members of West Virginia’s Complete Count Committee announced Mountain State residents are doing a rather poor job of responding to U.S. Census questionnaires. As a state, the response rate is sitting at about 55 percent, while the U.S. rate is at 63.4 percent. That puts us at a ...

Tourism: Calhoun County Park officials deserve praise

Mid-Ohio Valley residents are surrounded by natural and historical treasures, though we do not always pay much attention to them. It is easy to forget when they are simply part of everyday life. But folks from other parts of the country sure remember. Calhoun County Park is a fantastic example ...

Ballots: Safeguards in place for absentee voting

Nearly half the West Virginians who voted in the June primary election did so by mail. Given the resurgence of COVID-19, it is likely even more will at least consider using that method for the Nov. 3 general election. Is it safe? What about the possibilities for election fraud? How can I be ...

Misconduct: Bishop Brennon shows emphasis on reforms

Announcement of a new system by which abuse and harassment linked to the Roman Catholic Church can be reported was one more step in the church’s effort to rebuild trust. But a reminder included with that news may have been even more important. Last week, the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston ...

Recovery: Substance abuse programs deserve funding

Many members of Congress view COVID-19 relief legislation as an opportunity to grab money for any number of pet projects unrelated to the epidemic. But one proposed amendment, introduced by Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, was entirely appropriate. Capito and ...