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Editorials

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UP: To those who participated in a “lunch and learn” town hall with West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey last week in which they had the opportunity to ask questions, share their ideas and concerns, and participate more fully in the workings of our state government. Such meetings ...

Newspapers: Dedicated to acting as a community forum

Each year, newspapers across the country use National Newspaper Week as an opportunity to talk to our readers about the value of what we do, our role as watchdog against increasingly opaque governments, our fight to report accurately and thoroughly the information you, our readers, need. This ...

Social Media: Facebook outage gives food for thought

For some, it may have seemed as though the world ended when Facebook and Instagram shut down for more than five hours Monday. Rest assured both social media platforms are up and running again. But at what cost? When one stops to think about the impact of social media and its dominant presence ...

COVID-19: Healthcare workers need our help

“We’re just tired.” Matthew Upton, chief medical officer for Thomas Health, based in Charleston, was speaking to a WCHS reporter when he made that declaration last week. Surely he speaks for every healthcare worker in the state. Those of us working outside the medical field (with the ...

COVID-19: Those in power must do more to stop spread

Mountain State officials have struggled to get residents to understand we are going through a real crisis — and have been since March 2020. Last week, they tried a new strategy, as retired National Guard Maj. Gen. James Hoyer compared the death toll from the June 2016 floods to the death toll ...

Redistricting: Lawmakers must take care in choosing map

Lawmakers in Charleston should not treat redrawing the state’s congressional map as a simple task to be completed. Too much is at stake for West Virginia to not fully think through how best to draw the new map. Unfortunately, judging by some of the new congressional maps proposed last week, ...