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UP: To the West Virginia Department of Revenue’s announcement that going into fiscal year 2021, the state is showing a surplus, despite being caught in the middle of a pandemic. In fact, by June 30, there was a $28 million budget surplus for the state’s $4.6 billion General Revenue Fund, ...

Wildfire: Young people must take action on pandemic

If you are a West Virginian older than about 60, your best strategy for avoiding COVID-19 may be simple: Stay away from younger people. Too many of them are refusing to take defensive measures against the virus. As a result, more and more in the under-60 crowd are contracting the disease. ...

Relief Effort: Politicians must work together on aid package

What a shame so many members of Congress are more interested in scoring partisan points than in serving all Americans. Perhaps U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin, of West Virginia, can show them how it’s done. Manchin is a Democrat. Capito is a Republican. They have their ...

Assistance: U.S. should help Mexico with COVID-19 fight

In many respects, COVID-19 is all the U.S. health care system can handle, and more. By midweek, nearly 160,000 Americans had succumbed to the disease; nearly 120 of them right here in West Virginia — and 4 in Wood County. Though enormous progress has been made since the pandemic first ...

Fight Back: Use anonymous tip line to report drug activity

It is easy forget, as we continue to battle the coronavirus pandemic and the economic struggle that comes with it, that West Virginia still faces attack from many fronts. Among our greatest enemies remains the substance abuse epidemic, which has certainly not weakened with the presence of ...

Substitutes: Schools should prepare to relax requirements

Officials at several school districts in our region take pride in having many veteran teachers on their payrolls. All other things being equal, that means better education for our children. But this year is different West Virginia school administrators and teachers are preparing to reopen ...

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DOWN: To delays (across the country, not just here in West Virginia) in COVID-19 test results that have become so long, they span beyond the normal quarantine period for those who KNOW they have the virus. This is not just “something we have to deal with,” as Dr. Ayne Amjad put it; this is ...

Fraud: Those scamming system should be punished

Economic news has been abysmal lately. According to the U.S. Commerce Department, our nation’s gross domestic product fell more during the last quarter than in any other quarter in more than 70 years. The Wall Street Journal called it economic contraction at a “record rate.” During that ...

Safeguards: Keeping children safe online requires effort

One method some parents use in an attempt to keep children safe on the internet is to restrict access to digital devices and/or time spent on them. That is about to become more difficult in many homes. Many school systems have accelerated programs to provide digital devices such as iPads and ...

Resources: Justice must protect nursing homes

Without swift, decisive action, some older West Virginians in nursing homes could be in peril from COVID-19 again. By Tuesday, the Department of Health and Human Resources was reporting active outbreaks of the disease at 19 nursing homes in 15 counties. At one, in Mercer County, 30 residents ...

Test Results: Delays create greater hazards in pandemic

Those infected with COVID-19 can recover — or, of course, experience life-threatening illness — within 10-14 days after becoming infected. What good, then, is a test for the disease if results are not obtainable for 10 days or more? Not much, Gov. Jim Justice said Monday, adding “It’s ...

COVID-19: Nursing facility barriers must be restored

For several weeks, it appeared West Virginians were doing a good job protecting residents of long-term care facilities — those most vulnerable to COVID-19 — from the disease. But as the coronavirus sets new infection records in many counties, it may be time to worry that we have let our ...

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UP: To Williamstown’s decision to make pool admission free for kids on Fridays. The change is made possible because of a grant. “This is a great opportunity, because we had to charge everyone this year, so some families could not afford to bring their kids often, if at all,” said ...

Impressive: Virus-free voting should be worth celebrating

Like so many other people throughout the world, many West Virginians no doubt wish someone would provide us with a foolproof formula for avoiding COVID-19 infection. Perhaps we should ask Mac Warner. Warner has never held a public health post. He is not a doctor or a scientist. He is West ...

Honors: Hershel “Woody” Williams deserves Medal of Freedom

West Virginian Hershel “Woody” Williams should receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. That seems clear to many of his fellow Mountaineers. Awareness of Williams’ accomplishments is growing, however. Now, many members of Ohio's congressional delegation are urging President Donald ...

Education: Virtual school proposal deserves consideration

Last week, Wood County Schools Superintendent Will Hosaflook said the district is considering handling its virtual schools program in-house, rather than through the State Department of Education. If such a move would, indeed, yield the cost savings Hosaflook anticipates, it should be ...

Vaccinations: When schools reopen, children must be ready

No one can say precisely what schools, public and private, will be like when they open for the fall semester. For that matter, predicting when individual school systems will reopen is still a bit of a guessing game. But we do know some things will be the same as at the beginning of any new ...

Information: COVID-19 ‘dashboard’ could use improvement

West Virginia’s online portal to epidemic statistics (dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19) needs to be improved, state Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Bill Crouch said last week. We agree. We can think of no acceptable excuse for that not occurring. Crouch told a group of lawmakers he ...

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UP: To local school officials who have rolled with the punches and are trying to figure out the best way to safely return students to school for the upcoming academic year. “We really only have three options: We go to school full time; we go to school sometime; or we don’t go to school at ...

Questions: Lawsuits should provide answers in VA murders

Reta Mays’ serial killing spree ended in July 2018 — but only after she got away with murdering military veterans for at least a year. Now that she has been unmasked, the question of how Mays got away with her evil for so long needs to be answered. On Tuesday in U.S. District Court at ...