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Letters to the editor

Why am I confused about COVID statistics?

Last Sunday’s News and Sentinel reported two different numbers for Friday’s active cases. The headline read “1,000 new active COVID cases” and the text “reported 2,685 new active cases.” Clearly 1,000 and 2,685 are not the same. Why do they differ? I believe that active cases ...

Criminal lack of common sense

This nation is in the middle of a health crisis. With 750,000 citizens dead from COVID, that makes it a genuine problem. But fatalities are no longer the driving force behind this crisis. Political ambition has become the driving force and it’s the type of political ambition that borders on ...

Support budget reconciliation bill

As a West Virginia resident and person who has family in West Virginia, I unfortunately will have to leave the state unless Senator Manchin votes for budget reconciliation. One of West Virginia’s largest issues is that young people like myself are leaving the state after college because they ...

COVID accountability

I know vaccines work. Every day my paralysis reminds me that I was born before the polio vaccine was developed. Why does West Virginia have the lowest vaccine rate of any state? What can we do better? Starting Wednesday’s press conference, the governor alleged the head of Johns Hopkins ...

Time for Manchin to move on

I have a message I’d like to deliver to Sen. Joe Manchin: Get out of the way, old man. Now, it’s not in my usual nature to address someone so rudely. But given Manchin’s recent patronizing choice of language referring to his colleague Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (a year older than myself) ...

Wondering…what if…?

What if Democrats and Republicans stopped demonizing each other and started working together to do what they were elected to do? And how did it happen that for the first time in our democracy, a president has refused to acknowledge the peaceful transfer of power and has convinced his followers ...