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Opinion

Stand together in our time of need

Editorials

Our world has changed in many ways during the past week or so as the realities of the issues surrounding COVID-19 have really settled in. It wasn’t that long ago that we heard the first reports that local events had been postponed or canceled. That quickly changed, as in a matter of days ...

President has to remain calm

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Every president has his moments; some good, some not so good. Responsible for both. The travesty under the presidency of Donald J. Trump. Mistep after mistep, tweet after tweet, is starting to take its toll. Trump is doing what he did best in running his business, filing ...

We need to let the church be the church

Local Columns

What is the church supposed to look like? How can we tell the difference between the world and the church? The answers to these questions are in some ways complex — but in other ways very simple. I would like to focus on two (of the many), identifying markers of the church. In doing so I am ...

They want us to panic

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I work in an elementary school. Last month, there was a period where fully one-fifth of our student body was out with the flu. Staff was getting sick. It was bad, and not much different, in schools around the country. Like any other virulent illness, flu infects schools, work ...

History in the Hills: Valley pulling together

Local Columns

We are experiencing unprecedented events here in the Ohio Valley with the global coronavirus pandemic. Looking back through history it is hard to find a comparison to look to except perhaps the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic. As an historian, I am constantly reminded of the phrase “Learn by ...

A chance to reverse our priorities

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The first Commandment says, “I am the Lord your God, thou shall not have false gods before me.” God is talking about false gods or idols being substituted for and therefore taking the place of our authentic God — our Creator and Father. The first three Commandments are ...

WMC is working to meet the challenge

Local Columns

On behalf of the entire WMC family of more than 1,400 employees, physicians, medical professionals and volunteers, we would like to thank the community for the continual offers and support and assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our WMC team has prepared for weeks trying to ensure ...

Viral pandemic is a wakeup call

Editorials

The U.S. health care system — and thus, public policy regarding it — is coming under fire because of COVID-19. Among complaints are that there are not enough COVID-19 test kits, not enough ventilator machines to help sufferers breath, no vaccine to be available quickly and not enough ...

Shoddiness unacceptable in battle against virus

Editorials

The monumental incompetence with which West Virginia’s first known case of COVID-19 was handled ought to enrage everyone in our state. Those with the power to keep it from happening again ought to be livid — and determined to get it right with future instances. There will be future ...

Decisive steps vital in West Virginia

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice took dramatic action Tuesday night to help West Virginians battle COVID-19. He ordered that restaurants, bars and casinos be closed, except for take-out orders. Justice also revealed our state has a confirmed case of the coronavirus, in the Eastern Panhandle. Nothing like ...

Keeping our children fed

Editorials

We are certain we haven’t been alone in wondering how the closure of West Virginia’s schools would affect children who rely on our public educational institutions for breakfasts and lunches. As it turns out, we didn’t need to worry too much. As has been reported, many local school ...

States being proactive on COVID-19

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice had an ironclad answer Friday, in the form of a question, to those who wonder why he closed public schools in West Virginia despite the absence then of a single confirmed case of COVID-19 in our state: “How would you answer the question, ‘Why did you wait?’” No ...

State’s coronavirus response ramps up

Local Columns

I fully expected to write something about the various statewide races, or some of the after effects of the 2020 legislative session. I didn’t expect I’d be writing about a virus pandemic. But the novel (new) coronavirus, or COVID-19 (short for Coronavirus Disease 2019) has swept the ...

Keeping PROs in Brooke County schools

Editorials

Financial problems faced by the Brooke County school system are so severe that they fall close to the “all bets are off” category. Because of an error in calculations regarding a property tax levy, school officials have found themselves with $3.2 million a year less than had been ...

It’s therapy, it’s girl time, it’s laughter

Local Columns

It’s not just a hair cut. It’s a mood-enhancing activity on my calendar, and I look forward to it. I don’t know about you, but for me, a hair appointment is a lot more than just “getting my ears lowered” or “taking a little off the top” as they used to say. It’s therapy. ...

Don’t let the fear take over your life

Local Columns

We’re staring into the face of the unknown. In December, information was reported on a new strain of the coronavirus found in an area of China. Eventually, it began to work its way around the world, with hundreds of thousands known to have it, and some having died as a result. I want to ...

Continuing to shine the light

Editorials

Today marks the start of the annual Sunshine Week. It’s about openness in government, not just about press relations, though it’s often the institutionalized journalist who’s on the front lines of records requests and preventing illegal closed-door meetings of public bodies. Sunshine ...

Too much spending

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, In 2016, the Hancock County Commission offered the nonprofit, which had operated the animal shelter for 20 years, a total of $188,000 to operate the county animal shelter consisting of $88,000 from the “County General Account” and $100,000 from the “Shelter Excess Levy”. ...

Every voter counts in West Virginia

Local Columns

It is often said, “every vote counts.” In West Virginia, every voter counts, too. For too long, segments of voters have been disenfranchised from our democratic process through no fault of their own. Deployed armed services members often lack access to mail, printers, and scanners — ...

Bloomberg’s disappointment

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Imagine the bitter disappointment Mike Bloomberg must now be experiencing after his dismal performance in the Super Tuesday primaries. Except for the American Samoa caucus, he did not see a single first-place outcome. During his brief campaign, this Democrat spent enough to buy ...