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Editorials

Trying to Become Better Americans

Independence Day should not be celebrated without recognizing that for much of our history as a nation, many of our fellow Americans have wondered what there was for them to celebrate. During nearly a century after independence, millions of African-Americans remained enslaved, after all. ...

Celebrating, Questioning

This Independence Day weekend, we Americans celebrate and renew our commitment to the values set forth in 1776 by leaders who felt it was important to explain why our ancestors no longer wanted to live under British rule. Why? Read the preamble to the Declaration of Independence. It is a ...

Rediscovering West Virginia

Many Mountain State residents have cut back on or even canceled vacation plans for the summer. But with the Independence Day holiday weekend upon us, we suspect some are thinking a recreational trip would be just the thing. Good. A day trip or even a weekend away from home need not break ...

Take Some Time To Read to Kids

Thanks to the state Department of Education, Marshall University and a foundation set up by entertainer Dolly Parton, about 37,000 West Virginia children are receiving free books this summer. They go to children who will be entering first and second grades this fall. The first shipment, of ...

Avoid Budget Cuts in Schools

With fiscal 2020 now history, the task of keeping budgets balanced during the year that began Wednesday begins for local and state government officials. Damage to the economy from COVID-19 — some of it possibly permanent — will make that difficult. At one point, Ohio officials were ...

Prison Appropriate In College Scheme

It may be some time before the college entrance cheating scandal is resolved. More than four dozen have been charged. One high-profile case should be dealt with during the next several weeks. It involves television star Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli. ...

Ensure Teachers Safe With Guns

Allowing public school teachers to carry or have access to firearms while on the job is controversial. Armed educators can save lives if schools are invaded by people bent on violence, say proponents of the idea. Critics worry about gun accidents and “friendly-fire” mistakes by ...

Keeping Valuable Museums Open

It will take some time for us all to get used to the “new normal” after the COVID-19 epidemic. One aspect of our lives that should not change — but could — is the variety of museums that educate and entertain us. Throughout the world, most museums had to close during the height of ...

Correct Flawed Broadband Data

Working and learning from home this spring made many Americans familiar with the online world. All too many lacked the experience, however, because they do not have access to high-speed broadband service. That is especially a concern in areas such as ours, which are largely rural. As we ...

Give the Legion A Look, Veterans

Nationally, the American Legion remains strong. It has nearly 2 million members in more than 12,000 posts throughout the United States. But as many Legionnaires in our area are aware, it has become more and more difficult to bring new members into the organization. Earlier this month, ...

Allow Students To Show Faith

Ensuring public school students are not penalized because of their religious beliefs is a worthwhile goal, even if pitfalls are encountered during the process. Earlier this month, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed into law a bill intended to expand the religious freedom of students in public ...

‘Boys’ Excuse No Longer Acceptable

Too often in the past, dangerous behavior by members of college fraternities has been shrugged off. The old “boys will be boys” excuse is trotted out. Strange, isn’t it, how they and college administrators refer to themselves as men? It seems that more people have decided they ...

Learn Whether Cuts Are Needed

With the process of “reopening” our economy seemingly well along in West Virginia, nagging questions remain to be answered for state policymakers. High on the list is how many businesses succumbed to the COVID-19 shutdown and how they will affect the economy as a whole and, more ...

Bailing Out State, Local Governments

It has been nearly three months since President Donald Trump signed the CARES Act, providing more than $2 trillion to help Americans cope with the COVID-19 epidemic. West Virginia state government has received $1.25 billion — but it appears not a dime of that can be spent on the most ...

Keeping Airport Oversight Power

No doubt members of the Jefferson County Airport Authority are merely trying to make administration of the facility more efficient. But sometimes, a little red tape serves taxpayers well, and that may be the situation now. Last week, Jefferson County commissioners heard a request from the ...

Giving Those Who Served Us Credit

Throughout the valley, a number of good men and women will be stepping down from local government offices, ranging from municipal councils to boards of education next week. Their successors take office on Wednesday. A few lost re-election bids, but most did not choose to ask voters for new ...

Pick Chancellor For the Future

Higher education in West Virginia has always required innovative, forward-looking leadership. The last few months have reinforced that point, in effect redefining it: Campus shutdowns due to COVID-19 have altered what the future will be like, and how college students will have to be prepared ...

Dancing the Night Away — or Not

For many high school juniors and seniors, the annual prom is a really big deal. Needless to say, it was not this year. Officials in the Toronto school district are discussing whether the young men and women can still have their big evening. During their meeting last week, Toronto Board ...

Accomplishing Reform in Ohio

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is right: Proposals for law enforcement reforms “have been around for a long time — and it’s time for us to take action.” DeWine unveiled his recommendations for change last week. They include common-sense changes such as no longer allowing the Ohio State ...

Get Ready for New Approach at Fairs

The Jefferson County Fair, from Aug. 23-28, will not be what area residents have become accustomed to over the course of many years. Neither will similar events elsewhere. “It’s not the fair we were hoping for,” noted Jefferson County Agricultural Society President Ray Hilderbrand. He ...