Modern governing has little to do with governance and much to do with cheap magic, expressed in stumbling rhetorical sleights of hand through which an audience, blinded by ideology or something, cannot see — or won’t.

Across West Virginia and the rest of the country, businesses and events are reopening and more people are venturing out. Some are traveling for vacations. And everyone is learning the coronavirus is still very much a threat to their health and safety, as case numbers are jumping and deaths c…

Something doesn’t add up in Gov. Jim Justice’s ouster of Dr. Cathy Slemp, the commissioner and state health officer for the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, and it’s not the governor’s claim that new coronavirus case numbers were inaccurately high.

Hate can take the form of an irrational rage that finds an outlet by unnaturally fixating on an individual or group of people as a scapegoat, or an arcane, ill-fitting object as a symbol. It is hard to defeat. People with an unhealthy world view will always find someone or something to targe…

There’s a default counter in West Virginia if anyone is ever challenging a statement, action or ideal, especially discussed in public by members of the Republican Party, as racist. It goes like this: “Well, what about Robert Byrd?”

It’s great that Kanawha County schools are moving ahead with plans to allow in-person high school graduation ceremonies conducted outdoors. The novel coronavirus pandemic had already robbed students of so much, and the planned “virtual graduation” ceremonies seemed very unpopular and a poor …

In every soccer World Cup, there’s the group stage where four teams play each other, with the top teams from the eight groups moving on to the knockout round of the tournament. Inevitably, the semi-random nature of drawing the groups forms what is referred to as a “group of death” — a group …

Funerals for Saturday, july 11, 2020

Bias, Mary - 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Bsharah, Mary - 11 a.m., St. George Orthodox Cathedral.

Burkhart, Charlotte - 11 a.m., Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Cain, Dennis - 1 p.m., Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Grantsville.

Holcomb, William - 10 a.m., Sunset Cemetery, Bickmore.

King, Ruth - 1 p.m., Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro.

McLeod, Julius - 3 p.m., streaming live, see obituary.

Null,  Virginia -11 a.m., Haven of Rest Memorial Gardens, Red House.

Parsons, Olivia - 5 p.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

Pauley, William - 2 p.m., Kelly's Creek Community Church, Sissonville.

Surratt, Carol - 11 a.m.,  Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.

Webb, Betty - 3 p.m., Loudendale Freewill Baptist Church.