Editorials

Online

Online schools can be wonderful things. Among other things, they can provide more individualized attention to students and appeal to those who may not function well in the set hours and environments of traditional classrooms. But one thing they do not do as well is ensure students are showing ...

New Rules

Government employees should not be disciplined or fired without good cause, certainly not for political reasons. That seems obvious. Just as plain is that civil service laws should not protect rogue employees who cheat taxpayers by failing to do their jobs. Critics of new legislation aimed ...

Drug Deaths

Somehow, the sense of urgency and vigilance that should by now have made its way into the medical community when it comes to the substance abuse epidemic still has not arrived for some who have the ability to dole out opioid pain medication. Instead, the mistakes that some believe may have ...

Boos & Applause

Editor’s note: During the course of a week, issues are covered that might not lend themselves to full editorial comment, but they are worthy of The Inter-Mountain weighing in — pro, con or neutral. ——— Applause to area counties, municipalities and citizens for gathering together ...

Genuine Crisis

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says lawmakers in his chamber of Congress are primed to vote on a new national health care law next week. Details of the Senate bill are sketchy, but it clearly will have to be a better version than that approved by the House of ...

Corruption

One reason public corruption is so persistent in West Virginia is that too often, the penalty for getting one’s hand caught in the till amounts to a slap on the wrist in comparison to the rich rewards of cheating taxpayers. After receiving a tip in 2015, federal investigators uncovered a ...

Worth the Fight

As we marked our state’s birthday Tuesday, some West Virginians may be wondering whether there was much to celebrate. Our unemployment rate is 5 percent. We are the only state in the union with a workforce participation rate below 50 percent. The poverty rate here is 17.9 percent, compared ...

Pilot Project

President Donald Trump knows, despite his rhetoric on the campaign trail, that nothing he can do will restore the job of all the coal miners who lost them during the past eight years. Between former President Barack Obama’s war on coal and market forces, some of those men and women will never ...

Differences

James T. Hodgkinson wanted to know whether the members of Congress practicing baseball at a field in Alexandria, Va., were Republicans or Democrats, according to multiple media reports. Told they were GOP lawmakers, Hodgkinson walked back to his car. He retrieved a rifle and opened ...

Nation doesn’t need witch hunt

Speculation that President Donald Trump plans to remove the special investigator looking into Russia’s meddling with the presidential election has been rampant. Trump surely understands that would be a political disaster. With Democrats virtually salivating at the possibility they can find ...

Fiasco

At least one member of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet seems to not want to join him in “draining the swamp.” Her support for the idiotic federal bureaucracy may ensure some low-income West Virginians will be denied college educations. It was reported a few weeks ago that scores of ...

Wrongdoing

Andrew P. Nichols is a Marshall University professor who pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to defraud West Virginia taxpayers. A substantial amount of Marshall’s funding is courtesy of taxpayers. It seems obvious, then, that Nichols should be fired immediately. He should never ...

Common Sense

Women who use drugs illegally while they are pregnant are abusing their unborn children. That seems obvious, though in this day and age it apparently is open to dispute. Now the West Virginia Supreme Court has struck a blow for common sense in the matter. Last week, justices issued an opinion ...

Disturbing Numbers

Most West Virginians already understand the entrenched bureaucrats in Charleston — and the elected officials who should be keeping an eye on them —have no interest in making the necessary changes to state government that would cut it and its spending so they can serve the state without ...

Political Theater

Some members of the U.S. Senate intelligence committee made it clear last week they are less interested in learning the truth than in political theater. Members of the panel spent much of the day questioning witnesses regarding a probe of the Russian government’s attempts to influence the ...

Boos & Applause

Editor’s note: During the course of a week, issues are covered that might not lend themselves to full editorial comment, but they are worthy of The Inter-Mountain weighing in — pro, con or neutral. ——— Applause to the GFWC Woman’s Club of Elkins for its generous $1,500 donation ...

W.Va. Pride

West Virginia Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby has an assignment for everyone who loves the Mountain State, and it is a bit of homework that should be taken up with great enthusiasm. Leading up to West Virginia Day June 20, the Division of Tourism hopes to combat the state’s image problem ...

Overly Optimistic

West Virginia legislators should keep firmly in mind the old adage that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t true. After weeks of haggling over taxes and a budget for the coming fiscal year, lawmakers beheld a ray of sunshine Tuesday, in the form of Gov. Jim Justice. ...

Subsidies

Oh, come on. We’ve been there, rejected that. Let’s stop wasting time in Charleston and make the tough decisions needed to enact a new state budget. After weeks of controversy and frustration, West Virginia legislators returned to the Capitol Monday for another attempt at passing a state ...

‘Fake News’

Perhaps the most blatant bit of “fake news” making the rounds these days is a single word: “pact.” It is being used in reference to the Paris Climate Accords. President Donald Trump says he does not intend for the United States to comply with the agreement in Paris, signed by ...