Editorials

Win or lose, we are together

The No. 4 West Virginia University basketball team will take the court at 7:39 p.m. tonight at the SAP Center in San Jose, California, in a Sweet 16 match-up against top-seeded Gonzaga. Going into this year’s NCAA tournament, analysts and fans alike knew West Virginia had a good ball team. ...

New W.Va. BOE chief search underway

Picking the right person to become West Virginia’s new school superintendent will be a difficult task for state Board of Education members, in part because of the mixed signals that person will have to sort through. Current state Superintendent Michael Martirano will be leaving at the end ...

Spending

West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee is right about the danger of across-the-board spending cuts in state government — to a point. Republican legislators have vowed to balance the state budget through limits on spending. Gee and many others in higher education worry that could ...

Boos & Applause

In honor of March 12-18 being Sunshine Week, an annual nationwide celebration, The Inter-Mountain is weighing in on some local issues involving the public’s access to governmental information. Applause to J.C. Raffety, interim chief of the Elkins Police Department, and his officers for ...

Development

Making West Virginia’s forests pay — while avoiding the environmental devastation that accompanied the timbering industry more than a century ago — is not a new idea. It is so obvious, in fact, that it has been a staple of economic development wish-lists during recent years. Gov. Jim ...

Budget Talks GOP

Most Mountain State families live by a simple rule: You can’t spend what you don’t have. Republicans in the state Legislature believe that ought to be the government’s standard, too. Earlier this year, Gov. Jim Justice proposed a state budget that would spend $4.505 billion during the ...

Population

West Virginians have faced one of those chicken-or-the-egg questions for many years. It’s time to answer it. Ours is the only state that has lost population during the past 50 years. Reversing that decline is the most critical challenge facing our state. But how? What do we need to do to ...

‘Sustainable’

Making West Virginia’s forests pay — while avoiding the environmental devastation that accompanied the timbering industry more than a century ago — is not a new idea. It is so obvious, in fact, that it has been a staple of economic development wish-lists during recent years. Gov. Jim ...

Sunshine Week

People must be able to get facts from their government to make smart decisions and hold public officials accountable. Politicians from both parties agreed on this long ago when they first passed federal, state and local open government laws. But the things people build — be they bridges, ...

With rise in violence, is Toughman a good idea in schools?

In early February, a video circulated among students at Elkins High School showing a violent altercation in the hallway. One student was severly beaten as a female school employee tried to stop the fight, with no immediate assistance from other students or faculty members. Officials at the ...

Manchin doing something right

We West Virginians elected Joe Manchin to the U.S. Senate to represent us, not the Democratic Party. Why is that so difficult for liberals to understand? One reason may be that for several years, too many Democrat members of Congress have made themselves servants of party leaders, rather than ...

Bills lead to more questions

Apparently, it requires a new law for a person with training as a barber and cosmetologist to set up shop solely as a barber in West Virginia. It also requires action by the Legislature to tell the state Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists to allow barbers and salons to sell the same products ...

Sigh of Relief

You did not hear air horns going off in Charleston during the weekend, nor was the air around the Capitol Complex filled with confetti — even though state government revenue ticked up in February. Both Gov. Jim Justice and state legislators are well aware the February revenue report may ...

Election Day

Small-town elections — from border to border in West Virginia and even states across the nation — are a breed unto their own. Community politics, while generally peaceful and uneventful, sometimes turns into major throwdowns, especially in times of strife and economic uncertainty. This ...

Red Tape

With little fanfare, West Virginia legislators are making a concerted attack that is long overdue. It is against the jungle of state regulations that make government more expensive while adding unnecessarily to the cost and frustration of creating and maintaining jobs in our state. Among ...

New measure should be adopted

All too frequently, reports we publish on people arrested for drug offenses mention that children were present when the crimes were committed. That is unacceptable, especially when young ones are put at physical risk. Various bills in the Legislature are aimed at cracking down on adults who ...

Trump offers good, solid ideas

Implacable critics of President Donald Trump dismissed his Tuesday speech to Congress as full of platitudes and short on substance. One can only wonder whether they dozed off during much of the address. Trump offered a variety of policy prescriptions during the presentation. One of them ...

Yorkey, Thompson, Broughton right for jobs

Tuesday’s upcoming municipal election in Elkins couldn’t come at a better time. There are key improvements underway, such as the city’s $37 million water infrastructure project. That’s a major undertaking for a community with a population of around 7,000. We need strong leaders who will ...

Legislature should work with plan

Leaders in the West Virginia Legislature were working on their version of the state budget before Gov. Jim Justice took office. For that reason, concern he expressed Monday about lawmakers not presenting a budget plan yet was a bit misplaced. But the spirit of the governor’s news conference ...

For Justice, its all or nothing

Gov. Jim Justice seems to believe the art of politics is not compromise, but bullying. The billionaire businessman clearly is accustomed to getting his way. So, when West Virginia legislators balked at his suggestion for a massive tax increase to fund an expansion of state government, the ...