Editorials

Applause and Boos

Applause to the more than 70 residents who packed Thursday’s Elkins City Council meeting, many in opposition to the proposed 1 percent sales tax on city businesses. Local business leaders, including Mark Doak and Jay Wallace, spoke during the meeting and asked council to table the ordinance ...

Dangerous

Suicide rates for teenagers increased substantially from 2010-15, at the same time use of social media by young people shot up. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study hints the two phenomena may be linked. It would be foolish to suggest, based on this one study, that social ...

Bad Reviews

The reviews offered by residents as they left the city of Elkins’ “1 Percent Sales Tax Public Event” Monday evening were not good. “This was absolutely worthless,” one man said. “What a joke,” another man muttered. “The city expects us to fall for this?” a woman ...

Crisis

News media representatives attending a daylong presentation on substance abuse at West Virginia University heard a variety of innovative, decisive ideas about battling the scourge in our state. But we also were told on Monday that, in important ways, the fight is just beginning. One ...

Jackpot

It appears we West Virginians have hit the jackpot. A Chinese company’s plan to spend nearly $84 billion on natural gas-related projects in our state should prove to be a shot in the arm for our economy. Let’s not be like the Powerball winners who ignore advice to handle their good ...

Pipelines

Many West Virginians and Ohioans oppose construction of the long-distance pipelines needed to carry natural gas from our region to markets. Without that infrastructure, our gas has only limited value and the rest of the nation would be deprived of its benefits. Profits from selling the gas ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to all the veterans whose service we celebrate today, Veterans Day. We should honor our nation’s heroes every day of the year, not just on Nov. 11. Toward that goal, The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series has featured veterans each Monday since Memorial Day, highlighting stories ...

Horrifying

The 26 men, women and children massacred in a Texas church Sunday might be alive today if existing laws on firearms ownership had been obeyed. They were not — and the full extent of government’s failure in that regard is both horrifying and angering many Americans. Devin Patrick Kelley, ...

Backstage chaos

Turmoil has been the order of the day among leaders of both the Republican and Democratic parties. Listing all the many concerns of millions of voters who have been loyalists of either party would require a book. But a book by Donna Brazile, formerly chairwoman of the Democratic National ...

Conflict of Interest

West Virginia is full of small towns and counties in which it can be difficult for public officials to avoid the appearance of conflicts of interest. Sometimes, the best person for a local government job may be related to a municipal or county official. Sometimes, the best, cheapest way to ...

Challenge

Many of the functions of local and state government in West Virginia could be handled just as well as they are now — or better — with fewer people and less expense. That seems obvious. Slimming down the size of government takes both political power and courage, however. That is why no ...

Preventing Fraud

During the third quarter of this year, work by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office and the Social Security Administration saved taxpayers an estimated $1.8 million. What might Morrisey’s office accomplish if it was turned loose on other programs that disburse ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the renovation of the historic Colonial Theater in Buckhannon. The theater will be used as a presentation space for all art forms, officials said during the dedication ceremony last week. To help fund the project, the city received a grant in the amount of $102,000 from the West ...

Good News

Wonderful news for West Virginia’s economy came out a few days ago. “The Cheat River is the healthiest it’s been in 50 years,” proclaimed Amanda Pitzer, executive director of the Friends of the Cheat. Well, yes, that is good to hear, you say. But what does it have to do with the ...

Drug Abuse

Political correctness simply cannot be permitted to stand in the way of attacking West Virginia’s drug abuse epidemic on all fronts. Fortunately, state legislators seem to agree. In 2016, lawmakers approved a three-year pilot program to screen applicants of a major public assistance program ...

Caution Needed

At some point, the decline in legalized gambling in West Virginia will stop. Once that occurs, state officials will be able to rely on a certain amount of revenue from the practice. Businesses involved in it — and there are quite a few — will benefit from some stability. Unfortunately, ...

Troubling

On Sunday, more than a full week after fire destroyed an old plant near Parkersburg, the fire was finally put out but smoke continued to waft into the air into the air over the area. The charred remnants may be smouldering today. No one really knows what was in that smoke, though. It is ...

Reversal

Two wrongs don’t make a right, even if the first was very, very wrong — harmful in a way to tens of millions of Americans. For eight years, former President Barack Obama’s administration did all it could to kill the coal industry and shut down coal-fired power plants. Part of the ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to Elkins Main Street officials for their highly successful Scarecrow Festival in downtown Elkins this fall. Countless residents and visitors to town have marveled over the imagination and skill involved in creating the scarecrow people lining our city streets. All good things must ...

Opportunity

A door of opportunity opened up for some West Virginia communities earlier this month, when state legislators approved a change in tax law. Let us hope Congress and President Donald Trump are not about to close it. State lawmakers approved a change in the state tax credit for redevelopment of ...