Editorials

Boos & Applause

Applause to Thursday’s announcement that $20 million in federal funding is being alloted for Corridor H construction. The grant will be used for paving, traffic control measures, and guard rails on the two sections of highway between Kerens in Randolph County and Parsons in Tucker County. The ...

Teaching Moment

Here in the Mountain State, parents are accustomed to having to make other child-care arrangements when public schools are closed at short notice. It is impossible to do much advance planning for snowstorms. So Gov. Jim Justice’s action Tuesday, in declaring that schools would be closed ...

New Emphasis

Gov. Jim Justice had it right Monday in announcing a new campaign against drug abuse in West Virginia. During a visit to Huntington, which seems to have had some success in battling substance abuse, Justice announced a new executive director of the state Office of Drug Control Policy. He ...

Incident

Two West Virginia State Police troopers and a Berkeley County sheriff’s deputy have been suspended while an alleged beating incident is investigated. That is being handled by three separate agencies. On the night of Nov. 19, a 16-year-old boy allegedly struck a sheriff’s department cruiser ...

High Time

What if your employer allowed you to make big purchases, borrowing money in the company’s name, without prior approval? Absurd, you say? Not in West Virginia state government. There, until a few days ago, executive branch agencies could borrow enormous amounts of money without getting the ...

Black Lung

After several years in which it appeared instances of coal miners’ pneumoconiosis — black lung — were decreasing, the disease seems to be making a comeback in our region of the country. Now is not the time to phase out a federal program intended to help victims. Long-term exposure to ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to all the law enforcement agencies that had a hand the capture of Randolph County murder suspect Vanessa Logan by the United States Marshall Service. Several groups including the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, the lead investigators, The West Virginia State Police, Elkins ...

Appointment

State Sen. Mike Maroney, R-Marshall, is absolutely right that triumphing over the drug abuse crisis in West Virginia is a top priority — perhaps the most critical responsibility — of state government. His new post as chairman of the Senate’s Health and Human Resources Committee enhances ...

Controversy

Justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court have endured more than their share of controversy during the past few months. They should not shy away from tackling another issue that has stirred acrimony in Charleston — whether the governor is required to live in Charleston. House of Delegates ...

Opioid Crisis

People experiencing severe, chronic pain have been victimized in two ways by opioid drugs. Good for West Virginia University researchers for concentrating on giving them some relief. Widespread use of opioids for pain relief during a period of several years resulted in some people ...

Impeachment

Many of those involved in West Virginia’s impeachment summer seem to just want to put it all behind them and move on. That isn’t a bad idea, even though a critical question remains unanswered. It may come back to haunt us. Three of the five people who were state Supreme Court justices ...

Looking Ahead

Gov. Jim Justice, given to using folksy language in some of his public pronouncements, no doubt has heard the warning about counting one’s chickens before they are hatched. Let us hope he and Republican leaders in the Legislature have not done just that. A few weeks ago, Justice engaged in ...

Disservice

Was West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner acting illegally when he fired and replaced 16 employees in his agency, not long after taking office in January 2017? It is a question to which Mountain State residents deserve an answer — but we may never get it. Pointing out the people ...

Giving Thanks

Thursday marks a day of thanks, when we all gather with family and friends to count our blessings and look to the future. We also join in thoughtful prayer for those less fortunate and band together in charity to make our community a better and brighter place. We at The Inter-Mountain wish ...

Dangerous

U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., is right to be concerned about informational picketing last week by members of a prison guards’ union at the federal correctional center in Preston County. McKinley is aware the union members were not demonstrating in the hope of getting higher wages ...

Really? Defeated Ojeda says he’ll run for president

A genuinely promising candidate for president from West Virginia would be a nice thing. Too bad the best we seem to be able to offer is state Sen. Richard Ojeda II, D-Logan. Ojeda went to Washington the other day to announce that he is running for president. “We have not had people that ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the Unsung Heroes who participated in this year's Inter-Mountain series of articles detailing the military careers of local veterans. This year’s series featured a great variety of veterans who had served in different branches and in different wars around the globe. Each and ...

Reality

Well, it was fun while it lasted. But a few days ago, state officials got a reminder of good old West Virginia reality. During the first three months of the fiscal year, collections for the state’s general revenue budget soared in comparison to what had been projected. They were more ...

Supreme Court

Just two of the five people who were West Virginia Supreme Court justices less than four months ago remain on the bench. Three justices have resigned in a scandal over corruption, mismanagement and waste of taxpayers’ money. It may be time to call it a day, as we in the Mountain State say ...

No Option

Suspended West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry resigned Friday — but only after it became obvious to him that he had no realistic option. Loughry resigned from his post, effective at the close of business today. He is one of two ex-justices charged with federal crimes. ...