Editorials

Elections

We are living in the era of the long-shot in politics. No matter how absurd the claim or the strategy, some in office or seeking to be elected seem to think it is worth a try. Fortunately, a panel of judges sitting as the West Virginia Supreme Court saw through it all on Monday. They ...

‘Absurd’

West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner is right to be upset about other officials depriving him of his day in court. Taxpayers should be concerned, too, about what taking the easy way out of lawsuits is costing us. When Warner took office, he replaced 16 employees in his department. ...

Top Priority

Contrary to what some of our fellow Americans may think, West Virginians’ top priority regarding the coal industry is not ensuring as many miners as possible are working. It is keeping them safe. Our state Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training may be able to do a better job of ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to Armstrong Flooring officials, who gathered with community leaders Monday morning for a groundbreaking ceremony for the upcoming expansion to the Beverly facility. Blaine Emery, Armstrong Flooring Beverly plant manager, said he anticipates a “record year” of sales, prompting a ...

Funding

Sixty million dollars is a lot of money and, earlier this year, West Virginians concerned about our state parks and forests may have breathed sighs of relief upon learning that much will be spent to take care of long-deferred maintenance needs at the facilities. At long last, that problem is ...

Info Needed

West Virginia legislators should not have to ask questions such as the one posed by state Sen. Corey Palumbo on Monday. After observing the Lottery Commission “seems like another agency that’s in dysfunction,” Palumbo, D-Kanawha, asked, “Can someone let us know generally what’s ...

Living Large

Here in West Virginia, our local and state governments seem to jump through most of the hoops regarding how well healthy eating habits are encouraged and assisted. Healthy food financing initiatives? Check. Physical education at all public school levels? Check. Requirements for early ...

In Public

Most cases of sexual harassment are handled quietly and privately. If they occur in a workplace, the perpetrators are disciplined, sometimes fired. Only rarely, when someone files a lawsuit, are harassment situations made public. But the case we reported on page one needs to be dealt with in ...

Try Again

West Virginia’s state constitution states that the governor is supposed to live in the capital city, Charleston. Gov. Jim Justice lives in Lewisburg and has no plan to move. Justice insists he is in touch with state government adequately and does not need to live in the governor’s ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to all our area’s first responders for all they do to keep us safe throughout the year. In honor of Patriot Day on Sept. 11, The Inter-Mountain published a special section on Tuesday paying tribute to our area police and fire departments and EMS units. We all owe these local heroes a ...

Election Security

On Tuesday, Upshur and Barbour counties were granted a total of $350,000 to improve election security. Upshur County will receive $237,866.26, while Barbour will get $117,577.75. The money will be dispersed by the West Virginia State Election Commission, which on Tuesday approved ...

Not Off the Hook

For awhile Tuesday, it seemed West Virginia Supreme Court Justices Elizabeth Walker and Margaret Workman were off the hook. Earlier this summer, members of the House of Delegates approved articles of impeachment against Walker, Workman, then-Justice Robin Davis and suspended Justice Allen ...

Outbreak

It appears a hepatitis A outbreak that had been contained largely to southern West Virginia may be moving northward, striking inmates at a regional jail in Doddridge County. State officials are right to move decisively to keep inmates safe. For several months, a dramatic upsurge in hepatitis ...

Joe’s Choice

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., met Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in July, and plans to talk with him again. Soon after that, probably on Sept. 20, the full Senate will vote on whether to confirm Kavanaugh. Manchin should vote yes. If it had not become clear to Manchin that ...

Leader Needed

It has been nearly three months since Woody Thrasher was ousted as head of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. It is time to move on with a new, permanent leader for the agency. Thrasher resigned as a result of the scandal over delays in helping victims of June 2016 flooding. His ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to a local individual and a local organization garnering recognition this week in Charleston. The Elkins Depot Welcome Center was named one of five organizations in the state to receive the “Organization Governor’s Service Award,” while Melodee Price, Elkins Make it Shine ...

No Harm Done?

In announcing the resignation of West Virginia Lottery Director Alan Larrick last week, Gov. Jim Justice had this to say in his press release: “There is no question he has done an excellent job and he will be missed.” Perhaps so. After being appointed to the position after Justice took ...

Let’s Move Forward

The Inter-Mountain ran a series of articles recently asking former mayors of Elkins for their insight on a number of topics. One of those topics was annexation. All six of the former mayors who took part in the series stated they were for annexation, and it is easy to understand ...

Higher Ed

Plenty of apprehension exists within West Virginia’s higher education community already, without new behind-the-scenes maneuvering adding to it. What Gov. Jim Justice had hoped would be a comprehensive, objective look at the future of our state’s colleges and universities is in danger of ...

Bad Change

More than a few people charged with crimes complain about the bail system. Coming up with several thousand dollars — sometimes hundreds of thousands — to gain release from jail while awaiting trial is an unreasonable burden, they say. Leave it to the Californians to come up with a ...