Editorials

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. ...

Critical Role

In terms of guarding West Virginians against serious threats to our physical wellbeing, the state Bureau for Public Health may be the most important agency in Charleston. From guarding against food-borne outbreaks to finding ways to battle substance abuse, the bureau plays a critical role. ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to everyone who cast a ballot in the general election Tuesday and took part in democracy. Applause also to all the election officials in our local counties who tallied the votes and got the results out to the public so quickly Tuesday night. Applause to the many veterans events that ...

Loyalty

No doubt congressional elections in West Virginia on Tuesday had a few national pundits scratching their head in puzzlement. To some, the results may have seemed contradictory. They made perfect sense to Mountain State voters. How, out-of-state analysts unfamiliar with our state’s ...

Restraint

Approval in Tuesday’s election of a measure giving the West Virginia Legislature some control over the state judiciary’s spending should have come as no surprise to anyone. Amendment 2 on the election ballot passed by a landslide. It gives the Legislature long-overdue authority over the ...

Technicality

West Virginia Supreme Court members have struck a blow against the “technicalities” in pursuit of justice that so often annoy the public, simply because they seem to go against common sense. Construction of a natural gas-fired power plant in Brooke County has been delayed by a lawsuit ...

Civic Duty

No doubt you will be going to the polls today if you are a registered voter who has not yet cast a ballot through one of the early voting systems in West Virginia. Right? You understand how important this year’s general election is, regardless of where you live, of course. So you will be ...

Unacceptable

Recent events nationwide have focused attention on violence and threats of it against public figures. This week, West Virginians were reminded we are not immune to the problem. Last week, a Clarksburg man, Donald Charles Criss, 52, was arrested on charges of making a terroristic threat and ...

High Court

Most people seeking public office are able to attract votes by pledging to spend government money on local needs ranging from highways to economic development. Candidates for judicial positions cannot do that. They can promise only fairness, both to those who appear in court before them and ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the early voting totals leading up to Tuesday’s general election, which have been very high in Randolph County and throughout the state. Randolph County Clerk Brenda Wiseman said Thursday, with three days left in early voting, there had already been more than 300 more votes cast ...

Opportunity

West Virginia’s tourism commission has unveiled another campaign, this one costing a little more than $5 million and meant to cover the spring, summer and fall of 2019. Announcement of the new campaign included the typical details — focusing on the 25-54 age group, out-of-state ...

Strong Record

Clearly, U.S. Rep. Alex Mooney, R-W.Va., understands the advice that "all politics is local." In serving our state's Second Congressional District, Mooney has emphasized initiatives that directly benefit the 17 counties he represents. Mooney merits re-election both because of his staunch ...