Editorials

Imploded

Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, has become the “gift” that keeps on taking. It has made obtaining health insurance more difficult and more expensive for millions of Americans. It is choking many already stressed state budgets. And it has locked in a federal deficit of ...

Standards

Energy companies were justified in complaining that former President Barack Obama’s administration threw all sorts of unnecessary obstacles in their way. President Donald Trump’s more realistic attitude is a welcome change for tens of millions of Americans who rely on reasonably priced fuel ...

Ethical?

Little Charlie Gard may have passed away by the time you read this. The 11-month-old British child, center of an international controversy for weeks, was moved to a hospice, where doctors planned to turn off life-support equipment. What if Charlie’s life could have been saved before he was ...

Trump should reset his position

When it came to awkwardness, the so-called healthcare legislation reached new levels of deceit. Unless Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan did, as my mother used to quip, “go around their elbows to get to their thumbs,” the whole process represented a charade. A giant time-wasting effort to ...

Capito representing West Virginians well

One of the things many West Virginians have learned is to keep our options open. It is simple common sense. U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito’s vote Tuesday to allow debate on whether to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act fell into the category of representing her fellow Mountain State ...

Unacceptable

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s frustration with Maoist terrorists in his country is understandable. When he extends an olive branch, they take bloody advantage of it. Just last week, as peace talks were going on between his government and the rebels, they attacked his presidential ...

Lessons

No one disputes that the death of a woman at the hands of Minneapolis police was a terrible mistake. There was no ill intent. Nevertheless, Australian Justine Damond, who had been living in Minneapolis, is dead. She leaves behind a grief-stricken fiance and scores of people who remember her ...

Incompetent

“When I find out who is responsible heads will roll,” said Gov. Jim Justice, upon being called out for a mistake that could cause considerable difficulty for West Virginia’s two- and four-year colleges. Mountain State institutions of higher learning are being penalized by the U.S. ...

Venezuela

Quite a few countries have shaky economies, with double-digit unemployment, crumbling treasuries and even food shortages. One of them has the largest petroleum reserves in the world. It is Venezuela. Months of demonstrations in the streets have left nearly 100 Venezuelans dead and at least ...

Targets

If there is one thing certain to get the hackles of West Virginians and East Ohioans up, it is telling us that trying to do the right thing is, well, wrong. Two of our U.S. senators are being accused of just that. It has proved so difficult to repeal and replace the Obamacare health ...

Boos & Applause

Editor’s note: During the course of a week, issues are covered that might not lend themselves to full editorial comment, but they are worthy of The Inter-Mountain weighing in — pro, con or neutral. ——— Applause to the city of Elkins and all involved in promoting and welcoming the ...

Real Issue

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has done quite well by using President Donald Trump as a model of how to handle oneself in politics. Last year, amid a nationwide political revolution that ushered Republican Trump into office, Justice prevailed as a Democrat by using many of the same tactics, ...

Be Realistic

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to table a health care reform bill was a matter of simple mathematics. With Democrats solid against the measure and a few Republicans joining them, McConnell, R-Ky., simply did not have the votes to pass the bill. But the setback has merely ...

Rebuilding

Enormous challenges lie ahead in rebuilding Mosul, Iraq, after many months of occupation by Islamic terrorists. But liberation of the city last week spotlighted an incredibly important turning point in the war against murderous extremist groups. Once a city of 3 million people, Mosul was ...

Almost Heaven

In case you missed it, among the warnings of dire consequences from the election of President Donald Trump was the bottom would fall out of the tourism industry. It was referred to as the “Trump slump.” Tourists from other countries would not want to visit the United States, either ...

Tax Hike

Gov. Jim Justice continues to blast West Virginia legislators for not going along with the big tax increases he demanded earlier this year. Yet state revenue reports at the end of the fiscal year indicate conservative lawmakers were right to reject the governor’s plan. Some officials saw ...

Celebration

Saturday, on the occasion of The Inter-Mountain’s 125th anniversary of publication, the air was filled not only with the pleasant aroma of Lions Club chicken, but it also was filled with the sounds of congratulations and heartfelt thanks. It’s not often these days that a business can ...

Education

Someone once warned that you can’t outlaw stupidity. The federal government is living, constant proof of that. Bureaucrats with encyclopedic knowledge of the red tape they created too often seem to prefer it to common sense. Action by the U.S. Department of Education earlier this year ...

Overblown

Controversy over a federal commission’s request for information on American voters is more than a bit overblown. Claims the panel is asking states to invade the privacy of voters are simply inaccurate, as a matter of fact. Still, secretaries of state Mac Warner in West Virginia and Jon ...

Fireworks

Local residents have had our annual dose of loud fireworks at all hours, with the frequency of the bangs and booms worse now that West Virginia law permits sale of virtually any type of pyrotechnic device. Unfortunately, that liberalization in state law has brought calls for municipalities to ...