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Editorials

Fairness

After his 2015 federal court conviction, former West Virginia coal baron Don Blankenship maintained he had been railroaded by prosecutors. It turns out he was right — according to a magistrate judge. Blankenship headed Massey Energy in 2010, when an explosion at the firm’s Upper Big ...

Promise

Coal miners “are not my enemy. Workers in the fossil fuel industry are not my enemy,” Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders told a crowd in Louisville, Kentucky on Sunday. “Climate change is our enemy,” Sanders added. Like so many ultra-liberal politicians, Sanders wants ...

Gambling

Opportunities to gamble are all around us. West Virginia has more than 6,200 video betting terminals in bars, restaurants, etc. More than 6,100 of the devices operate in casinos, where table gambling also is available. If you prefer old-fashioned wagering, lottery tickets can be purchased at ...

Alarming

Men and women who have served us in the military should not have to worry that they may be murdered if they seek treatment at a Veterans Affairs hospital. Federal authorities are investigating as many as 10 deaths at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, it has been reported. ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to our local county fairs for providing good family entertainment. Let’s all go to the fair! The Barbour, Randolph and Tucker County Fairs are all underway this weekend. County fairs typically offer exhibits, rides, competitions and a variety of foods with lots of fun and laughter. ...

Residence

The West Virginia Constitution is clear: Our governor and certain other high-ranking state officials are required to reside “at the seat of government” in Charleston. But Gov. Jim Justice continues to live in Lewisburg. Doing so has not hampered his ability to do his job, he ...

Safety

It is that time of year again. Children of all ages are making their way to and from school every day. Some are walking, some of the older ones may be driving, and many are riding the big yellow buses. Do your part to keep them safe. Parents should, of course, remind their kids to behave ...

Helping

Conflict in the Middle East has taken on new meaning for West Virginians, as well as some of our neighbors in Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina. On Friday, state officials were joined by hundreds of other people in Charleston in a ceremonial send-off for more than 500 West Virginia ...

Safety

For one reason or another, a man in Nitro, West Virginia, decided he needed to take a firearm with him when he left home Wednesday night. As he was getting ready to leave, he laid the gun down for just a moment or two. His 3-year-old son picked it up and accidentally shot himself in the ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the 10 individuals who became citizens the right away last week in Elkins. U.S. District Judges Thomas S. Kleeh and Michael John Aloi presided over the naturalization ceremony at the Federal Building in Elkins. Coming from 10 different countries, these men and women now call the ...

Kindness

Gov. Jim Justice should proclaim that Charlene Vickers is being made an honorary West Virginian. The Philadelphia-area woman has earned it by reminding us that while the news often is dominated by sick, evil human beings, we live among some truly kind-hearted neighbors. You may have heard the ...

Annexation

If you live outside a municipality in West Virginia, you may have assumed the adjacent town or city could not annex your property by force. If you think that, you are wrong. Most municipal officials are responsible enough to put annexation plans to a vote of the property owners involved. They ...

Red Flag Law

Two West Virginia legislators have said our state needs a “red flag” law to ban access to firearms by dangerous people. The most obvious concern with that is how “dangerous” will be defined — and who will decide if a person’s Second Amendment rights will be taken away. Mass ...

Transparency

“Transparency” has become one of the favorite buzzwords used by politicians and candidates for office. All too often, they are about as transparent as a lump of coal. We suppose West Virginians ought to be grateful that we are reminded of that frequently. Another tipoff has come in regard ...

Embarrassing

Three years ago, when West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice was running for the post he now holds, failure by some of his companies to pay property taxes in this state and Virginia were an embarrassment. They still are. A Roanoke, Virginia television station, WDBJ, reports Justice’s ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the Barbour, Randolph and Tucker County Boards of Education for supplying The Inter-Mountain with the Fall Bus Schedules for the new school year, which will begin next week. Officials from these county school systems understand the importance of informing the public about the times ...

Bullying

Had Denise Fernatt been a juvenile, police and prosecutors might have been able to do something about the people who allegedly harassed her until she jumped off the New River Gorge Bridge on Aug. 5, 2017. But bullying laws that safeguard West Virginia children do not apply to adults. Two ...

Backlog

Give West Virginia Division of Highways employees credit. They have been working hard during the past few months to clear up a routine maintenance backlog estimated by some at about 10 years. It should be cut in half by next summer, DOH Commissioner Jimmy Wriston estimates. What then? Will the ...

Painkillers

More than 10 years ago, a representative for a drug distributor wrote of the opioid products his company was receiving, “Keep ’em comin’! Flyin’ out of here. It’s like people are addicted to these things or something. Oh, wait, people are...” In reply, a sales representative for ...

Fixing Holes

Repairing holes in the West Virginia Division of Highways pay schedule is just as important as filling in potholes, in the long run. Yet, despite being instructed nearly two years ago to do that, the agency has not completed the task. Attracting and keeping qualified, hard-working employees ...