Editorials

Fiasco

At least one member of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet seems to not want to join him in “draining the swamp.” Her support for the idiotic federal bureaucracy may ensure some low-income West Virginians will be denied college educations. It was reported a few weeks ago that scores of ...

Wrongdoing

Andrew P. Nichols is a Marshall University professor who pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to defraud West Virginia taxpayers. A substantial amount of Marshall’s funding is courtesy of taxpayers. It seems obvious, then, that Nichols should be fired immediately. He should never ...

Common Sense

Women who use drugs illegally while they are pregnant are abusing their unborn children. That seems obvious, though in this day and age it apparently is open to dispute. Now the West Virginia Supreme Court has struck a blow for common sense in the matter. Last week, justices issued an opinion ...

Disturbing Numbers

Most West Virginians already understand the entrenched bureaucrats in Charleston — and the elected officials who should be keeping an eye on them —have no interest in making the necessary changes to state government that would cut it and its spending so they can serve the state without ...

Political Theater

Some members of the U.S. Senate intelligence committee made it clear last week they are less interested in learning the truth than in political theater. Members of the panel spent much of the day questioning witnesses regarding a probe of the Russian government’s attempts to influence the ...

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 GFWC Woman’s Club of Elkins for its generous $1,500 donation ...

W.Va. Pride

West Virginia Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby has an assignment for everyone who loves the Mountain State, and it is a bit of homework that should be taken up with great enthusiasm. Leading up to West Virginia Day June 20, the Division of Tourism hopes to combat the state’s image problem ...

Overly Optimistic

West Virginia legislators should keep firmly in mind the old adage that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t true. After weeks of haggling over taxes and a budget for the coming fiscal year, lawmakers beheld a ray of sunshine Tuesday, in the form of Gov. Jim Justice. ...

Subsidies

Oh, come on. We’ve been there, rejected that. Let’s stop wasting time in Charleston and make the tough decisions needed to enact a new state budget. After weeks of controversy and frustration, West Virginia legislators returned to the Capitol Monday for another attempt at passing a state ...

‘Fake News’

Perhaps the most blatant bit of “fake news” making the rounds these days is a single word: “pact.” It is being used in reference to the Paris Climate Accords. President Donald Trump says he does not intend for the United States to comply with the agreement in Paris, signed by ...

Disgusting

It is one thing to disagree with a president’s policies or to dislike his personality. It is quite another to engage in the hysteria — and that is the appropriate word — that some have directed against President Donald Trump. Led by some entertainers and politicians, a few critics of ...

Terrorism

Our government should battle Islamic terrorists wherever they are, of course. But when they assault a people with whom we Americans have had a long friendship, our obligation becomes especially binding. Most terrorist attacks involve individuals or small groups of murderers. But a small army ...

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 American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Marine Corps League ...

Work in Progress

As West Virginians discuss the funding needed to repair and improve the state’s crumbling roads and bridges, there is another kind of infrastructure that is almost as vital to our transitioning economy. It, too, needs continuing attention. Fortunately, the Federal Communications Commission ...

Another Plan

Yet another proposal to overhaul West Virginia’s tax structure is being considered by state legislators. Though the new proposal is very complex, it is missing an essential ingredient. That would be the bottom line. House of Delegates members heard about the plan last night, from Speaker ...

Major Milestone

After Wednesday night’s Harman graduation ceremony, all but one area school will have celebrated what is a major milestone for youth all across Central West Virginia. For generations, graduating from high school has symbolized a right of passage — one where students officially turn the ...

Increase

Unless a budget is in place by June 19, both state and local governments in West Virginia will have to cope with serious problems. Though the new fiscal year does not begin until July 1, some time is required to make arrangements for it. So when legislators resume their special session on ...

Limits

Even as the courts persist in admonishing President Donald Trump’s administration for attempts to restrict people from selected countries from coming to the United States, it becomes clearer some sort of limits are essential to our security. On Thursday, a federal appeals court in ...

We owe veterans a debt of gratitude

“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” — President Harry S. Truman ––– On Monday, area residents — and people from across the nation ...

Freedom

West Virginia Board of Education members are right to be backtracking from an agenda item that appeared last month, banning members of the public from speaking during meetings about items not listed on the agenda. Board President Tom Campbell has said he wants to remove the ban from agendas ...