Opinion

Home Rule

Editorials

A decade probably is long enough to decide whether most things work or do not. Yet for 34 municipalities, one of the most important laws on the books in West Virginia remains a pilot program. Legislators are on their way to changing that. A bill doing so may be approved by the state Senate ...

No Excuse

Editorials

One of the most regularly violated laws in West Virginia is that requiring that motorists not pass stopped school buses. It happens all the time, throughout the state. Eventually the law of averages will catch up with us. One of those scofflaw drivers will hit and kill a child. School and ...

Teacher pay central education issue

Columnists

Make no mistake, improving teacher pay is the most important issue West Virginia legislators have to decide this session. The world is watching to see what our law makers do next. The Senate “School Choice” proposal is just a distraction from the central problem of poor teacher pay and ...

Sunken standards

Columnists

To demonstrate how retrograde the Republican party has become, the reaction to Representative Steve King’s remarks have been slow and awkward. Perhaps the leadership wonders what all the fuss is about. In the past, King spouted derogatory remarks against immigrants at will and received not so ...

Wild Game Feed offered at Belington Fire Hall today

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! It's hard to believe that the first month of the year is almost over. It just seems like a week ago that we were celebrating Christmas. Maybe this means that I'm getting old? I hope not. Today, Jan. 26, there will be a Wild Game Feed at the Belington Fire Hall ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations in our area this week. Falling snow and temperatures in the teens couldn’t deter a group of community residents from taking part in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and March Sunday afternoon in downtown Elkins. On Monday ...

Statistics show economic growth

Letters to the Editor

In the Jan. 12, 2019 issue of The Inter-Mountain, Mike House wrote: “What did you accomplish in the two years that you controlled the House, the Senate and the White House? Let me tell you. You passed a tax reform bill — that is it.” Apparently Mr. House was soundly asleep during those ...

Anti-pipeline voices asked for alternatives

Letters to the Editor

West Virginia is sitting on a gold mine of energy and economic prosperity, and yet our chance for prosperity is being threatened by those who are using every available avenue to block construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). It’s time to challenge these obstructionists to come up ...

Reader: Legislator showed compassion

Letters to the Editor

After months of pain and suffering, and repeated failed attempts for treatment through the VA, I thought all hope was lost. After my numerous attempts at contacting the VA, all I received was a pamphlet of information and a rejection letter to my request for treatment. With nowhere else ...

Lesson Learned

Editorials

West Virginia Supreme Court justices seem to have learned a lesson from last year’s impeachment summer. Let us hope they resist a recurrence of the arrogance — and that is the word for it — that caused the problem. Two of the court’s five members were forced out of office after they ...

Winter will lead us into the spring

Columnists

“In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, in the bleak midwinter, long ago.” These words from the beautiful Christmas hymn aptly describe this present season in the majestic West Virginia ...

Valuable

Editorials

It ought to tell West Virginia legislators something that officials of the U.S. Social Security Administration view state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office as a valuable partner in cracking down on fraud. How valuable? Last year, Morrisey’s office was key in spotting enough fraud ...

Finding light in the storm

Columnists

This past summer, my wife and I were blessed to visit Atlanta, Georgia. There are many great sights to see in that metropolitan city. It was our goal to see the sights referring to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We were blessed to go to his birth house where we heard stories of how he did not ...

Tuition Bill

Editorials

West Virginia legislators seem to have adopted the philosophy that perfect is the enemy of good regarding an important proposal to make it easier for Mountain State residents to continue their educations past high school. That is appropriate this year in particular. It is likely that the ...

Protecting your backyard

Columnists

As your Attorney General, I have worked hard to keep the regulatory power of the federal government at bay, particularly as it creeps into the everyday lives of West Virginians. Our office successfully fought back and blocked the Obama administration rules at the U.S. Supreme Court that ...

Genuine racism is becoming rarer

Columnists

Wouldn’t it be nice to be around for the very last MLK March for Justice in Wheeling? The day on which a group of people gather for the event, talk for a few minutes, and conclude there’s no need to march — because the last bigot has passed away? Well, we can all dream, can’t ...

Transparency

Editorials

If West Virginians learned one thing last year, it is that there is a lot our government does not tell us. From spending our tax dollars for lavish remodeling of Supreme Court offices — remember the $32,000 couch? — to keeping it quiet that victims of 2016 floods were not being helped ...

Shutdown

Editorials

U.S. Rep. David McKinley, who represents our area of West Virginia in Congress, is absolutely right: “Enough is enough” in regard to the so-called “government shutdown.” Some agencies of government have been idled, or nearly so, since Dec. 22. That is a record for a standoff between ...

How could W.Va. have a teacher shortage?

Columnists

The nation will be short approximately 112,000 teachers by 2020 if current projections prove true. It is hard to imagine that a teacher shortage is a looming problem in West Virginia with our older declining population. Nevertheless, West Virginia University Dean of Human Services Dr. Gypsy ...

Master of the house?

Columnists

Since taking power in 2017 Donald Trump has suggested that he has a new vision for U.S. foreign policy. But, alas, his “policy has been a set of disjointed pronouncements that seemingly contradict his stated purpose. Presumably he wants to reduce America’s footprint in the world, eschewing ...