Editorials

Challenge

It was predictable that West Virginia University’s Board of Governors earlier this month approved tuition increases. What may not have been expected is that the boost was at the lowest percentage since the 2010-11 academic year. Then, this week, the other shoe dropped: WVU began offering ...

Tax Revenue

No doubt many West Virginians wonder just what happens to the money we send to Charleston in the form of state income taxes. It just disappears into the black hole of state government. But State Auditor J.B. McCuskey wants us to have an idea of exactly how our hard-earned cash is used. So, he ...

Disturbing

Reports about bridges and dams in dire need of repair need to be taken with a grain of salt, as the officials responsible for maintaining them remind us. Still, some of them raise disturbing questions. A new report by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association notes that nearly ...

Drug Crisis

One of West Virginia’s best, most realistic hopes of getting past the drug abuse crisis was on display earlier this week at a conference in Flatwoods. In essence, it was about people who really understand the challenges of weaning oneself off chemical dependence — recovering addicts ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to Davis & Elkins College for naming a new award after a longtime staff member. The establishment of The Robin Price Award for Staff Excellence came as a surprise announcement from D&E President Chris A. Wood at the conclusion of the annual Academic Awards and Recognition ...

Charter Schools

State Senate leaders’ position that West Virginia needs half a dozen or more charter schools gets most of the blame for the Legislature’s failure to enact a major public school improvement bill earlier this year. Gov. Jim Justice’s stance that he would not sign a bill including charter ...

Tap the Brakes

Gov. Jim Justice continues to radiate confidence about state government fiscal affairs, but West Virginia legislators would be wise to tap the brakes on new spending initiatives. That may be a factor within the next few weeks, when lawmakers hold a special session to discuss improving public ...

Farewell, Old Friend

The city of Elkins razed a city structure last week that served local residents for almost 100 years. The former Elkins Water Works was officially retired last year when the city’s new $37 million water plant facility went online. For such a historic structure, few people in the area ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the Tygart Valley Scottish Rite Masons for hosting their annual spring benefit pancake breakfast at Applebee’s in Elkins last Saturday. Elkins is blessed to have many great organizations that contribute hundreds of volunteer hours on their own time in the community for the ...

Flood Relief

While some local officials in West Virginia seem to be all too eager to spend disaster relief money illegally, the state cannot seem to use it quickly enough. Last week, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin complained that the federal government is dragging its feet in releasing more than $106 million in ...

Shocking

Richwood’s municipal recorder paid herself more than $45,000 without getting approval from her city council, an investigation by state Auditor John McCuskey’s office contends. It adds that a former mayor paid himself $3,640 for four days’ “volunteer” work. City officials received ...

‘I Ask’

Gov. Jim Justice, in proclaiming April Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness month in West Virginia, called the increase both here in the Mountain State and nationally in child abuse and sexual assaults against men, women and children a “terrible commentary on a sector of society that ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the Elkins Rotary Club for a Century of Service. Anyone who reads The Inter-Mountain on a regular basis knows that Rotary is a vital, working part of a local community. Rotarians around the world have been involved in community projects for the betterment of their respective ...

Drug Abuse

It has been nearly a decade since drug abuse became an epidemic in West Virginia. We can pinpoint with some certainty when it happened, using drug overdose deaths as a guide. In 2009, our state’s overdose death rate was not a particular cause for concern. At 10.3 deaths per 100,000 ...

Road Repair

Gov. Jim Justice’s road repair campaign brings up a question often on the minds of some area residents: Is the energy industry paying its fair share to repair roads damaged by its heavy trucks? We honestly do not know the answer to that question, but it is one into which the governor may ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the rescue efforts of first responders to find and extract a local resident from a spectacular wreck scene under the Michael A. “Mikey” Hart Bridge on Corridor H in Barbour County Wednesday morning. After his vehicle left the roadway and crashed down into the ravine, Jason ...

Snail’s Pace

Ohioans who think the active ingredient in marijuana may help them with medical conditions were able to buy it beginning in January, about two and a half years after a state law legalizing such sales was enacted. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed a similar piece of legislation on April ...

Grim Situation

How bad have secondary roads in West Virginia gotten? Consider that after Gov. Jim Justice asked Division of Highways officials for a county-by-county list of priorities for repairs, he received a document about 21 inches thick. So yes, the situation is grim. Now, Justice and other state ...

Education

Public school teachers are educators, not professional psychologists or sociologists. They have their hands full dealing with children’s intellectual needs, without having to worry about other roles involving students’ well-being. Increasingly, educators are finding themselves the first ...

Hi-Tech

Speaking of high-technology jobs — as we West Virginians do, frequently — how about the announcement from Toyota Motors? The company has announced it is expanding its plant in Putnam County. That will create 123 new jobs. More than 20 years ago, when Toyota decided to build the Putnam ...