Editorials

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 ...

Education

A new chairman has been named for the West Virginia House of Delegates Education Committee. House Speaker Roger Hanshaw’s choice to lead the panel is being criticized already — because he lacks a background in education. Hanshaw, R-Clay, selected Del. Joe Ellington, R-Mercer, for the ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to U.S. Congressman Alex Mooney, R-2nd District, who met with Randolph County and Elkins officials to discuss the area’s drug abuse issues on Wednesday. The roundtable discussion centered on the need for Randolph County to be designated as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. ...

Road Repair

Apparently, we West Virginians are not alone in our displeasure with the conditions of our highways and bridges. People in quite a few other states have similar concerns, to judge by a U.S. Senate committee vote this week. On Monday, members of the Senate Environment and Public Works ...

Medicaid Fraud

About 550,000 West Virginians — nearly one-third of our state’s residents — rely on Medicaid to pay some or all of their health care expenses. Obviously, the potential for fraud is enormous. For several years, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has been asking the Legislature to ...

Why Wait?

One reason private charter schools appeal to some education reformers is that they are burdened with less bureaucratic red tape than public schools. A few charters may be coming to West Virginia, as a result of a bill enacted earlier this summer by the Legislature. As we have pointed out many ...

Immigration

Arresting, detaining and deporting illegal immigrants is outrageous, many leading Democrats maintain. Some have called for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to be eliminated, in effect opening our borders to all comers. But where was the compassion for illegal immigrants during ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the Elkins Rotary Club for providing local student Aiden Miney the opportunity of a lifetime through the Rotary Youth Exchange program. Miney went to the Czech Republic for a year. There, he learned a new language, learned the proper etiquette, made international friendships and ...

Flood of Pills

In 2012, after the addictive properties of opioid pain pills were known, drug companies shipped 12.6 billion of them to U.S. pharmacies. That works out to about 38 each for every man, woman and child in this country. No wonder drug companies involved in lawsuits over marketing of opioid ...

Valid Point

West Virginia House of Delegates member Patrick McGeehan is firmly in favor of improving public schools. But McGeehan, R-Hancock, voted against a bill to that end for an understandable reason — cost. “We seem to have short memories in Charleston,” McGeehan told our reporter. “In this ...