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Editorials

Unacceptable

Some West Virginians may think the bureaucracy is part of the reason for delays in helping victims of 2016 floods in some southern counties. Last week, their suspicions were confirmed. Legislators have been looking into why the state has been so slow in using $149 million in federal funding ...

Shocking

When the authorities in West Virginia receive reports that children are in imminent danger because of physical abuse, state law requires that Child Protective Services personnel meet face-to-face with the youngsters within 72 hours. When less immediate threats are involved, the deadline is 14 ...

Undeserved

Child Protective Services workers in West Virginia are the knights in shining armor who ride to the rescue of hundreds of children every year. They do not deserve the tarnish on them created by lapses at the state Department of Health and Human Resources. Neither do Mountain State residents ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the Randolph County Family Resource Network for donating items this week to be provided in health and wellness “closets” in public schools across Randolph County. A special presentation was made to all principals in Randolph County Tuesday afternoon to provide hygiene totes and ...

Smoke and Mirrors

For decades, tobacco companies insisted their product was not hazardous to health. When scientific proof countered that, they maintained their advertising strategies were not calculated to get as many new smokers hooked on nicotine as possible. We know now that all of those protestations ...

In a War

During just five years from 2014-18, drug overdoses claimed at least 4,098 lives in our state. That is nearly twice the number of West Virginians who perished fighting in the Korean and Vietnam wars combined. Any questions about whether we are engaged in a war against substance abuse? A ...

Begin the Process

During the first four months of the fiscal year, West Virginia state government took in $33 million less than had been expected. At that rate, fiscal 2020 will end with the general revenue budget $100 million short of meeting commitments. A few weeks ago, state agency heads were told to begin ...

Local officials need to help census process

Municipal and county officials in West Virginia complain often that the Census Bureau gets it wrong. Our city isn’t that small. Our county has more people. Ensuring every Mountain State resident is counted in the 2020 Census will require grassroots efforts throughout the state. To that end, ...

Charters

Proposed policies to govern charter schools in West Virginia have been made public by the state Board of Education. Fred Albert, leader of the second-largest teachers union in the state, appears not to care what policies are adopted, however. Any policy permitting charters is unacceptable to ...

Concerned

State Sen. Bob Beach, D-Monongalia, is right to be worried about e-cigarettes. It was in his district, after all, that two teenagers had to be hospitalized after using e-cigarette cartridges laced with heroin. This week, Beach wrote to Gov. Jim Justice suggesting that a public health ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the 23 local military veterans were honored during The Inter-Mountain’s 2019 Unsung Heroes Reception Wednesday afternoon at the Randolph County Senior Center. The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series of articles — which just completed its third year — features area veterans ...

Revelation?

Should one need further proof that the federal government and its bureaucracy are dangerously behind and out-of-touch with reality, take a look at the “revelation” presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week. It turns out, childhood trauma — or Adverse ...

RISE and fall

About a week ago, state officials announced the RISE West Virginia program had completed 75 homes for victims of devastating June 2016 floods in some southern counties. Unless enormous progress in RISE is recorded during the next couple of months, state legislators convening the regular ...

Planning

State officials have begun planning to reduce spending out of West Virginia’s general revenue fund by $100 million this year, because revenue is coming in slower than had been hoped. But what about the other major state budget, the State Road Fund? It is in even worse shape. At the end of ...

Questions

On Monday, we Americans as a nation paused to say “thank you” to the approximately 21.3 million men and women among us who have served us in the armed forces. We meant that, honestly and fervently. But we owe more than a single day a year to our veterans. For one thing, we owe them 365 ...

Horrific

Americans who leave our country to reside in another are outside the protection of our government in most ways. But the sheer horror of what happened in Mexico last week — nine women and children massacred, apparently by drug cartel terrorists — cries out for some meaningful reaction by ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to all the events honoring veterans across the region over the next few days. Today at 1 p.m., the Elkins Veterans Day Parade will begin with the line-up at noon at Southern States. The parade will begin at 1 p.m. and end at the Railroad Depot. In Buckhannon, a Veterans Day Parade ...

Tourism Aid

State officials hope reintroduction of elk to West Virginia will help the tourism industry. Initial indications are they are on the right track. A small herd of elk obtained from Kentucky and Arizona has been established in the wild in Logan County. This fall, state wildlife officials hosted ...

National Forest

Some West Virginians consider the Monongahela National Forest, 919,000 acres in the eastern mountains, the very heart of our wild, wonderful state. No doubt some of them have heard of a recommendation to try the forest as a site to reintroduce red wolves to the wild. Red wolves are among the ...

Foster Care

Many of our woes in West Virginia are blamed on the drug abuse crisis, and quite rightly so. But one of the attorneys involved in a lawsuit over the state’s foster care system for children insists shortcomings there existed long before substance addiction reared its ugly head. A few weeks ...