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Opinion

Business tax idea absurd

Editorials

So desperate have some members of Congress become to allow government to continue growing that they are promoting ideas that could kill the very source of federal revenue, the U.S. economy. It had been taken for granted for generations that penalizing businesses for spending money to grow ...

EHS Alumni Assoc. appreciates support

Letters to the Editor

The Elkins High School Alumni Association has been at work raising funds for the EHS students so that we may assist the students in arts, music, sports, scholarships and other programs. One of the ways is the billboard program at Wimer Stadium. Monies raised from this program go toward the ...

Accelerate

Editorials

There was good news and bad news for West Virginians from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics this month. Good news: After years in which the state’s labor force participation rate was below 50 percent, it increased substantially in May, to 53.1 percent. Bad news: Our rate remains the ...

Good Idea

Editorials

Speaking of common sense and the federal government — a topic that sometimes sems all too difficult to discuss with a straight face — a change is being made in the Pell Grant program, which helps low-income college students. Pell Grants now will be available to help with the cost of ...

Online

Editorials

Online schools can be wonderful things. Among other things, they can provide more individualized attention to students and appeal to those who may not function well in the set hours and environments of traditional classrooms. But one thing they do not do as well is ensure students are showing ...

New Rules

Editorials

Government employees should not be disciplined or fired without good cause, certainly not for political reasons. That seems obvious. Just as plain is that civil service laws should not protect rogue employees who cheat taxpayers by failing to do their jobs. Critics of new legislation aimed ...

Drug Deaths

Editorials

Somehow, the sense of urgency and vigilance that should by now have made its way into the medical community when it comes to the substance abuse epidemic still has not arrived for some who have the ability to dole out opioid pain medication. Instead, the mistakes that some believe may have ...

Mayor, Council deserve thanks

Letters to the Editor

Elkins City Council and Mayor Van Broughton deserve a huge thank you for initiating and assisting with various improvements to downtown Elkins. They have worked with Tammy’s Floral and area businesses to place hanging flowers and baskets of flowers on our streets. They have supported the ...

Fixing the ACA

Columnists

Last month, the United States House of Representatives passed a healthcare bill after only one legislative hearing, without knowing how much the proposal would cost the American people, without knowing how many people would lose their insurance coverage, and without any feedback from Democrats ...

Donald Trump was easy choice

Letters to the Editor

Sometimes you just want to say B.S. to an elitist columnist and that time is now. Donald Trump is an authoritarian,and an isolationist, yet the answer to Americas problems. This president has made no secret of his dislike for the status quo in the way America has dealt with the world. Yet, ...

Roosevelt could offer lessons to many

Columnists

Progressivism and the New Deal plus the Great Society have sometimes been lumped together as one and the same. Usually Conservatives simply give all of these ideas the label of “liberal” and leave it at that. In truth, the tendencies are different and reflect the rich mixture of ideas that ...

Money really doesn’t grow on trees

Columnists

At one point during haggling over a new state budget, it was said spending on Medicaid might have to be reduced by $34.1 million. Because the federal government covers much of the program’s cost, that would have meant $100 million less from Washington, for a total cut in West Virginia’s ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

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 area counties, municipalities and citizens for gathering together ...

The Greatest Generation

Columnists

I was lucky enough to be a child of World War II generation parents. I am writing this column on June 6 — D-Day. Growing up in my household, you needed to know certain dates that represented significant events in the lives of those who served, or lived through the anxiety of having a loved ...

Genuine Crisis

Editorials

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says lawmakers in his chamber of Congress are primed to vote on a new national health care law next week. Details of the Senate bill are sketchy, but it clearly will have to be a better version than that approved by the House of ...

Corruption

Editorials

One reason public corruption is so persistent in West Virginia is that too often, the penalty for getting one’s hand caught in the till amounts to a slap on the wrist in comparison to the rich rewards of cheating taxpayers. After receiving a tip in 2015, federal investigators uncovered a ...

Worth the Fight

Editorials

As we marked our state’s birthday Tuesday, some West Virginians may be wondering whether there was much to celebrate. Our unemployment rate is 5 percent. We are the only state in the union with a workforce participation rate below 50 percent. The poverty rate here is 17.9 percent, compared ...

Country facing a wakeup call

Columnists

We need help. What happened last week in Alexandria, Va., made that shockingly clear. We’ve allowed a few people, probably no more than 500 throughout the country, to put us at each other’s throats. It’s horrifying anytime a public official is attacked, of course. But how a group of ...

Pilot Project

Editorials

President Donald Trump knows, despite his rhetoric on the campaign trail, that nothing he can do will restore the job of all the coal miners who lost them during the past eight years. Between former President Barack Obama’s war on coal and market forces, some of those men and women will never ...

Differences

Editorials

James T. Hodgkinson wanted to know whether the members of Congress practicing baseball at a field in Alexandria, Va., were Republicans or Democrats, according to multiple media reports. Told they were GOP lawmakers, Hodgkinson walked back to his car. He retrieved a rifle and opened ...