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Are state DOC programs working?

September 2, 2014 West Virginia’s campaign to reduce jail and prison overcrowding is succeeding, state legislators were told last week. more »»

Local economy moving forward

August 25, 2014 Last week was a high-water mark for the business community in Randolph County with not only the influx of a record-setting $5 million Small Business Administration loan, but also the grand opening o... more »»

Judge sullies people’s courthouse

August 20, 2014 If the Office of Disciplinary Counsel's sternly worded post-hearing brief in the ethics case against a Randolph County judge is any indication of what the Supreme Court’s final decision will be,... more »»

Fight against meth far from over

August 18, 2014 As production of illegal methamphetamines soared in West Virginia a few years ago, some state officials called for a ban on retail sale of medicine containing pseudoephedrine. more »»

Harman’s hazy future

August 7, 2014 Information about the situation at Harman School in Randolph County is about as dependable as an answer from a Magic 8-Ball. more »»

Should state’s psychiatric hospitals be privatized?

August 6, 2014 Approval by a circuit judge of a plan to alleviate staff shortages at West Virginia’s two state-run psychiatric hospitals is a first step in resolving long-term problems with patient car. more »»

Storage tanks law needs remodeling

August 5, 2014 Few pieces of complex legislation become law without containing at least a few flaws. more »»

Private sector vs. government

August 4, 2014 Premiums West Virginia companies pay for workers’ compensation insurance are going down — again. more »»

In-home care pay cuts could be devastating

August 1, 2014 It is difficult to believe President Barack Obama’s administration does not have some ulterior motive in a plan that could affect tens of thousands of West Virginians directly and adversely. more »»

State’s ranking in educational study dismal

July 31, 2014 Children in West Virginia have better lives and better prospects than they did just a few years ago, according to a report released this week. more »»

Morrisey steps into contest chaos

July 31, 2014 After organizers of a 5-kilometer run for women abruptly canceled the event planned for Saturday in Charleston, they said there would be no refunds of entry fees. more »»

EPA should get an earful in Pittsburgh

July 30, 2014 During their “listening tour” of the country several months ago, Environmental Protection Agency officials claimed they wanted a cross-section of Americans’ opinions about proposed new rules that... more »»

Investigation needed into health care

July 29, 2014 To their list of investigations, West Virginia legislators should add one looking at oversight of health care professionals in the state. more »»

Paying bills online a plus for utilities

July 28, 2014 Most of the bills we receive these days can be paid online. more »»

Boos & Applause

July 26, 2014 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. more »»

Exotic animals list shouldn’t be set in stone

July 25, 2014 Like some animals, politicians can be very territorial. As West Virginians have learned, that can be counterproductiv. more »»

State must attract more job creators

July 24, 2014 West Virginia has one of the lowest labor force participation rates in the nation, meaning that the percentage of state residents who work for a living or are seeking jobs is worse than in most othe... more »»

First test for new state schools chief

July 23, 2014 West Virginia’s new state superintendent of schools, Michael Martirano, has set lofty goals to improve students’ academic performance. He will have to add one to the list. more »»

Seniority shouldn’t guarantee position

July 22, 2014 Seniority — how long a person has held a particular job — may have some legitimate uses in managing public schools. more »»

State must exercise spending discipline

July 21, 2014 West Virginians cannot afford for state finances to be handled the same way some people manage their money. more »»



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