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Fossil fuel tax would spell disaster for W.Va.

October 9, 2015 News Patriot Coal expects more than 2,500 of its West Virginia employees to lose their jobs may have prompted some Mountain State residents to wonder how things could get much worse. more »»

Pipeline projects' paperwork is daunting

October 9, 2015 Extraction industry companies continue to try to keep their ducks in a row in order to satisfy ever-increasing demands from the federal government. more »»

Bill gets dreamy in Charleston speech

October 8, 2015 When former President Bill Clinton spoke to a gathering of West Virginia Democrats in Charleston over the weekend, he did so with the full knowledge that he was speaking to an ever-shrinking group o... more »»

Government secrecy still a serious problem

October 7, 2015 Many newspaper journalists will have no trouble believing allegations Murray Energy Corp. is making in a lawsuit against the federal government. more »»

W.Va. public education needs a breakthrough

October 6, 2015 Fewer than half the students in West Virginia public schools can demonstrate grade-level proficiency in mathematics, according to the state’s own yardstick. The numbers are slightly worse for science. more »»

Tough Spot

October 5, 2015 It must be tempting for West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to tell the Environmental Protection Agency to take its plan to kill the coal industry and drive electricity prices up and ... more »»

Boos & Applause

October 3, 2015 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 »»

W.Va. schools earn top educational honor

October 2, 2015 Eighty-three percent of the third graders at Evans Elementary School in Jackson County, are proficient in mathematics, according to the state Department of Education’s evaluation system. more »»

Program training students, teachers for confrontations

October 1, 2015 When you fear someone with a gun plans to shoot you, your best option is to get away. Run. Hide. more »»

Drivers who pass school buses should be jailed

September 30, 2015 Enough is enough. Drivers who put our children in danger should be put somewhere themselves: jail. more »»

Hillary’s little distraction

September 30, 2015 Hillary Clinton, the leading Democrat candidate for president, already has made clear her enmity toward fossil fuels. Several weeks ago, she proposed stiff new taxes on users of coal. more »»

Armstead wants details on Planned Parenthood

September 29, 2015 For most West Virginians, nothing is more dear than a child. Little ones are our pride and joy, to be cherished, nurtured and protecte. more »»

Obesity a leading cause of disease in W.Va.

September 28, 2015 West Virginia’s obesity rate is one of the highest in the nation. more »»

Boos & Applause

September 26, 2015 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 »»

Still waiting for better public schools in W.Va.

September 25, 2015 West Virginians are not impatient people. But decades of promises that better public schools were just around the corner have left many frustrated about broken promises. more »»

University researchers discovered VW scandal

September 24, 2015 Many Mountain State residents have a high opinion of West Virginia University, without realizing fully how justified we are in that attitude. more »»

Attitude Adjustment

September 23, 2015 Courtesy of improved drilling technologies, West Virginians are sitting on incredible riches from natural ga. more »»

Poverty programs just not panning out for W.Va.

September 23, 2015 Since the mid-1960s, government policy to help West Virginians overcome poverty has focused primarily on handing out money in the form of programs ranging from traditional “welfare” to expanding... more »»

State Ethics Commission focused on trinkets law

September 22, 2015 West Virginia does not really need a state Ethics Commission. A common sense board could handle the panels work with a whole lot less fuss and probably more effectivenes. more »»


September 21, 2015 Between 2012 and 2014, the number of coal mines in West Virginia plummeted. So did coal industry employment and revenue the state derives from mining. more »»



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