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Legislators embrace waiver program

March 26, 2014 For too many years, state policymakers viewed West Virginia’s Aged and Disabled Waiver program for Medicaid patients in exactly the wrong way. They saw it as an expense to be avoided. more »»

Pricing public records out of reach

March 25, 2014 Many public officials have decided just saying no to requests for government documents is not the best way to keep them secret. more »»

Micromanaged school systems not working

March 24, 2014 Good managers expect results from those whose work they supervise. They make expectations clear, then avoid telling people how to do their jobs. more »»

Boos & Applause

March 22, 2014 Applause to newly appointed Barbour County Sheriff Phil Ferguson for getting off on the right foot. more »»

Let the sun shine in on public’s business

March 21, 2014 Openness in government is not a liberal, conservative, Republican, Democrat, Independent, TEA party or Libertarian issue. more »»

Breaking the law — intentionally or otherwise

March 19, 2014 When elected officials intentionally refuse to release public information, do they realize they are breaking the law? As Sunshine Week continues, The Inter-Mountain celebrates local agencies that... more »»

Caring enough to conduct meetings ‘the right way’

March 18, 2014 As The Inter-Mountain celebrates Sunshine Week, we plan to highlight local agencies that operate openly and with transparency, as well as instances when public information has been harder to come by... more »»

Sunshine Week

March 17, 2014 Secrecy in government is one of the evils that newspapers have always fought against. more »»

Boos & Applause

March 15, 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 »»

Explosion report raises more questions

March 14, 2014 A federal report on the massive natural gas pipeline explosion near Charleston more than a year ago reaches the obvious conclusion — that the blast was a result of unpardonable neglect. more »»

Flaws in gun-related legislation

March 13, 2014 West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin reportedly has some reservations about gun-related legislation sent to him for his signature. He should be concerned. more »»

Manchin voting his conscience

March 12, 2014 Too many positions taken by members of Congress are based on politics, not what is good for the nation or what their consciences dictate. So, strange as it may seem, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. more »»

Tomblin, lawmakers deserve credit

March 11, 2014 West Virginia legislators deserve enormous credit for the way they handled a disaster dumped on their plates Jan. 9, just as they were preparing for their annual 60-day regular session. more »»

Spending money to make money

March 10, 2014 In recent weeks, officials heard the results of a study in which potential economic impact from a hypothetical ethane cracker plant was listed in the billions of dollars. more »»

Boos and Applause

March 8, 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 »»

Future Fund

March 7, 2014 As this year’s legislative session nears its end, it is encouraging to see that West Virginia Senate President Jeff Kessler’s Future Fund bill appears to be on its way to becoming law. more »»

Drug Bill Pseudoephedrine legislation flawed

March 6, 2014 Drugs containing pseudoephedrine have been godsends to those who suffer from allergies and severe colds. For some, nothing else works well to battle their symptoms. more »»

Race to attract the cracker plant

March 5, 2014 Plans by a Brazilian firm to build an ethane cracker plant in Wood County are advanced but not finalize. more »»

Reject threat to open government

March 4, 2014 Attempts to keep the people from learning what their government is doing behind closed doors often are framed by special interests as steps to rein in the imaginary monolith described as “the media. more »»

Partisan politics still rule in Charleston

February 27, 2014 Suddenly, Democrats in the West Virginia Legislature seem eager to enforce an ethics code on the state attorney general. more »»



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