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War on coal creating state budget issues

April 3, 2014 Exports are a key component of West Virginia’s economy — but they were down drastically last year. That does not bode well for state budget planners. During 2012, state businesses exported $11. more »»

Drug bills might have saved lives

April 2, 2014 At a higher rate than residents of any other state, West Virginians kill themselves with drug overdoses. more »»

Minimum wage bill a murky mess Tomblin should avoid

April 1, 2014 Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is being urged to do something irresponsible — to sign into law a bill that would be bad for West Virginia. more »»

High court backs EPA

March 31, 2014 One of the foundations of U.S. law, not to mention prosperity, is, in effect, that a deal’s a deal. In other words, when two parties agree to a contract, it is a binding arrangement. more »»

Boos & Applause

March 29, 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 »»

War on coal trampling our rights

March 28, 2014 Federal agencies are supposed to evaluate the potential effects of new rules before implementing them. more »»

Registry will help medical professional

March 27, 2014 Autonomy is important for most residents of the Mountain State. We would rather make decisions for ourselves than put important choices in the hands of attorneys, hospitals or even relatives. more »»

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 »»



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