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December 30, 2014 Two of the toughest policy issues state officials need to address if West Virginia is to move forward are drug abuse and the state’s dismally low workforce participation rate. more »»

Higher Education

December 29, 2014 Higher Education Policy Commission statistics show enrollment in West Virginia colleges continues to fall. Enrollment in state-supported colleges has fallen approximately . more »»

Boos & Applause

December 27, 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 »»

W.Va. really is Almost Heaven

December 27, 2014 West Virginia cannot and never will be able to compete against some tourism destinations for certain kinds of attractions that appear to be important to many travelers. more »»

Prescriptions not needed for cold drugs

December 27, 2014 Purchasing cold and allergy medicine containing pseudoephedrine already is inconvenient enough in West Virginia. The drugs cannot be taken off a store shelf. more »»

Road funding issue needs attention

December 26, 2014 Remember the “blue ribbon” commission Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin appointed to recommend solutions to West Virginia’s highway funding dilemma? After many months of work it has resulted in ... nothing. more »»

The Meaning of Christmas

December 24, 2014 The following is from The Gospel According to Luke 2:1-20: And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. more »»

Only the Best

December 23, 2014 In the coming weeks, Upshur County officials will be meeting to devise a plan to enter the area into the America’s?Best Communities competition. more »»


December 22, 2014 Liberal politicians who claim education loan interest rates are the most serious bane of college students either didn’t do their homework or aren’t being candid in the interest of pandering to... more »»

Boos & Applause

December 20, 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 »»

Expenditures are way off mark

December 20, 2014 While several dozen members of Congress had specific concerns that prompted them to vote against a $1. more »»

Sharing of information needs examined

December 20, 2014 As much as 80 percent of the controversial federal “Common Core” education standards matches state guides in effect for years, members of the West Virginia Board of Education were told last week. more »»

Good Things

December 19, 2014 Good things are happening at Elkins Rehabilitation & Care Center. The facility celebrated another milestone Wednesday, cutting the ribbon for the center’s new rehabilitation unit. more »»


December 18, 2014 A recent rash of armed robberies — and what amounts to home invasions — in Philippi should serve as a reminder to us all to be cautious during this holiday season. more »»


December 17, 2014 Hearing that both Republican and Democrat members of the state Legislature do not intend to let political partisanship produce gridlock like that sometimes seen in Washington probably came as no... more »»


December 16, 2014 Getting juveniles back on the right track before they commit crimes bad enough to send them to corrections centers obviously is a laudable goal. We don’t do that very well in West Virginia. more »»

Money concerns

December 15, 2014 Temporary setbacks often tempt us to dip into our savings accounts, even if we have reserved that money for emergencies, in order to get by without reducing our standards of living. more »»

Boos and Applause

December 13, 2014 Applause to the Belington Police Department and Barbour County Sheriff’s Office for helping a group of Barbour County children have a brighter Christmas through the Shop With a Cop... more »»


December 12, 2014 Rome was not built in a day, it has been said. West Virginia will not be rebuilt in one legislative session. more »»

Deadly threat

December 11, 2014 The terrible power mind-altering drugs have to ruin any life, even one many people would consider full of promise, has been made apparent again in West Virginia. more »»



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