Opinion

Drug Deaths

Editorials

Somehow, the sense of urgency and vigilance that should by now have made its way into the medical community when it comes to the substance abuse epidemic still has not arrived for some who have the ability to dole out opioid pain medication. Instead, the mistakes that some believe may have ...

Mayor, Council deserve thanks

Letters to the Editor

Elkins City Council and Mayor Van Broughton deserve a huge thank you for initiating and assisting with various improvements to downtown Elkins. They have worked with Tammy’s Floral and area businesses to place hanging flowers and baskets of flowers on our streets. They have supported the ...

Fixing the ACA

Columnists

Last month, the United States House of Representatives passed a healthcare bill after only one legislative hearing, without knowing how much the proposal would cost the American people, without knowing how many people would lose their insurance coverage, and without any feedback from Democrats ...

Donald Trump was easy choice

Letters to the Editor

Sometimes you just want to say B.S. to an elitist columnist and that time is now. Donald Trump is an authoritarian,and an isolationist, yet the answer to Americas problems. This president has made no secret of his dislike for the status quo in the way America has dealt with the world. Yet, ...

Roosevelt could offer lessons to many

Columnists

Progressivism and the New Deal plus the Great Society have sometimes been lumped together as one and the same. Usually Conservatives simply give all of these ideas the label of “liberal” and leave it at that. In truth, the tendencies are different and reflect the rich mixture of ideas that ...

Money really doesn’t grow on trees

Columnists

At one point during haggling over a new state budget, it was said spending on Medicaid might have to be reduced by $34.1 million. Because the federal government covers much of the program’s cost, that would have meant $100 million less from Washington, for a total cut in West Virginia’s ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

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. ——— Applause to area counties, municipalities and citizens for gathering together ...

The Greatest Generation

Columnists

I was lucky enough to be a child of World War II generation parents. I am writing this column on June 6 — D-Day. Growing up in my household, you needed to know certain dates that represented significant events in the lives of those who served, or lived through the anxiety of having a loved ...

Genuine Crisis

Editorials

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says lawmakers in his chamber of Congress are primed to vote on a new national health care law next week. Details of the Senate bill are sketchy, but it clearly will have to be a better version than that approved by the House of ...

Corruption

Editorials

One reason public corruption is so persistent in West Virginia is that too often, the penalty for getting one’s hand caught in the till amounts to a slap on the wrist in comparison to the rich rewards of cheating taxpayers. After receiving a tip in 2015, federal investigators uncovered a ...

Worth the Fight

Editorials

As we marked our state’s birthday Tuesday, some West Virginians may be wondering whether there was much to celebrate. Our unemployment rate is 5 percent. We are the only state in the union with a workforce participation rate below 50 percent. The poverty rate here is 17.9 percent, compared ...

Country facing a wakeup call

Columnists

We need help. What happened last week in Alexandria, Va., made that shockingly clear. We’ve allowed a few people, probably no more than 500 throughout the country, to put us at each other’s throats. It’s horrifying anytime a public official is attacked, of course. But how a group of ...

Pilot Project

Editorials

President Donald Trump knows, despite his rhetoric on the campaign trail, that nothing he can do will restore the job of all the coal miners who lost them during the past eight years. Between former President Barack Obama’s war on coal and market forces, some of those men and women will never ...

Differences

Editorials

James T. Hodgkinson wanted to know whether the members of Congress practicing baseball at a field in Alexandria, Va., were Republicans or Democrats, according to multiple media reports. Told they were GOP lawmakers, Hodgkinson walked back to his car. He retrieved a rifle and opened ...

Trump has a flawed formula

Columnists

Before everyone gets excited about the virtuous nature of the Republicans who are not Donald Trump, let’s examine just who they are. During the campaign these never-Trumpers, like Sens. Ben Sasse, Evan McMullin, William Kristol and John Podhoretz, bravely unmasked Trump as a scoundrel who ...

Wonderful W.Va. bird watching

Columnists

Sixteen YMCA Day Campers ages 5-6 arrived at Kump Education Center Wednesday afternoon for our first Summer Science event of the year. AmeriCorps member Isabel Harger organized birding activities with KEC Board member Jane Birdsong, AmeriCorps mentors Jeanne Johnson and Kylie Antoline, and me. ...

When a system fails, it’s time for a change; solution exists

Columnists

I’d like to talk about the recently instituted county fire fee. Several years ago, a barn on the Oddfellows farm on Georgetown Road caught fire. Elkins Fire Department arrived on the scene and managed to save the masonry. That was 2 1/10 miles from the Fire Department’s front doors. This ...

‘Timing is everything’

Columnists

I’ve come to learn in my 75 years that “timing is everything.” Not to beat a dead horse, but as current events unfold in the state and, most especially, at the State Board of Education, I am constantly reminded of the injustice perpetrated on the citizens of Randolph County and, most ...

Family Fun Day/ATV benefit on tap

Columnists

Hello, from Barbour County! I’ll be the first to admit that I like cold weather much better than hot, and this week I’ve tried to bite my tongue to keep from complaining. I’ve tried to remember those who are serving in much hotter temperatures overseas, and be appreciative of their ...

On Rogation, Hildegard and nature

Columnists

This morning, as I write, we are in the “in-between” time of Ascension Day and Pentecost — the day that Jesus ascended into heaven and the day the Holy Spirit descended upon the believers and set their hearts on fire. Every year at this time I think about a most unusual experience I had ...