Opinion

Reporting for duty

Columnists

This week The Inter-Mountain announced that I would be the paper’s new executive editor. Taking over the position is a dream come true for me. I grew up in Montrose, lived in Elkins during my high school years and went to West Virginia University to study journalism. All that time I was ...

Foreign policy snafus

Columnists

Certainly President Donald Trump deserves some criticism of his conduct of foreign policy. Bombast and hyperbole are not recommended as a means of communicating with foreign powers, particularly the North Koreans. When it comes to overstatement, they have no peers and give the misleading ...

My grace is sufficient for thee

Columnists

Greetings in the name of Almighty God Jehovah, his Son Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, soon-coming King, and Their Mighty Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit). When we speak of the Grace of God we must consider the word “grace” which means “unmerited favor.” The grace of our Lord has been ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Students in our area returned to the classrooms this week as the new school year got underway. Applause to all the teachers, principals, bus drivers and school staff who made sure this first week of school was a safe one for our most valuable resource — our community’s young ...

Erasing sites and monuments

Letters to the Editor

Once upon a time we Americans loved to hear about and visit our historical sites and monuments. Today we are dead set on destroying them in the most thoughtless, and just plain dumbest, ways possible I believe we are on a irreversible course to erase our very heritage. Our lawmakers with ...

New Chief

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice announced Tuesday that he has named state Sen. Mike Hall, R-Putnam, as his new chief of staff. From the standpoint of dealing with the state budget, it would have been difficult for the governor to make a better selection. Hall is chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and ...

Understanding Jim Justice

Columnists

In 1953, a General Motors CEO being considered for a high government post was asked how he’d handle conflicts of interest. Reportedly he replied that “for years I thought what was good for the country was good for General Motors and vice versa.” The same thing might be said of Gov. Jim ...

Deadly History

Editorials

On Monday we reported news of a type that area residents have unfortunately read too many times through the years — another person’s life was lost in a wreck on Corridor H. A van traveling east struck the rear of a truck stopped at the red light at the intersection of U.S. 48 East and ...

Back to School

Editorials

Remember how exciting the first day of school was when you were growing up? You got to see friends you’d been separated from all summer; you got to have a new desk and a new locker; you met your new teachers. Randolph County’s public schools will open for the first day of the new school ...

Health care affects each life

Columnists

Like many of you, I have been following closely the national dialogue about healthcare which has occupied the Senate throughout these summer months. We are witnessing one of the greatest debates of our time going on in Washington, D.C. as our elected representatives try to address the problem ...

Overdoses

Editorials

Since 2000, more than half a million Americans have died of drug overdoses, most of them succumbing to opioids in one form or another, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On average, overdoses kill 142 people each day in our country. By definition, we don’t seem to ...

Conflict

Editorials

Like his father before him, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has become an expert at rattling the American tiger’s cage, with seeming impunity. But now, he has ratcheted up his rhetoric to the point that he risks triggering a war. Some analysts say it is all an act, intended to make Kim ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the official groundbreaking Wednesday for the Buckhannon Dog Park, to be located on the Elizabeth J. “Binky” Poundstone River Walk. The concept of having a dog park in Buckhannon has been talked about for the past 12 years, but now, with the help of Mayor David McCauley and ...

Corruption

Editorials

It appears all of Bruce E. Kenney III’s ill-gotten gains are going up in smoke, courtesy of U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr. in Wheeling. In addition, Kenney, 61, will have 21 months behind bars to think about the error of his ways. Good. Kenney may have committed only a ...

Insurance

Editorials

Flooding has been on the minds of many area residents during the past few weeks. Soon it, or rather, insurance to cover victims of it, will be considered by members of Congress. Authorization for the National Flood Insurance Program expires Sept. 30. Between now and then, lawmakers will have ...

Marijuana

Editorials

Here in West Virginia, it takes something like a devastating flood for us to declare an official state of emergency. In Nevada, a shortage of marijuana qualifies. Talk about reefer madness. It probably helps to be over, oh, 50 years of age to see the irony in that. Not so long ago, a ...

Trump needs some help

Columnists

Don’t get mad, get even. Either President Donald Trump has never heard that advice or he believes he can do both, to judge by his angry tweets and habit of thumbing his nose at the political establishment. But whether the swamp can be drained from the outside is a question. In fact, it is ...

Revenue

Editorials

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice seems unable to resist any opportunity to belittle legislators, both Democrat and Republican. Last week he accused them of forcing some state agencies, including higher education, to reduce spending unnecessarily. Indeed, lawmakers enacted a budget that, in ...

Information

Editorials

Whether you agree with them or not, some complaints by President Donald Trump’s political opponents are based on disagreements about very real policies. But as the left’s hysteria regarding Trump grows, a few of his foes have found it necessary to invent concerns with no basis in ...

VA Woes

Editorials

A package of emergency funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs was approved by the U.S. Senate this week. It includes $2.1 billion for a special program to ensure veterans are not kept waiting for health care treatment at VA facilities. Meanwhile, the agency continues to spend in some ...