Opinion

Fox Forest on the education frontline

Columnists

AmeriCorps on the Frontline member Jeanne Johnson led twenty-four young naturalists from North Elementary School on a 2.6 mile hike through Fox Forest Wildlife Management Area near the Division of Natural Resources [DNR]. Before students started the hike, they met Naturalist Jim Fregonara, ...

Trump shackled

Columnists

Donald Trump, as he drifts from stance to stance, appears nonplused by foreign policy. Instead of investigating an action he now is a prisoner of his critics. The alleged use of chemical weapons, despite the fact that the Syrian Army had no need to use them, is a tricky issue. Coming as it did ...

Floodwaters and brush fires create challenges in Barbour County

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! I guess the excitement around the area this week has been the weather. Last weekend was beautiful, but then... look out! Rising water closed school for two days in the county, and even closed the bridge in Belington on Tuesday morning. The water did recede rather ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to our hardworking and dedicated local emergency responders, who had their hands full Monday when dangerous flood waters rose throughout the region. Flooding prompted 14 water rescues in Randolph County Monday and multiple road closures, as members of the County Commission declared a ...

What the truth will do for you

Letters to the Editor

Mr. Brenwalt’s April 14th letter to the editor had so many inaccuracies in it, I had a difficult time deciding where to begin. Let’s begin with Civil Rights: Using the Congressional Archives dating from the mid-1800’s forward, you’ll quickly discover who actually led the battle for ...

D&E organization benefits community

Letters to the Editor

National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), also known as Sigma Alpha Pi, is at Davis & Elkins College! We have been on campus for the last six years and here’s some information if you didn’t know about the nationally recognized Society. The Society is the nation’s ...

On the Brink

Editorials

West Virginia may well have been on the brink of the precipice over which South Carolina fell this week. We may not be out of danger yet. A South Carolina state prison about 60 miles from Columbia, the state capital, was the scene of a bloodbath Sunday and Monday. A power struggle between two ...

‘Follow your heart’

Columnists

“Follow Your Heart” was the theme of our orientation program for students this past fall. After attending an event recently with entering students, I have been reflecting on the power of this statement. New students who have committed to Davis & Elkins for the fall of 2018 were ...

Fed Up

Editorials

No one wants to deny relief from pain to West Virginians who truly need opioid prescription drugs. So there is a line between limiting their access and shutting down the notorious pill mills that have helped to create the substance abuse crisis in our state. Clearly, however, that line is ...

Zuckerberg and Congress

Columnists

Much of the commentary regarding Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before congressional committees this week seemed to focus on sarcastic observations about allegedly stupid lawmakers. The implication was that the Facebook founder made them look like fools. One wonders what it will take to ...

Ethics

Editorials

West Virginia Ethics Commission members deal with a variety of unpleasant situations. Some involve public officials who intentionally rip off taxpayers. Others concern men and women in government who simply make mistakes in judgment. Looking into ethics allegations against members of the ...

Falling Back

Editorials

We’re making some progress in West Virginia public schools, to judge by newly released test scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Unfortunately, we need to move faster. Mountain State students’ performance on the NAEP tests lags significantly behind national ...

Shortfalls

Editorials

State officials continue to be optimistic in public about the outlook for West Virginia’s budget during the remainder of the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. Let us hope they are right. March’s report on general revenue fund collections raises red flags. At the end of the month, ...

Planting at Kump Education Center

Columnists

Arbor Day has inspired us to plant 40 new trees at Kump Education Center this April all thanks to the Elkins Tree Board, G.F. Fielder Associates Landscape Architecture Firm, Davis & Elkins College Sustainability Program, West Virginia Division of Urban Forestry, and especially gardener ...

Reliving 2016

Columnists

Republicans in the second year of Donald Trump’s presidency appear to be fighting the 2016 race without end. Old George W. Bush hands now appear on MSNBC and regularly criticize Trump with more glee than any Democrat. Nicolle Wallace, particularly, former communication director under Bush 2, ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to two Elkins residents who returned to their former schools this week as hometown heroes. Trevor Kiess was named as the 65th WVU Mountaineer mascot on Feb. 24, and April Kesling is serving in her fifth year as a WVU cheerleader. The pair visited Thursday with students at four area ...

Explaining major party differences

Letters to the Editor

A lot of ignorance is going around from our local Trumpcakes, and I feel it is my civic duty to counter as much of it as I can. Starting with... Democrats: How they’re the absolute worst! So, for the longest time, I’ve been sending letters to The Inter-Mountain, explaining how I believe ...

Trying to decipher bureaucratic speech

Letters to the Editor

I’m wondering if there’s a word, phrase, or idiom to describe the action of deliberately confusing people by using complex sentences. For example, Elkins City Clerk Jessica Sutton throws out some big words and fancy sentences to confuse people. What does she really mean? It seems like ...

Succumbing to social media’s ills

Columnists

With all the anger about social media services collecting and selling our personal information, it was only a matter of time until someone used a gun to take out their frustrations, right? But that isn’t why Nasim Aghdam opened fire inside the YouTube headquarters building in California ...

Make a Difference

Editorials

How can you make a more important difference for your community and the people you love than by voting for — or against — President Donald Trump? That got your attention, didn’t it? But the question was more than a rhetorical one, and it has an answer that may surprise you. The answer ...