Opinion

Senate Bill 539 needs revisions

Editorials

Telling Americans they cannot contribute money to political candidates or causes amounts to infringing upon their First Amendment rights. That is something proponents of so-called “campaign finance reform” don’t like to talk about. But requiring that recipients of such donations say ...

Win or lose, we are together

Editorials

The No. 4 West Virginia University basketball team will take the court at 7:39 p.m. tonight at the SAP Center in San Jose, California, in a Sweet 16 match-up against top-seeded Gonzaga. Going into this year’s NCAA tournament, analysts and fans alike knew West Virginia had a good ball team. ...

Sierra Carney

One student’s journey

Columnists

In anticipation of D&E’s presidential inauguration on March 30, an essay contest was sponsored for college seniors. Consistent with the inauguration theme, students were asked to reflect on their journey at Davis & Elkins College. Lisa and I had the privilege of selecting the top ...

New W.Va. BOE chief search underway

Editorials

Picking the right person to become West Virginia’s new school superintendent will be a difficult task for state Board of Education members, in part because of the mixed signals that person will have to sort through. Current state Superintendent Michael Martirano will be leaving at the end ...

Spending

Editorials

West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee is right about the danger of across-the-board spending cuts in state government — to a point. Republican legislators have vowed to balance the state budget through limits on spending. Gee and many others in higher education worry that could ...

Clean-up effort slated for April 1

Letters to the Editor

Melodee Price, with Elkins Make it Shine, has coordinated numerous clean-ups scheduled for Saturday April 1 beginning at 10 a.m. This will kick off “West Virginia Make it Shine” which is celebrated the first two weeks of April. Melodee is currently in the process of recruiting ...

Downtown Elkins is reinventing itself

Columnists

The Dollar General Store has reopened on Third Street many months after an upstairs fire set off the sprinkler system causing damage to furnishings and merchandise in the store. Now the renovated venue is clean, bright and well-organized with an office for the manager in the front of the ...

Officials should fight alcohol sales change

Letters to the Editor

This letter is a plea to church officials and educators in the county to come out against changing the state law concerning alcohol being sold closer to our schools and churches. I cannot understand our Elkins city officials even considering such a thing. Don’t they realize that alcohol is ...

Trump and Putin

Columnists

Vladimir Putin has received an inordinate amount of attention given the paucity of news coming out of Russia and the Ukraine. Most of the news examines Russia’s alleged intervention in the United States presidential election. Although much of the evidence is circumstantial, the specter of ...

Toughman contest helps EHS athletics

Letters to the Editor

The Toughman Competition was a rounding success, and first and foremost, I want to thank West Virginia Sports Promotions for choosing Elkins High School as a worthy venue for this event. It takes a lot of effort and support to organize an event like this, from local, regional and state ...

Remembering Aunt Mabel

Columnists

My great-aunt Mabel was a woman of old lace and glass teapots. Her family was well-known in the county, being fairly extensive land owners. Her home place was a large, three-story brick house built on a knoll overlooking their property. They were early settlers here, but none of this was of any ...

Residents get chance to ‘Make it Shine’

Letters to the Editor

Elkins Make it Shine and Generation Randolph are looking for volunteers to clean up areas in Elkins April 1 beginning at 10 a.m. This will kick off “West Virginia Make it Shine” which is celebrated in the first two weeks of April. Here are the six areas in which you can choose to ...

Pipeline raises issues

Letters to the Editor

Natural gas is 95 percent methane and extremely flammable. It is a vapor, not a liquid. Methane is colorless, odorless, tasteless and nearly 100 percent combustible. It is too expensive to add the safety odorants tert-butylthiol and mercaptan to the high-speeding vapor, adding the rotten egg ...

Jump Rope for Heart a fundraising success

Letters to the Editor

On Saturday, March 4, Midland Elementary School had its 19th annual Jump Rope for Heart and 73 students were successful in raising $4,634.76. Cole Lambert was the top fundraiser with $1,150. He received a $50 gift certificate from Elkins Wal-Mart and a free movie pass from Elkins Cinema 8 for ...

Changing standards may hurt education

Letters to the Editor

The state Legislature is proposing to change education standards again — the fourth time in four years. As a parent of a student in Upshur County, I want my daughter to get a solid education and these changes concern me for many reasons. Not only is there no continuity for students and ...

Much land for hunters

Letters to the Editor

This letter is in response to the editorial letter that was submitted to The Inter-Mountain by Mr. Robert Phillips and printed on March 4. I agree with Mr. Phillips that more land has been leased out to hunting clubs than ever before and to be a member of one of these elite hunting clubs ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

In honor of March 12-18 being Sunshine Week, an annual nationwide celebration, The Inter-Mountain is weighing in on some local issues involving the public’s access to governmental information. Applause to J.C. Raffety, interim chief of the Elkins Police Department, and his officers for ...

Record request denials soar

Columnists

DALLAS — When Texans ask state and local officials for public records detailing their operations, more and more the answer is no. The reason why is in dispute, partly because of the lack of some public records. Among the materials that are, in theory, publicly available: checks cut by a ...

Justice digging up hidden state funds

Columnists

Good marriages require transparency about everything, but some husbands and wives keep a little secret for 11 months of the year. We squirrel away spare cash, a little at a time. Then, come December, we have enough money to buy our spouses nice Christmas presents. It’s done at the state ...

Development

Editorials

Making West Virginia’s forests pay — while avoiding the environmental devastation that accompanied the timbering industry more than a century ago — is not a new idea. It is so obvious, in fact, that it has been a staple of economic development wish-lists during recent years. Gov. Jim ...