Opinion

Vigilance

Editorials

West Virginians are fortunate that our secretary of state, Mac Warner, is a nationally recognized leader in keeping the voting process secure from tampering. But Warner and his fellow chief election officers from other states, gathered during the weekend for a meeting in Philadelphia, are well ...

Manchin and Kavanaugh

Columnists

Has Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., been informed he can’t get a pass on this one? Democrat and Republican disciplinarians in Congress have ways of forcing lawmakers to adhere to the party line. Choice committee assignments can be denied. An offender’s pet bills can be stalled or shelved. ...

Punishment

Editorials

U.S. senators pondering whether to confirm federal Supreme Court nominees have a relatively easy task. All they have to ask is whether potential justices are liberal or conservative in terms of how they interpret the Constitution. West Virginians deciding how to vote for state Supreme Court ...

Dilapidated properties

Columnists

A showdown of any sort requires two parties be in disagreement with or opposition to one another. While it may disappoint some, the City has no intention or desire to engage in conflict with the population it represents and serves, as has been suggested. On June 30, the Inter-Mountain applauded ...

Taking Action

Editorials

For many years, drug companies pumped opioid pain pills into West Virginia at an incredible rate. To cite just one of several horror stories, during a decade-long period, 20.8 million of the pills were sent to two pharmacies in Williamson, which has a population of only about 2,900 ...

Preserving the preservation trades

Columnists

Now at Kump Education Center we have the “Plaster Master,” Mr. Brian “Buggs” Shourds of Creative Construction teaching 4 AmeriCorps members how to do expert plaster restoration work. Reid Saunders is the leader of the AmeriCorps Hands on Team [HOT] including Meredith Dreistadt, Owen ...

Relieving patients’ pain

Columnists

One of the biggest joys of practicing orthopedic surgery in a small town environment is seeing people repeatedly over the years, forming friendships and sharing laughter together. Although most patients bring a special element to our day at the office, there are several that stand out. ...

Barbour County playing host to a flurry of weekend activities

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! This weekend is a flurry of activities! The town of Junior is having a festival. This will be the first time in many years for this small town. Today there will be concession stands, a cake walk, dime pitch, games, a parade, and entertainment including: Danny ...

Trump and Putin

Columnists

With Donald Trump there is plenty of guessing and not a lot of surety in gauging where he is going to go next. Predictability, particularly in timing, seems to be elusive with the president. But recently Trump seems to be returning to themes that he displayed early during the Republican ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the community members who turned out for the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department’s meeting Thursday night to talk about the new needle access problem. The meeting was moved to the Event Center at Brushy Fork in anticipation of a large crowd, and dozens of people turned out to make ...

It’s time to be quiet and think

Letters to the Editor

Elected officials slaughtered because someone does not agree with their political belief or actions. Teachers slaughtered by a student disciplined for misbehavior, and guns were easier than other conflict resolutions. Students slaughtered by another student for real or perceived ...

Feral cats are causing problems

Letters to the Editor

We homeowners have a feral cat problem that nobody seems to want to address. These feral cats use our gardens as litter boxes. They spray an where they choose, and they climb on our cars. Feral cats are an ecological disaster to our surroundings. They kill other wildlife just for the fun of ...

Abortion still a polarizing issue

Letters to the Editor

Let’s talk about abortion — a polarizing, hot button issue that is dividing our nation. Listening to the extreme left, abortion should be a free privilege that everyone should have, under all conditions. The extreme right pushes the opposite view, that abortion is wrong, criminal, and ...

Kavanaugh under the microscope

Letters to the Editor

Kavanaugh is Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court. What do we know about Kavanaugh? He once held a hearing saying the president of the U.S. is above the law, can not be investigated, charged with a crime or convicted of a crime. If that is true then to hell with the Declaration of ...

Suggestion to help immigration crisis

Letters to the Editor

The protesters on the left demand open borders and getting rid of ICE, while the right wants “zero tolerance” where illegal immigration is concerned. Why not compromise, have all the left’s protesters donate all the money that they are spending traveling to and from protests and on ...

Blackwater Canyon and development

Letters to the Editor

Blackwater Canyon, in Tucker County, is under threat of assault by Allegheny Wood Products of Petersburg, which owns significant acreage in the canyon. Allegheny wants to deforest the canyon and then develop it. Deforestation and development of Blackwater Canyon would result in elimination of ...

High Court

Editorials

West Virginians have a three-letter reason for liking Judge Brett Kavanaugh, nominated by President Donald Trump for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court: EPA. Many Americans have been encouraged to believe that we here in coal country somehow hate clean air, water and soil. Nothing could be ...

Nominee

Editorials

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., will be a key figure in the battle over whether the Senate confirms President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Let us hope Manchin breaks with those in his party who see the decision as a political one. On Monday, Trump introduced ...

Mismanagement

Editorials

Allegations of outright fraud certainly ought to outrage West Virginians. But what about mismanagement — let’s be honest and call it bureaucratic laziness — that probably cost taxpayers even more than corruption? Years after legislators demanded the answer to a simple question, state ...

Wakeup Call

Editorials

If we hope to ever make a dent in the substance abuse crisis in West Virginia, we have to convince young people misusing drugs is a bad idea. We are not doing very well at that. Each year, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducts an annual High School Youth Risk ...