Opinion

Good Timing

Editorials

No doubt it was pure coincidence that West Virginia Supreme Court justices released their ruling in a critical case just days before Americans celebrated Constitution Day. The timing was appropriate, however. In their decision on a case involving the state right-to-work law, a majority on the ...

Miners’ health must be protected

Columnists

It was November 1968 when Farmington No. 9 exploded. My uncle, neighbor and several high school classmates were in the mine at the time of the explosion. For days, everyone I had ever known sat around the company store, waiting for updates about the fate of our loved ones. The look on my ...

Change in the Ukraine

Columnists

For the Ukraine there is fast approaching a reckoning. With Petro Poroshenko’s government unable to tame the corruption rampant in the country, the hopes that the European Union would bail them out are dashed. Indeed, the Maidan “revolution” has long been forgotten as ambitious ...

Barbour welcomes fall with events

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County, where we can officially welcome fall this weekend. A little bit about my family. My mom has welcomed two foreign exchange students into her home this school year. One of them is from Bolivia, and the other is from Hungary. It is quite a fun experience, and we ...

Making discoveries of who I am

Columnists

By the Rev. Alicia Randolph Rapking Parish House director The exhibit at the Jewish Museum in Berlin caught my attention in such a way that I almost heard myself gasp. A rainy day and a long line had diverted us to the Jewish Museum instead of the museum that had been at the top of our ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to Kathy Vance, the organizer of Tuesday’s town hall meeting in Elkins. Four county officials, a city official and a state delegate attended the meeting and interacted with the public, answering questions and providing information on topics such as the area’s drug problem and its ...

Looking for assistance after a flood

Columnists

Where to start? I’ve been told many times that’s the first thing that goes through the mind of someone who has suffered a drastic loss, perhaps everything, in a disaster such as a flash flood. Obviously, salvaging what you can and at least beginning to clean up and assess the situation is ...

Digital Defense

Editorials

Name a policy issue, and chances are it has been politicized by Democrats, Republicans and even Independents eager to gain advantages over political rivals. Even the security of the election process has become a polarizing debate. Good for West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner for ...

Exciting days for D&E

Columnists

If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail. This wise axiom was shared with me many years ago, and life experience has taught me that it is correct. The axiom is a good one for our lives individually, and for institutions as well. On Sept.15, the faculty and staff of Davis & Elkins ...

Tax Reform

Editorials

After eight years in which federal policy often seemed calculated to harm West Virginia’s economy rather than help Mountain State residents, something of a corner has been turned. President Donald Trump has vowed to put an end to needlessly harmful regulation of the coal and natural gas ...

Bad Deal

Editorials

During much of Iran’s drive to build nuclear weapons, the watchdog that was supposed to be preventing that — the International Atomic Energy Agency — often appeared to be wearing blinders. On multiple occasions, the IAEA reported it could find no evidence Iran was doing anything more than ...

McKinley’s new challenge

Columnists

Long before Donald Trump turned politics inside-out by trash-talking the establishment, U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., was using the strategy to win a seat in Congress from our state. Trouble is, the political establishment then was the Democrat Party. Now, it’s the ...

Good Program

Editorials

In many towns and cities, some members of minority communities do not trust police officers. Many in law enforcement work to build trust among those they serve. Clearly, however, enforcing the law is the department’s overriding priority. We pay police officers and sheriff’s deputies to ...

Huge Project

Editorials

Not many years ago, the thought of officials from Ohio and West Virginia sitting down together to strategize on economic development would have seemed far-fetched. When the issues were relatively limited opportunities, that seemed natural. But the potential for construction of an ethane ...

Sports injuries a danger

Columnists

The air is getting slightly cooler at night and fall sports seasons are upon us. This is an exciting time when the kids are back at school and most nights have some sporting activity to attend. With fall sports seasons come a rush of injuries. Most of these are minor and include sprains and ...

Elkins city clerk responds to poll on ‘Brunch Bill’

Letters to the Editor

I’d like to take a moment to respond to the editorial published in The Inter-Mountain on Sept. 12 regarding Elkins City Council’s final approval of the “Brunch Bill.” Let me start by saying that the city appreciates what The Inter-Mountain provides to the community as a whole, and to ...

AmeriCorps helps the community

Columnists

Kump Education Center is sponsoring AmeriCorps members who will serve as mentors at Elkins Middle School and North Elementary School for a third school year. We are also adding a new AmeriCorps member who will serve with us part-time and with Preservation Alliance of West Virginia part-time. ...

Pool, bridge two separate issues

Letters to the Editor

On Sept. 2, Jessica Currence wrote a letter to The Inter-Mountain bemoaning the lack of an outdoor pool in Elkins. I totally agree with her that an outdoor pool would be a great thing for our community and for our kids. I am from Huntington and as a kid, my family went an outdoor pool every ...

Donald deals with the Dems

Columnists

President Donald Trump’s tilting toward the Democrats was a masterstroke. After the hurricanes in Florida and Texas created a need for a generous federal government, Trump, along with Charles Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, combined to raise the debt limit. With the fecklessness of the GOP ...

Being met with the limitless love of our Father

Columnists

“But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” Picture it. Third Street, Elkins, late 1960s. Montgomery Ward on the corner and Grants right down the street. A beautiful summer morning and a trip to town. My ...