Opinion

Election surprise in Va.

Columnists

Ralph Northam’s convincing win in the Virginia gubernatorial race temporarily stifles the talk about Democratic impotence. Not only did Ed Gillespie lose his personal race, his reckless talk at campaign’s end spurred voters to elect Democrats to the state legislature. Moreover, the ...

Applause and Boos

Editorials

Applause to the more than 70 residents who packed Thursday’s Elkins City Council meeting, many in opposition to the proposed 1 percent sales tax on city businesses. Local business leaders, including Mark Doak and Jay Wallace, spoke during the meeting and asked council to table the ordinance ...

Scarecrow Festival a success downtown

Letters to the Editor

During the months of September and October, over 100 scarecrows and an equal number of cornstalks decorated downtown Elkins for the third consecutive year of the Elkins Main Street's Scarecrow Festival. Each scarecrow was a unique creation submitted by local individuals, youth and church ...

Holiday season is fast approaching for Barbour County residents

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County and Happy Thanksgiving! May we be thankful all throughout the year, and not just in November. The big holiday is fast approaching, and I’m not talking about Thanksgiving. Deer rifle season starts Monday morning! I wish all of the hunters good luck. Please be safe ...

Repeat thievery hurting ministry

Letters to the Editor

We need the general public’s help in assisting us to stop the local thieves that have been entering and raiding the donation bin at Good Shepherd Ministries. This problem has been going on since January. The bin is not an easy raid. It is an 8-foot drop that takes time and ...

Congressman backing tax plan

Letters to the Editor

The year was 1986, Ronald Reagan was president, the Chicago Bears won the Super Bowl and Top Gun was the hit movie at the box office — and it was also the last time the federal government reformed the tax code. Suffice it to say a lot has changed since 1986 and it is well past due that we ...

Let’s not do away with history class

Columnists

It’s tempting to suggest that high school social studies could be eliminated entirely, except for two lessons hammered into students’ heads over and over again: 1. Two plus two never equals five, no matter how many times a politician tells you it does. 2. Regarding anything a politician ...

Dangerous

Editorials

Suicide rates for teenagers increased substantially from 2010-15, at the same time use of social media by young people shot up. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study hints the two phenomena may be linked. It would be foolish to suggest, based on this one study, that social ...

Gallery is a gem

Columnists

There are many gems on the Davis & Elkins College campus, but few compare to The Stirrup Gallery. On my very first tour of campus, I was amazed and very pleasantly surprised to have a high quality museum as a part of D&E. Named in honor of past Chair of the Board of Trustees and proud ...

Bad Reviews

Editorials

The reviews offered by residents as they left the city of Elkins’ “1 Percent Sales Tax Public Event” Monday evening were not good. “This was absolutely worthless,” one man said. “What a joke,” another man muttered. “The city expects us to fall for this?” a woman ...

Early Christmas for W.Va.

Columnists

Christmas has come early to the mountains. We West Virginians have been tossed a lifeline from, of all places, China. The question is, will we use it as a rescue — or merely a reprieve? Thursday’s announcement that a Chinese company will invest $83.7 billion in natural gas and related ...

Crisis

Editorials

News media representatives attending a daylong presentation on substance abuse at West Virginia University heard a variety of innovative, decisive ideas about battling the scourge in our state. But we also were told on Monday that, in important ways, the fight is just beginning. One ...

Jackpot

Editorials

It appears we West Virginians have hit the jackpot. A Chinese company’s plan to spend nearly $84 billion on natural gas-related projects in our state should prove to be a shot in the arm for our economy. Let’s not be like the Powerball winners who ignore advice to handle their good ...

Pipelines

Editorials

Many West Virginians and Ohioans oppose construction of the long-distance pipelines needed to carry natural gas from our region to markets. Without that infrastructure, our gas has only limited value and the rest of the nation would be deprived of its benefits. Profits from selling the gas ...

Fight for political survival

Columnists

With the first indictments issued by Robert Mueller, the administration of Donald Trump is fighting for its very survival. Paul Manafort is emerging as a major figure in the Russia investigation. He also is becoming a symbol of how America has done business since the 1980s. The others brought ...

Creating new opportunities

Columnists

Technology has evolved at an incredible pace during the last 30 years. As computer speeds have increased and hardware sizes have decreased, exciting new opportunities exist in medicine. Medical imaging has benefited greatly in this area. Orthopedic surgery is a specialty which is very dependent ...

A mighty fortress: A reflection on Protestant Reformation

Columnists

“A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing.” These are the opening lines of the most sung English translation of the hymn, written by Martin Luther, called “A Mighty Fortress.” It is a hymn so vividly entrenched in my childhood that the mere mention of the word Reformation ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to all the veterans whose service we celebrate today, Veterans Day. We should honor our nation’s heroes every day of the year, not just on Nov. 11. Toward that goal, The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series has featured veterans each Monday since Memorial Day, highlighting stories ...

Air policy vote a win for Upshur

Letters to the Editor

I attended the Upshur Buckhannon Board of Health meeting Nov. 2 for the vote on the expanded Clean Indoor Air Policy. The chair gave everyone that signed up the opportunity to make a comment for or against at the beginning of the meeting. Then the agenda for the meeting was followed. The vote ...

Our soldiers deserve a better payscale

Letters to the Editor

We who served for our country, for the lowest pay of any job, why? Because our parents served. Because we love our country. Because we live in a poor state. Because we want to improve our education. Because we couldn’t get a job in our state and to make it safer at home and for people in ...