Opinion

Trump should go back to what works

Columnists

As the administration of Donald Trump progresses, it becomes clear that he has a marginal understanding of the party that nominated him in Cleveland. Despite being an opponent of the Iraq War and a leading critic of the neo-conservative faction of the GOP, Rex Tillerson, his newly minted ...

AmeriCorps program helps us all

Columnists

The New York Times reported that the Corporation for National and Community Service including AmeriCorps will be among federal programs Trump’s Administration may eliminate. Cutting AmeriCorps would be a sad mistake that would harm many good programs in West Virginia. AmeriCorps provides ...

Budget cuts have consequences

Letters to the Editor

The Inter-Mountain’s recent editorial charged that the governor’s budget proposal wants legislators to balance the budget on the backs of West Virginia families and job providers. While I agree that tax increases in normal circumstances are difficult to accept, these are not normal ...

Annual Winter Fair scheduled for March 2-4

Columnists

Hello, from Barbour County! We sure have had a nice spring this winter! A sure sign that spring is getting close is the fact that our local ice cream stand, the Dairy King in Philippi, will be opening on March 1. Come on out to the Belington Volunteer Fire Department on March 3-4 and help ...

House: Christians need to stand up

Columnists

Are you one of the jellyfish Christians in the bowl of spiritual darkness? These jellyfish can be found in pulpits, pews and passively walking through life. They know the world around them is spiraling into darkness but without a spine they cannot stand against the darkness.They float along in ...

Trying to bring the wonders of outside, inside

Columnists

Over the past several weeks I have been recovering from surgery. A running injury from nearly two years ago led to the need for a hip replacement. The recovery period has been a time to read and reflect, but it has also been a period for spending too much time on Facebook and reading endless ...

WVU report reveals shocking statistic

Editorials

A report issued this week by West Virginia University ought to worry — and anger — parents, regardless of where their college-bound children plan to study. More than 5,700 students, both male and female, responded to a WVU survey last spring. About one-third of the women and some of the ...

Trump not making good horse sense

Letters to the Editor

For Trump to sign a bill giving coal companies the right to drain the mines into our streams and rivers is just insane. What will our offspring have to drink for water? I guess we will have to leave the state to go fishing or swimming because our rivers and streams will be too polluted. I am ...

Trump attitude is terrifying

Letters to the Editor

We have a glass sitting on the kitchen counter, and after careful measurement and testing can confirm that it contains a measure of water equal to one half its total volume. One prominent news organization runs a headline reading, “The glass is half full,” and another one exclaims, “The ...

Do you miss Obama yet?

Letters to the Editor

A thing that bothers me a lot is just what a polar opposite Trump is in comparison to President Obama. The differences between them are vast and so very stark. The writing was on the wall since ... well, since the day after the election. When Obama won his first election, the world ...

Municipal League proposal is sound

Editorials

Dilapidated, often unsafe, buildings are a problem in many communities, ours included. Finding the money to do something about them is just the first obstacle local leaders must overcome. If a structure’s owner cannot be persuaded or forced to do something about his property, the municipality ...

Dreaming of the future

Columnists

I met some future students recently. It was not at an open house or college fair. These future D&E Senators were not particularly talkative. However, our meeting caused me to begin thinking about our future. The two prospective students I met were being carried in the arms of their ...

Deadline should be pushed up

Editorials

Why should Americans pay more to defend our European allies than taxpayers in most of their countries are willing to bear? That — not whether Washington should abandon NATO to the not-so-tender mercies of Russian leader Vladimir Putin — is the question President Donald Trump has been ...

Eliminating WVPB funding may jeopardize the future

Letters to the Editor

I praise the State of the State speech. It’s rare that a governor is realistic, but, in the end, optimistic: that if we address reality now we’ll lighten up the end of the tunnel for tomorrow. I applaud his enthusiasm and commitment to education and tourism. Both are critical for our ...

We must do more with less

Columnists

If there’s one thing the people of West Virginia can take away after just over a month of Governor Jim Justice’s term, it would be that he’s got a tremendous gift for asking people for one thing, while doing the opposite. Back in early January, Senate President Mitch Carmichael proudly ...

W.Va. comeback begins with FFA

Columnists

Have you ever gone to your local county fair and noticed all the young people donning their blue corduroy jackets? These students are smiling from ear to ear as they proudly show off months of hard work for a chance at one of those prized ribbons. From the best pig to the tastiest lettuce, ...

Funding

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice was elected in large measure because many West Virginians viewed him as the anti-political answer to our state’s problems. The billionaire businessman milked the “I am not a politician” mantra for all it was worth. It turns out that Justice can operate as politically as ...

Comeback

Editorials

Use of coal to generate electricity in the United States is expected to make a comeback as Americans begin to understand the reality behind former President Barack Obama’s claims of a cheaper, cleaner future based on wind and solar power. The truth is that Obama’s war on coal and ...

Burden

Editorials

Apparently Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen feels more at liberty now to do the right thing. No wonder. She has a conservative Congress to back her up — and a president unlikely to veto its actions. On Tuesday, Yellen testified before the Senate Banking Committee. One of her key ...

Chief Justice Allen H. Loughry II shows a book of handwritten court orders from the 1830 he discovered when he was first elected to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

The origins of Tucker County

Columnists

West Virginians cherish our past and revere the pioneering men and women who settled our mountains and built our state. As a proud son of Tucker County, I have always been fascinated in particular with the history of the area where I grew up, and so I have long been familiar with the name of ...