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Opinion

Butterfly effect

Columnists

You’ve heard of “the butterfly effect.” If not, the Cliff’s Notes version is that the most minuscule action on our plant can spread and, like ripples in a pond, grow until it has gargantuan effects. Well, the butterfly may turn out to be a lightweight, compared to the COVID-19 virus. ...

Memorial Day: We remember

Columnists

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I published this column last Memorial Day. This coming Memorial Day will be quite different, with most events and parades canceled. Even Alumni Weekend in St. Marys is canceled, where I would have celebrated the 20th anniversary as a member of the Class of 2000. The ...

Nancy Pelosi’s partisan power grab

Columnists

It’s been a tough couple of months as our nation-and the entire world-deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Many of us know someone who has been infected by the virus and some of us have lost loved ones as a result. We’ve become accustomed to the new norm of social distancing, ...

Keep His Post

Editorials

Since he took office as state commissioner of agriculture in January 2017, Kent Leonhardt has worked hard to expand the role of farming in West Virginia’s future. He has gotten results from numerous initiatives. Keeping Leonhardt at his post is important not just to the Mountain State’s ...

Calming a crisis through caring

Columnists

On the radio or television these days we usually hear a speaker blaming someone for Covid-19, or for the ways it has been mishandled in the U.S.A. Then the next commentator shames those who disrespect elected individuals who are doing what little they can to limit the problems that come with ...

Upsetting

Editorials

Nearly every American has suffered financially from the COVID-19 epidemic. At least 36 million of us were laid off from our workplaces. Even those still on the job have seen their retirement savings decimated. But a few people — those who had some forewarning of the economic havoc to come ...

Nurses deserving of highest praise

Letters to the Editor

The purpose of this letter is to commend The Inter-Mountain newspaper’s efforts in recognizing local nurses and the work they do as part of National Nurses Week for 2020. There was a lot of good coverage. I am a nurse and was part of the nursing community in Elkins from 1967 to 2000. I ...

Building a vibrant community is hard work

Columnists

ELKINS — Building a vibrant community is hard work! Why? Because change is hard. It is always easier to continue along the same path — to not make waves. Plus, our new, electronic age creates an atmosphere where call to change is loud, quick, and imitating. Providing positive leadership to ...

Former mayor: Just the facts, please

Letters to the Editor

On a social media post dated May 2, 2020, a sitting Town of Beverly Sanitary Board member commented the following: “The past mayor liked anyone until you disagreed with her. Then you became the bad guy/enemy and she came after you.” Let us look at public records and see if this ...

Candidate offers a ‘new deal’ for W.Va.

Letters to the Editor

In 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt enacted a “New Deal” in hopes of providing relief, reform, and recovery from The Great Depression. Many groundbreaking programs such as the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps), the CWA (Civilian Works Administration), and the SSA (Social Security ...

New Test

Coronavirus

If state officials manage to avoid a mini-epidemic at the local prison where it has been revealed that six people have tested positive for COVID-19, they will pull off something of a miracle. It is difficult to imagine an environment more friendly to communicable disease than a ...

Election

Editorials

Only about 18% of West Virginia’s registered voters have requested absentee ballots for the June 9 primary election. That tells us two things: First, as usual, a substantial number of voters will skip the election. But second, a significant percentage still plan to cast ballots in person, ...

Manchin, Capito fight for broadband access

Columnists

Education Alliance sponsored an Ed Talk Webinar on Broadband Access in West Virginia last Tuesday. Thanks to Randolph County Educational Technology Director Hilary Ramsey, I was able to hear four speakers talk on what government can do to help kids get connected. We are a long way from ...

Struggle

Editorials

During three and one-half years, Americans converted a peacetime economy to become the arsenal of democracy and win World War II. The “greatest generation” accomplished that because it had to be done, for the good of all humankind. Now we as a nation face another challenge, of far less ...

Becoming a bike-friendly community

Letters to the Editor

Since the southern-most trailhead of the Allegheny Highlands Trail is at the Elkins Depot Welcome Center, Elkins is well on its way to becoming an even more bike-able community. The Welcome Center has biking maps and trail information available. As a cyclist, it is your responsibility to ...

Building a Vibrant Community

Columnists

Deciding to HAVE a Vibrant Community and taking action to CREATE a Vibrant Community are two different activities. Imagine two frogs sitting on a lily pad. One frog decides to jump off. How many frogs are left? Two! Deciding to jump is not actually jumping. To have a Vibrant Community, we ...

Candidate takes pledge

Letters to the Editor

Can you imagine a political candidate who has met face to face over the past year with 11,000 West Virginians, asking what they’d do if they were governor? Candidates have routinely shown up at buckwheat feeds and spaghetti suppers shaking hands and smiling at babies, but only Charleston ...

Waiting until it’s safe

Letters to the Editor

People who want to return before it is safe are just greedy. They don’t care about the death toll. They don’t care about the elderly like me or their dads, moms or children who may lose their life. Yes, we need to get back to work but do it when it’s safe. It won’t kill us to stay ...

Reader: Obama’s sins finally getting air time

Letters to the Editor

Have you ever wondered why Obama stayed out of the different political races after Hilary’s presidential loss? He left a team of people in place to sabotage Trump in an effort to ease the way for Trump’s impeachment. The Democratic establishment ran an operation in concert with the ...

Bipartisan

Editorials

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito and U.S. Rep. David McKinley, both R-W.Va. can be fiercely partisan when they believe it is necessary to defend the people of our area. But they also know the value of working with lawmakers of the opposite party when that is best. Both have been recognized for ...