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Political correctness or stupidity?

Apparently, federal officials do not believe they can spare enough money to help Ohio County individuals and business people who suffered losses in the July flash floods. That form of assistance has been approved for some counties, but not Ohio. But Uncle Sam does have enough in the bank to ...

Enjoying the eclipse

Did you join the masses staring upward on August 21 to see the moon pass in front of the sun? The rare and highly anticipated solar eclipse did not disappoint. I walked to the plaza in front of Myles Center for the Arts on the Davis & Elkins campus to join a large group of students, ...

Road bond vote is crucial

Take a drive around West Virginia. Any questions about whether we need to spend a lot of money repairing and improving highways and bridges? But it may not happen. Why? Taxes and toll roads. For a while after Gov. Jim Justice and legislators set the stage for sale of $1.6 billion in bonds ...

Charitable event with a real bang

After you’ve been a journalists for several decades, you start to feel like you’ve seen it all, that there’s nothing that could happen in your town that you haven’t seen before. Well, on Monday something happened in Elkins that I’d never seen before. And here’s the best part — ...

Philosophical musings on the eclipse

The solar eclipse was a subtle reminder of our limited knowledge of the universe and a great metaphor for philosophical insight. Aug. 21 was a beautiful day in Elkins, and we could see the eclipse clearly using NASA-approved glasses with an ISO 12312-2 standard filter, making the light ...

Civil war within the GOP

In the aftermath of Charlottesville, the civil war within the Republican party has once more been exposed. Suddenly the party’s establishment has risen in revolt against President Donald Trump because of his embrace of white nationalists. This is a late denunciation of a man who has made ...

Addressing the evil that is seen on television

Parish House director It seems that for the past three months or so I have had a watchword. As I understand it, a watchword is a word or motto that embodies a principle or guide to action. This watchword seems to be coming from deep inside me, welling up when I least expect it, shaping ...

Call to action for W.Va.

We are in a crisis — one that can only be solved with a great deal of hard work and engagement from citizens across our state. Opioid addiction continues to decimate West Virginia, reducing our workforce, tearing apart families and ultimately, claiming lives day after day. This reminds me ...

Time to bring a halt to current chaos

You could write a book. Perhaps someone should. A “conversation” we Americans should have had years ago is occurring now. Trouble is, we’re not talking with one another. We’re not pausing to consider the other person’s point of view. Instead, we’re screaming epithets at those ...

Reflecting along the journey

As a child, I often played the game of hide and seek. When it was my turn to be the seeker, I would close my eyes, count to the obligatory 100, and then yell out, “Ready or not, here I come!” Ready or not, here comes a new academic year at Davis & Elkins College! I find myself the ...

‘Fake news’ a danger

Whatever happened to the news? These days, it seems most people believe much of what is printed, broadcast and posted is “fake news.” What is, or should be, troubling is the dichotomy regarding what constitutes “fake news.” One faction of Americans, tens of millions strong, regards ...

Reporting for duty

This week The Inter-Mountain announced that I would be the paper’s new executive editor. Taking over the position is a dream come true for me. I grew up in Montrose, lived in Elkins during my high school years and went to West Virginia University to study journalism. All that time I was ...

Foreign policy snafus

Certainly President Donald Trump deserves some criticism of his conduct of foreign policy. Bombast and hyperbole are not recommended as a means of communicating with foreign powers, particularly the North Koreans. When it comes to overstatement, they have no peers and give the misleading ...

My grace is sufficient for thee

Greetings in the name of Almighty God Jehovah, his Son Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, soon-coming King, and Their Mighty Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit). When we speak of the Grace of God we must consider the word “grace” which means “unmerited favor.” The grace of our Lord has been ...

Understanding Jim Justice

In 1953, a General Motors CEO being considered for a high government post was asked how he’d handle conflicts of interest. Reportedly he replied that “for years I thought what was good for the country was good for General Motors and vice versa.” The same thing might be said of Gov. Jim ...

Health care affects each life

Like many of you, I have been following closely the national dialogue about healthcare which has occupied the Senate throughout these summer months. We are witnessing one of the greatest debates of our time going on in Washington, D.C. as our elected representatives try to address the problem ...

Trump needs some help

Don’t get mad, get even. Either President Donald Trump has never heard that advice or he believes he can do both, to judge by his angry tweets and habit of thumbing his nose at the political establishment. But whether the swamp can be drained from the outside is a question. In fact, it is ...

Portman, Capito on right track

Perhaps the art of politics — compromise — isn’t dead, after all. Good for U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., for attempting to jumpstart it. Last week’s column suggested the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, won’t be repealed and replaced unless ...

Summer Splash Fest is here!

Today is the date of our first-ever Summer Splash Fest at Kump Education Center. “SuperB Science Hero,” John Red Banks is here in town with all his gear for three short shows titled The Magic of Science. Between magic shows check out the Minds in Motion games Midland Elementary teachers ...

Multiple events on tap in Barbour

Hello, from Barbour County! Summer is quickly drawing to a close. School begins on Aug. 15. There still is some time left to enjoy the summer reading program at Philippi Southern Baptist Church. Children meet there on Thursdays for an evening of fun. Ages 1-3 will meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m., ...