Columnists

Paper to celebrate 125 years

On July 15, The Inter-Mountain will celebrate its quasquicentennial — 125th anniversary — with a community-wide celebration at its offices in downtown Elkins. Plans are well underway to celebrate this monumental milestone, with a final itinerary set to be announced by mid-June. Several ...

Trump risking a great deal

Donald Trump’s performance at NATO gave a disturbing reminder of the dangers of being straightforward in a complex world. Eager to stress that the United States wanted to take a more independent stance, Trump behaved as he always behaves — without subtlety. He passively endorsed article ...

Blue and Gray is underway

Hello, from Barbour County, where the Blue and Gray Reunion is in full swing! The entire weekend is packed full of activities in downtown Philippi. Stop by and enjoy food, crafts, music and much, much more. I can’t help but think that this is all entertainment for us, but many years ago, it ...

Area offers a plethora of great food options

The year is nearing its half-way mark and most mountain people are moving about in all outdoor directions. The early summer’s rich color bids for photographer attentions, fishing boats are buzzing by on Interstate lanes and families are preparing their favorite patio meal — barbecue. This ...

Pain control after surgery is often tricky to manage

One of the toughest men I have ever known was my World War II Marine veteran father-in-law. He surprised me by telling me he was allergic to pain. This kept him from having several surgical procedures. This taught me that one of the greatest deterrents for patients undergoing surgery is the ...

Promoting W.Va. is important

A fair number of out-of-state visitors to West Virginia go home from vacation babbling about how wonderful our state is. You ought to go there, they tell their friends. It’s much more than just woods. Which brings us to something on which I agree 100 percent with Gov. Jim Justice: We need ...

Adam R. Kelly

Remembering the fallen

Sometimes on one of those late spring days when Memorial Day comes, you can almost see them, marching, marching onward, the legion of forgotten dead. In the soft stillness and solitude of a country graveyard in the evening hush, occasionally you can hear the muffled beat of a drum as the ...

Manchin

Budget proposal needed

Here in the Mountain State, we don’t expect any handouts. We work hard for what we have, and we’re proud to do so. I’ve always said that the federal government should be a strong partner in that work — not our sole provider, but our partner. I have the honor of serving on the Senate ...

Dr. David Turner

Power without purpose

Not since Richard Nixon has a president tried to be all things to all people on a foreign trip. Donald Trump pandered to the leadership of Saudi Arabia while reawakening the notion of comprehensive peace between Israel and the Palestinians. The only nation not on his honor roll was the Islamic ...

Spring semester success for STREAM students

The Kump Education Center STREAM mentoring program offers academic coaching to boost performance in the STEM subjects at North Elementary and Elkins Middle schools. If you add Reading and Art to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, you get the word STREAM. KEC academic coaches are ...

Importance of Sabath

“... God rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.” In the second chapter of Genesis, God models required and appropriate behavior for each of us. Known as Sabbath, the Creator of humanity affirms that rest and reflection is necessary for all of us to remain focused, ...

Council was painted into corner

Imagine being a Wheeling City Council member explaining to the public why your vote cost the area 1,500 jobs. That gives you some idea of why the vote for a controversial agreement sought by Alecto Healthcare Services was 6-0. Council members are receiving a brutal education in the realities ...

The rules were broken

“The song has ended but the melody lingers on. ...” These lyrics from a famous Irving Berlin song resonate with me regarding the Randolph County Board of Education’s actions to close Valley Head Elementary School. The melody lingering with me is the BOE’s reluctance to follow the rules ...

Trump only can blame himself

Like a dog with cans on his tail, President Donald Trump makes a great racket the faster he runs from the Russian investigation. The firing of FBI chief James Comey was part of this clatter; a casually done, unforced error. Not only did he show ignorance of how Washington operates, he willfully ...

Expand Medicare to offer health care

A solution to America’s twin challenges of providing universal health care to all and restoring the economic vitality of the Rust Belt go hand in hand. How many times have labor/management disputes over health care costs created turmoil in manufacturing cities and eventually resulted in ...

There’s no place like home

Last September, I turned 70, and that caused me to do some pondering, as, I guess, we all do when we see the years tickin’ by. What stuck in my mind more than anything is that I have spent all but two of those years right here, among these mountains, in this town. When I graduated from high ...

Youth football signups set

Hello, from Barbour County, where students and teachers alike are counting down the days until summer break. School will dismiss at noon on May 25. This seems a bit strange to me, as the past several years, school has lasted until the first or even second week of June. I suppose that a mild ...

The Savior reached down his nail-scarred hand

Spring greetings to everyone in the name of the Almighty Father God Jehovah, his Son Jesus Christ and their mighty Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit). We are in the season of remembrance of moms, dads, nurses and other special days. We also salute our veterans, grandparents and the U.S. nation’s ...

Graduation a time to celebrate, look ahead

It is celebration time at Davis & Elkins College! For our graduating seniors, this weekend is the time when all the hard work, hopes and dreams come to fruition. As I have the privilege of presenting diplomas to our deserving students, each piece of parchment symbolizes so much more than ...

Action is needed

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue went to an urban city (Cincinnati) to tell rural citizens and communities he was upgrading the department’s rural development agency. His spin was the program would report directly to him. Who is he kidding? Best guess is Perdue will create a “special ...