Opinion

Red Cross is there in times of need

Columnists

Setp. 11, 2001, began as any work day normally would. People were traveling to work, getting kids ready for school and other activities. However, that normalcy took a drastic change at 8:45 a.m., when the first of two 767s hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Then, 18 minutes later, ...

Tragedy reminds us of our strength

Columnists

Sunday will mark the 15th anniversary of the single greatest tragedy event in the history of our United States when 2,977 people lost their lives at the hands of 19 terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001.Firefighters and emergency first responders streamed to the World Trade Center to lend aid to the ...

Living healthy in W.Va.

Columnists

The best health news over the last few months in West Virginia is this: We are the first state in the country to have every public elementary school signed up for Michelle Obama's school physical activity initiative, LET'S MOVE.This is critical for our children - and for our state's future. We ...

Test scores improve in Randolph

Columnists

What a joy to see that test scores are improving again in Randolph County. For too long schools have not been able to report progress because the West Virginia testing system has changed year after year.Having a consistent measurement for academic progress is essential for true academic ...

Local official recalls horrors of 9/11

Columnists

Like the vast majority of folks my age and older, I can recall precisely where I was and what I was doing on the morning of Sept., 11, 2001. Most everyone has their own 9/11 story; this is mine. I am a retired law enforcement officer, serving most of my career as a homicide detective in a large ...

Mine opening good; criticism continues

Editorials

It was big, national news this week: Despite all the doom and gloom talk from the coal industry, two brand new mines are opening in Appalachia. Two of them, one in West Virginia and the other in nearby Virginia, will employ about 400 people.Make no mistake about it: It is wonderful news. ...

Animals deserve better

Editorials

Humankind has not done a very good job of stewardship involving the animal kingdom. After thousands of years of co-existing with other creatures, we have killed off hundreds of species during the past couple of centuries.Now the eastern gorilla is in serious jeopardy. During the annual World ...

Grandparents are incredible people

Letters to the Editor

Sunday is Grandparents Day. Grandparents are very special people; they touch our lives in so many ways. They give us wisdom, love, support and encouragement. We need to show our grandparents that they are special, not only on this date but throughout the year.On Grandparents Day, do something ...

Factories should be on U.S. soil

Letters to the Editor

As I read about Obama's meeting with the Chinese president to secure a pollution-control agreement, I can't help but wonder if it wouldn't be better for the USA to move factories back to U.S. soil.China is one of, if not the worst country on earth in regard to pollution, yet almost every item ...

Recent letters stir response

Letters to the Editor

It was good to see several letters to the editor in the Saturday Sept. 3 edition. A couple things were said that I feel deserve a little attention, though.I'll start with Mr. Price's letter. If I could address Mr. Price directly, I would say, "Sir, there are four things that drive Barrack ...

The sound of growing pains

Letters to the Editor

On Aug. 11, The Inter-Mountain printed a story saying the Randolph County Development Authority is in the early stages of a project that could bring a hardwoods manufacturer to the area. Executive Director Robbie Morris would not comment on the details, because "the project is in the early ...

Which must come first?

Columnists

Which needs to come first? The amenities or the customers?Wheeling residents and local officials who may be asking themselves that question need not feel alone. It's a dilemma faced by many towns and cities seeking to reinvent themselves.Members of a special committee formed by Mayor Glenn ...

Consumers need to monitor records

Editorials

Ever hurried to write a check and get it in the mail after being informed your payment is overdue? It is an uncomfortable experience many people have had.But slow down and check your records before you seal that envelope. You may have been targeted by a scam artist.West Virginia Attorney ...

Funding will help to spur learning

Editorials

Exposure to art can change young lives, even for those without an artistic bone in their own bodies. Giving West Virginia schoolchildren the opportunity to see fine art is important. But it is expensive, too.More than a few teachers have had to cross field trips to art museums off their lists ...

Thankful to be home among the hills

Columnists

Casual conversations can be the fodder for deep thoughts! Following a recent program on campus, I was chatting with a first-year student who happened to be from my hometown in West Virginia. After a few hometown comments, I asked this student what made her choose Davis & Elkins as her ...

W.Va. at a turning point

Editorials

Voters hoping for a miracle-worker as West Virginia's next governor are doomed to disappointment. Our state's economy is a train wreck in progress. Full recovery will take more than one or two gubernatorial terms.But the longer we delay doing what is necessary to begin the steep climb back, the ...

State needs efficiency expert

Columnists

Many working people who have encountered "efficiency experts" dislike them intensely. Often after they appear in an office, plant or store, the work gets more difficult and there are fewer people to do it. That means the consultants have found ways management can lay people off.No wonder ...

Holiday bittersweet for many in W.Va.

Editorials

Labor Day is seen by many as an opportunity to celebrate the importance of work, both to our economies and in fulfilling us as human beings. For many, it is a day off in recognition of hard, valuable labor during the remainder of the year.But for many West Virginians, Labor Day this year may ...

White Death moving into state

Editorials

First Huntington. Then Cincinnati, Ohio. Now Louisville, Kentucky. An epidemic that might be called the White Death is sweeping that region of the country.It is heroin with an additive that makes it even more dangerous than the primary product, which is what many buyers think they are getting. ...

Aid aid to efforts to curb slaughter

Editorials

Elephants seem to be doing well in some African countries, but they are being slaughtered by poachers at an alarming rate in others.The total population of African elephants is declining at a rate of 8 percent a year, according to a recent study. At that rate, they will become an endangered ...