Opinion

Clean Water

Editorials

Clean, potable water is easy to take for granted. After all, we simply turn on the faucet and there it is.After the horror stories from Flint, Michigan, and closer to home in Charleston, people should be looking at water infrastructure in a new light. Water infrastructure is one of the most ...

Mr. Basil’s Opus

Columnists

Kump Education Center is planning an impromptu FLASHMOB at high noon Saturday, Aug. 20. We want to sing and play Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" with as many joyful voices and musical instruments as we can bring together in front of the Kump House. We invite everyone to come out and make a joyful ...

We’re working to rebuild

Columnists

In the days and weeks following the floods that devastated parts of our state one month ago, it is inspiring to see West Virginians banding together to support friends, family and neighbors as the long road to recovery continues.More than 4,500 individual citizens have requested volunteer ...

Our neighbors deserve a thank-you

Columnists

One little town my wife and I drove through while taking a break from the daily grind earlier this month could have been any of dozens in West Virginia. We noticed a sign on the main road, advising that donations for flood victims could be left there.But the town isn't in the Mountain State. ...

GOP split into factions

Columnists

Republicans are experiencing a process that could either invigorate the party or ruin it for a number of years. Three factions stand out and they are all, to some degree, conservative.Nationalists, traditionalists and libertarians make up the pillars of the GOP house. With Donald Trump, the ...

Ice cream social scheduled for today

Columnists

Hello, from Barbour County!Have you been hunting lately? Pokemon hunting, that is. I counted almost 50 people in Philippi the other night who were enjoying the latest craze. Boy, it sure is catching on quickly!Just a reminder that today, Kasson U.M. Church will be having its ice cream social at ...

Sugar and spice

Columnists

Well, my Buffalo and Bolivia wrap-ups will have to wait until next weekend, y'all, because today is Sassy's birthday!This precious babe of mine is 9 years old today, and at times it seems like she was just born yesterday, and other times I feel like I've never known life without her.Growing up ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Editor's note: During the course of a week, issues are covered that might not lend themselves to full editorial comment, but they are worthy of The Inter-Mountain weighing in - pro, con or neutral.---Applause to the Upshur County Relay For Life for raising $80,000 for the American Cancer ...

Racism is tearing our country apart

Letters to the Editor

Non-Hispanic whites make up 63 percent of the U.S. population, followed by Hispanics at 17 percent, blacks at 12.3 percent, Asians at 5 percent and multiracial Americans at 2.4 percent (Census Bureau). The figures may not mean much to you unless you take into consideration the crime data that ...

Christ is answer to drug problem

Letters to the Editor

My heart is saddened as I receive another phone call to inform me of the death of a young man who overdosed on drugs. I have received this call all too often in recent months.Elkins has been plagued with a terrible drug problem and I believe much of the blame can be laid at the doorsteps of our ...

GOP will stop Donald Trump

Letters to the Editor

"We Republicans must stand together and vote for Trump" who is a lifelong Democrat. Wow, "we Republicans" are voting for a Democrat. How can that be?The Donald puts Hillary and Obama down. If you check his voting record, you will see he voted for president Obama twice and voted for Hillary for ...

School closures cause problems

Letters to the Editor

I read about yet another county school board proposal to close more schools with astonishment. I, as well as all parents and grandparents, should have real concerns about the process itself.Few states have pursued consolidation of rural schools more aggressively than West Virginia. With the ...

Americans need to be educated

Editorials

West Virginians were reminded Tuesday night of why, when it comes to defending reasonably priced electricity, we fight virtually alone. Few other Americans seem to be aware of how President Barack Obama's war on coal affects them.During proceedings Tuesday night at the Republican National ...

Capito delivers at Convention

Editorials

Hillary Clinton may not understand coal miners, as Sen. Shelley Capito, R-W.Va., pointed out last night in a speech at the Republican National Convention. But thanks to the senator and Republican officials who gave her a prime-time speaking slot, delegates to the convention now know more about ...

Understood and valued

Columnists

Eight years ago next week the first edition of the Monday Letter (ML) was sent to members of the faculty and staff with copy to the board of trustees. Originally intended as an internal informative piece to begin the work week, its circulation expanded to students upon their return that August. ...

Midyear spending cuts on horizon

Editorials

Any way you look at it, the fiscal year that ended June 30 was a catastrophe for West Virginia government. Perhaps the most striking number is that collections of revenue to support state agencies were about $230 million less than for the previous 12 months. That represents more than 5 percent ...

U.S. should take a stance

Editorials

Ho-hum ... another day, another threat from North Korea. Now, Pyongyang is vowing to sever back-channel diplomatic communications with the United States and increase the severity of punishment planned for Americans detained in the country, because of U.S. economic sanctions against the ...

Did Comey learn from Hoover?

Columnists

For decades, the late J. Edgar Hoover led a charmed life as director of the FBI. In some ways he was the most powerful man in Washington.Hoover wanted people to believe he had files on everyone, most of them containing secrets powerful people didn't want to be revealed.Because the politicians ...

McKinley provides hope for W.Va.

Editorials

During the past seven and one-half years, the nation's energy policy has amounted to whatever President Barack Obama says it is. His imperial presidency has resulted in dramatic, perhaps irreversible changes in how we generate electricity.Only the oil and natural gas drilling revolution that ...

Creating the Village Idiot

Columnists

I'm a proud member of Generation Geek. I was born and grew up in the 1980s and 1990s, just the right time to be brought up in the age of video games and all things "nerd."So, lately, I've been sitting back and watching the Pokemon Go craze with amused interest. I absolutely love it.Of course, ...