Opinion

‘Breaking News’ a service to the public

Letters to the Editor

The Inter-Mountain’s “Breaking News” did a good job informing us of this morning’s escaped prisoner and later of his capture. Thank you. Wouldn’t it be good if the Randolph County Office of Emergency Management sent emails as they do for other emergencies? Shouldn’t notification ...

Trump, GOP still battling

Columnists

For almost a month, Donald Trump appeared the very picture of a disciplined politician, and then the old tendency to tweet led to his first slips since early October. Led by Kellyanne Conway, a campaign to dissuade Mitt Romney from taking up an offer to become Secretary of State gave the ...

Are you ready for Christmas?

Columnists

I ran into a friend at the grocery store last week and she asked, as many are accustomed to inquire during this season, “Are you ready for Christmas?”  Being ready for Christmas often means having decorated the home, put up the Christmas tree, shopped for all the presents, wrapped the ...

Nothing light in the midst of Advent

Columnists

This has been a dark and gloomy week. At least there has been that overtone for the last week. It really started the day before Thanksgiving in a text message exchange with my dear friend Janice. Janice has been on the liver transplant for several years due to a rare liver disease that has an ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the unique opportunity Elkins High School students had this week to speak to U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., just as he was at the center of national speculation about him possibly being named to President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet. On Wednesday, students in Shelly Burda’s ...

Coal miners in need of help from D.C.

Editorials

Everyone on Capitol Hill seems to want to help retired coal miners whose health insurance and pensions are in dire jeopardy. But disagreement over how to do it may leave the miners and their families out in the cold. Time is running out. By Jan. 1, health care benefits for an estimated 16,300 ...

Strength of community

Columnists

Community is a powerful concept. An authentic community accepts each of its members for who they are — talents and shortcomings — celebrating the good times and providing support when we find ourselves in the valleys of life.  Davis & Elkins College is a community. This semester, ...

We must be good stewards

Columnists

A fenced-off half-acre lot within the boundaries of the Upshur County Youth Camp stands as a reminder why we must strive to be good stewards of our environment. More than 100 years ago, Buckhannon Chemical Co. used the area for waste disposal. The company produced charcoal, wood alcohol and ...

W.Va. epidemic needs attention

Editorials

Only time will tell how effective some initiatives against drug abuse are in West Virginia. Many victims of the opioid epidemic have no time to wait for solutions, however. Our state has the highest rate of drug overdose deaths in the United States, by far. Six hundred twenty-seven Mountain ...

Slashing education aid is wrong move

Editorials

The state’s budget woes certainly are a cause for concern, but cutting corners in education to make ends meet may hit the state where it will hurt the most — our future workforce. The recent announcement of $11.1 million in education cuts to help fix a mid-year budget gap should be a ...

Flag represents the best in us

Columnists

For several days earlier this month, Brown University offered a counseling center on campus, serving hot chocolate and cookies to students made uncomfortable by events on campus Nov. 11. Following Brown’s lead, several universities posted “trigger warning” notices in dormitories. ...

Manchin would be good pick for post

Editorials

Perhaps the most important Cabinet secretary President-elect Donald Trump will select is a person to head the Department of Energy. Our entire economy, not to mention much of our foreign policy, relies on energy. During the past eight years, President Barack Obama and liberals in Congress ...

Fed Up

Editorials

Housing of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi may well be patting herself on the back this week. In the process, she should be looking over her shoulder. Change is coming up fast, and she simply is not equipped to handle it. Pelosi, D-Calif., was re-elected as leader of House ...

Initiatives were not generous

Columnists

After fleeing Donald Trump during the election, Republicans are licking their chops contemplating rolling back the social safety net. Social Security, Medicare and the Affordable Care Act lay on the chopping block. Like Democrats after Barack Obama’s victory, they are not willing to have an ...

Heaven’s help for the world’s woes

Columnists

We live in a broken world; there is no doubt. If your mind is not made up, just watch or read the news.  Murder, drug deals and dealers, heinous crimes against both children and adults, terrorist attacks, theft, domestic violence, injuries and deaths by drug overdose, and the list of all our ...

School closure facts are needed

Letters to the Editor

Once again, I am forced to send a letter to you regarding the impending closure of Homestead and Valley Head Elementary schools. As we know, the Randolph County Board of Education administration failed to meet the legal requirement for public notification for the public meetings required to ...

‘Poor, Poor Pitiful Me’

Letters to the Editor

I’d like to say this in regards to Mr. Brenwalt’s Nov.19 letter. While you were licking your wounds, the Republicans in Congress were hard at work defusing the many booby traps set by your party for our next president. Among those were nearly 600 pages of new rules and regulations, signed ...

Getting covered is good for America

Letters to the Editor

Rural Americans face hefty challenges when it comes to health care. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) many new resources have been created to address rural health care needs. According to the USDA, Rural Americans suffer from higher rates of chronic conditions like diabetes, heart ...

Residents take care of their own

Editorials

It is better to give than to receive, so the saying goes; and West Virginians know that better than residents of most other states, according to a new WalletHub report. The Mountain State was deemed the 11th “most charitable” state, according to an analysis of 13 metrics such as volunteer ...

The gift of opportunity can change many lives

Columnists

As a college president, some duties are more enjoyable than others. However, recently I had an opportunity that I savored. I only wish I could perform such a task daily! Davis & Elkins offers a very special and substantial scholarship to an outstanding student who will be a member of ...