Opinion

Midterms represent big defeat for GOP

Columnists

November’s midterm elections represented a big defeat for the Republican party. Almost 40 seats lost in the House of Representatives and although they gained in the Senate, they only had to defend nine seats to 24 for the Democrats. In those states, they did take, they resorted to tactics not ...

Several Christmas events scheduled in Barbour County

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! I hope that you all had a good Thanksgiving. We had 35 family and friends around our table. I love family time. Now, we move onward towards Christmas! I did get my cards ready for the mail and the tree is up, but shopping is another thing. I guess I need to get to ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to all the law enforcement agencies that had a hand the capture of Randolph County murder suspect Vanessa Logan by the United States Marshall Service. Several groups including the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, the lead investigators, The West Virginia State Police, Elkins ...

Santa Claus: To lie or not to lie

Letters to the Editor

Ho-ho-ho. Do your kids believe in the magical, mythical, mysterious bearded man in the red suit who drives a sleigh with eight reindeer? Did you believe in the jolly ole guy during your childhood? Is your family seeped in the Santa-obsessed season? Well, here’s my question: Is there any ...

President sells out to Saudi Arabia

Letters to the Editor

Our president has sold us out again; this time to the prince of Saudi Arabia over oil production when we only get 10 percent of our oil from them. Trump even let’s them commit murder and that is OK with him. I am a Christian who stopped going to church because the way the churches take up ...

Appointment

Editorials

State Sen. Mike Maroney, R-Marshall, is absolutely right that triumphing over the drug abuse crisis in West Virginia is a top priority — perhaps the most critical responsibility — of state government. His new post as chairman of the Senate’s Health and Human Resources Committee enhances ...

Tips for a secure holiday season

Columnists

The holidays are a time for shopping and charitable giving, and while this is a time for sharing with family and friends, be careful not to inadvertently share your personal information with strangers who may be identity thieves. Just as consumer activity ramps up around this time of year, so ...

Who doesn’t love ‘granny?’

Columnists

Who doesn’t love granny? Some of us are fortunate enough to have biological grandmothers to influence our lives. Many others have been blessed with mature women who have assumed the role of a nurturing influence at various stages of their lives. These “adopted” grannies enrich our lives ...

Controversy

Editorials

Justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court have endured more than their share of controversy during the past few months. They should not shy away from tackling another issue that has stirred acrimony in Charleston — whether the governor is required to live in Charleston. House of Delegates ...

Health care’s role in W.Va.’s economic comeback

Columnists

Health care and the health of West Virginians has an integral role in the economic comeback of our state that’s happening right now. Under the superior leadership of Governor Jim Justice, the state has already made financial history, including: The largest first-quarter tax revenue ...

Opioid Crisis

Editorials

People experiencing severe, chronic pain have been victimized in two ways by opioid drugs. Good for West Virginia University researchers for concentrating on giving them some relief. Widespread use of opioids for pain relief during a period of several years resulted in some people ...

Melania’s method

Columnists

Well, at least one Trump knows what they are doing in the White House. Melania’s sacking of John Bolton’s deputy, Mira Ricardel, demonstrates that at least she understands the poor quality of the staff surrounding her husband. If she completes the job and helps relieve John Bolton and James ...

Impeachment

Editorials

Many of those involved in West Virginia’s impeachment summer seem to just want to put it all behind them and move on. That isn’t a bad idea, even though a critical question remains unanswered. It may come back to haunt us. Three of the five people who were state Supreme Court justices ...

Starting a business in W.Va.

Columnists

West Virginia’s unemployment rate is 5.3 percent, the lowest recorded level in over a decade. Core industries such as timber, manufacturing and mining have experienced a 13.1 percent growth rate in the last two years. Tourism is expanding as more travelers make their way to our wild, ...

Impeachment is over

Columnists

I’ve heard of Christmas miracles, but I think the state was witness to a Thanksgiving miracle of sorts. Last Wednesday, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals told the state Legislature that there would be no reconsideration of its decision to stop the impeachment trials of Chief ...

Looking Ahead

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice, given to using folksy language in some of his public pronouncements, no doubt has heard the warning about counting one’s chickens before they are hatched. Let us hope he and Republican leaders in the Legislature have not done just that. A few weeks ago, Justice engaged in ...

Disservice

Editorials

Was West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner acting illegally when he fired and replaced 16 employees in his agency, not long after taking office in January 2017? It is a question to which Mountain State residents deserve an answer — but we may never get it. Pointing out the people ...

Wanted: Charitable Hunters

Columnists

As fall arrives so does the time-honored tradition of hunting. Those who have been patiently waiting can finally celebrate the start of deer season. From the early settlers of our region, to the 350,000 plus individuals who hunt each year, hunting is a pastime that has been woven into the very ...

Giving Thanks

Editorials

Thursday marks a day of thanks, when we all gather with family and friends to count our blessings and look to the future. We also join in thoughtful prayer for those less fortunate and band together in charity to make our community a better and brighter place. We at The Inter-Mountain wish ...

FEMA scandal is outrageous

Columnists

After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico more than a year ago, West Virginians probably were among those shaking our heads over the situation. Inefficiency and corruption are bad enough in the U.S. territory that the Federal Emergency Management Agency had to put special rules in place to ...