Opinion

Backlog

Editorials

Give West Virginia Division of Highways employees credit. They have been working hard during the past few months to clear up a routine maintenance backlog estimated by some at about 10 years. It should be cut in half by next summer, DOH Commissioner Jimmy Wriston estimates. What then? Will the ...

Painkillers

Editorials

More than 10 years ago, a representative for a drug distributor wrote of the opioid products his company was receiving, “Keep ’em comin’! Flyin’ out of here. It’s like people are addicted to these things or something. Oh, wait, people are...” In reply, a sales representative for ...

‘Roads to Prosperity’ bids

Columnists

Well, surprise, surprise! Bids for a major Interstate 70 Bridge project have come in very close to state estimates. Either West Virginia Division of Highways engineers are very good at estimating the cost of complex construction work or ... I’m not accusing anyone of anything nefarious. ...

Fixing Holes

Editorials

Repairing holes in the West Virginia Division of Highways pay schedule is just as important as filling in potholes, in the long run. Yet, despite being instructed nearly two years ago to do that, the agency has not completed the task. Attracting and keeping qualified, hard-working employees ...

Education

Editorials

A new chairman has been named for the West Virginia House of Delegates Education Committee. House Speaker Roger Hanshaw’s choice to lead the panel is being criticized already — because he lacks a background in education. Hanshaw, R-Clay, selected Del. Joe Ellington, R-Mercer, for the ...

Donald’s warning

Columnists

Musing on Republican prospects in 1968, Democratic Chairman of the National Committee John Bailey made what would be seen as a disastrous prognostication. “We know who our nominees will be,” he stated. “I’m happy to be able to say the Republicans have all their bloody infighting to look ...

New possibilities for Old Kump Place

Columnists

Randolph County Assistant Superintendent of Schools Joseph Arbogast visited Kump Education Center this week, and we talked about different ways teachers and students could use the facility. We are seeking new ways that KEC can serve the Randolph County community now that the heating system ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to U.S. Congressman Alex Mooney, R-2nd District, who met with Randolph County and Elkins officials to discuss the area’s drug abuse issues on Wednesday. The roundtable discussion centered on the need for Randolph County to be designated as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. ...

Grants can impact all members of community

Letters to the Editor

The Pallottine Foundation of Huntington has just passed a milestone — the application deadline for our first round of grantmaking in the 20 counties we serve in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio. The Foundation’s mission, to support transformative health initiatives that empower all ...

Medical issues require working phone service

Letters to the Editor

My name is Debra K. Dove. My husband, James E Dove, has multiple medical issues, making it necessary for us to have phone service. He has prostate cancer, end stages, six things wrong with his heart, a 23-year-old metal aortic valve, 23-year-old reimplanted arteries, has had three strokes, ...

Each political party demonizing the other

Letters to the Editor

In Robert Ware’s June 22nd letter of The Inter-Mountain, he aired his grievances with Democrats and told a little too eagerly how he can’t wait to vote for Trump again. Has anyone noticed that he hasn’t said one single thing that Democrats did that makes him such a staunch Trump ...

Road Repair

Editorials

Apparently, we West Virginians are not alone in our displeasure with the conditions of our highways and bridges. People in quite a few other states have similar concerns, to judge by a U.S. Senate committee vote this week. On Monday, members of the Senate Environment and Public Works ...

Medicaid Fraud

Editorials

About 550,000 West Virginians — nearly one-third of our state’s residents — rely on Medicaid to pay some or all of their health care expenses. Obviously, the potential for fraud is enormous. For several years, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has been asking the Legislature to ...

Trump talks black lung

Columnists

Much of what President Donald Trump had to say during a fundraiser at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling pleased the nearly 1,000 people in the crowd immensely, because Trump was talking to them, not a national audience focused on the Mueller investigation or “the squad.” His audience here wanted ...

Why Wait?

Editorials

One reason private charter schools appeal to some education reformers is that they are burdened with less bureaucratic red tape than public schools. A few charters may be coming to West Virginia, as a result of a bill enacted earlier this summer by the Legislature. As we have pointed out many ...

Immigration

Editorials

Arresting, detaining and deporting illegal immigrants is outrageous, many leading Democrats maintain. Some have called for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to be eliminated, in effect opening our borders to all comers. But where was the compassion for illegal immigrants during ...

Verbal assaults

Columnists

In 1968, Douglas Kiker filed this report on the state of the nation during the presidential campaign. “It is as if somewhere a while back,” Kiker stated, “George Wallace had been awakened by a white, blinding vision: they all hate black people, all of them.” He concluded, ...

Memorial bench placed at Teter Lake in Barbour County

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! Summer might have gotten off to a cool, rainy start, but this past week sure has made up for it! Last weekend, the temperatures were in the 90’s. I sure was glad to see the rain come again and cool things back down a bit! When you fish at Teter Lake, you might ...

Shakespeare comes alive in Elkins

Columnists

What a delightful 90 minutes of Shakespeare we saw Sunday night! The Augusta Pavilion at Davis & Elkins College was the perfect place to imagine that we were in a sylvan setting like the Forest of Arden back in merry old England. The Shinnston-based Rustic Mechanicals Troupe under ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the Elkins Rotary Club for providing local student Aiden Miney the opportunity of a lifetime through the Rotary Youth Exchange program. Miney went to the Czech Republic for a year. There, he learned a new language, learned the proper etiquette, made international friendships and ...