Opinion

Residents getting involved

Columnists

As a newspaper veteran, someone who has spent countless hours at governmental meetings where no one from the public was in attendance, let alone speaking about an issue, I get excited when I see local residents getting involved in how their government is run. That’s why I appreciated several ...

Punishment out of proportion to crime

Letters to the Editor

I purchased The Inter-Mountain newspaper and read the incredible story on Sept. 1, 2017 with the headline “Man charged with third-offense shoplifting.” I don’t know Mr. Gillespie nor do I know the details of the two previous shoplifting incidents. However, I find it shockingly ...

Veteran deserves honor

Columnists

West Virginia is a state born from military conflict, with a unique heritage of military service to our nation. West Virginians have always served our great country valiantly and Hershel “Woody” Williams is among West Virginia and our great nations’ most valiant. There has been a ...

Who is number one?

Letters to the Editor

Who am I? I am number one. Not the United States. Not the people. Just me. I hold town meetings. I clap for myself. If 1,500 people show up, I say there are 15,000, and they are lined up for blocks outside trying to get in. I say Putin is the greatest leader there is. I said I would build ...

The state’s economy in need of assistance

Letters to the Editor

It is a well-known fact that the economy in West Virginia needs help. Our legislature has discussed several options in the past, including increasing taxes and fees paid by our residents. Firmly, I believe there are other solutions to the fledgling revenues our state is dealing with. One ...

Trump is one of a kind

Columnists

Huey Long, when asked about his core beliefs, answered, “Just say I am sui generis and let it go at that.” So it might be with President Donald Trump that he too is one of a kind. Hurricane Harvey brought out his best side while he toured Houston, with a bit of a heartfelt smile. He ...

Fall Bash and more on tap in Barbour

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County where we now have a new queen! Skylar Ketchem is the new Miss Barbour County 2017. Congratulations! Skylar is a sweetheart and I'm sure she will have fun this year and represent our county well. The weather sure has been the topic of conversations lately. Folks in ...

Road bond vote a recipe for disaster

Letters to the Editor

Voting for a new road bond program is a recipe for ruin. Just blend in a dash of corruption, destruction and construction. If you think that West Virginia’s Division of Highways have been chastised in the last few years, think again. More money won’t fix West Virginia’s roads, if the ...

The unlocked church door

Columnists

Psalm 122:1: “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.” Eagerly, the 9-year old turned the church doorknob, pushed the door open and bounded into the small sanctuary. Sunday’s afternoon sunlight filled the room, exposing hundreds of dust particles in its ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to new Randolph County Superintendent of Schools Gabriel J. “Gabe” Devono, who this week said he hopes the county will receive approximately $324,000 to allow for new heating and air conditioning at Coalton Elementary School, as well as other building upgrades, such as new lighting ...

Erasing our connections to the past

Columnists

Lewis Wetzel was a bloodthirsty murderer of native Americans, it has been said. If Wetzel saw an Indian, he tried to kill him, in cold blood, if possible, according to some of his critics. So, should we hop in our cars and drive to Morgantown, there to tear down or at least shroud the statue ...

Waste of Money

Editorials

State government seems endlessly inventive in finding ways to waste huge sums of money on pie-in-the-sky technological ventures. Unfortunately, we West Virginians keep letting the folks in Charleston get away with it. About three years ago, state officials were talked into spending $150 ...

Lives having an impact

Columnists

Among the many privileges I have as president of Davis & Elkins College is representing the institution at funerals for those significant in the history and life of the school. My spouse, Lisa, and I recently had one such opportunity. A chance encounter at the funeral brought home in vivid ...

Economic Report

Editorials

Most West Virginians have known for years that we need to do something different to ensure our state’s economy can support our children and grandchildren. That was obvious even before former President Barack Obama’s administration began wrecking the coal industry. But what? Where? ...

Competing for new plant

Columnists

There was good news for Northern Panhandle and East Ohio residents last week, when West Virginia University researchers released a study regarding sites for an ethane storage hub. There’s been a lot of hype regarding ethane storage hubs during the past several weeks. Having one in your area ...

W.Va. Connection

Editorials

Assuming the U.S. Senate agrees, a Wheeling man will become the head of the Mine Safety and Health Administration. That could be a very good thing, because the local man, David Zatezalo, has bottom-to-top experience in the coal industry. Zatezalo has been nominated to serve as assistant ...

Pastor speaks out against ‘brunch bill’

Letters to the Editor

As a pastor, a believer and a teacher of God’s word, I unequivocally, without reservation, stand against partaking of alcoholic beverages. Proverbs 23:15 states we should not even look at alcoholic beverages much less partake of them, socially or otherwise. Much more could be said of the ...

Good Change

Editorials

For eight years, those of us in West Virginia, Ohio and a few other states tried in vain to make our fellow Americans understand that former President Barack Obama’s war on coal ought to be their concern as well as ours. It took the spotlight focused on Coal Country by then-candidate Donald ...

Offering info on local churches

Columnists

We here at The Inter-Mountain are working to bring you the best news coverage, along with information that’s useful to you in your daily life. Toward that end, we ask you to take a look at our new Saturday Religion Section, on pages C4 and C5 of today’s edition. Our goal with the new ...

Reader wants an Elkins public pool

Letters to the Editor

Another summer has come and gone without a public pool for the families of Randolph County. Every summer the families of our community travel to other counties to utilize their outdoor pools. While we are in these other counties, we fill up our gas tanks at their gas stations and eat at their ...