Opinion

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to all the veterans whose service we celebrate today, Veterans Day. We should honor our nation’s heroes every day of the year, not just on Nov. 11. Toward that goal, The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series has featured veterans each Monday since Memorial Day, highlighting stories ...

Air policy vote a win for Upshur

Letters to the Editor

I attended the Upshur Buckhannon Board of Health meeting Nov. 2 for the vote on the expanded Clean Indoor Air Policy. The chair gave everyone that signed up the opportunity to make a comment for or against at the beginning of the meeting. Then the agenda for the meeting was followed. The vote ...

Our soldiers deserve a better payscale

Letters to the Editor

We who served for our country, for the lowest pay of any job, why? Because our parents served. Because we love our country. Because we live in a poor state. Because we want to improve our education. Because we couldn’t get a job in our state and to make it safer at home and for people in ...

Reader says being a Progressive important

Letters to the Editor

America is not an ethnic nation, not a religious nation, not a tribal nation. America is an idea. An idea best articulated by Thomas Jefferson: “All men are created equal.” When Jefferson wrote this sentence, his idea did not include all people. The story of America is, in essence, ...

‘Political agenda’ leads to program funding loss

Letters to the Editor

It was disheartening to read the Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central West Virginia lost $80,000 in funding, threatening its ability to help area youth, simply because they accepted a small training grant to help understand the needs of LGBTQ teens. Studies show that one in three ...

Does one group mean more than another?

Letters to the Editor

This is going to ruffle some people’s feathers, and by golly that’s exactly what it’s intended to do. If I offend anyone, I’m not sorry. That’s right, n-o-t s-o-r-r-y. If someone says I’m out of line and can prove it, I’m man enough to acknowledge it. On the night of June ...

Horrifying

Editorials

The 26 men, women and children massacred in a Texas church Sunday might be alive today if existing laws on firearms ownership had been obeyed. They were not — and the full extent of government’s failure in that regard is both horrifying and angering many Americans. Devin Patrick Kelley, ...

Poignant and blessed

Columnists

The moment was truly poignant! On a recent trip to California, my wife and I visited with an amazing couple. Peter Ullman arrived as a student at Davis & Elkins College in the late 1940s. His family was Jewish and had fled Germany and the Nazi regime in 1936. While at D&E, Peter met ...

Backstage chaos

Editorials

Turmoil has been the order of the day among leaders of both the Republican and Democratic parties. Listing all the many concerns of millions of voters who have been loyalists of either party would require a book. But a book by Donna Brazile, formerly chairwoman of the Democratic National ...

Conflict of Interest

Editorials

West Virginia is full of small towns and counties in which it can be difficult for public officials to avoid the appearance of conflicts of interest. Sometimes, the best person for a local government job may be related to a municipal or county official. Sometimes, the best, cheapest way to ...

Put the pushers in prison

Columnists

The most dangerous drug pushers don’t operate on street corners. They don’t use disposable cellphones and, except on “Dressdown Friday,” they wouldn’t think of going to work in jeans and T-shirts. You’ve already guessed I’m referring to drug companies, distributors and ...

Challenge

Editorials

Many of the functions of local and state government in West Virginia could be handled just as well as they are now — or better — with fewer people and less expense. That seems obvious. Slimming down the size of government takes both political power and courage, however. That is why no ...

Preventing Fraud

Editorials

During the third quarter of this year, work by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office and the Social Security Administration saved taxpayers an estimated $1.8 million. What might Morrisey’s office accomplish if it was turned loose on other programs that disburse ...

GOP has a position

Columnists

As the Republican party continues its feud, it is good for Democrats to remember that 90 percent supported Donald Trump even as some left the impression, it turned out false, that they would never vote for “that man.” Indeed, Trump was fighting a scandal as big as Harvey Weinstein’s over ...

Inspiring creativity and social change

Columnists

Elkins is so fortunate to have a history of fostering creative, intelligent and productive people who keep the spirit of innovation and social change alive. At Kump Education Center we are constantly inspired by the muse of history and the spirit of change. “The Ghost of a Good Guy” ...

Barbour Harvest Festival set for today

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! There will be a Harvest Festival today from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the Southern Baptist Church in Philippi. Come on out for some food, games, a cake walk, and more. It may be fall, but the Belington Police Department is thinking about Christmas. They are accepting ...

To God be the Glory

Columnists

Whenever we work on a project at work or school, we want the end result to reflect well on our boss or teacher. When we play our sport of choice, we want to make the coach proud of our performance. As we perform with our instrument, we desire for our instructor to be honored. No matter what the ...

Bazaars offer holiday goodies

Columnists

After just rolling in from the Ohio Amish country and considering all the confectionaries I saw and tasted there, I have decided November and December in West Virginia’s rural mountains certainly have many similarities. We may not have bakeries on every corner, but we do have our holiday ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the renovation of the historic Colonial Theater in Buckhannon. The theater will be used as a presentation space for all art forms, officials said during the dedication ceremony last week. To help fund the project, the city received a grant in the amount of $102,000 from the West ...

Bureaucrats and human nature

Letters to the Editor

It appears that the board of the convention and visitors center has a most favored child, with the most clout at Randolph County Commission. The child must be fed. These bureaucratic government machines are like the boilers of the Titanic, with an ever-increasing hunger to be stoked and ...