Opinion

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the Tygart Valley Scottish Rite Masons for hosting their annual spring benefit pancake breakfast at Applebee’s in Elkins last Saturday. Elkins is blessed to have many great organizations that contribute hundreds of volunteer hours on their own time in the community for the ...

Gag rule may have a negative impact

Letters to the Editor

I am writing this letter to show my strong opposition to the gag rule that has been released, and if implemented, would negatively affect health care for millions of Americans. The gag rule would force health care professionals to withhold specific information from their patients. As a family ...

Annexation effort prompts questions

Letters to the Editor

I wrote in this column back in September about a sign ordinance violation, and that Coca Cola sign is still there. Well, that same sign ordinance was the first thing mentioned when the annexation meeting opened up to the floor. The meeting was ruckus, a lot of questions and few clear ...

Beverly candidate is making history

Letters to the Editor

History was made the day local resident Becky Arbogast turned in her registration to run for an elected position in the upcoming 2019 municipal election in Beverly. As a resident of the Beverly Manor situated at the east end of town — and wholly within corporate limits — Arbogast is the ...

Flood Relief

Editorials

While some local officials in West Virginia seem to be all too eager to spend disaster relief money illegally, the state cannot seem to use it quickly enough. Last week, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin complained that the federal government is dragging its feet in releasing more than $106 million in ...

High court and public schools

Columnists

What happens if the West Virginia Legislature, during the special session planned for the next couple of months, enacts a bill requiring big changes in public schools? You’ll have to ask members of the state Board of Education about that. They, not legislators, have the final say — ...

Shocking

Editorials

Richwood’s municipal recorder paid herself more than $45,000 without getting approval from her city council, an investigation by state Auditor John McCuskey’s office contends. It adds that a former mayor paid himself $3,640 for four days’ “volunteer” work. City officials received ...

‘I Ask’

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice, in proclaiming April Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness month in West Virginia, called the increase both here in the Mountain State and nationally in child abuse and sexual assaults against men, women and children a “terrible commentary on a sector of society that ...

Learning about higher level hydrology

Columnists

April is here and that means it's time for our students in the STREAM mentoring program to go on field trips. This year Jeanne Johnson and I decided to take her 21 students at North Elementary School to see the new Elkins Water Plant at the top of High Street. It's just about as high up as ...

Spring is on the way in Barbour

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! There are some mornings that I still have a little frost on my windshield, but I've seen lots of flowers popping up, and have even heard some “spring peepers”! On Sunday, April 7, there will be a Vera Bradley/Pampered Chef bingo fundraiser at the Urban Studio ...

His own worst enemy

Columnists

Well, there he goes again. Donald Trump, fresh off what he thinks is a vindication, promptly shot himself in the political foot. With the highly partisan William Barr summary giving the president some breathing room, he blasted Obamacare and once more revives the ridiculous border issue. As ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the Elkins Rotary Club for a Century of Service. Anyone who reads The Inter-Mountain on a regular basis knows that Rotary is a vital, working part of a local community. Rotarians around the world have been involved in community projects for the betterment of their respective ...

What is America’s biggest problem?

Letters to the Editor

For over 240 years, brave men and women have risked life and limb to defend our country against all enemies, domestic and foreign, and they’re still doing it today, but there’s a problem. Today, America’s biggest enemy is not Vladimir Putin, Kim Jon-un or Iran’s leader Hassan ...

Vietnam veterans still feel forgotten

Letters to the Editor

To our local elected and appointed officials, the Vietnam War is over and to be forgotten. Did you know that March 29 was Vietnam War Veterans Day and your chance to say “welcome home”? If you were around when Johnny came marching home from Vietnam, you might remember that his reception ...

Drug Abuse

Editorials

It has been nearly a decade since drug abuse became an epidemic in West Virginia. We can pinpoint with some certainty when it happened, using drug overdose deaths as a guide. In 2009, our state’s overdose death rate was not a particular cause for concern. At 10.3 deaths per 100,000 ...

Road Repair

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice’s road repair campaign brings up a question often on the minds of some area residents: Is the energy industry paying its fair share to repair roads damaged by its heavy trucks? We honestly do not know the answer to that question, but it is one into which the governor may ...

Report was a dud

Columnists

The much-balleyhooed Mueller report proved to be a dud. It represents the biggest attempt by foreign policy hardliners to present any reapproachment with the Russian federation. For two years, the tax dollars flowed and the moralists thundered, not to mention the remarks questioning Donald ...

Putting teacher excellence first

Columnists

Julia Elbon and I made a trip to Charleston this week to meet with the staff of First Lady Cathy Justice at the Governor’s Mansion because education is the issue that Ms. Justice has selected as her main focus while her husband is Governor because she was a teacher herself. We invited the ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the rescue efforts of first responders to find and extract a local resident from a spectacular wreck scene under the Michael A. “Mikey” Hart Bridge on Corridor H in Barbour County Wednesday morning. After his vehicle left the roadway and crashed down into the ravine, Jason ...

Weeping, wailing over Mueller report

Letters to the Editor

I was sitting in the living room Sunday afternoon watching a little golf on TV and just generally lounging when I thought I heard an unfamiliar noise outside. We live about 60 feet from the highway and there are lots of noises every day. We recognize most of them by the sound, my wife many more ...