Opinion

Teachers working toward certification

Columnists

Four promising Randolph County teachers met at Kump Education Center May 23 to explore the possibility of becoming National Board certified teachers. They plan to attend meetings in Clarksburg, June 18-20, to learn more about this unique program. If any local teachers would like to join our ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Boo to the sleepy bus drivers that temporally stranded Barbour County students en route to the National Zoo in Washington D.C. Last week, Hardy County sheriff’s deputies pulled over two commercial buses transporting students and their chaperones on a field trip after the deputies observed the ...

The economics of ‘free’ money

Letters to the Editor

The building of the new rail trail bridge displays the risks of spending “free” money arbitrarily. While the rail trail bridge’s initial construction is funded by a grant, the structure will cause the citizens of Elkins to incur many more costs that are not covered in the years to come. ...

Garden Club thanks community

Letters to the Editor

The Emma Scott Garden Club wishes to thank the community for its support of our annual fundraiser called Food, Floral and Fun. It was held on May 18 at the Randolph County Community Arts Center. We appreciate so much the many people who came to buy our plants, bazaar and raffle items and ...

Fighting the opioid epidemic

Letters to the Editor

West Virginia is considered “ground zero” of the opioid epidemic, with 833 drug overdose deaths in 2017. This is threefold the national rate. Injecting drugs increases the risk of infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis B and C. Sadly, in towns across our state, news of these ...

Easy Decision

Editorials

Just three Americans who earned the Medal of Honor during World War II remain among the living. West Virginian Hershel W. “Woody” Williams is one of them. U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia and Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, revealed Monday they are backing a Senate ...

Defending the Second Amendment

Columnists

For West Virginians, guns are part of our way of life. The Second Amendment guarantees our right as Americans to keep and bear arms. Whether for self-defense or sport, our right to own guns is protected by the U.S. Constitution. In Washington, D.C., the new House Majority under the leadership ...

Let joy ring out

Columnists

Let the joy ring out! If there was one word to describe the atmosphere in Harper-McNeeley Auditorium on May 11 during the 110th Commencement Ceremonies of Davis & Elkins College, it would be “joy.” Joy was obvious on the faces and in the hearts of graduates, families, trustees, faculty, ...

Education

Editorials

Republicans in the West Virginia state Senate ignored the advice about putting all one’s eggs in a single basket last winter. They packaged a variety of public school bills into one “omnibus education bill” — and it failed to pass. As a result, a variety of improvements on which there ...

Conflict

Editorials

Any number of individuals, organizations and even nations in the Middle East would not be displeased in the slightest at a military conflict between the United States and Iran. Islamic terrorist groups, for one, understand that would divert U.S. assets from targeting them, to at least some ...

Postponing education talk

Columnists

It appears Republican leaders in the West Virginia Legislature are doing precisely what I suggested last week that they might. They are pulling the rug right out from under the feet of the state’s three big public school employee unions. Union leaders are not happy about that. In March, ...

For the Kids

Editorials

Public schools are supposed to focus on teaching children, not filling gaps in nutrition, health care and mental wellness services. Yet in part because those lapses become evident in classrooms — and affect students’ abilities to learn — educators have had to do something about ...

Infrastructure

Editorials

Last month, Democrat congressional leaders left a meeting with President Donald Trump proclaiming they had a deal to pursue a $2 trillion infrastructure improvement program. Following the meeting, however, there was ... nothing. Much the same thing happened last year. Some lawmakers in both ...

Bolton’s agenda

Columnists

John Bolton, that fierce advocate of wars someone else has to fight, apparently has begun to get on the nerves of his boss, President Donald J. Trump. It seems that Trump worries that his national security director might force him to fight conflicts he does not want. Indeed, at the height of ...

Barbour County rainy weather living up to an old saying

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! I haven’t been seeing as many hummingbirds this year as I have in the past. I’ve only seen them a couple times, and last year, I saw them almost every day around the feeder. Has anyone else been noticing this, or is it just me that they are avoiding? My mom ...

We must not shortchange children

Columnists

West Virginia government is dysfunctional these days. We have an absentee governor and legislators who cannot write laws. Legislators will be paid extra tax dollars to correct errors in bills that the governor had to veto because they were technically incorrect when they were rushed through ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the small army of volunteers who have worked so hard to bring us the West Virginia Strawberry Festival this week. Along with all the ceremonies, events, performances and parades, on Wednesday, the City of Buckhannon paid tribute to former police chief Fred Gaudet, who died while he ...

Tariffs taking toll on hardwood industry

Letters to the Editor

Retaliatory tariffs from China have been a buzz saw through Appalachian hardwood businesses and the families that own and operate them. The hardwood industry provides an estimated $60 billion economic impact in the 12-state region but that will change this year because of trade with China. ...

Artists’ co-op looking for new members

Letters to the Editor

As president of Artists At Work, I want to thank The Inter-Mountain for its May 8 article about our artists’ co-op. However, the headline (”Artists At Work Fighting For Survival”) calls to mind the quote attributed to Mark Twain: “Reports of my demise are greatly exaggerated.” As ...

Should tax returns be made public?

Letters to the Editor

Forget about Donald Trump’s tax returns. I want to know how much my neighbors earned and how much they paid in taxes. Scratch that. I have wonderful neighbors, most of whom have lived in my neighborhood longer than my wife and I have. It’s the people who live a few miles away I wonder ...