Opinion

Justice’s blunder

Columnists

Give the executive committee of the Republican party credit, they have integrity. Jim Justice, the opportunist in chief, thought he could buy them by switching to the GOP — he did not. They did not endorse a road bond set for October — something they were not particularly keen on to begin ...

Wiping out traces of American culture

Letters to the Editor

I started this letter some weeks ago and was delayed finishing until now, and it has worked out well, since Mr. Robert Ware of French Creek had a masterpiece offering in Saturday’s Inter-Mountain (Aug. 19). The sad reality is, of course, that Mr. Ware is correct and very tuned in to what is ...

Visitor charmed by beauty of Elkins

Letters to the Editor

I recently visited Elkins for the Augusta Oldtime Week, and can’t get over the beauty of your town and the welcome I met in the merchants and residents. I’m inspired to write because I saw the construction going on at the Elkins Water Works, the old building on Barron Avenue, and hoped ...

Solution to pollution

Letters to the Editor

I harp on this so much I’m sure people have started to avoid me. Every other day I see pristine beaches covered in plastic refuse. Or read articles about how we produce enough plastic bottles every year to reach to the moon and back. The pollution has to stop and there is a simple place to ...

The Inter-Mountain photos by Shannon Bennett Campbell
The Woman’s Club of Elkins will host their annual indoor Craft Fair Oct. 5-7 in Davis & Elkins College’s old gymnasium.  Doors will open at 9 a.m. Oct. 5 during Forest Festival Week.

One of a Kind

Columnists

Late summer is such a special time in West Virginia. Besides the quiet changing of our coloration, the arts and crafts displays are never more prevalent throughout our state. Those who get their livelihood from cottage industries made in their homes and workshops that are totally unique and ...

Learning to live by ‘faith’

Columnists

The greatest secret I have ever discovered in my Christian life is finally learning to live by “faith.” This doesn’t mean trying something new or even trying harder — just plain faith. It has brought peace and power into my life like nothing before, and it’s so incredibly simple! As a ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to everyone who has contributed to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, whether you donated money or are one of the dozen West Virginians who have been deployed to Texas and Louisiana by the American Red Cross. West Virginians have long been considered among the most charitable people ...

Political correctness or stupidity?

Columnists

Apparently, federal officials do not believe they can spare enough money to help Ohio County individuals and business people who suffered losses in the July flash floods. That form of assistance has been approved for some counties, but not Ohio. But Uncle Sam does have enough in the bank to ...

Donations

Editorials

Thousands of people have been forced from their homes in the Houston, Texas, area because of flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. At this writing, it was still raining there. Some parts of Texas were expected to record more than five feet of precipitation in less than a week’s time. We ...

Enjoying the eclipse

Columnists

Did you join the masses staring upward on August 21 to see the moon pass in front of the sun? The rare and highly anticipated solar eclipse did not disappoint. I walked to the plaza in front of Myles Center for the Arts on the Davis & Elkins campus to join a large group of students, ...

Bells Ringing

Editorials

At 1 p.m. on Labor Day, bells will be ringing at five locations in West Virginia, to celebrate the enormous contribution American women working in industry made toward victory in World War II. We refer to them now by the collective term, "Rosie the Riveter." But there will be no bells ringing ...

Ticking bomb

Editorials

Corrections officials were relatively restrained in what they said last week to West Virginia legislators about severe problems in state-run jails and prisons. They stuck to the facts, which are worrisome enough. But their unspoken message was this: Jail and prison overcrowding, with drug ...

Road bond vote is crucial

Columnists

Take a drive around West Virginia. Any questions about whether we need to spend a lot of money repairing and improving highways and bridges? But it may not happen. Why? Taxes and toll roads. For a while after Gov. Jim Justice and legislators set the stage for sale of $1.6 billion in bonds ...

Heartbreaking

Editorials

Here in West Virginia, we know about coal mining. We understand there is risk in the job. We have become accustomed, sadly, to hearing of lives lost in the mines. Still, as Gov. Jim Justice put it during the weekend, a mine fatality Friday was “especially heartbreaking.” A local man, ...

Bond issue

Editorials

We’re happy for our fellow West Virginians in Logan County. They had every reason to celebrate last week. But their cause for joy is an illustration of why a substantial portion of the proceeds from a proposed $1.6 billion bond issue for highways and bridges needs to be earmarked for ...

Charitable event with a real bang

Columnists

After you’ve been a journalists for several decades, you start to feel like you’ve seen it all, that there’s nothing that could happen in your town that you haven’t seen before. Well, on Monday something happened in Elkins that I’d never seen before. And here’s the best part — ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to everyone involved in presenting the annual Randolph, Tucker and Barbour County Fairs. If you’re looking for something fun to do today you’re in luck, as all three fairs will be offering multiple activities. The Randolph and Tucker fairs got underway earlier this week, and the ...

Philosophical musings on the eclipse

Columnists

The solar eclipse was a subtle reminder of our limited knowledge of the universe and a great metaphor for philosophical insight. Aug. 21 was a beautiful day in Elkins, and we could see the eclipse clearly using NASA-approved glasses with an ISO 12312-2 standard filter, making the light ...

Civil war within the GOP

Columnists

In the aftermath of Charlottesville, the civil war within the Republican party has once more been exposed. Suddenly the party’s establishment has risen in revolt against President Donald Trump because of his embrace of white nationalists. This is a late denunciation of a man who has made ...

Addressing the evil that is seen on television

Columnists

Parish House director It seems that for the past three months or so I have had a watchword. As I understand it, a watchword is a word or motto that embodies a principle or guide to action. This watchword seems to be coming from deep inside me, welling up when I least expect it, shaping ...