Opinion

Comparing lists of politicians’ missteps

Letters to the Editor

Good grief, here we go again! So, Robert Ware recently sent another letter to The Inter-Mountain and everything he said just makes me roll my eyes at the blatant blindness he has more than accepted and embraced as his reality. He calls Democrats every nasty thing he could think of that ...

Blaming the rich for every problem

Letters to the Editor

Have you noticed how many politicians seem to have a PH.D in advancing the evolution of blame? I guess it’s human nature to seek scapegoats to blame when things don’t go our way. A recent opinion letter laid out a scenario that rich people are the blame for West Virginia’s current ...

Snail’s Pace

Editorials

Ohioans who think the active ingredient in marijuana may help them with medical conditions were able to buy it beginning in January, about two and a half years after a state law legalizing such sales was enacted. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed a similar piece of legislation on April ...

Grim Situation

Editorials

How bad have secondary roads in West Virginia gotten? Consider that after Gov. Jim Justice asked Division of Highways officials for a county-by-county list of priorities for repairs, he received a document about 21 inches thick. So yes, the situation is grim. Now, Justice and other state ...

Looking at the middle

Columnists

These days, quite a few politicians seem to believe the key to success is pandering to one’s so-called “core constituency.” It appears most Democrats consider that to be the 20-30 percent of the people with very liberal views, while most Republicans appeal to the 20-30 percent with very ...

Education

Editorials

Public school teachers are educators, not professional psychologists or sociologists. They have their hands full dealing with children’s intellectual needs, without having to worry about other roles involving students’ well-being. Increasingly, educators are finding themselves the first ...

Good advice: Let teachers teach

Columnists

Perhaps the best advice for West Virginia legislators preparing for a special session on public school improvement is this: Just let the teachers teach. After the fiasco over Senate Bill 451, the “omnibus education bill” this winter, Gov. Jim Justice called for a special legislative ...

Hi-Tech

Editorials

Speaking of high-technology jobs — as we West Virginians do, frequently — how about the announcement from Toyota Motors? The company has announced it is expanding its plant in Putnam County. That will create 123 new jobs. More than 20 years ago, when Toyota decided to build the Putnam ...

Restorative justice in the schools

Columnists

“Restorative Justice” is a concept that is revolutionizing student discipline in American schools. This new approach to behavior management empowers students to take responsibility for their own actions and for the culture in their school communities. These newer ideas are not widely used ...

Safe for democracy

Columnists

Framers of United States foreign policy frequently re-examine the essential goals behind diplomatic and military necessity. Recently the neo-Conservative wing led by Max Boot and Robert Kagan have tried to distance themselves from hard-liners such as John Bolton and Mike Pompeo. It is not an ...

Barbour County residents are preparing to step into spring

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! Congratulations to Belington mayor Matt Ryan. The race for mayor was a close one this year, so a recount was requested to be sure of the votes. As a result of the recount, a tie was announced, so numbers were drawn, and Mayor Ryan will continue to serve for ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to Bob Woolwine and Gene Ochsendorf for their years of service to the city of Elkins as city councilmen. Both participated in their last meeting as council members Thursday night. Second Ward’s Ochsendorf has served as the chair of the Personnel Committee and on the Public Safety ...

Reader: You can’t buy an education

Letters to the Editor

First, let’s get something straight: You cannot buy an education. You can buy books and materials, construct a building and pay teachers, but no amount of money has ever bought anyone an education. Education is rarely fun, but it is always rewarding. The suppression of these truths is part ...

New school funding formula is discussed

Letters to the Editor

Last Thursday night I went to the Randolph County Town Hall to hear gubernatorial candidate Stephen Smith speak about his hopes for West Virginia. The evening started with a potluck dinner where Mr. Smith made his rounds eating and talking with residents. He spent quite a bit of time with ...

Advocating on behalf of small businesses

Letters to the Editor

Shortly after President Trump swore her in as US Small Business Administrator, Linda McMahon vowed to meet as many small business owners and their employees as she could. As their advocate in Washington, it has been of paramount importance the Administrator hears directly from our local ...

Tough Job

Editorials

Pity the Division of Highways officials from throughout West Virginia who have been given a tough assignment by Gov. Jim Justice. They have been told to prepare what amount to wish lists for secondary road repairs in each of the 55 counties. Justice issued the mandate during a Tuesday meeting ...

Second family

Columnists

“When I was a student, Davis & Elkins College became my second family.” This phrase, or a variation thereof, is one I have heard hundreds of times from alumni during my travels on behalf of the College. As was true in the past, today’s students continue to experience the family ...

Elections

Editorials

Engaging voters in the democratic process has become a critical challenge in ensuring our liberties-based form of government persists into the future. West Virginia is a national leader in one aspect of that work. Our secretary of state, Mac Warner, is a recognized national leader in both ...

Rough Road

Editorials

The kind of shell game Gov. Jim Justice is engaged in as he tries to convince West Virginians prior to the 2020 election that he is repairing “the damn roads” may fill in some potholes and correct a few slips — but at what cost? Justice said last week he has a strategy to come up with ...

Politicians get personal

Columnists

Never discount the power of personal animosity in politics. Take U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. and Gov. Jim Justice. Just a few years ago, they seemed to be friends. Manchin got credit for helping Justice, then a Democrat, win the governor’s race in 2016. It escaped no one’s notice that ...