Opinion

Media coverage unfair?

Letters to the Editor

I noticed a segment on a major news network that Uber, Lyft, and D.C. area restaurants were told by their management that they had the right to kick out any customer that made them feel harassed or threatened. The group being singled out this time was Unite the Right, a white supremacist group ...

2018 Barbour County Fair is offering family friendly fun

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! School and all of its activities are back in full swing! This is a busy time of year, with homework, sports, practices and after-school activities. The Barbour County Fair kicks off this weekend. Five young ladies will be competing for the title of Miss Barbour ...

Tournament a success

Letters to the Editor

Elk’s Golf Course would like to thank the participants and sponsors for making the 2018 Randolph County Classic Golf Tournament a hugh success. Winners of the tournament are: Champion Kollin Hopwood, runner-up Alasdair Forsythe and third-place Mike Cooper. Thank you goes to Tygarts Valley ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the beginning of the high school football season this weekend, and to all the student-athletes, coaches, parents and volunteers who will work together to bring us the games on Friday nights this fall. We’re looking forward to a great season. Applause to the opening Thursday of ...

Coal Friendly

Editorials

If it does no more than slow the nation’s headlong rush toward abandoning a relatively inexpensive, reliable source of energy — coal — the Environmental Protection Agency’s new Affordable Clean Energy rule will be performing an enormous service to Americans. Announced this week, the ...

Response

Editorials

Pope Francis took precisely the correct attitude in his letter responding to a grand jury investigation of sexual abuse by priests in Pennsylvania. Released Monday, the missive admitted that too many in the Roman Catholic church “showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned ...

Plot Theory

Editorials

If there are any facets of politics that are clearly nonpartisan, they are corruption and mismanagement. The sordid, long history of wrongdoing in West Virginia government includes plenty of people from both the Democrat and Republican parties. So why are some liberals claiming the state ...

Trial in the state Senate

Columnists

Allen Loughry has to go. The man who wrote the book on political corruption in West Virginia has furnished plenty of material for the next one, if federal prosecutors are correct. It’s virtually certain that, within a few weeks, state senators will vote to remove Loughry from office. What ...

Voices of Pain

Editorials

Victims of sexual abuse sometimes live with the pain for decades, especially if they were preyed upon as children, without believing there is something they can do about it. That is true particularly when the predators were authority figures employed and sometimes protected by ...

The great judicial conspiracy plot

Columnists

It’s another Monday, and another day where I’ll be covering a legislative body dealing with the impeachment of the entire West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. This time, it’s the state Senate’s turn. They’ll be considering the rules of procedure who how the impeachment trials for ...

Revenue

Editorials

West Virginia state government may be out of the fiscal woods, as Gov. Jim Justice has been saying for some time. The state did end the previous fiscal year on June 30 with a $36 million carryover. And general revenue fund receipts for July, the first month of the new fiscal year, exceeded ...

Looking at heritage tourism in Italy

Columnists

While we work on plaster, plumbing and heating at the historic Kump House, I often wonder if it is worth so much effort to save an old building. However, our recent trip to Italy allowed me to gain a little perspective on preservation tourism. If our generation tears down all buildings that ...

Trump’s foreign policy decisions

Columnists

For most of his administration, Donald Trump has done the unexpected in foreign policy. His meetings with the leaders of North Korea and Russia demonstrated that he was willing to do the unorthodox. But recently he has shown that he is leaning toward the neo-Conservative position championed by ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the 27 men and women that took the oath of citizenship of the United States last week at The Jennings Randolph Federal Center in Elkins. It was an emotional day with tears of joy. Our 27 new citizens came from Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Canada, Brazil, Bhutan, Nepal, Iran, ...

Dilapidated property issue draws ire

Letters to the Editor

I have set the last several weeks and listened to certain individuals in the Elkins area complain about “dilapidated” properties. I travel back in forth from my other home in Pennsylvania, and have never seen so many people up in arms about simple, petty things in my life. Some people ...

Pension bailout stakes are enormous

Letters to the Editor

Recent news articles indicate that a miners pension plan bailout may be on the agenda for congressional leadership. However it is yet unclear what such pension bailout might involve. What is certain is the financial stakes are enormous. There are no easy answers to the miners pension crisis, ...

Strategic plan for Elkins raises concern

Letters to the Editor

I would like to make several comments regarding The Inter-Mountain article published Aug. 17. I note that Ms. Sutton, the city clerk, advises that she has to date not had any public comments received in her office regarding the public’s invitation to comment on the proposed five-year ...

Resignation

Editorials

In announcing her resignation from the West Virginia Supreme Court, Robin Davis used all the right buzzwords on Tuesday. She argued the rule of law is being assaulted. She claimed the “will of the people is being denied!” She insisted she and other justices are victims of a plot. Davis ...

Impeachment

Editorials

Many West Virginians are angry at the three remaining members of the state Supreme Court, we suspect. Allegations against them paint a collective picture of high court justices on a spending spree with taxpayers’ money, eager to circumvent state law and dismissive of ethics rules that guide ...

Road Bond

Editorials

Last September, as West Virginia voters were thinking about how to vote on a proposed $1.6 billion bond issue for highways and bridges, the spot price for crude oil was about $50 per barrel. By a couple of weeks ago, it had soared to more than $70. Petroleum is a key ingredient in asphalt, ...