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Opinion

Embarrassing

Editorials

Three years ago, when West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice was running for the post he now holds, failure by some of his companies to pay property taxes in this state and Virginia were an embarrassment. They still are. A Roanoke, Virginia television station, WDBJ, reports Justice’s ...

National Heritage Area a shared dream

Columnists

Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area (AFNHA) is a shared dream that is becoming a reality. Such large dreams do not come true without a great deal of collaborative work on the part of local people. Much of the credit for the vision and organizational skills needed to build this project ...

Exposing hatred

Columnists

Perhaps the wanton murder of 20 people in El Paso, Texas will finally force Donald Trump and his Republican enablers to mute the hateful rhetoric against immigrants. The shooter posted an attack on the internet blasting immigrants before he carried out his lethal assault. Moreover, he parroted ...

Summer vacation is coming to an end in Barbour County

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! Summer may not be officially over according to the calendar, but for students and teachers, it has come to an end. School begins in Barbour County on Wednesday. I wish you all a great year! There was a good turnout this past Sunday for the Ride 2 Dive in Junior. I ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the Barbour, Randolph and Tucker County Boards of Education for supplying The Inter-Mountain with the Fall Bus Schedules for the new school year, which will begin next week. Officials from these county school systems understand the importance of informing the public about the times ...

Common denominator in shootings is hate

Letters to the Editor

With the shootings that have taken place in the past few weeks, I thought I’d take a look at some of the reasons these incidents took place. The common denominator that they had was one emotion — hate. Webster’s dictionary defines hate as an intense or passionate dislike. Regard with ...

Restore parks and create opportunity

Letters to the Editor

America today misses a history-making opportunity: the chance to carry into the future a feature that permanently makes America great: our star-spangled national parks. I write to support the priority of this for West Virginia — where we have important, but imperiled, national parks. Here ...

Country must treat coal miners fairly

Letters to the Editor

The country is leaving coal behind, and we need to treat coal miners fairly. As a society we need to cover miners’ retirement, health care, and transition payments when new jobs pay less than mining jobs. For each 100 miners who lose their jobs, a good 10-year transition program would cost ...

Student enjoys stay in West Virginia

Letters to the Editor

Hi! My name is Alex Gwizdala, and I live in Williamsport, Maryland. If you had asked me last March what I was going to do with my summer after graduation, I probably would have told you that I would try to get an internship at some local lab or just wind up doing nothing. I certainly wouldn’t ...

Bullying

Editorials

Had Denise Fernatt been a juvenile, police and prosecutors might have been able to do something about the people who allegedly harassed her until she jumped off the New River Gorge Bridge on Aug. 5, 2017. But bullying laws that safeguard West Virginia children do not apply to adults. Two ...

Backlog

Editorials

Give West Virginia Division of Highways employees credit. They have been working hard during the past few months to clear up a routine maintenance backlog estimated by some at about 10 years. It should be cut in half by next summer, DOH Commissioner Jimmy Wriston estimates. What then? Will the ...

Painkillers

Editorials

More than 10 years ago, a representative for a drug distributor wrote of the opioid products his company was receiving, “Keep ’em comin’! Flyin’ out of here. It’s like people are addicted to these things or something. Oh, wait, people are...” In reply, a sales representative for ...

‘Roads to Prosperity’ bids

Columnists

Well, surprise, surprise! Bids for a major Interstate 70 Bridge project have come in very close to state estimates. Either West Virginia Division of Highways engineers are very good at estimating the cost of complex construction work or ... I’m not accusing anyone of anything nefarious. ...

Fixing Holes

Editorials

Repairing holes in the West Virginia Division of Highways pay schedule is just as important as filling in potholes, in the long run. Yet, despite being instructed nearly two years ago to do that, the agency has not completed the task. Attracting and keeping qualified, hard-working employees ...

Education

Editorials

A new chairman has been named for the West Virginia House of Delegates Education Committee. House Speaker Roger Hanshaw’s choice to lead the panel is being criticized already — because he lacks a background in education. Hanshaw, R-Clay, selected Del. Joe Ellington, R-Mercer, for the ...

Donald’s warning

Columnists

Musing on Republican prospects in 1968, Democratic Chairman of the National Committee John Bailey made what would be seen as a disastrous prognostication. “We know who our nominees will be,” he stated. “I’m happy to be able to say the Republicans have all their bloody infighting to look ...

New possibilities for Old Kump Place

Columnists

Randolph County Assistant Superintendent of Schools Joseph Arbogast visited Kump Education Center this week, and we talked about different ways teachers and students could use the facility. We are seeking new ways that KEC can serve the Randolph County community now that the heating system ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to U.S. Congressman Alex Mooney, R-2nd District, who met with Randolph County and Elkins officials to discuss the area’s drug abuse issues on Wednesday. The roundtable discussion centered on the need for Randolph County to be designated as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. ...

Grants can impact all members of community

Letters to the Editor

The Pallottine Foundation of Huntington has just passed a milestone — the application deadline for our first round of grantmaking in the 20 counties we serve in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio. The Foundation’s mission, to support transformative health initiatives that empower all ...

Medical issues require working phone service

Letters to the Editor

My name is Debra K. Dove. My husband, James E Dove, has multiple medical issues, making it necessary for us to have phone service. He has prostate cancer, end stages, six things wrong with his heart, a 23-year-old metal aortic valve, 23-year-old reimplanted arteries, has had three strokes, ...