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Opinion

Each political party demonizing the other

Letters to the Editor

In Robert Ware’s June 22nd letter of The Inter-Mountain, he aired his grievances with Democrats and told a little too eagerly how he can’t wait to vote for Trump again. Has anyone noticed that he hasn’t said one single thing that Democrats did that makes him such a staunch Trump ...

Road Repair

Editorials

Apparently, we West Virginians are not alone in our displeasure with the conditions of our highways and bridges. People in quite a few other states have similar concerns, to judge by a U.S. Senate committee vote this week. On Monday, members of the Senate Environment and Public Works ...

Medicaid Fraud

Editorials

About 550,000 West Virginians — nearly one-third of our state’s residents — rely on Medicaid to pay some or all of their health care expenses. Obviously, the potential for fraud is enormous. For several years, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has been asking the Legislature to ...

Trump talks black lung

Columnists

Much of what President Donald Trump had to say during a fundraiser at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling pleased the nearly 1,000 people in the crowd immensely, because Trump was talking to them, not a national audience focused on the Mueller investigation or “the squad.” His audience here wanted ...

Why Wait?

Editorials

One reason private charter schools appeal to some education reformers is that they are burdened with less bureaucratic red tape than public schools. A few charters may be coming to West Virginia, as a result of a bill enacted earlier this summer by the Legislature. As we have pointed out many ...

Immigration

Editorials

Arresting, detaining and deporting illegal immigrants is outrageous, many leading Democrats maintain. Some have called for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to be eliminated, in effect opening our borders to all comers. But where was the compassion for illegal immigrants during ...

Verbal assaults

Columnists

In 1968, Douglas Kiker filed this report on the state of the nation during the presidential campaign. “It is as if somewhere a while back,” Kiker stated, “George Wallace had been awakened by a white, blinding vision: they all hate black people, all of them.” He concluded, ...

Memorial bench placed at Teter Lake in Barbour County

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! Summer might have gotten off to a cool, rainy start, but this past week sure has made up for it! Last weekend, the temperatures were in the 90’s. I sure was glad to see the rain come again and cool things back down a bit! When you fish at Teter Lake, you might ...

Shakespeare comes alive in Elkins

Columnists

What a delightful 90 minutes of Shakespeare we saw Sunday night! The Augusta Pavilion at Davis & Elkins College was the perfect place to imagine that we were in a sylvan setting like the Forest of Arden back in merry old England. The Shinnston-based Rustic Mechanicals Troupe under ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the Elkins Rotary Club for providing local student Aiden Miney the opportunity of a lifetime through the Rotary Youth Exchange program. Miney went to the Czech Republic for a year. There, he learned a new language, learned the proper etiquette, made international friendships and ...

Weaponizing words to use as a tool

Letters to the Editor

Liberals are obsessed with race. They weaponize certain words in order to use them as a tool to strike out when you disagree. A while back I was involved in a conversation about Puerto Rico. After looking at pictures of homes with bars on the windows and doors, I asked about Puerto Rico’s ...

Reader upset by recent celebrations

Letters to the Editor

I wish I lived in Elkins or Buckhannon, so I could pack up and leave. Between the obnoxious Home Rule and the Pridefests celebrating behavior between members of the same sex, there is no attraction in those places for me. Several things bother me about this year’s “celebrations,” the ...

What will our kids say about climate change?

Letters to the Editor

The last year or two has seen an unusual number of U.S. natural disasters: major hurricanes, massive Midwest floods, way too many deadly tornadoes, severe wildfires, subzero cold spells, some of the hottest years on record, etc. The rest of the world has likewise suffered increasing droughts, ...

Flood of Pills

Editorials

In 2012, after the addictive properties of opioid pain pills were known, drug companies shipped 12.6 billion of them to U.S. pharmacies. That works out to about 38 each for every man, woman and child in this country. No wonder drug companies involved in lawsuits over marketing of opioid ...

Valid Point

Editorials

West Virginia House of Delegates member Patrick McGeehan is firmly in favor of improving public schools. But McGeehan, R-Hancock, voted against a bill to that end for an understandable reason — cost. “We seem to have short memories in Charleston,” McGeehan told our reporter. “In this ...

‘Wasping’

Editorials

Perhaps “wasping” has come to our area already. If not, it probably will arrive soon. As we have lamented before, producers of illicit drugs seem to be the most inventive people on the planet. Progress in curbing abuse of opioids has been accompanied by an increase in overdoses from ...

Frustrating lack of progress

Columnists

In both our states, something interesting has occurred regarding public schools during the past year or so. Whether it is good or bad is a matter many may dispute, but it marks a sea change in attitudes among policymakers. Ohio legislators are considering a change in the requirements to ...

Bridges

Editorials

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., understands that when public officials make decisions about infrastructure spending, they prefer new construction over repairs. She is right to be urging that a federal highway funding bill make bridge rehabilitation a priority. Capito, who chairs the ...

Action Needed

Editorials

People who could have done something about it were aware of the “excessive spending” engaged in by former bishop Michael Bransfield, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. They did not. So, while church officials have pledged to keep a close eye on spending in the diocese, ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to Randolph County Schools officials and volunteers from across the county and state who have helped with the clean-up efforts at Harman School following the severe flooding of June 30. They are all to be commended for their efforts in getting the facility prepared for the start of ...