Opinion

Falling Back

Editorials

We’re making some progress in West Virginia public schools, to judge by newly released test scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Unfortunately, we need to move faster. Mountain State students’ performance on the NAEP tests lags significantly behind national ...

Shortfalls

Editorials

State officials continue to be optimistic in public about the outlook for West Virginia’s budget during the remainder of the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. Let us hope they are right. March’s report on general revenue fund collections raises red flags. At the end of the month, ...

Planting at Kump Education Center

Columnists

Arbor Day has inspired us to plant 40 new trees at Kump Education Center this April all thanks to the Elkins Tree Board, G.F. Fielder Associates Landscape Architecture Firm, Davis & Elkins College Sustainability Program, West Virginia Division of Urban Forestry, and especially gardener ...

Reliving 2016

Columnists

Republicans in the second year of Donald Trump’s presidency appear to be fighting the 2016 race without end. Old George W. Bush hands now appear on MSNBC and regularly criticize Trump with more glee than any Democrat. Nicolle Wallace, particularly, former communication director under Bush 2, ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to two Elkins residents who returned to their former schools this week as hometown heroes. Trevor Kiess was named as the 65th WVU Mountaineer mascot on Feb. 24, and April Kesling is serving in her fifth year as a WVU cheerleader. The pair visited Thursday with students at four area ...

Explaining major party differences

Letters to the Editor

A lot of ignorance is going around from our local Trumpcakes, and I feel it is my civic duty to counter as much of it as I can. Starting with... Democrats: How they’re the absolute worst! So, for the longest time, I’ve been sending letters to The Inter-Mountain, explaining how I believe ...

Trying to decipher bureaucratic speech

Letters to the Editor

I’m wondering if there’s a word, phrase, or idiom to describe the action of deliberately confusing people by using complex sentences. For example, Elkins City Clerk Jessica Sutton throws out some big words and fancy sentences to confuse people. What does she really mean? It seems like ...

Succumbing to social media’s ills

Columnists

With all the anger about social media services collecting and selling our personal information, it was only a matter of time until someone used a gun to take out their frustrations, right? But that isn’t why Nasim Aghdam opened fire inside the YouTube headquarters building in California ...

Make a Difference

Editorials

How can you make a more important difference for your community and the people you love than by voting for — or against — President Donald Trump? That got your attention, didn’t it? But the question was more than a rhetorical one, and it has an answer that may surprise you. The answer ...

Food for thought

Columnists

Davis & Elkins College is a private, liberal arts, church affiliated, residential college. Each of these descriptors is of high importance to me. Of all these terms, liberal arts is the one that garners the most reflection. Recently, I encountered someone who challenged both our definition ...

Drills Needed

Editorials

Remember the good old days when you were young and the only thing breaking up the routine of school was the occasional fire drill? Teachers and principals told you how important it was to pay attention and know what to do in case of a fire. Take the drills seriously, they urged. You didn’t. ...

Trapped in subsidy wars

Columnists

Americans who rely on low-cost, reliable electricity from coal-fired power plants are trapped in what we might think of as subsidy wars. So are the miners and communities that rely on such generating stations as markets. Here’s the question about that: If you have to pay more for something, ...

Student Loans

Editorials

Providing some sort of student loan debt relief for higher education graduates may be a good idea, at least as U.S. Rep. David McKinley outlined it last week. But no-conditions-attached debt forgiveness such as that some students want ought to be ruled out. During a visit to West Liberty ...

Opioid Fight

Editorials

By an enormous margin, most health care professionals in West Virginia are honest, and dedicated to the well-being of those who need their help. But the possibilities are nearly endless for that tiny minority determined to build their own wealth by harming patients and ripping off ...

No Privacy

Editorials

If you want an idea of the magnitude of the privacy scandal involving Facebook, consider this: There are about 117 million households in the United States, according to the Census Bureau. As many as 87 million people, most in this country, had personal data collected by Facebook accessed by ...

The most dangerous threat in the wild

Columnists

With many still waiting for the winter-like weather to break, thoughts of outdoor activities are beginning to churn in the minds of many folks. So, what is the greatest danger to every hiker and hunter who ventures into the outdoors? You might think it’s bear attacks, snake bites or being hit ...

Unique Creations

Columnists

BUCKHANNON — Whether the late winter has permitted crocuses to appear or not, most of us are looking past April to get some fun activities placed on our calendars as summer is surely in sight. One event you will not want to miss is associated with the agricultural celebration of ...

Springtime focus on sustainability

Columnists

Sustainability is an old word that has taken on new meaning in the 21st Century. It means the ability to survive and function over time, and now it includes the active efforts of human beings to make choices that help maintain and support a healthy environment and a vibrant economy at the same ...

Own the bone

Columnists

Nearly every day I find solicitations from various groups in my mailbox. The most common ask for donations to support heart disease or cancer. As an orthopedic surgeon who every day cares for patients with musculoskeletal problems, it surprises me that there are not more fundraisers for ...

Barbour County welcomes new business, hosts music festival

Columnists

As I'm sure you are aware, there have been several Amish families move into the area in the past few months. One of these families, the Burkholders, have opened an Amish bakery on Route 92, approximately 6 miles out of Belington. This is located just past the Midway Road, on the right, across ...