Opinion

Fall Bash kicks off at Barbour County Fairgrounds today

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! The fair has come and gone, and congratulations to Tristen Furby, Miss Barbour County 2018. I'm sure that you will represent the county well, and I wish you a fantastic year! Today, the annual Belington Fire Department Fall Bash will be held at the Barbour ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to a local individual and a local organization garnering recognition this week in Charleston. The Elkins Depot Welcome Center was named one of five organizations in the state to receive the “Organization Governor’s Service Award,” while Melodee Price, Elkins Make it Shine ...

Trump stacking up accomplishments

Letters to the Editor

As we approach the end of President Trump’s second year in office, the ever-growing list of extraordinary good things he has done for America is nothing short of remarkable. President Trump inspires such deep emotions in his critics that many have struggled to objectively assess his ...

Comparing McCain to the president

Letters to the Editor

I was just thinking about cults. How people can be brainwashed to join and believe someone like Jim Jones and Charles Manson. But yet today we have a president running his own cult. It doesn’t matter what he says, his 37 percent of his cult sticks with him. He can talk about how he has ...

Amendment on the ballot

Letters to the Editor

On Nov. 6, West Virginia voters will be asked to vote Yes or No on Amendment No. 1, which would change the state constitution to read as follows: “Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects the right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion.” Since the U.S. Supreme ...

Hospital welcomes new oncologist

Columnists

Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (SJMH) is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Vaibhav Verma, M.D., to the Chemotherapy/Infusion Department at the Weston hospital. Dr. Verma specializes in oncology and hematology. Assistant SJMH CEO Kevin Stalnaker is pleased with the addition of ...

Why are pocket knives disturbing?

Columnists

“Put that away! I don’t want anyone to see you carry one of those!” It was an order, from someone I know well, so I complied. We were at a function recently, during which someone needed a knife to cut a small cake. None being visible, I took out my pocket knife. At first, I thought ...

No Harm Done?

Editorials

In announcing the resignation of West Virginia Lottery Director Alan Larrick last week, Gov. Jim Justice had this to say in his press release: “There is no question he has done an excellent job and he will be missed.” Perhaps so. After being appointed to the position after Justice took ...

Let’s Move Forward

Editorials

The Inter-Mountain ran a series of articles recently asking former mayors of Elkins for their insight on a number of topics. One of those topics was annexation. All six of the former mayors who took part in the series stated they were for annexation, and it is easy to understand ...

Higher Ed

Editorials

Plenty of apprehension exists within West Virginia’s higher education community already, without new behind-the-scenes maneuvering adding to it. What Gov. Jim Justice had hoped would be a comprehensive, objective look at the future of our state’s colleges and universities is in danger of ...

Labors of Love

Columnists

First of all, happy Labor Day. Whether you choose to be part of a labor union or not, whether you’re building a pipeline or teaching a math class, we all benefit from the work you all do. ••• As predicted by me and most people in the know, Clay County Delegate Roger Hanshaw won out ...

Bad Change

Editorials

More than a few people charged with crimes complain about the bail system. Coming up with several thousand dollars — sometimes hundreds of thousands — to gain release from jail while awaiting trial is an unreasonable burden, they say. Leave it to the Californians to come up with a ...

Drones give us a bird’s eye view

Columnists

You may not believe that drones can be used for historic preservation purposes, but we learned how drones can be very useful at Kump Education Center. We were surprised on Wednesday when we saw a Frontier bucket truck drive onto the City of Elkins historic Kump property where we have no ...

Dangerous business

Columnists

Donald Trump has always prided himself on his covert ways when he conducts foreign policy. But when it comes to Russia and North Korea, it borders on simple duplicity. Saying one thing in the presence of Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un and doing the opposite. And the irony is at least the way ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to Thursday’s ribbon cutting for the ENGAGE Afterschool program, which is designed to both assist Elkins Middle School students with their studies, and provide a safe and fun place to go after school. The program will kick off Tuesday and is open to any Elkins Middle School student. ...

Former Elkins mayor explains involvement

Letters to the Editor

I never thought about writing a letter to the editor to complain about our city government. I have been a part of city government and made more than my share of mistakes. The ongoing discussion about how to deal with vacant and dilapidated structures hits close to home so I decided to vent in ...

City weighs in on distressed properties

Letters to the Editor

As representatives of the citizens of Elkins, we were once again upset and disheartened earlier this week in reading the coverage of the Town Hall meeting by the Inter-Mountain newspaper, for two reasons. First, is that we don’t wish there to be a disconnect or lack of communication between ...

Reader calls for political change

Letters to the Editor

Well, John and Jane Q. Public (voters), we “got it” again. In a recent newspaper article we learned, for the first time, that an administrative assistant at the (Randolph) County Commission has been on paid leave due to a hostile working environment which resulted in two commissioners ...

Ongoing Fight

Editorials

The devastation caused by abuse of prescription drugs has been known for years in West Virginia. Doctors who write phony prescriptions and pharmacies filling them with no questions asked have helped our state become the worst-hit in the nation by the substance abuse epidemic. Local, state and ...

Project Election Protection

Columnists

West Virginia has had a checkered history of election integrity, with the purchase of the West Virginia Democrat Primary for John Kennedy in the 1960 election being perhaps the most notorious. But, as recently as 2012, federal authorities obtained criminal convictions against key officials for ...