Opinion

Everything we do in life comes down to morality

Letters to the Editor

The Internet is abuzz about Calvin Kline's new ad showing a racy shot of Klara Kristin's underwear clad crotch, but it doesn't excuse the fact that sex sells. If you doubt that, then you haven't been watching television. The airwaves are filled to capacity with all sorts of racy advertisements ...

Father’s Day a special time

Columnists

Even though it just seems like yesterday that my father and I were sitting on the banks of the Ohio River fishing for carp, Sunday will mark the 17th Father's Day since his passing.In those 17 years, I have changed quite a bit, moving all around the state to pursue my career in newspapering and ...

High dropout rate in Randolph

Columnists

According to WV Kids Count data, Randolph County ranks 50th out of 55 counties in West Virginia on the high school dropout rate. The high school dropout rate is one of the most reliable indicators that a community does not meet the needs of its children. That is one reason the overall ranking ...

Clinton needs to discover America

Columnists

Hillary Clinton completed the Democratic primary season with a flourish. She decisively defeated Bernie Sanders in New Jersey and California, strengthening her grip on the nomination. Yet her negatives remain sky high and her strongest recommendation to some voters is she is not Donald Trump.As ...

His love’s not broken, His love is pure

Columnists

Y'all, I've been listening to a song for several weeks now that has really rocked my world. The song was written by Amanda Cook, and was originally on her album "Brave New World," but was recorded by Steffany Gretzinger for the Bethel Live album "Have It All."Both women are powerhouses when ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Editor's note: During the course of a week, issues are covered that might not lend themselves to full editorial comment, but they are worthy of The Inter-Mountain weighing in - pro, con or neutral.---Applause to the Rotary Club of Elkins for its $10,000 donation to the Davis Health System ...

TVHS fundraiser a big success

Letters to the Editor

I would like to thank everyone for their donations and purchase of T-shirts for "Bricks for Bulldogs," an initiative to beautify a handicapped accessible platform at Tygarts Valley High School's football field. Proceeds of $5,000 went toward the purchase of bricks to be placed around the ...

The problem is not gun control

Letters to the Editor

First, let me say that my heart goes out to all the families who lost their sons and daughters in the Muslim terrorist attack in Florida.The worst shooting in modern history has just happened, and our president can't bring himself to place the blame on the Muslim extremist who killed our ...

America made up of immigrants

Letters to the Editor

Who are immigrants? All of our forefathers. If you are not 100 percent Native American, then you are from a family who immigrated here from another country. Maybe 200 years ago, but, yet, we are all from immigrants. Our country is made up of immigrants.When I hear Trump put people down who came ...

Americans should be debating issue

Editorials

Millions of Americans suffer from mental illness of one sort or another. Yet very few of them commit acts of extreme violence. It may be the incidence of such violence among them is no higher than for those considered to be "normal."What was different about Omar Mateen, the Florida man who ...

Better solution is needed

Editorials

What has happened in Charleston during the past few months is a crying shame, but not for the reason cited by some observers, including a few of those in the press.Approval Tuesday of a new state budget by the West Virginia House of Delegates came less than three weeks before the new fiscal ...

Lawmakers need to take action

Editorials

The wrecking of West Virginia's once-strong coal industry is bad enough for state government's finances. Likewise, continuing malaise in natural gas drilling has been a problem.But state legislators and our next governor have deeper worries. The state's economy as a whole is not doing well, to ...

Busy summer starts

Columnists

The summer is scarcely started, but already major projects are underway to enhance the living and learning experience of our students. Initial projects include finishing the remodel and restoration of the Gross House into the new Morrison-Novakovic Center for Faith and Public Policy, replacing ...

Ali wasn’t always The Greatest

Columnists

After the late Muhammad Ali refused induction into the armed forces, 42,322 Americans died in Southeast Asia, during the Vietnam War. Tens of thousands of others were wounded severely, some maimed for life.Writing about Ali has been a struggle. It was tempting during the couple of days after ...

Budget process should be thorough

Editorials

Some West Virginia legislators appear to have caught shutdown fever. That would explain why they are returning to Charleston a day earlier than previously planned, to work on the state budget.Slow down, ladies and gentlemen. Don't allow haste to make waste - or unnecessary tax increases.Indeed, ...

System causing severe weather

Editorials

Advocates of swift, severe action to curb climate change are fond of pointing to "hottest ever" temperature reports, severe storms and droughts to back up their contention. We have heard a lot of that kind of talk during the past several months.Federal officials say the Earth in general has had ...

FDA practices need examined

Editorials

We have been accustomed to hearing about recalls of food products because of concerns they may make us sick. But according to a federal watchdog, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sometimes drags its feet on recalls.An extremely unusual "early alert" report on the problem was issued this ...

Rest in peace, my friend

Columnists

One of the many downsides of aging is having to say goodbye to family, friends and colleagues.Throughout the years, I have had the privilege of working with a great many talented and amazing people.Many of those, unfortunately, have passed on, although they have left an indelible mark on me and ...

Local teen pregnancy rate shocking

Columnists

As we continue this report on conditions for children in Elkins and Randolph County, we can see that many conditions continue to decline. At the time of the 2014 West Virginia Kids Count report, Randolph County ranked 45th in the State on the teen pregnancy rate, but by the end of 2015, ...

Pundits becoming action intellectuals

Columnists

In the movie "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," Robert Redford, playing the "kid," remarks about a persistent posse, "Who are these guys?" One is tempted to treat the right-wing punditry the same way.From political disc jockey Charlie Sykes to the Max Headroom knock-off, Glenn Beck, the ...