Opinion

Environmental efforts paying off

Editorials

For all the talk about safeguarding the environment these days, shining successes in doing so often are overlooked. Here in West Virginia, the home of wild and wonderful, we have many success stories to tell.Animals once quite rare in our state have made comebacks during the past few decades. ...

Med schools tackle drug use

Columnists

Medical schools must help tackle one of the biggest national health issues of our time - 29,000 overdose deaths in a year.More than 250 million prescriptions written; 13,000 babies born - more than one every hour - with addictions.Health care costs and treatment in the billions. Criminal ...

Budget Woes

Editorials

If you live in a household of four in West Virginia, your family's share of annual subsidies for the Public Employees Insurance Agency is nearly $920. PEIA officials want more. Much more.They are not above using the calendar to get it.Open enrollment for the tens of thousands of active and ...

Gray was a local treasure

Columnists

Editor's note: The Inter-Mountain is preparing a news article about the life of Peter Gray to run in Wednesday's edition. Anyone wishing to contribute to the article is urged to call 304-636-2124 or send an email to reporter Brooke Binns at bbinns@theintermountain.com.The community has suffered ...

Alternatives to Trump

Columnists

Think of Donald Trump as a hissy-fit thrown by several million people.Lots of us engage in hissy-fits (otherwise known as tizzies) from time to time. They're our reaction to something or someone who displeases us so much we can't just bite our tongues and move on. So we rant and rave for a few ...

New Law

Editorials

Elkins Rotarians and, it seems, Randolph County Sheriff Mark T. Brady have concerns about a new law that allows West Virginians to carry any kind of concealed weapon without a permit.Frankly, we don't blame them.We don't believe in cherry picking, particularly where Constitutional rights are ...

Power failure causes disruption

Columnists

Most of us seem to live pretty much by a regimen or at least a schedule. But then, too, we seem also to hover on the uncertain edge of the unexpected. That certainly was the case for the campus these past few days, including the sudden loss of power following a lightning strike Saturday night. ...

Social Media

Editorials

Often it seems online forums such as Facebook ought not to be referred to as "social media." Anti-social media is more like it.People often use online forums to disseminate comments so coarse and vicious the writers would never think of making them verbally, or even on paper, directly to the ...

Spring has sprung in Barbour County

Columnists

PHILIPPI - Hello from Barbour County! I hope that everyone had a good Easter. I've noticed many people mowing their grass this week. Spring has sprung!I have some exciting news to share with you! Radio personality Moby, from Moby In The Morning, will be making a visit to Barbour County on April ...

AmeriCorps mentors make a difference

Columnists

Kump Education Center is very fortunate that AmeriCorps on the Frontline and VISTA have provided National Service members to help with STREAM and other programs.We have two AmeriCorps mentors, Steven Carpenter and Jeanne Johnson, who work with students in the public schools and one VISTA ...

Extreme politics

Columnists

"Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice," intoned Barry Goldwater, "moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue." Ever since these words were uttered in San Francisco in 1964, the bias against positions clearly held has been a staple of the electronic media. Because Lyndon B. ...

A Ware Family Easter

Columnists

Jesus is alive, y'all! Last Sunday was Resurrection Sunday (yes, also known as Easter) and it was by far the most memorable yet.We started out our morning at 5 a.m. Miss Know-It-All and I headed to the Goff Street location of our church for her to rehearse one last time with some other members ...

Learning about family heritage

Columnists

A continuation of my fictitious "Letters to Aunt Alice."Dear Aunt Alice:I absolutely devoured your first letter with all the information in it that I had never heard before. What a gold mine you are when it comes to some of our family history! And I appreciate your honesty and your statement, ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the Randolph County Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) expo, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Elkins High School Gymnasium. As always, HOFNOD will feature a myriad of activities, live entertainment, instructional workshops and vendor ...

School levy a path to better educations

Letters to the Editor

Dear voters of Randolph County:As the five-year term of the Randolph County Excess Levy comes to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support of its passage and to share with you what the levy has done not only for the students of Coalton Elementary School, but ...

Youth soccer fields are being damaged

Letters to the Editor

To whoever is using the soccer fields at Riverbend Park:I am writing this open letter to the "adults" who are using and tearing up the youth soccer fields at Riverbend Park. If you could please find another place to play your pickup games, it would be greatly appreciated.This is the second time ...

Obama still clueless on terrorism

Columnists

Islamic terrorists are not an "existential threat" to the United States, President Barack Obama advised us last week.Neither is global warming, Mr. President.But dismissing Islamic terrorists as his very language continues to do merely because they are not powerful enough - yet - to threaten ...

Taxpayers’ money

Editorials

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's announcement Tuesday that his office is returning $5 million to the state treasury may have seemed like ho-hum news to some West Virginians. After all, Morrisey should be expected to do that.But such action was not always expected. Just a few years ago, ...

Public Debates

Editorials

Today marks just five weeks until the West Virginia Primary election.Now, more than ever, it is essential for voters to become accustomed to the many candidates campaigning to represent them. Informed voters are integral to the foundations of the democratic process.Why is it important to be an ...

Suffering

Editorials

Rules established by the Environmental Protection Agency - without the consent of Congress - already have devastated entire counties in West Virginia. Tens of thousands of Mountain State residents have suffered at the EPA's hands. Much more damage is on the agency's agenda.So U.S. Rep. David ...