Opinion

Will it be Sen. Morrisey?

Columnists

With ballot counting still in progress from the Nov. 8 election a few weeks ago, some other newspaper folks and I had already moved on. Our topic: Who would the Republicans run against Joe Manchin in 2018? No one in their right mind would challenge Manchin, unless something changes ...

Faculty investing in students

Columnists

The difference between good and great is a matter of degree.  The older I get, the more I realize and appreciate those who truly invest themselves — their time, talent and passion — into the lives of others. Since my arrival at Davis & Elkins this summer, I have been getting to ...

International images of the holy family

Columnists

Kump Education Center celebrates international interpretations of the Holy Family with an exhibit of five manger scenes from different countries at the Citizens Bank of West Virginia in Elkins Dec. 10-30.  The collection represents images of cultural diversity in agricultural traditions. Two ...

Justice has work cut out for him

Editorials

Governor-elect Jim Justice has a long row to hoe as West Virginia’s next head of state. West Virginia currently is battling a mid-year deficit that has seen education budgets hacked to the tune of $11.1 million. On top of that, a $400 million gap is expected next year. If it isn’t solved, ...

Short-Term

Editorials

The short-term rescue retired coal miners were handed by Congress last week will have to do — for now. But coal-state lawmakers are right to reject it as a shut-up-and-go-away moment in Washington. For months, members of Congress from West Virginia, Ohio and other states had fought to gain ...

We still have our heroes

Columnists

A friend told me he asked his 13-year-old son to name his heroes. The lad couldn’t come up with any names. That was after he was informed professional athletes and entertainers don’t count. His father thought it was sad the teenager seems to have no real heroes. Growing up in the 1950s ...

‘Bloom where she was planted’

Columnists

I previously wrote a column about the fact that my wife and best friend has early onset Alzheimer’s, a crippling disease which has rendered her essentially a quadriplegic over the course of a few, agonizing years. She has gone from a vibrant and athletic and witty lady to someone who cannot ...

Residents can’t afford tax hikes

Editorials

“I don’t think there is any way in the world you can raise taxes on our people,” Jim Justice, then a candidate for governor of West Virginia, told a newspaper just days before the Nov. 8 election. Justice won, of course. In just a few weeks he will become our governor. He and state ...

Selection

Editorials

President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency has sent many liberals diving off the deep end, rhetorically. Pruitt has a record of opposing EPA action meant to cripple the fossil fuel industry, the leftists ...

Celebrating the season in Barbour

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County, where the countdown is on until Christmas! Can you believe that we only have two weeks left! Where has this year gone? I have my tree up, cards have been mailed and all my shopping is done. The only thing I have left to do is some Christmas baking. Yum! If you ...

Closing school will hurt community

Letters to the Editor

To the members of the Randolph County Board of Education: I am writing this letter as a former student of Valley Head Elementary, a former resident of Valley Head, a former coach of the Valley Head Fighting Eagles basketball team, the namesake for the Valley Head Gym and also as a taxpayer, ...

National conversation needed

Columnists

Editor's Note: E. Gordon Gee is president of West Virginia University and is among the most distinguished higher education leaders in the nation. He also has served as president of The Ohio State University, the University of Colorado, Brown University and Vanderbilt University. In 2009, Time ...

Electoral College should be changed

Letters to the Editor

The debate has started again as to whether the US Constitution should be amended in order to change the presidential election process. Some promote eliminating the Electoral College in favor of a direct popular vote for president, while others believe the Electoral College should remain ...

Wondering about words while wandering

Columnists

My father, Dr. Don Roberts, who practiced medicine in Elkins after World War II, took a great interest in what his patients would say about their daily lives, and he tried to understand words they used that were not in the vocabulary of his New-England-born parents.  He was always writing ...

‘Breaking News’ a service to the public

Letters to the Editor

The Inter-Mountain’s “Breaking News” did a good job informing us of this morning’s escaped prisoner and later of his capture. Thank you. Wouldn’t it be good if the Randolph County Office of Emergency Management sent emails as they do for other emergencies? Shouldn’t notification ...

Trump, GOP still battling

Columnists

For almost a month, Donald Trump appeared the very picture of a disciplined politician, and then the old tendency to tweet led to his first slips since early October. Led by Kellyanne Conway, a campaign to dissuade Mitt Romney from taking up an offer to become Secretary of State gave the ...

Are you ready for Christmas?

Columnists

I ran into a friend at the grocery store last week and she asked, as many are accustomed to inquire during this season, “Are you ready for Christmas?”  Being ready for Christmas often means having decorated the home, put up the Christmas tree, shopped for all the presents, wrapped the ...

Nothing light in the midst of Advent

Columnists

This has been a dark and gloomy week. At least there has been that overtone for the last week. It really started the day before Thanksgiving in a text message exchange with my dear friend Janice. Janice has been on the liver transplant for several years due to a rare liver disease that has an ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the unique opportunity Elkins High School students had this week to speak to U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., just as he was at the center of national speculation about him possibly being named to President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet. On Wednesday, students in Shelly Burda’s ...

Coal miners in need of help from D.C.

Editorials

Everyone on Capitol Hill seems to want to help retired coal miners whose health insurance and pensions are in dire jeopardy. But disagreement over how to do it may leave the miners and their families out in the cold. Time is running out. By Jan. 1, health care benefits for an estimated 16,300 ...