Opinion

Dialing back anti-coal rules

Columnists

What angered many Americans about former President Barack Obama’s war on coal was that it was intended as a campaign of extermination. Obama and others who hate the very idea of coal knew, but didn’t care, about efforts to develop “clean coal” technology. Perhaps that was because ...

Next Step

Editorials

A public school improvement bill approved by the West Virginia House of Delegates Wednesday will now become law after its approval by the state Senate Monday. Both state Senate President Mitch Carmichael and Gov. Jim Justice have said they agree with the measure. With enactment will come a ...

War on Coal

Editorials

A verbal misstep by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday was the perfect illustration of why President Donald Trump is right to be calling retreat in the war on coal launched by his predecessor, former President Barack Obama. It was announced that day that the Trump administration is ...

Justice vs. Carmichael

Columnists

Jim Justice’s row with Mitch Carmichael shows the perils of party switching and ideological purity. Justice is a pragmatist while the GOP leader is a rigid Tea Partyier. Both are trying to persuade Donald Trump to weigh in to support their position. It would be a struggle with national ...

W.Va. Spirit

Editorials

It is understandable that we West Virginians celebrate the natural splendor of our state. We sing about our homes among the hills and even about the country roads that bring us back to them. Our gratitude for where we live seems boundless. But it is our neighbors — our fellow Mountain ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the Randolph County Commission for offering Town Hall meetings to inform residents in all corners of Randolph County the reason they are seeking to create and enforce an ordinance dealing with unsafe properties. Property values go down when neighbors ignore or walk away from a ...

State DOH asked to intervene at exit

Letters to the Editor

West Virginia Division of Highways and Ms. Sasha Danberry, I am writing you to stress the importance of traffic study and implementation of safety precautions on Route 33. On June 16 my family and I were traveling from Buckhannon to our home in Elkins. As we crested the hill near the ...

Is the creation of a speed trap the answer?

Letters to the Editor

I see in the June 19th edition of The Inter-Mountain that the DOH is still looking at the stretch of highway in Buckhannon in light of the most recent fatality. At the risk of beating the subject to death or being told to mind my own business I’d like to refer you readers to U.S. Rt. 19 south ...

Reader ‘terrififed’ by current political climate

Letters to the Editor

Liberals are playing a dangerous and historically ignorant game by demonizing conservatives. This isn’t ordinary politics: It’s the hysteria preceding arguments for re-education camps. I count among my good friends several liberals and leftists. Mostly, we never talk about my transition ...

Charters

Editorials

Included in a major public education improvement bill passed by the state Senate are provisions allowing a few charter schools in West Virginia. Opponents of the idea, including the three unions representing many school employees, were furious. Now, another multifaceted education bill, HB ...

Far to Go

Editorials

Most West Virginians would agree that old, illogical barriers to women in many careers ought to be lowered, we feel certain. Yet in some ways, we still have a long way to go in gender equality. One study, by the Wallet Hub people who specialize in state-by-state ratings, ranked West ...

Focus

Editorials

West Virginia legislators determined to get the ball rolling on improvement of public schools have been showered with abuse this year. Unions representing many school employees staged a two-day strike earlier this year, killing one attempt at an education bill. Gov. Jim Justice had threatened ...

P.R. Stunt

Editorials

Evidently, Gov. Jim Justice just doesn’t get it. The issue over where he resides is not about West Virginia’s economy. It is not about whether the governor can find a Bible verse to use at a press conference. It’s about the state constitution — what the courts say it means and whether ...

Doomed route?

Columnists

Impeachment is a political act dressed up as a simple matter of legalities. Used sparingly in most of America’s history it has blossomed as a tactic. From the first time it was employed against President Andrew Johnson for replacing Secretary of War Edwin Stanton to the farcical applications ...

Vacation Bible Schools in session across Barbour County

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! June arrived, and with it came cooler weather. It doesn’t seem like June, but that’s OK. There’s nothing we can do about the weather, and I like it when it’s not so hot. The hummingbirds are back! You may remember that I wrote recently that I haven’t ...

Augusta welcomes new leadership

Columnists

Seth Young and Emily Miller will bring terrific new energy to the Augusta Heritage Center. They both have a long history with Davis & Elkins College and a deep understanding of local folkloric traditions. They each have considerable musical talent and the ability to intuit the developmental ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to all the participants and to the army of staff and volunteers who helped put together the 77th session of the American Legion Auxiliary Rhododendron Girls State at Davis & Elkins College this week. State leaders like Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin, and state ...

Reader: School closing was a ‘death certificate’

Letters to the Editor

I recently visited Valley Head, my childhood hometown, and expecting the worst, I was appalled to see firsthand the death of a once-vibrant community. It is just my opinion, of course, but I sense that the life plug was pulled when its public school was closed in 2016. Alas, the only things ...

Disputing claims about rail trail connector

Letters to the Editor

We are responding to a letter to the editor from Scott Godwin of Pasadena, Maryland. He made comments in The Inter-Mountain’s May 25 edition about the new rail trail connector which, when opened soon, will connect the present Allegheny Highlands Trail from Highland Park to the Elkins depot. ...

Political supporters or brain-washed cult?

Letters to the Editor

Is there anything more cult-like than the heartfelt belief that Trump is the obvious choice? Trumpcakes, no matter what has happened in the last two and a half years, seem completely incapable of accepting the reality in front of them. Only Trump’s base could be so delusional and determined ...