Opinion

Engaging engineering for education

Columnists

Students at Kump Education Center will engage in a little Egyptian engineering for the final Main Street First Friday activity Sept. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. We hope families will come to see what can be done with a three-sided Pyramid and a build-it-yourself Sphinx. We want students and parents to ...

Distorted vision

Columnists

Perhaps the biggest amount of collateral damage from his playing to the “base” has been Donald Trump’s foreign policy. Which is a shame because in theory it was the most original aspect of his administration. But as he has hit pothole after pothole on immigration and race, Trump has seen ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the 10 individuals who became citizens the right away last week in Elkins. U.S. District Judges Thomas S. Kleeh and Michael John Aloi presided over the naturalization ceremony at the Federal Building in Elkins. Coming from 10 different countries, these men and women now call the ...

Reader walking though today’s ‘insanity field’

Letters to the Editor

It is not good, I will surely hear, to be as furious and bitter as I am right now while recuperating from life-saving surgery that saps your strength, the strength you need to get around and stay a little active and do the things your health care providers prescribe for home health healing and ...

Political party differences

Letters to the Editor

Mr. Edward S. Brenwalt, recently demanded that I explain why I am not voting for any of the Democrat candidates for president: Well: here goes. The Democrats are desperate for a win and, as such, have pulled out all the stops to keep the House and regain control of the Senate as well as the ...

Kindness

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice should proclaim that Charlene Vickers is being made an honorary West Virginian. The Philadelphia-area woman has earned it by reminding us that while the news often is dominated by sick, evil human beings, we live among some truly kind-hearted neighbors. You may have heard the ...

Annexation

Editorials

If you live outside a municipality in West Virginia, you may have assumed the adjacent town or city could not annex your property by force. If you think that, you are wrong. Most municipal officials are responsible enough to put annexation plans to a vote of the property owners involved. They ...

Red Flag Law

Editorials

Two West Virginia legislators have said our state needs a “red flag” law to ban access to firearms by dangerous people. The most obvious concern with that is how “dangerous” will be defined — and who will decide if a person’s Second Amendment rights will be taken away. Mass ...

Back to school means more

Columnists

When I became Senate President three years ago, one of my highest priorities was changing the trajectory of our state’s K-12 education system. My colleagues and I have big dreams for West Virginia: a stronger economy, more and better jobs, healthier citizens and communities. But if we ...

Transparency

Editorials

“Transparency” has become one of the favorite buzzwords used by politicians and candidates for office. All too often, they are about as transparent as a lump of coal. We suppose West Virginians ought to be grateful that we are reminded of that frequently. Another tipoff has come in regard ...

Embarrassing

Editorials

Three years ago, when West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice was running for the post he now holds, failure by some of his companies to pay property taxes in this state and Virginia were an embarrassment. They still are. A Roanoke, Virginia television station, WDBJ, reports Justice’s ...

National Heritage Area a shared dream

Columnists

Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area (AFNHA) is a shared dream that is becoming a reality. Such large dreams do not come true without a great deal of collaborative work on the part of local people. Much of the credit for the vision and organizational skills needed to build this project ...

Exposing hatred

Columnists

Perhaps the wanton murder of 20 people in El Paso, Texas will finally force Donald Trump and his Republican enablers to mute the hateful rhetoric against immigrants. The shooter posted an attack on the internet blasting immigrants before he carried out his lethal assault. Moreover, he parroted ...

Summer vacation is coming to an end in Barbour County

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! Summer may not be officially over according to the calendar, but for students and teachers, it has come to an end. School begins in Barbour County on Wednesday. I wish you all a great year! There was a good turnout this past Sunday for the Ride 2 Dive in Junior. I ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the Barbour, Randolph and Tucker County Boards of Education for supplying The Inter-Mountain with the Fall Bus Schedules for the new school year, which will begin next week. Officials from these county school systems understand the importance of informing the public about the times ...

Common denominator in shootings is hate

Letters to the Editor

With the shootings that have taken place in the past few weeks, I thought I’d take a look at some of the reasons these incidents took place. The common denominator that they had was one emotion — hate. Webster’s dictionary defines hate as an intense or passionate dislike. Regard with ...

Restore parks and create opportunity

Letters to the Editor

America today misses a history-making opportunity: the chance to carry into the future a feature that permanently makes America great: our star-spangled national parks. I write to support the priority of this for West Virginia — where we have important, but imperiled, national parks. Here ...

Country must treat coal miners fairly

Letters to the Editor

The country is leaving coal behind, and we need to treat coal miners fairly. As a society we need to cover miners’ retirement, health care, and transition payments when new jobs pay less than mining jobs. For each 100 miners who lose their jobs, a good 10-year transition program would cost ...

Student enjoys stay in West Virginia

Letters to the Editor

Hi! My name is Alex Gwizdala, and I live in Williamsport, Maryland. If you had asked me last March what I was going to do with my summer after graduation, I probably would have told you that I would try to get an internship at some local lab or just wind up doing nothing. I certainly wouldn’t ...

Bullying

Editorials

Had Denise Fernatt been a juvenile, police and prosecutors might have been able to do something about the people who allegedly harassed her until she jumped off the New River Gorge Bridge on Aug. 5, 2017. But bullying laws that safeguard West Virginia children do not apply to adults. Two ...