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Opinion

Move Forward

Editorials

Many Americans regarded last week’s inauguration of President Joe Biden as a chance to start over; a turning away from the divisions of the past four years to move forward as one. It is essential, however, that Americans do not choose to move forward by ignoring the lessons we learned, and ...

Vaccine

Editorials

We field calls every day from local residents eager to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and almost all of the inquiries deal with frustration in getting through on the phone banks set up by local county health departments for vaccine clinics. We aren’t going to directly fault our local public ...

The unelected versus the elected

Columnists

In this day and age, we’re often forced to pick between two opinions, but I believe some issues are nuanced and can result in having two seemingly opposing opinions in one’s head. For example, one can believe in the ample scientific evidence showing schools are safe places for students ...

Cooperation

Editorials

It has been more than a decade, but once again the Democratic Party holds the White House and both houses of Congress. For some, that might mean expectations of a change in the way our elected officials interact with one another. But not for West Virginians. We know our congressional delegation ...

Internal threats to American democracy

Columnists

The peaceful transfer of power has not always been so peaceful in these United States, but it still offers the best path to becoming a more perfect union with liberty for all. Over the last few weeks The Washington Post has included several stories about attempted assassinations and general ...

Help Needed

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice and state officials are determined to kick the statewide COVID-19 vaccination program into high gear, but they need our help. On Thursday, the Randolph-Elkins Health Department coordinated a mass vaccination clinic at the Phil Gainer Community Center in Elkins. Hundreds of ...

Reader: Patriotic parallel precarious

Letters to the Editor

We readers can understand that an attempt to bring our community together was made in the article, dated Jan. 16, 2021, on the front page of the Inter-Mountain, titled, “Local Attorney Sees Modern Parallel to Historic Battle.” This attempt, however well-meaning, really falls flat for ...

Vaccination clinic staff praised

Letters to the Editor

My husband and I attended the COVID vaccine inoculation for ages 70+ on Wednesday, Jan. 13. The process was flawless. The persons taking care of us were friendly. Hats off to them and to the Randolph-Elkins Health Department. We’re fortunate to live in our Elkins community. Vickie ...

Scene at Capitol was disturbing

Letters to the Editor

Jan. 6, as I was watching what was going on at our Capitol, I got sick at my stomach to see people storming into our house, wanting to stop Vice President Pence and others who were doing what is in our Constitution to certify Joe Biden’s win. I thought back to when I was a solider, what I ...

Support Heroes

Editorials

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged all of us, and the difficulty and danger of performing some jobs during the pandemic has given us a new appreciation of some local heroes. Those heroes who have exhibited bravery and determination in our area include healthcare workers, first responders — ...

On Guard

Editorials

According to outgoing officials at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, warnings that incidents of child abuse would surge during the pandemic have not come to fruition. Lynn Johnson, HHS assistant secretary for children and families, and Jerry Milner, associate commissioner of ...

Education

Editorials

For many West Virginia students in grades pre-kindergarten through eighth, Tuesday was like the first day of school all over again, as they returned to the classroom following an extended, several-month remote learning break due to COVID-19. Youngsters that have spent the past three months ...

Impossible to please everyone

Columnists

For two weeks straight, Gov. Jim Justice lambasted West Virginia media outlets for not reporting more positive stories about the state’s vaccine distribution. So far, I have not seen a quota for how many stories one must write in order to not earn the Governor’s wrath. I’m the primary ...

King’s Dream

Editorials

One wonders, as we look back on the tumultuous, divisive, harrowing year from which we have emerged, what kind of voice the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. might have brought to the discussion as we try to heal. In the worst moments, his vision for this nation seemed as far away as ever. But ...

Starting new services during a pandemic

Columnists

We have been scrambling to get the Kump Education Center Altice Learning Lab ready for in-person tutoring in an environment where tutors and students will be as safe from COVID-19 as possible during the spring semester and summer school. We will still need to follow rules for social ...

Labor of Love

Editorials

More than 600 residents 70 years old and up have received the COVID-19 vaccine in Randolph County during the last two weeks, thanks to hard work put in by employees of the Randolph-Elkins Health Department, the Randolph County Senior Center and Davis Medical Center, as well as community ...

Socialism vs. Conservatism?

Letters to the Editor

Of course Mr. Price is entitled to his opinion. However he should make sure his opinion is formed by the truth rather than what he hears on some media platform which has its own agenda. It is sad to see that, just as other great societies, destruction is not coming from without but from ...

Reader offers satiric viewpoint

Letters to the Editor

I’m so glad we are finally getting rid of Donald Trump. It has been a tortuous four years of his ridiculous attempts to Make America Great Again. What are the biggest sins committed? I know a couple of them. A popular one is building the border wall. It takes a big crass mentality to pull ...

Toys for Tots

Editorials

Although the holiday season is behind us, we definitely should not forget the efforts of local agencies and individuals who made sure hundreds upon hundreds of local children had a happy Christmas, despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Toys for Tots Foundation, which is part of ...

Great Rate

Editorials

Over the past few weeks, nearly 5 percent of all West Virginians have received either the Pfizer or the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. That’s by far the highest rate in the nation, according to Bloomberg’s Vaccine Tracker. And what makes this story better — particularly over the past few ...