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Opinion

Digital debate within historic Kump House

Columnists

Andrew Carroll is the resourceful Elkins High School Debate Coach who also serves as a member of the Kump Education Center Board of Directors. When the high school Wi-Fi would not work early last Saturday morning, he called me to ask if the debaters could use the Wi-Fi and other ...

Too Loud

Editorials

The Elkins Town Square Amphitheatre, a recent addition to downtown which was created by the Elkins Rotary Club, saw very little activity this year. Due to the restrictions of COVID-19 this beautiful facility stayed dormant for much of 2020. A lot of fundraising and hard work made this ...

Are we being fooled by ‘the big lie’?

Letters to the Editor

I too am a Vietnam vet. Serving over two and half years in South East Asia and flying over 2,000 hours of combat time. I believe and trust President Trump and so should you. Dorothy and the gang truly believed in the Wizard, right up until they caught a glimpse of that man behind the curtain. ...

Amazing experience

Columnists

If life is a journey, then I have certainly been living life this week. As I compose this text, I am traveling from state to state with six colleagues from Davis & Elkins College on a whirlwind graduation tour for our 2020 “spring” graduates. Due to COVID-19 our graduates were unable ...

Legal Action

Coronavirus

COVID-19 already has killed some businesses in West Virginia. Forced to close when state restrictions designed to keep the disease from spreading were put in place, they simply could not stand months of paying fixed costs without earning any revenue. Even federal assistance, helping keep some ...

Did Trump dishonor American veterans?

Letters to the Editor

West Virginians have always been extremely patriotic during wartime. Just in the 20th century, West Virginia soldiers have made the ultimate sacrifice with more than 10,000 men and women losing their lives in military actions (WV Veterans Memorial Archive). Their sacrifices insured the ...

Should voting by mail replace going to polls?

Letters to the Editor

Voting by mail should replace voting at the polls in its entirety. The two institutions that can definitely be trusted are the County Board of Elections and the United States Postal Service. The money saved by eliminating the need for poll workers could be used to offer free postage on the ...

Reader happy to see residents show respect

Letters to the Editor

We hear, see and read about all the divisiveness and animosity and outright hatred between and among the various factions in our society that sometimes a person might think that there is no good left in any of us. I want to say that there is still some good left in our society. Monday I ...

Annual NWTF banquet deemed to be a success

Letters to the Editor

The Tygart Valley Chapter of National Wild Turkey Foundation were five days away from holding its annual banquet in March, when guidelines from the governor concerning the COVID-19 outbreak came into effect. Finally, after months of waiting, our banquet was held Aug. 29 at the Gandy Dancer in ...

You can’t please everyone

Columnists

Until recently, there hasn’t been any polling released in the race for Republican Gov. Jim Justice and Democratic Kanawha County Commissioner Ben Salango. So far, all we have is an internal poll paid for by the Justice campaign and conducted by Mark Blankenship, a long-time Republican ...

Mountain State must increase its broadband access

Columnists

The light gray silhouette of West Virginia stands out against the dark green color of all our surrounding states on a map of “Broadband Access by State” in Melissa Preddy’s article “The High Price of Slow Internet” in the AARP Bulletin September 2020. West Virginia is the only ...

Still a Danger

Editorials

Availability of a vaccine against COVID-19 cannot come too quickly for residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. That may be the only hope some have of surviving the epidemic — because clearly, no one has come up with any other way of keeping them safe from the ...

Industrial noise can hurt property values

Letters to the Editor

I am one of several hundred concerned citizens who are working together to find ways to better coexist with our Elkins Industrial Park neighbors. Recently I moved back into town after many years up in the Glenmore hills. I am a professional artist, published author, educator, musician, and ...

Citizens’ concerns labeled ‘nonsense’

Letters to the Editor

Two-hundred citizens (who signed a petition) were told their concern about the noise problem from the Hamer Fuel Pellet Plant is “nonsense” by Elkins City Council member Charlie Friddle at the latest Rules and Ordinance (R&O) Committee meeting on Sept.10. Furthermore, in an exception ...

Should MSFF flags be flown?

Letters to the Editor

I would like to share the letter I recently wrote to the Board of Directors of the MSFF hoping that even without the festival as we know it we could enjoy the color of the banners and flags to celebrate the beauty of autumn in our locality. Mr. Cliff Marstiller President, MSFF Board of ...

How should Trump have responded?

Letters to the Editor

I see September is half-gone and we are still living and dying with COVID-19. Mr. Ed Brenwalt believes Trump could have zapped this thing early on and he said as much in the Sept. 12 Inter-Mountain. More on that later. Did Trump try to stop the $2 trillion bonus payments that gave short term ...

Actions match words

Columnists

Small colleges frequently claim to offer students a personalized and individualized educational experience. Davis & Elkins College is tangibly demonstrating our actions match our words. Among the many tragedies of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the cancellation of graduation ceremonies. ...

Will third time be the charm?

Columnists

Let’s hope the third time really is the charm, because we West Virginians have botched our first two opportunities to emerge from the COVID-19 epidemic. It appears we’re at the crest of the third wave of coronavirus devastation in the Mountain State. We’re not handling it well. For a ...

Activity Path created at Kump Education Center

Columnists

Brown bear claws crawl, orange ant legs creep, and blue kid feet scamper along the newly painted Activity Path at Kump Education Center. It is in the orchard right across Randolph Avenue from Kroger, and the kids will love having something fun to do outside after a long ride in the shopping ...

Bad Timing

Editorials

This week, Elkins city officials admitted the COVID-19 pandemic is making it difficult to perform normal governmental duties. Which begs the question, why are Elkins officials considering changing the city’s form of government in the midst of this pandemic? Thursday’s Elkins City ...