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Opinion

Honor

Editorials

It was not enough for West Virginian Hershel “Woody” Williams to save lives at the risk of his own during World War II. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism during the Battle of Iwo Jima. But for several years, Williams has been spearheading another campaign — to honor the ...

Primary election potpourri

Columnists

CHARLESTON — Here we are, eight days out from the June 9 primary election and it’s crunch time for statewide candidates still trying to still influence voters who are marking absentee ballots, taking part in early voting or waiting to vote a week from Tuesday. I traditionally vote on the ...

Containment

Editorials

It appears nearly all the COVID-19 cases in Randolph County are at the state prison in Huttonsville. Keeping it that way — that is, preventing the disease from spreading into communities around the corrections center — may be the most important task facing Gov. Jim Justice and other state ...

Providing education during a crisis

Columnists

School systems all over the country are struggling to find safe and reliable ways to begin school this coming fall. Forced school closures in March denied students and teachers three months of instructional time. The Covid-19 Crisis has forced us to recognize that equal opportunity to education ...

Bad Plan

Coronavirus

Of all the chintzy things to do, federal officials’ plan for West Virginia National Guard members takes the prize. Gov. Jim Justice is right to be livid about it. The rest of us in the Mountain State should be furious, too. Nearly 700 men and women of the National Guard have been working ...

Reader supports Whitt for senator

Letters to the Editor

I’d like to tell all you Republican readers about a good friend of mine. His name is Allen Whitt and he is challenging our sitting Sen. Shelley Moore Capito in the June 9 primary. My friend in Buckhannon, Randy Brooks, had a great letter-to-the-editor published April 25 and I would ...

Building a Vibrant Community

Columnists

America’s communities are starting to reopen. It’s been a long, few months, and we’re ready to get out of our homes. We probably won’t be quick to hop on a plane, but we will opt for local and regional travel. Think of this as the Rediscover America Tour. There is one bright spot of ...

Mountain Mamas making a difference

Letters to the Editor

In 2018, I started a political action committee, which was named by forward-thinking women who had come together to get to know each other and help each other in their quest to become West Virginia legislators. Six Mountain Mamas joined two incumbents, and 25 are on the Democratic primary ...

New laws impact W.Va. utilities

Letters to the Editor

The West Virginia Legislature recently passed several laws that will impact utilities and their customers. These new laws that will become effective in the coming weeks will aid the Public Service Commission in its legislative mandate to appraise and balance the interests of current and ...

Early Voting

Editorials

Urging West Virginians to use the early voting process is straightforward in most years. But this is as far from being the typical election cycle most people remember. In-person early voting began today at courthouses throughout the state. It will proceed through Saturday, June 6. Early ...

Fingers Crossed

Coronavirus

It may be that Gov. Jim Justice and his public health advisers spent much of the Memorial Day weekend with their fingers crossed. West Virginians were being tested in our move to recover both economically and socially from the COVID-19 epidemic. Human beings are creatures of habit. For many ...

Butterfly effect

Columnists

You’ve heard of “the butterfly effect.” If not, the Cliff’s Notes version is that the most minuscule action on our plant can spread and, like ripples in a pond, grow until it has gargantuan effects. Well, the butterfly may turn out to be a lightweight, compared to the COVID-19 virus. ...

Memorial Day: We remember

Columnists

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I published this column last Memorial Day. This coming Memorial Day will be quite different, with most events and parades canceled. Even Alumni Weekend in St. Marys is canceled, where I would have celebrated the 20th anniversary as a member of the Class of 2000. The ...

Nancy Pelosi’s partisan power grab

Columnists

It’s been a tough couple of months as our nation-and the entire world-deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Many of us know someone who has been infected by the virus and some of us have lost loved ones as a result. We’ve become accustomed to the new norm of social distancing, ...

Keep His Post

Editorials

Since he took office as state commissioner of agriculture in January 2017, Kent Leonhardt has worked hard to expand the role of farming in West Virginia’s future. He has gotten results from numerous initiatives. Keeping Leonhardt at his post is important not just to the Mountain State’s ...

Calming a crisis through caring

Columnists

On the radio or television these days we usually hear a speaker blaming someone for Covid-19, or for the ways it has been mishandled in the U.S.A. Then the next commentator shames those who disrespect elected individuals who are doing what little they can to limit the problems that come with ...

Upsetting

Editorials

Nearly every American has suffered financially from the COVID-19 epidemic. At least 36 million of us were laid off from our workplaces. Even those still on the job have seen their retirement savings decimated. But a few people — those who had some forewarning of the economic havoc to come ...

Nurses deserving of highest praise

Letters to the Editor

The purpose of this letter is to commend The Inter-Mountain newspaper’s efforts in recognizing local nurses and the work they do as part of National Nurses Week for 2020. There was a lot of good coverage. I am a nurse and was part of the nursing community in Elkins from 1967 to 2000. I ...

Building a vibrant community is hard work

Columnists

ELKINS — Building a vibrant community is hard work! Why? Because change is hard. It is always easier to continue along the same path — to not make waves. Plus, our new, electronic age creates an atmosphere where call to change is loud, quick, and imitating. Providing positive leadership to ...

Former mayor: Just the facts, please

Letters to the Editor

On a social media post dated May 2, 2020, a sitting Town of Beverly Sanitary Board member commented the following: “The past mayor liked anyone until you disagreed with her. Then you became the bad guy/enemy and she came after you.” Let us look at public records and see if this ...