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Opinion

Mandate

Editorials

West Virginia’s education establishment should not have to be told how to deal with sleazy characters who prey on children. Recent history indicates legislators may have to leave state school officials no choice but to do the right thing, however. Late last year, it was learned our state ...

Incredible opportunity

Columnists

Young adults need a chance for real world experience to either confirm or discourage their potential vocational path. As a college student, my spouse, Lisa, was certain she wanted to become an accountant. She participated in an internship after her junior year and promptly changed her major. ...

Bad Numbers

Editorials

We have known for decades that tobacco use can lead to all sorts of health risks, ranging from lung cancer to heart disease. Yet more than one-fourth of adult West Virginians still smoke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That is the highest percentage in the ...

Shake Up

Editorials

Some degree of continuity is needed in public school supervision at the state level in West Virginia. But at the same time, things need to be shaken up. A look at measures of school quality, some adopted by state officials, makes that clear. Perhaps the most important job in the state’s ...

ERCC resident celebrates 103rd birthday

Births/Birthdays

ELKINS — Hazel Hart Hanger celebrated her 103rd birthday Feb. 8 with family and friends at Elkins Rehabilitation & Care Center. In addition to her family and friends, Elkins Mayor Van Broughton attended the event. He presented Mrs. Hanger with the key to the city of Elkins. “Mrs. ...

Secrecy

Editorials

Perhaps you have heard of the “death by a thousand cuts” torture. How about secrecy in government by a thousand acts of the West Virginia Legislature? Earlier this month we warned of a bill in the House of Delegates that was intended to alter requirements for newspaper publication ...

Three weeks left in session

Columnists

Starting today there are three weeks left in the 2020 legislative session. After last week, this session can’t end soon enough for me. Last Tuesday was the last day for bills to be introduced in the House of Delegates. Today is the last day for new bills to be introduced in the Senate. ...

Wilson’s bill won’t accomplish much

Columnists

Bright and early Thursday morning, I pulled into a visitors’ parking lot at the state Capitol Complex in Charleston. Rather, I slammed into the lot. Squarely in the middle of the lot entrance was a large pothole. Not exactly the best way to create a good impression among visitors to the ...

At the Capitol: Cross-day looming

Columnists

With the 2020 legislative session fast approaching cross-over day — the last day for the House and Senate to act on bills originating in each house — legislators found their work overshadowed by distractions at the Capitol and beyond. Much of the focus of the week was on the girl’s ...

Cyber War

Editorials

Some other governments spare no effort to gain advantage over U.S. businesses and consumers. Trade barriers such as tariffs and unreasonable restrictions in the name of product safety are examples. But some — including China — are involved in all-out assaults on Americans. Theft of U.S. ...

Here’s a Valentine for the teachers

Columnists

Valentine’s Day was always one of my favorite days at Central School on Second Street in Elkins. The teacher would give us a list with the names of all our classmates, and my family made each child a heart-shaped sugar cookie with red icing. The night before Valentine’s Day our ...

Rough beginning

Columnists

Given the mess-up in Iowa, Democrats did not exactly roll out their official selection season with precision. But, the results both in Iowa and New Hampshire pointed to a more ominous trend that has little to do with election management. The party, united as they may be against President Donald ...

Protecting abortion survivors through new legislative action

Columnists

It is a great day when West Virginians of all political stripes come together to protect innocent human life and make our state a more compassionate place. This week we will have just that opportunity. The Legislature passed House Bill 4007, known as the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors ...

From Obstacles to Opportunities

Columnists

Editor’s Note: Quint Studer is the author of Building a Vibrant Community: How Citizen-Powered Change Is Reshaping America.” He will speak in Elkins on March 5. The Inter-Mountain will publish a column by Studer each Saturday leading up to his local appearance. In the book The Road Less ...

Protection

Editorials

Within just a few days, four police officers — two in New York City and two in Forrest City, Arkansas — were shot by gunmen. A grim fact of life for law enforcement personnel is that by the time you read this, it may be outdated. Attacks on police officers and sheriff’s deputies have ...

Flu Season

Editorials

Yes, we know: We have hammered repeatedly on the importance of getting a flu shot to protect not just yourself but also those you come in contact with against influenza. Why, then, have we written another one? Because a child in West Virginia died of influenza last week. Reportedly, the ...

Two mansions are a blessing

Columnists

While attending a recent meeting with several state legislators at the Capitol in Charleston, I was reminded of the architectural gems that grace the campus of Davis & Elkins College. This meeting occurred in the Governor’s Conference Room at the Capitol. As I listened to the ...

Ideologies

Editorials

It turns out that hating the United States, Britain and Israel is not just a matter of ideological leanings for some Iranians. It is good business, too. In case you missed it, The Associated Press recently answered a burning (pun intended) question: Where do all those U.S., British and ...

Diversify

Editorials

We West Virginians love our coal miners. We took the eight-year war on coal by former President Barack Obama personally. Long after many of our fellow Americans decided it was all right to “put a lot of miners and coal companies out of business,” we kept fighting for them. At the same ...

Bad bureaucracy experience

Columnists

Bright and early Thursday morning, I pulled into a visitors’ parking lot at the state Capitol Complex in Charleston. Rather, I slammed into the lot. Squarely in the middle of the lot entrance was a large pothole. Not exactly the best way to create a good impression among visitors to the ...