Opinion

Corruption

Editorials

Corruption seems to be such an integral part of government in West Virginia that punishing those caught at it is vital to deter others from engaging in criminal acts. Federal Judge John Copenhaver’s action in sentencing former state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry to two years in prison ...

Preserving our freedoms

Columnists

Ends, no matter how laudable, are no justification for using questionable means to achieve them. Either we engage in the delicate balancing act required to preserve our freedoms, or we do not. Either we follow our moral compasses in any situation, or we do not. What brought all that up, you ...

Emergency

Editorials

Secondary roads in many areas of West Virginia, including ours, are near-disasters. Some are unsafe. Already, a few serious accidents have been blamed on them. State Sen. Charles Clements, R-Wetzel, is right that, as he told a reporter, legislative action is needed to get the Division of ...

Play by Rules

Editorials

Many West Virginians believe we can have the best of both worlds. That is, we can enjoy the financial benefits of the natural gas drilling boom while maintaining the natural splendor that is one of our state’s trademarks. Insisting the energy industry play by those rules is ...

Building a brighter future takes time

Columnists

Thank you to the Education Committee in the West Virginia House of Delegates for taking time to fully consider each part of Senate Bill 451. The Omnibus Education Reform Bill put many proposals on the table; some may improve schools in West Virginia, but others threaten the very existence ...

Political glory is fleeting

Columnists

Democrats were reminded after President Donald Trump’s well-received State of the Union that all glory is fleeting. Suddenly Trump saw his numbers go back into the mid-40 percent, recovering those mushy Republicans and Independents that deserted him during the government shutdown. Their on ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to Elks Lodge No. 1135 in Elkins for donating school supplies to several schools in Randolph County. The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has been around for many years. It is good to see the Elks’ tradition of community service is alive and well. Applause to Randolph County ...

Is proposed Tucker plant a health hazard?

Letters to the Editor

I am responding to the editorial in The Inter Mountain regarding the proposed Big Run hydroelectric plant in Tucker County. The following comments represent my personal thoughts and not those of any other person or group. Construction of the proposed hydroelectric project would require the ...

Power and corruption still rule in politics

Letters to the Editor

We all have heard the statement “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Passion seems to rule the day while logic appears to have gone on vacation, as future and current lawmakers begin campaigning for the next election. It’s a good bet that no matter where you are ...

Contaminated drinking water a modern tragedy

Letters to the Editor

I recently read an article that said that all drinking water in the USA is contaminated with polyfluoroalkyl substances, PFAS for short. These chemicals leach into the soil from discarded plastics, and are found in 98 percent of all Americans. My only hope is that someone with the means to ...

Second Chances

Editorials

We talk a lot about giving recovering drug addicts second chances. Yet in one regard, West Virginia is better at doing that for convicted murderers and rapists. That makes no sense. People convicted of drug-related felonies in our state are automatically disqualified from receiving ...

Simple, profound words

Columnists

Writing a weekly column is both a privilege and a responsibility. In attempting to keep this communication fresh for the reader, I try to vary the focus on differing topics relevant to Davis & Elkins College. As I am “Reflecting Along the Journey” this day, I find myself thinking of the ...

Perspective

Editorials

Too much debate about climate change is driven by political correctness and anecdotes, not science. There is a way Democrats who control the U.S. House of Representatives can move toward greater balance. Among the first actions taken under the leadership of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this ...

Withering

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice views last week’s disappointing state revenue report as “a shot across the bow for all of us in government ...” It certainly was that. The question now is whether Justice and state legislators will heave to on grandiose spending plans — or risk damage to the ship of ...

Energy

Editorials

Alternative energy cannot be a realistic option without an important system component. We need electricity all the time, not just when the wind is blowing or the sun is shining. West Virginia and other Appalachian states could provide that critical addition to the solar arrays and wind farms ...

Rough Road

Editorials

With state officials in a quandary over how West Virginia’s secondary roads are going to be maintained in the future, the Department of Transportation may have a more immediate problem. At the end of January, seven months into the fiscal year, revenue collections to support the State Road ...

Choose his own course

Columnists

For those who value substance over rhetoric in foreign policy, the last few weeks have been a horror. Despite promising a new director in foreign policy, Donald Trump, like Barack Obama before him, has become a predictable hard-liner. With the war monger John Bolton pushing him, Trump practiced ...

W.Va. must focus on public schools

Columnists

The West Virginia House of Representative Finance Committee is considering Senate Bill 451 (the Education Reform Bill). This is the time for serious questions about how to fund the 5 percent teacher pay raise and to refinance PEIA benefits. Miscellaneous provisions for public charter school ...

Barbour baseball signups underway

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! I sure have been enjoying when the temperatures are up into the 50's and 60's, but I'm afraid that it won't last. That's OK. Spring will be here before we know it. Barbour County Little League Baseball signups are taking place every Saturday in February at the ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the more than 50 residents who took part in the first meeting of the Community Watch for First Ward Wednesday night at Jennings Randolph Elementary School. Elkins Police Chief Glenn Galloway and four officers led the meeting, emphasizing that residents need to call 911 if they ...