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Opinion

There’s no place like home

Columnists

Last September, I turned 70, and that caused me to do some pondering, as, I guess, we all do when we see the years tickin’ by. What stuck in my mind more than anything is that I have spent all but two of those years right here, among these mountains, in this town. When I graduated from high ...

Youth football signups set

Columnists

Hello, from Barbour County, where students and teachers alike are counting down the days until summer break. School will dismiss at noon on May 25. This seems a bit strange to me, as the past several years, school has lasted until the first or even second week of June. I suppose that a mild ...

The Savior reached down his nail-scarred hand

Columnists

Spring greetings to everyone in the name of the Almighty Father God Jehovah, his Son Jesus Christ and their mighty Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit). We are in the season of remembrance of moms, dads, nurses and other special days. We also salute our veterans, grandparents and the U.S. nation’s ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Editor’s note: During the course of a week, issues are covered that might not lend themselves to full editorial comment, but they are worthy of The Inter-Mountain weighing in — pro, con or neutral. ——— Applause and congratulations to Davis & Elkins College graduates. The ...

Emergency squads should be included

Letters to the Editor

In lieu of the Philippi City Council adopting an ordinance that would provide financing for a workable budget to maintain fire service for the resident of the city of Philippi and possibly 80 percent of the rest of the county in which they provide service, would it not be feasible for the ...

Restraint needed in rights issues

Letters to the Editor

National politics affect us all. State politics affect us if we live in West Virginia. County politics affect us if we live within that county. City politics affect us if we live within that city. To criticize, if we live outside the voting district, is to cause conflict for ...

National cover-up needs probed

Letters to the Editor

I have long accepted the fact that the Inter-Mountain is a conservative Republican newspaper. That is it’s right and as a more-or-less liberal Democrat I frequently find myself in disagreement with its editorial page. The editorial in the May 15 edition, however, crossed the line between ...

Graduation a time to celebrate, look ahead

Columnists

It is celebration time at Davis & Elkins College! For our graduating seniors, this weekend is the time when all the hard work, hopes and dreams come to fruition. As I have the privilege of presenting diplomas to our deserving students, each piece of parchment symbolizes so much more than ...

Decision

Editorials

Most members of the West Virginia Legislature agreed it was time to call it quits — temporarily — and go home on Friday, May 5. Though they had spent less than two days in session to hash out a new state budget, they were right to leave Charleston when they did. On the table at that point ...

Action is needed

Columnists

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue went to an urban city (Cincinnati) to tell rural citizens and communities he was upgrading the department’s rural development agency. His spin was the program would report directly to him. Who is he kidding? Best guess is Perdue will create a “special ...

‘Bang for the Buck’

Editorials

Among college graduates throughout West Virginia this spring are thousands who were in and out of higher education in two years. They earned degrees and certificates at community and technical colleges, which seem to be growing in popularity. Why is that? Simply because more potential college ...

Control spending to cut taxes

Columnists

Phasing out West Virginia’s personal income tax is a wonderful idea. It would attract more people and, even more important, businesses to our state. But the tax feeds about $1.9 billion a year into state government. That is nearly half the general revenue fund. So, what to do about that gap ...

Disrepair

Editorials

We have to do something about crumbling roads and rusting bridges in West Virginia. It is that simple. Many legislators have demonstrated a laudable reluctance to raise taxes they and many of their constituents see as a refusal of some in state government to live within taxpayers’ means. ...

Alternatives may cut risk

Columnists

Opioid abuse is devastating our state, and too often it starts with something as seemingly harmless as the prescription of an opioid-based pain medication. Powerful painkillers, such as oxycodone or hydrocodone, are prescribed to provide temporary relief, but do nothing to address the source ...

Dems looking to pin wrongdoing on Trump

Editorials

A chorus of top Democrats are demanding an independent prosecutor be commissioned to investigate Russian tampering with the 2016 presidential election. Fine. By all means, let us have a comprehensive, independent probe of links between Russian officials and U.S. politicians. And while we are ...

Responsible budget needed

Columnists

The special session will resume on Monday. The goal remains the same: Pass a budget that will put West Virginia on a pathway to prosperity. But what we have to understand is there is something that is being terribly forgotten here. The political class is missing the point. I don’t want ...

Wildflowers continue to draw pilgrims

Columnists

The 56th West Virginia Wildflower Pilgrimage convened at Blackwater Falls State Park on May 4-7. Wildflower pilgrims enjoyed botanizing at its best. They found the sacred shrines of natural beauty with hearts open to the great blessings of the spring. The whole experience was amazing for a ...

It’s time to be productive

Columnists

Donald Trump’s “victory” on the “repeal and replace” bill was as expensive as it was meaningless. If ever a faction was bought so cheaply in an ocean of Budweiser Lite while paying a political price so dear — the 217 GOP lawmakers who supported the bill to nowhere probably did a ...

Mother’s Day Memories: ‘Recuerdos de Mamas’

Columnists

The celebration of Mother’s Day holds very much significance for people all over the world. With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, there are many remembrances that come to mind about both my own mother as well as my mother-in-law. Josefina Salmon Salas and Frances Knick Tolley were their ...

Actions needed from federal officials

Editorials

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was in Charleston Thursday, talking about West Virginia’s drug abuse crisis. On Tuesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and top presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway were at the state Capitol to discuss health care. Personal visits are ...