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Opinion

Will W.Va. legalize recreational marijuana?

Letters to the Editor

Looking at the Saturday, March 27 Letters to the Editor, I see three people who are upset with the government, state and federal, and for good reason. Thanks to K.J. Woody, Jessica Scott and Clark Martin; very good, thought-provoking letters that cover a lot of ground. Due to space ...

Mooney defends life in the womb

Letters to the Editor

We must protect human life in the womb. That’s why I’m glad Congressman Alex Mooney recently introduced the Life at Conception Act, which would, as the title suggests, define human life as beginning at conception. To use the Congressman’s own words, this bill would also “require ...

Nonprofit organization thanks volunteers

Letters to the Editor

Our Town, Inc. would like to thank the numerous individuals, groups and businesses that made our Sprout into Spring a successful project. Special appreciation goes to: The employees of Elkins Builders Supply, who support each of our projects with materials and manpower hours; WV Wood ...

Non-Starter

Editorials

President Joe Biden’s proposal to raise the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28% to fund his massive infrastructure plan already has at least one Senate democrat in opposition: Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. During a segment Monday on statewide Talkline, Manchin said raising the corporate tax rate ...

Word of mouth advertising

Columnists

Word of mouth is a powerful form of advertising. According to industry research, this is true for two basic reasons. For the hearer, the direct words of someone you know brings credibility for the reputation of the one making a recommendation is on the line. Second, we generally trust those we ...

Meaning

Editorials

Most of us think of infrastructure as something physical: bridges, roads, pipelines, power lines and the like. President Joe Biden says he wants to expand that dictionary definition to include workers, families and people — and therefore to include schools and housing, for example. That ...

Urgency

Editorials

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has suggested a 90-day moratorium on immigration to give Congress time to make the issue a priority. He is right to inject a sense of urgency in tackling the issue. Most Americans cannot fathom coming from a place where it seems preferable to live in holding ...

Final week of the session

Columnists

Here we are, the final week of the 2021 legislative session. Today is day 55 and lawmakers are prepared to power through until the gavel comes down at midnight Saturday, April 10. I feel somewhat redundant here, but once again all eyes are on House Bill 3300, the current vehicle being used to ...

Accountability

Editorials

Facebook and other social media giants have demonstrated rather handily they can control the content that appears on their platforms when they choose. It is absurd, then, for the likes of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to pretend he can do nothing about the continued use of his platform to shill ...

Compromise

Editorials

For most people, the word “compromise” conjures images of meeting in the middle, taking good components from two ideas and blending them into a new idea that works well for as many people as possible. It appears as though the West Virginia state Senate thinks of compromise as introducing a ...

Kump Education Teacher Tree commentary

Columnists

One of the best outcomes of our new project honoring teachers with an apple on our tree wall is seeing what donors have to say about great teachers they remember. Thoughtful teachers make opportunities to help students realize the significance of events occurring during their school days. ...

Tough Choice

Editorials

Lawmakers know they have tough choices to make when it is time to cut spending. They are supposed to look for fraud, waste, incompetence, redundancy and all the items for which there is no explanation other than “that’s the way it’s always been.” Instead, state senators who approved ...

Departing mayor expresses gratitude

Letters to the Editor

To The Inter-Mountain: As the end to my term in office rapidly comes to a close, I want to take the opportunity to express my gratitude for your services over the years. Your exposure provides our community with the level of transparency they expect from their local government, and I ...

Reader supports bill before legislature

Letters to the Editor

I was shocked by the March 31 Inter-Mountain OpEd “Distraction SJR 1 is not a gun rights bill” West Virginia Constitution, Article 1, Section 2: The government of the United States is a government of enumerated powers, and all powers not delegated to it, nor inhibited to the States, are ...

Almost Heaven

Editorials

As spring approaches, West Virginia residents may turn to cleaning up their yards or larger properties. Winter takes its toll. On a larger scale, it is time to think about this year’s West Virginia Make It Shine Statewide Cleanup, which has been pushed back to May 1-15 to give more time ...

Understanding just who is to blame

Letters to the Editor

Who’s to blame? Our political leaders are leaving 2020 in the rear view mirror, yet they’re dragging an anchor into and through 2021. Despite touting a record-breaking development of several COVID-19 vaccines, deaths and hospitalizations from the virus are an expanding problem. Although ...

Holidays

Editorials

Americans are a restless bunch in the best of times. Coop us up for a year or so, and there is bound to be an urge to break free and roam. In fact, the Transportation Security Administration says that is exactly what is happening. Airlines are seeing nearly as many travelers as they did this ...

Distraction

Editorials

State Sen. Rupie Phillips, R-Logan, may have thought he was scoring extra points with a little distraction when he told another media outlet “I think this is a very good chance for us to stand out ground on our Second Amendment rights,” while discussing Senate Joint Resolution 1. SJR 1 is ...

Bad Idea

Editorials

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has an interesting plan for fixing the struggling U.S. Postal Service: lower expectations. In discussing an expected $160 billion loss for the agency over the next decade, DeJoy said he plans to slow mail delivery standards and cut hours at some post ...

Special session in the future?

Columnists

CHARLESTON — We are less than two weeks away from the end of the 2020 legislative session at midnight April 10 and already there is talk of a special session in the air. Gov. Jim Justice is furious that his bills are not moving in the House and Senate to cut the personal income tax rate by ...