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Opinion

Rape Kits

Editorials

For many years, victims of sexual assault in both West Virginia and Ohio may have been unaware that little progress had been made in bringing their assailants to justice because physical evidence — rape kits — was sitting on shelves and not being tested. Both states have made enormous ...

Allegation

Editorials

A man’s allegation that he was sexually molested as a child by former Roman Catholic bishop Michael Bransfield needs to be investigated again, by both church and law enforcement authorities. Bransfield, who headed the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston for 13 years, dismisses the story as ...

Sharing the joy of Christmas

Columnists

One of the best parts of Christmas for most of us (I hope) is the ear-to-ear grins and whoops of delight from our children and grandchildren when they open those packages from Santa Claus. Is there anything better? Yes, there is, as hard to believe as you may find it. There’s a different ...

Lawsuit

Editorials

The family of another military veteran who died at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Clarksburg has filed a lawsuit against the federal agency. It adds to the list of disturbing questions about the facility — none of which has been addressed satisfactorily. As many as 11 veterans who ...

State needs a savings account option for tradesmen

Columnists

My first job was as a welder. After I completed trade school and became certified, I worked at a mining operation and was responsible for maintaining all on-site equipment. It was hard work, but it was rewarding, and it led me to want to open my own mobile welding business. I planned to buy a ...

Using a natural tree for Christmas

Columnists

First, as all wise dogs do, he sniffed. Yep. Definitely a pine tree. So he lifted a rear leg, aimed at the tree, and let fly. Why not? Easier than having to whine for someone to open the door. Dog owners learn many things. One of them is how difficult it is to clean up canine urine. But we ...

Reporter’s Notebook By the Numbers

Columnists

Little did I know last week that a simple story about employment numbers would cause so much consternation in the world of social media. That’s exactly what happened last Monday when Gov. Jim Justice and Steve Roberts, president of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, touted an increase of ...

Wrongdoings

Editorials

For months, Roman Catholics — and yes, those of other faiths — have been waiting to see how the church would deal with former bishop Michael Bransfield. When the answer came on Tuesday, it was not satisfactory, in the minds of some, perhaps most. During his 13 years as head of the ...

GOP’s dilemma

Columnists

For Republicans, the current impeachment inquiry must appear a conundrum. Mostly because they approved President Donald Trump’s foreign policy from the outset. They are partially responsible for his current troubles. Yet because they crave power more than consistency, the GOP has also ...

Santa Claus and Christmastime are on their way in Barbour County

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! I hope that you all had a good Thanksgiving. Did you get the big buck this year? School in Barbour County will resume on Dec. 2 at the normal schedule. I guess now that Thanksgiving is over, Christmas will be the next stop. Have you started shopping yet? If you ...

Two holiday tours in one season

Columnists

Local residents have an unusual opportunity to experience Christmas as it might have been for a large family growing up in Elkins during the early 20th century. The advertising for the two events may seems a little confusing, but in fact, there are two houses in Elkins and one in Beverly ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to the many local volunteers who provided holiday meals for the needy this week. Volunteers from Summit Church helped provide the monthly Feed the City event, hosted in the Railyard Restaurant, as this week’s menu was Thanksgiving themed. A free Thanksgiving dinner was served ...

We are in a war against drug use

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in response to the article titled “In a War” that was published in The Inter-Mountain on Nov. 21. As someone who grew up in Elkins, it seemed as though the town I left to go to college was completely different than the one in which I was born. The rate of drug overdoses in ...

Reader: Canceling of event a ‘moral victory’

Letters to the Editor

Moral victories, even the short-lived ones, are getting fewer and fewer as time goes by and I greet each one with the enthusiasm of a zealous football fanatic when a winning touchdown play is choreographed from the huddle and carried out in perfection as planned. The public library in ...

Making the city streets handicapped accessible

Letters to the Editor

I want to take this opportunity to say the mayor and the members of the council deserve a heartfelt thank you for making the streets of Elkins handicapped accessible. I had persistently asked for this in the 1980s and nothing was accomplished. It is time we took a look at our disabled ...

Dilemma

Editorials

In October 2016, Ryan Hubbs, of Paris, Ohio, robbed a woman in Lewis County, West Virginia, and took her car. He fled north on Interstate 79 and, in Marion County, caused an accident that killed two people. He pleaded guilty to robbery in Lewis County and was sentenced to 10-18 years in ...

Unacceptable

Editorials

Some West Virginians may think the bureaucracy is part of the reason for delays in helping victims of 2016 floods in some southern counties. Last week, their suspicions were confirmed. Legislators have been looking into why the state has been so slow in using $149 million in federal funding ...

Holiday horror stories

Columnists

Many of us are puzzling over the perfect Christmas gifts. Here’s an idea for some children: Get them away from mommy and daddy. In my business, the “big story” always takes precedence. But for some children, it isn’t whether President Trump will be impeached. And what worries them ...

Shocking

Editorials

When the authorities in West Virginia receive reports that children are in imminent danger because of physical abuse, state law requires that Child Protective Services personnel meet face-to-face with the youngsters within 72 hours. When less immediate threats are involved, the deadline is 14 ...

Reporter’s Notebook: The Great Exodus

Columnists

By Steven Allen Adams For The Inter-Mountain The 2020 races for the state Senate and House of Delegates have gotten more interesting due to the announcements by several senior lawmakers that they won’t seek re-election. House Minority Leader Tim Miley, D-Harrison, and House Judiciary ...