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Opinion

The Meaning of Christmas

Editorials

The following is from The Gospel According to Luke 2:1-20: And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one ...

Senior Safety

Editorials

Many West Virginians will not be able to celebrate this Christmas with grandfathers and grandmothers. Our concern for them and other older Mountain State neighbors will keep us apart. But we can celebrate something truly wonderful. Many of our precious older people may not be with us tomorrow ...

Religion and politics

Columnists

Often, I use this column to write about politics. But this is Christmas week. What on earth does Jesus Christ have to do with politics? Quite a lot, actually. We Americans have a tradition more than two centuries long of bare-knuckle politics. Too often it seems that winning office and ...

Tactics

Editorials

Law enforcement agencies throughout the nation have been rethinking their tactics this year, in efforts to prevent tragedies such as the death in March of Louisville, Kentucky, resident Breonna Taylor. Taylor died during a raid by police investigating illegal drug trafficking — with which ...

Christmas odds and ends

Columnists

Last week, I pointed out an angle of attack the Democrats could use in 2022 against Republican lawmakers and 2020 candidates who stood on the steps of the Capitol and pledged $1 billion for broadband expansion. Again, they got to that $1 billion number by including the up to $766 million the ...

Holidays bring return of light and hope

Columnists

By Dr. Heather Biola Kump Corner This Sunday will be the fourth and last Sunday in Advent, and many Christians will celebrate by lighting four candles on an Advent wreath. The candles often represent Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace. In 2020 we need these signs of hope during the Covid-19 ...

True Gift

Editorials

What a truly wonderful Christmas present all involved in rushing the COVID-19 vaccine to nursing homes have given us! They have given the gift of life to some of our fellow West Virginians. Are we going overboard? Judge for yourself: Residents in long-term care facilities have been hit ...

Healthcare leaders endorse vaccine

Letters to the Editor

An open letter to West Virginians from WV Healthcare Leaders: We trust the COVID-19 vaccine West Virginia has experienced landmark days in the pandemic response this past week as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Emergency Use Authorization for a COVID-19 vaccine. As we ...

Assistance program losing support

Letters to the Editor

Our church recently learned Helping Hands in Elkins will be losing all assistance from the United Way in Elkins. This is a concern because Helping Hands is a small local assistance program that provides immediate assistance to those in need. Helping Hands does not replace other assistance ...

Meeting a true hero

Letters to the Editor

Chuck Yeager was a personal hero of mine growing up and a big reason as to why I later joined the U.S Air Force and served my country for 20 years. I learned about him in school here in Elkins and how he was from West Virginia. I could not believe he was such a great person and that he was ...

Fraud

Editorials

In all likelihood, fists were clenched and heads were shaken at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department a few days ago, when personnel there heard a local woman’s story about someone stealing thousands of dollars from her. Most of the time, law enforcement officers, deputies and agents ...

Funding

Editorials

Frugality is not a virtue among most politicians, no matter how often they decry runaway government spending. Throughout the bureaucracy, “spend it or lose it” remains a warning most heed. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice may be an exception to the rule. Good for him. He and his fellow ...

Will charities suffer this year?

Columnists

I met Santa Claus on Saturday. Not the Santa’s helper who sits in some stores, posing for pictures at a safe distance, but the real one. My wife and I, with our two grandchildren, were Christmas shopping in a local store. During a couple of trips up and down the aisles, I’d noticed a ...

Delivering Life

Editorials

Just imagine, if you can, the feeling West Virginia National Guard soldiers fanning out throughout the state may have this week. Monday night, they began delivering life itself to their older Mountain State neighbors. It comes in the form of vaccine against COVID-19. Among those at the very ...

Football

Editorials

College football seems terribly unimportant in many ways, right now. All around us, the lives of good people are being cut short by a viral disease epidemic. Within days — perhaps even before you read this — the COVID-19 death toll will top 1,000 in West Virginia. Before the epidemic ...

Broadband funding raises issues

Columnists

Republicans might have swept the state legislative races, but they may have just handed Democrats some easy campaign ads for the 2022 midterm election. Last week, the Federal Communications Commission selected nine companies as winning bidders for broadband expansion projects as part of the ...

Big Decision

Editorials

Each Christmas season, children (and a few adults) across the country include in their requests to Santa a dog, cat, rabbit or other living creature. They want a lovable, cuddly pet. They promise they will feed it, walk it, clean up after it, take it to the vet and love it. They have no idea ...

Festivals of Light inspire universal hope

Columnists

The Winter Solstice is the astronomical event that has inspired ancient festivals of light all over the world. At the end of the shortest day and longest night of the year, ancient people could conquer their fears of the darkness because they knew warmer weather would come again. ...

Support

Editorials

It is no fault of billionaire Jeff Bezos that COVID-19 is the grinch who stole Christmas from many people in our communities. Bezos did not bring the virus to our country. We have no hesitation in suggesting that if he could end the epidemic by spending his entire fortune, he would do ...

Distance learning needs to stay in place

Letters to the Editor

As many are already aware, on Nov. 17 the Randolph County Board of Education made the decision to end distance learning. According to the article printed in The Inter-Mountain on Nov. 19, 1,006 students are enrolled in distance learning and 326 of these students are failing at least one ...