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Opinion

Warner’s plan a bust?

Letters to the Editor

If a public official wanted to suppress the vote in November, what would he do? We may have the answer right in front of us. Secretary of State (SOS) Mac Warner has changed the rules on absentee voting for November. The coronavirus epidemic is worse now than in the spring, so most voters I ...

Great divide in America

Letters to the Editor

I have a radio service that comes with most if not all new cars and decided to turn the dial over one spot from the Patriot Channel just to see what the other side was up to. My jaw hit the ground when I heard that Trump was going to declare the election illegal if he lost and set up his own ...

Shortage

Editorials

We all should have seen it coming. First there was a shortage of face masks and other personal protective gear. Then a crash program had to be launched to find enough medical ventilators for COVID-19 patients. Now, the shortage is — you guessed it — cheap I-pads and Chromebooks. With ...

Watchful

Editorials

At some point, West Virginians will just have to bite the bullet and begin getting back to “normal.” COVID-19 cannot rule our lives forever. Still, Gov. Jim Justice’s reservations over a change in precautions against the disease at nursing homes is understandable. Eighty-one of the ...

Profiteering

Editorials

The power to profit greatly from their misdeeds and to be shielded from punishment is something of which all criminals dream. Occasionally, often through politics, some think they have achieved that. If federal authorities are correct, former White House aide Steve Bannon is among ...

Outbreaks

Editorials

Where did we go wrong? What do we need to change to safeguard older West Virginians in nursing homes? State officials — and, for that matter, anyone with an idea of what the answers may be — need to be coming up with solutions. Our most vulnerable West Virginians need better protection ...

Paying the Toll

Editorials

It was understandable, if not prudent, that when COVID-19 seemed to be on the run earlier this summer, many Americans decided it was time to go back to what was normal early this year. We are paying the price for that foolhardiness now. Unfortunately, those paying the grimmest toll had little ...

Funding

Coronavirus

An announcement made Wednesday, without fanfare by Gov. Jim Justice’s office, was the most important news of the day for tens of thousands of Mountain State residents. It was that Justice has directed WorkForce West Virginia to apply for federal funds under a new round of benefits for people ...

Past commander objects to city decision

Letters to the Editor

Due to the city removing the handicapped parking sites in front of American Legion Post 29, I am compelled to write against this decision. The city cites it is a safety issue and they do not want any parking on Railroad Avenue. But apparently it is OK to leave two large marked “Bus Parking ...

Elkins Make It Quiet member responds

Letters to the Editor

In response to the article in The Inter-Mountain on Aug. 14, ‘Business groups offer comments on Noise Petition,’ the Elkins Make It Quiet (EMIQ) group noted that the Randolph County Chamber of Commerce, the Randolph County Development Authority and Elkins Main Street made similar comment ...

Reader senses despair across the country

Letters to the Editor

I sense the despair in the Black Lives Matter protests about the police action against our neighbors because of their skin and how I escape such discrimination because of my skin. It is our country’s despair. I feel the despair of having a president that ratchets up every day his grasp ...

Running mate blames troubles on one source

Coronavirus

I could go on and on about why Trump is the worst but I think today I’ll leave it to one Kamala Harris: “When other countries are following the science, Trump pushed miracle cures he saw on Fox News. While other countries were flattening the curve, he said the virus would just poof, go ...

Bad Party

Coronavirus

For several years, West Virginia University had the unenviable reputation of being a “party school.” Let us hope that does not lead to it becoming the Typhoid Mary of higher education. Typhoid Mary Mallon was a domestic worker in the United States during the late 1800s. Somehow, she ...

Education issues and COVID-19

Columnists

CHARLESTON — I shoehorned education issues and COVID-19 into the end of my column last week, but I’d be remiss in not diving into this contentious issue a bit more in light of recent union comments and last week’s West Virginia Board of Education meeting. I received some pushback last ...

Reopening

Coronavirus

Roman Catholic schools in West Virginia and some public school systems in East Ohio are planning to have students in classrooms five days a week when the new academic year begins. Yet most Mountain State public schools are planning “blended” schedules, often with just two days a week of ...

Businesses support teacher certification

Columnists

The Elkins business community contributed generously to Kump Education Center in support of National Board Certification for local teachers. One of the 2020 objectives for the (KEC) Neighborhood Investment Project was to help local teachers work to increase their knowledge and hone their ...

City, veterans at odds over parking issue

Letters to the Editor

I want to write in regard to the parking situation in front of the American Legion Post 29. Since 1942, the American Legion has had its Post home on the corner of 4th Street and Railroad Avenue, also called Veterans Memorial Drive. Since 1919, the American Legion has had a presence in ...

Past post commander objects to decision

Letters to the Editor

The city of Elkins has recently eliminated parking on Railroad Avenue at the American Legion Post Home. This was pushed through without regard to the historical use of this area and a complete disregard to the members and guests of H.W. Daniels Post 29. As a past commander of H.W. Daniels ...

Reader: Something new in the election cycle

Letters to the Editor

Have any of you readers noticed something happening in the political fray of this election cycle? It’s something we haven’t seen before and, quite frankly, may not see it happen again for a long time. I’m talking about the exodus of many prominent and well known black politicians ...

Assistance

Coronavirus

President Donald Trump’s decision to authorize $400 a week in unemployment benefits for people laid off from jobs due to the COVID-19 epidemic came with a catch. It is that states will have to cover one-fourth of the total. Here in West Virginia, that is doable. Gov. Jim Justice had hoped ...