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Opinion

Surviving a pandemic as a community

Columnists

In March when Lisa Wood, director of the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce, invited Quint Studer, author of “Building a Vibrant Community,” to visit Elkins, the coronavirus was in the international news, but nobody thought that Elkins would shut down within a week. Three months ...

Storm Clouds

Editorials

We have seen our share of storm clouds locally in recent years but none as turbulent as what we saw last Sunday. Ty Flynn, a local 19-year-old, worked to organize a Black Lives Matters protest and march in Elkins on Sunday. Eighty-eight people indicated on Facebook they would participate in ...

Elkins councilman discusses racism

Letters to the Editor

In June of 1992 I was on a flight to JFK that had departed Dakar, Senegal the night before. It was morning in New York when we landed. Twenty-four hours earlier I had flown out of Spriggs-Payne Field outside of Monrovia, Liberia on the West Coast of Africa. The Liberian civil war was still a ...

Reader unhappy with new voting facilities

Letters to the Editor

My name is Judith A. Davis. I am a 78-year-old lady who went to vote with my husband in Coalton in the Roaring Creek District of Randolph County. He pulled into the handicapped spot and was retrieving my roll-about from the trunk when a gentleman hollered and told him the voting place had ...

Obstacles

Coronavirus

Complaints about voter disenfranchisement often have more to do with incompetence than partisan scheming, we suspect. This year’s primary election in Georgia appears to be a case in point. Voters reported lengthy delays and other problems in many of the state’s 159 counties last Tuesday. ...

COVID-19

Coronavirus

In the minds of many, among the most abrasive orders issued by many governors in order to combat COVID-19 were those that in-person church services had to be suspended. Like many of the complainers elsewhere, we West Virginians tend to be sensitive regarding religion. Even many of those who ...

Coronavirus presents new challenges

Columnists

There is much to think about as we begin to plan children’s summer activities and reopening schools this fall. Social distancing may be possible for adults, but how can it be made effective for children who are longing to be actively engaged in activities with their friends again? CDC ...

Relief and Joy

Coronavirus

Relatives and friends of people who live in West Virginia’s 123 nursing homes and other long-term care facilities will be allowed to resume visiting with them in person on June 17, Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday. There will be limitations, Justice said, but the complete ban on ...

Defining the word ‘emergency’ today

Letters to the Editor

I am writing this letter in response to a column written by Mark Chapin in the Saturday, June 6 edition of The Inter-Mountain. As I understand it, Chapin normally writes about hikes in the woods and wildlife. In this column, however, he gets into politics. The title to his column is ...

Controversy grows

Letters to the Editor

Virginia Governor Northam has ordered the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond, Va. There have been at least 200 such actions in recent years. according to Wikipedia. Jason Nichols, professor of African American Studies at the University of Maryland, said on TV (I personally ...

Reader: Undercurrent of racism is present

Letters to the Editor

Living in Elkins can feel like a paradox. As a white woman living in Elkins, I often feel safer here than anywhere else. I don’t question whether or not I will experience violence when going about my daily routines: not while exercising; not while checking in on a friend’s pet when that ...

Progress

Columnists

Among the heroes of the COVID-19 epidemic in West Virginia are the men and women of the state’s National Guard. Many have worked tirelessly at great sacrifice to themselves and their families, sometimes risking their own health to aid fellow Mountain State residents. They have been ...

Big Decision

Editorials

West Virginia Board of Education members plan to select a new state superintendent of schools on Wednesday. In many ways, it will be the most important decision made in our state this summer. That is saying a lot, of course. The upheaval caused by COVID-19 has had and will continue to have ...

Mixed News

Coronavirus

As the nation began the process of “reopening” slowly but, we all hope, safely, there was encouraging news on the economic front. About two weeks ago, nearly 25 million Americans were receiving unemployment benefits, the Labor Department reported. By Thursday, the number had decreased to ...

Smell the roses and see the yard art

Columnists

Elkins gardeners really get going in June, and this year walkers will see some interesting new things in local lawns and gardens. Taking a walk with friends makes social distancing easier. This is a time to try new traditions. The Emma Scott Garden Club was planning to hold a June Rose ...

Time Sensitive

Editorials

About 156.5 million Americans are categorized as members of the civilian labor force. At least 41 million people who can work and by definition want to are unemployed. In other words, approximately one of every four people able to work is not employed — and is being supported by the rest. ...

Honor

Editorials

It was not enough for West Virginian Hershel “Woody” Williams to save lives at the risk of his own during World War II. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism during the Battle of Iwo Jima. But for several years, Williams has been spearheading another campaign — to honor the ...

Primary election potpourri

Columnists

CHARLESTON — Here we are, eight days out from the June 9 primary election and it’s crunch time for statewide candidates still trying to still influence voters who are marking absentee ballots, taking part in early voting or waiting to vote a week from Tuesday. I traditionally vote on the ...

Containment

Editorials

It appears nearly all the COVID-19 cases in Randolph County are at the state prison in Huttonsville. Keeping it that way — that is, preventing the disease from spreading into communities around the corrections center — may be the most important task facing Gov. Jim Justice and other state ...

Providing education during a crisis

Columnists

School systems all over the country are struggling to find safe and reliable ways to begin school this coming fall. Forced school closures in March denied students and teachers three months of instructional time. The Covid-19 Crisis has forced us to recognize that equal opportunity to education ...