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Opinion

Week eight at the Legislature

Columnists

Here we are folks, ending week eight and starting week nine — the final week — of the 2020 legislative session. I’m not ready to do a look-back yet. That will come in next week’s column. But I can at least say that my predictions of a boring session have been mostly on the money. ...

Honoring Williams and other heroes

Columnists

Seventy-five years ago Feb. 23, a young West Virginian, Hershel “Woody” Williams, lifted his face from the black volcanic sand of a small island in the Pacific, wondering why many of the men with him were standing up, cheering and firing their rifles into the air. Then he saw the American ...

At the Capitol

Columnists

CHARLESTON — For the second week in a row at the Capitol, a major piece of legislative agenda crashed and burned, as the Senate failed to advance a joint resolution to amend the state Constitution in order to phase out personal property taxes on manufacturing equipment, machinery and ...

Leadership

Editorials

Sometimes, real leadership in government requires stances that may not be popular with voters. Fifty-one members of the West Virginia House of Delegates did that Wednesday. They voted against a bill that would have changed the state requirement for annual safety inspections of motor vehicles. ...

Myths, magic of Australian mammals

Columnists

Last week a few students at Elkins Middle School attended my presentation on the early evolution of animals in Australia. The students had seen news reports about the plight of Kangaroos and Koalas during December when Australia was ablaze with uncontrollable fires. By the time we got to ...

Sanders’ movement

Columnists

Bernie Sander’s victory in Nevada was both comprehensive and complete. He ran well with key constituent groups and left his nearest competition, Joe Biden, a distant second. However, it was not a knockout and his campaign awaits results in South Carolina and Super Tuesday. But despite the ...

Property Transfers

Columnists

The following deeds were recorded in the Randolph County Clerk’s office: On Feb. 5, Claudette Brown to Jordan C. Brown, parcel of land situate in Middle Fork District, $10. On Feb. 7, Mary Ann Morgan Gay, James Logan Smith, and Katherine Smith Wyrosdick to Joseph Lambert, parcel of real ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to both sides in the AHF Products contract negotiations for agreeing to continue to work together to find a solution. The union employees of the Beverly plant voted down the proposed contract by 93% on Sunday. Instead of having a picketing situation on Monday morning, however, both the ...

Legislation may affect annexation

Letters to the Editor

Those involved in the fight against annexation around the city of Elkins are not the only ones in the fight. Those living around Morgantown have been in the fight since last year. Leading that fight is former Morgantown Mayor Jim Manilla. Manilla assists in heading up an organization call ...

Who owns the Swinging Bridge?

Letters to the Editor

Having just read the recent article in The Inter-Mountain, once again I would like to comment on the current situation of the old historic swinging bridge. I am a previous citizen of Elkins and carry a deep appreciation of its history. I have fond memories of growing up in the Baxter and ...

Reader is eager for May 12 primary

Letters to the Editor

West Virginians in Wheeling and now Fairmont have had to deal with the news that their health care centers, Ohio Valley Regional Medical Center and Fairmont Regional Medical Center, are closing. Who’s next? Granted, even a more activist governor may not have been able to save these ...

Vital Bill

Editorials

One of the most important bills before the West Virginia Legislature this year very nearly fell through the cracks. Good for state senators for recognizing the peril and acting swiftly to keep the measure alive. It is Senate Bill 648 which, if enacted, would provide some dental care coverage ...

Gift of an estate

Columnists

In 2018, Davis & Elkins College received a wonderful gift of property from Bill and Grace Jordan. Like Graceland and Halliehurst, this property is connected to the founding families of our College. The “Jordan Estate” is comprised of a secluded red brick mansion sitting on a level ...

Disturbing

Editorials

Discussion of a proposal to allow West Virginia public schools to offer elective courses on the Bible took a disturbing turn recently in the House of Delegates. It came when a Malco Cohen, a third-grader in Charleston, testified before the House Education Committee. “My little brother and I ...

Corruption

Editorials

Reports on corrupt public officials are a regular part of life in West Virginia. Why on earth would we want to give them any breaks? We do, though. One effective watchdog against corruption is the state Ethics Commission. It has substantial power to investigate complaints against public ...

Change can be difficult

Columnists

Old habits are hard to break. Change is difficult. Yet in 2014 West Virginia voters decided the way we’d always done things wasn’t working very well. For the first time in 80 years, we handed control of both chambers of the Legislature to Republicans. Since then, change has been too rapid ...

Transparency

Editorials

Last week, Roman Catholic Bishop Mark Brennan and other officials of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston did something unprecedented. They released a detailed report on diocesan finances. Brennan said it was the first time such action had been taken. As most of us know from our own personal ...

Week seven at the Legislature

Columnists

As we head into the final two weeks of the 2020 legislative session, let’s take a look at various odds and ends. First, Sunday was the final day for bills to make it out of committee in the originating body. In order words, if you’re a Senate bill and didn’t make it out of a Senate ...

Out of Order

Editorials

On Feb. 12, The Inter-Mountain published an article about Charles Conway speaking before the Randolph County Board of Education regarding school sports. Conway stated there are a number of negative vibes in the community surrounding Elkins High School sports. Conway said this could be ...

Cowboy response

Columnists

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went to Munich last week and blithely ignored the Europeans. Despite the fact that leader after leader at the security conference bemoaned President Donald Trump’s “America first” foreign policy, Pompeo insisted that all was well. Indeed, Pompeo did not seem ...