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Opinion

Springtime is finally on its way across Barbour County

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! Spring is on its way! How do I know this for sure? Yes, the calendar says it’s so. Yes, the birds chirping of a morning is a good sign. Yes, some days we see a sneak peek of warmer weather. But, the sure sign that spring is getting closer is when Dairy King opens ...

Curious creatures offering clues

Columnists

Going to Australia in January for a family wedding gave us an opportunity to see some of the animals that represent earlier stages of mammal evolution. Observing the “living fossils” of early mammals and seeing my nephew make a conscious choice to marry and continue our branch of the ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to Elks Lodge No. 1135 of Elkins for giving back to the community. Four schools in Randolph County, including Harman School, George Ward Elementary School, Coalton Elementary School and Midland Elementary School received donations of school supplies. Each of the schools received 18 ...

Legislation touches on peaceful protests

Letters to the Editor

I implore The Inter-Mountain and all its readers write and call your state senators to defeat House Bill 4615. No matter your views on pipelines and other infrastructure projects, peaceful protest is a fundamental American principle taught in High School Civics and protected by the Bill of ...

Getting involved on the state level

Letters to the Editor

When washing my laundry, I noticed the items were not as clean as I would like them to be. I wasn’t getting the results I wanted. I was using the same machine, same detergent, same water level, and same temperature of water so the laundry was always the same. I thought perhaps it was the ...

Congressional office thanked for assistance

Letters to the Editor

I joined the United States Marine Corps at the age of 18 and served my country proudly for six years. A while ago, due to a misunderstanding with the Veterans Administration, my 70% disability benefits from service-connected injuries were terminated. I had nowhere to turn, the situation ...

Giving up different types of food for Lent

Letters to the Editor

Feb. 26 marks the beginning of Lent, the period leading up to Easter, when devout Christians abstain from animal foods in remembrance of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the wilderness. The call to abstain from eating animals is as traditional as Genesis 1:29, yet as current as the teaching of ...

Mandate

Editorials

West Virginia’s education establishment should not have to be told how to deal with sleazy characters who prey on children. Recent history indicates legislators may have to leave state school officials no choice but to do the right thing, however. Late last year, it was learned our state ...

Incredible opportunity

Columnists

Young adults need a chance for real world experience to either confirm or discourage their potential vocational path. As a college student, my spouse, Lisa, was certain she wanted to become an accountant. She participated in an internship after her junior year and promptly changed her major. ...

Bad Numbers

Editorials

We have known for decades that tobacco use can lead to all sorts of health risks, ranging from lung cancer to heart disease. Yet more than one-fourth of adult West Virginians still smoke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That is the highest percentage in the ...

Shake Up

Editorials

Some degree of continuity is needed in public school supervision at the state level in West Virginia. But at the same time, things need to be shaken up. A look at measures of school quality, some adopted by state officials, makes that clear. Perhaps the most important job in the state’s ...

ERCC resident celebrates 103rd birthday

Births/Birthdays

ELKINS — Hazel Hart Hanger celebrated her 103rd birthday Feb. 8 with family and friends at Elkins Rehabilitation & Care Center. In addition to her family and friends, Elkins Mayor Van Broughton attended the event. He presented Mrs. Hanger with the key to the city of Elkins. “Mrs. ...

Secrecy

Editorials

Perhaps you have heard of the “death by a thousand cuts” torture. How about secrecy in government by a thousand acts of the West Virginia Legislature? Earlier this month we warned of a bill in the House of Delegates that was intended to alter requirements for newspaper publication ...

Three weeks left in session

Columnists

Starting today there are three weeks left in the 2020 legislative session. After last week, this session can’t end soon enough for me. Last Tuesday was the last day for bills to be introduced in the House of Delegates. Today is the last day for new bills to be introduced in the Senate. ...

Wilson’s bill won’t accomplish much

Columnists

Bright and early Thursday morning, I pulled into a visitors’ parking lot at the state Capitol Complex in Charleston. Rather, I slammed into the lot. Squarely in the middle of the lot entrance was a large pothole. Not exactly the best way to create a good impression among visitors to the ...

At the Capitol: Cross-day looming

Columnists

With the 2020 legislative session fast approaching cross-over day — the last day for the House and Senate to act on bills originating in each house — legislators found their work overshadowed by distractions at the Capitol and beyond. Much of the focus of the week was on the girl’s ...

Cyber War

Editorials

Some other governments spare no effort to gain advantage over U.S. businesses and consumers. Trade barriers such as tariffs and unreasonable restrictions in the name of product safety are examples. But some — including China — are involved in all-out assaults on Americans. Theft of U.S. ...

Here’s a Valentine for the teachers

Columnists

Valentine’s Day was always one of my favorite days at Central School on Second Street in Elkins. The teacher would give us a list with the names of all our classmates, and my family made each child a heart-shaped sugar cookie with red icing. The night before Valentine’s Day our ...

Rough beginning

Columnists

Given the mess-up in Iowa, Democrats did not exactly roll out their official selection season with precision. But, the results both in Iowa and New Hampshire pointed to a more ominous trend that has little to do with election management. The party, united as they may be against President Donald ...

Protecting abortion survivors through new legislative action

Columnists

It is a great day when West Virginians of all political stripes come together to protect innocent human life and make our state a more compassionate place. This week we will have just that opportunity. The Legislature passed House Bill 4007, known as the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors ...