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Opinion

Reform faces obstacles

Columnists

Lots of people who didn’t have access to health insurance before the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — was enacted in 2010 do, now. Trouble is, many of them are finding that the “affordable” in the bill title was a lie. About the only large group of people delighted with the law ...

Stalemate

Editorials

Low-tax advocates in the West Virginia House of Delegates are not unreasonable men and women. House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, signaled as much Thursday, when he told a reporter a new state budget that “barely increases taxes” might be acceptable. But the $300 million boost in taxes ...

Blame Game

Editorials

So, Hillary Clinton is writing a book, perhaps offering her take on the 2016 presidential election. And, as she told an interviewer this week, she accepts responsibility for losing to Donald Trump. Sort of. “It wasn’t a perfect campaign. There’s no such thing,” Clinton told a ...

Trump must appeal to Dems

Columnists

Perhaps President Donald Trump is right when he dismisses the 100-day standard as artificial. It was a historical tip of the hat to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. But Trump, after diminishing the measuring standard, then reinforced it by prattling on about how much he allegedly ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Editor’s note: During the course of a week, issues are covered that might not lend themselves to full editorial comment, but they are worthy of The Inter-Mountain weighing in — pro, con or neutral. ——— Applause to the city of Elkins, Operations Manager Bob Pingley and his staff ...

Funding measure invests in future

Columnists

As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I am in a unique position to fight for investments in our West Virginia communities. In February, I sent a letter to President Trump describing the specific priorities I believe will benefit our state and this nation. I asked that as he and ...

Springtime enlivens volunteer spirit

Columnists

Kump Education Center has benefitted significantly from volunteer help this spring. Melodee Price organized the WV Make It Shine initiative with volunteers picking up trash in the rain on April Fools’ Day. It was a cold and wet Saturday morning, but that hearty crew collected debris from ...

Spring brings flareups

Columnists

With the arrival of warmer weather and spring, it is very common for people to begin noticing flares of arthritis. With nicer weather, more people are in the woods hiking, biking, fishing and hunting. People are out doing yard work and gardening. Often, this increase in activity causes a flare ...

Several events on tap today in Barbour County

Columnists

Hello, from Barbour County. The weather has been cooler this week, and seems more “spring-like” to me. I love the cooler days, myself. Belington resident will be doing their annual Spring Cleanup today, starting around 8 a.m. at the city garage. Volunteers will be sweeping sidewalks, ...

Central W.Va. celebrates family, friends and faith

Columnists

ELKINS — May is a wonderful month for what ails us. The mornings are rather cool with warmth moving in by noon, and evenings have that perfect blend of fresh air and solar rays that light up the late-day walk and comfortably put one to bed for a gentler, more restful night. And, while ...

Settling estates filled with antiques

Columnists

Grandma passed away leaving behind a house filled with art, antiques and collectibles. You and your family members have varied feelings about her heirlooms. Some of your relatives want to divvy up everything. Others want to just bring in a reseller. Other family members are ready to pile it all ...

Special session a fiasco so far

Editorials

To borrow from one of Gov. Jim Justice’s favorite types of analogy, when West Virginia legislators returned to Charleston at his call Thursday, they were handed a silver platter full of ... nothing. Last week, Justice issued his call for a special session of the Legislature, to begin ...

Haste in budget process damaging

Editorials

Hurry-up politics seems to be the order of the day in both Charleston and Washington. In Congress, that means a health insurance bill most Americans know little or nothing about is being pushed forward. At the West Virginia State Capitol, legislators are under pressure to approve a budget, ...

Group was about special rights

Letters to the Editor

Wow! There were three letters in the April 29 paper that I want to mention. Nothing commands attention from someone like a good letter to the editor in the newspaper. When you hang someone’s dirty laundry in their front yard, you can count on getting their attention. I’m referring, of ...

A hundred days of pure failure

Letters to the Editor

Recently, Trump has passed his “100 Days” mile marker, a traditional form of measuring how well a new president performs that dates all the way back to Franklin D. Roosevelt. Presidents of the last several decades had been gauged based on this “honeymoon” stage of their first term, to ...

In Good Hands

Editorials

Wednesday’s announcement from Mon Health that they will be constructing a new Heart & Vascular Center in downtown Elkins is good news for local residents. The 8,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility — set to open in summer 2018 — will give Randolph Countians and those in ...

Coming Together

Editorials

One of the advantages of living in a small community is people’s willingness to help those in need and provide unconditional support in difficult times. This was made apparent over the past week as residents from throughout the area traveled to Beverly to show their appreciation for what ...

Wood, Chris

The key to the future

Columnists

Nine years ago a concerted effort began to “Secure the Future” of Davis & Elkins College. Under President G.T. “Buck” Smith’s leadership, a capital campaign was launched to build endowment, address capital needs on campus and raise annual gifts for operations. Thanks to many ...

National Day of Prayer

Editorials

Today, thousands around the United States — and many in our own area — will gather to celebrate a National Day of Prayer. The annual observance — scheduled for the first Thursday in May — has a long history, dating back to the Second Continental Congress. In its modern incarnation, ...

Thriving

Editorials

The lifeblood of the many small cities and towns throughout the Mountain State — aside from the amazing people — is the numerous small shops and family run businesses that dot every corner of the community, from Main Street to back country roads. As National Small Business Week, sponsored ...