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Opinion

Virtual School

Editorials

West Virginia students in grades 6-12 soon may be able to get at least some of their educations without leaving the comfort of home. A new state law permits public school systems to offer “virtual schools” online. They can begin July 1. Students in online classes also may participate in ...

Cutting employees, or not

Columnists

Last week, members of the Brooke and Hancock County boards of education had to tell about 43 men and women they will not have jobs during the next school year. Declining enrollment and uncertainty about state funding were cited. Throughout West Virginia, many school boards either have done ...

Budget Battle Tax

Editorials

Not enough is known about the state budget agreement between Gov. Jim Justice and state Senate President Mitch Carmichael for West Virginians to know whether it is good for us or not. What we do know is that giving in to the governor’s position earlier this year — that the state simply ...

At President Donald Trump’s elbow

Columnists

President Trump’s Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue was sitting at the elbow of President Trump in the White House about the time he released a welcoming message to USDA employees. I had an opportunity to read the Secretary’s email and was taken back, since never once did he use the ...

Irreparable

Editorials

It is going to take time — years, in all probability — to undo the enormous amount of damage President Barack Obama did to the economy. Some of it, in states such as ours, is irreparable. At least President Donald Trump and his new Environmental Protection Agency head, Scott Pruitt, are ...

Dems need to reinvent the party

Columnists

If the French elections offer any clue where “progressivism” is headed in the future then it is down a vague road. The Socialist party ended with only 7 percent of the vote with a more radical leftist receiving 18 percent. But for America, the emergence of Emmanuel Macron, a technocratic ...

Students, teachers learn about learning

Columnists

Local college students and public school teachers presented their findings about teaching and learning at the Seventh Annual Kump Education Research Seminar Wednesday, at the Randolph County Community Arts Center. Samantha Hornish of Davis & Elkins College did her teacher work sample with ...

Residents inducted into honor society

Columnists

BATON ROUGE, LA — The following local residents recently were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society: Amanda Gibson of Marlinton at Marshall University and Michael Parsons of Moorefield at Shepherd ...

Tax hikes bad for W.Va.

Editorials

Well, thanks for the pocket change, governor. Now, let’s talk about the real money. On Monday, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources officials announced a plan to charge entrance fees to six state parks and one state forest. The idea was to raise money to address maintenance concerns ...

Delta Queen cruises may return

Editorials

Remember the Delta Queen? If you are past your teen years, you may well recall the majestic, historic sternwheel riverboat steaming up or down the Ohio River, occasionally tooting its whistle or entertaining those of us on land with a calliope performance. But if you are younger, you may ...

Human Rights Commission would have been good step

Letters to the Editor

In two recent issues of The Inter-Mountain, there were letters to the editor regarding a proposed Human Rights Commission ordinance for the city of Elkins. Unfortunately, they both had numerous inaccuracies. It is disappointing that legislation that would have reflected our city’s commitment ...

West Virginia, nation needs look forward, not backward

Letters to the Editor

The thing that angers me about most West Virginians, from a low-class citizen like myself to Sen. (Joe) Manchin, whether they be Democrat or Republican, is that they are constantly going on and on about how important coal is. But why is it so important? You say, “Because it’s the cheapest ...

Liberalism continues to plague our country

Letters to the Editor

In response to Ryan Fern’s letter in The Inter-Mountain, I happened to notice he left out one important detail — Gov. Jim Justice’s unpaid taxes. When they announced Justice had won the election, I was surprised. I travel the road one day a week visiting customers, and in the course of a ...

Humane Society gives thanks for great support

Letters to the Editor

On behalf of the Randolph County Humane Society, I would like to thank the loyal RCHS supporters and dinner patrons who attended our sixth annual “Spay-ghetti” dinner fundraiser held at the Phil Gainer Community Center on Feb. 25. All profits from the event will directly support our ...

Group effort needed to pass budget

Editorials

It takes three to tango when it comes to enacting a state budget in West Virginia. If Gov. Jim Justice thinks he can get it done with just two of the three partners, he is mistaken. Since he vetoed a budget proposal sent to him by lawmakers a few weeks ago, Justice has been attempting to ...

Wood, Chris

The places our grads go

Columnists

If you are searching for a good graduation gift, Dr. Seuss has a book entitled “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” One of my favorite quotes from this book reads: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” Seniors at Davis ...

Warner, clerks have done wonders

Editorials

Earlier this month, we commended West Virginia county clerks and Secretary of State Mac Warner for cleaning up voter registration rolls. Working together, his office and county officials had removed 36,635 names from the list of people eligible to vote in our state. What a difference a few ...

We wouldn’t be us without you!

Letters to the Editor

Catholic Charities West Virginia has many offices throughout the state and most of those offices rely on volunteers to help provide the services needed for the community. The CCWVa Elkins Office is no exception. We have over 30 volunteers every month who allow us to provide food and ...

NWTF banquet a success

Letters to the Editor

The Tygart Valley Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (a nonprofit organization) recently hosted its 21st annual Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Gandy Dancer Theatre in Elkins. Each year, thousands of NWTF members and volunteers flock to the banquet halls across North America to ...

Fee for state parks makes sense

Editorials

Beyond any doubt, the best way to “wow” out-of-state visitors to West Virginia is to take them to one or more of our state parks. They are our crown jewels. But too often for many years, maintenance needs at the parks have been put on hold because not enough money was available for them ...