Letters to the Editor

West Virginia sales tax proposal wrong for all

The West Virginia House of Delegates is trying to stop the Senate from enacting a 7.25 percent sales tax on our citizens. This would make West Virginians bear the highest sales tax of any state other than California. We need to support the efforts of the House to block this unreasonable ...

Arts Bank Council offers thanks to local community

The Arts Bank Council would like to say thank you to all the folks who helped with its annual auction. Proceeds from the auction are crucial to the health of the organization’s unique artist-in-residence program, providing art experiences to the youth of Randolph County. For the past five ...

Tax increases are not needed in West Virginia

I note the objections to the tax increases in the article by Joselyn King. I find it interesting that no matter how hard times seem to be, the government always finds a way to get the money, usually at someone else’s expense. Maybe no new hires, maybe a referendum where the highest paid ...

Are we seeing a change of heart in the USA

Unable to accept defeat, Mr. Brenwalt rambles on in his May 6 letter, claiming President Donald Trump stole the election with the help of the Russians. These rants are nothing more than the last-ditch efforts of a defunct party trying to retain its choke hold on a country that’s been raped ...

Last election cycle cements opinion of those on far left

The first time I was seriously introduced to Thomas Pain (or Paine) was not in history class, but rather in 11th grade English. Mrs. Burns was a champion of well-written essays, documents and other publications of the Revolutionary War era, and she loved the style of some of the writers. We ...

President’s budget plan hurts poor and elderly

Has the GOP gone plum crazy? If they go along with the budget bill that President Donald Trump has come out with, then yes they have. To cut $1.7 trillion on the backs of the poor and needy to give the richest a tax cut is crazy. Trump said he would not cut Medicaid — just another lie. To ...

Officials here to serve community

At the present time, the county is considering remodeling the Airport Building as the new headquarters for the Randolph County 911. If this happens, all the equipment that involves the 911 operation will have to be moved and reconnected. The cost of all this will be paid with our tax ...

Emergency squads should be included

In lieu of the Philippi City Council adopting an ordinance that would provide financing for a workable budget to maintain fire service for the resident of the city of Philippi and possibly 80 percent of the rest of the county in which they provide service, would it not be feasible for the ...

Restraint needed in rights issues

National politics affect us all. State politics affect us if we live in West Virginia. County politics affect us if we live within that county. City politics affect us if we live within that city. To criticize, if we live outside the voting district, is to cause conflict for ...

National cover-up needs probed

I have long accepted the fact that the Inter-Mountain is a conservative Republican newspaper. That is it’s right and as a more-or-less liberal Democrat I frequently find myself in disagreement with its editorial page. The editorial in the May 15 edition, however, crossed the line between ...

Group was about special rights

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

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 ...

Human Rights Commission would have been good step

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

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

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

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 ...

We wouldn’t be us without you!

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

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 ...

Rally has no place at monument

There is a political rally scheduled for April 29 at the All Veteran’s Monument. Mike House, the organizer of the rally, states that it is to honor President Trump’s 100th day in office as well as our country and veterans. The inclusion of “our country and veterans” is just fluff to ...

Pet overpopulation solution is at hand

Pet homelessness is a serious and costly problem in West Virginia. Each year, tens of thousands of dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters costing West Virginia taxpayers approximately $10 million per year. These animals are euthanized not because they are old, sick or not cute enough — ...