Letters to the Editor

Board did not follow the rules

The West Virginia State Board of Education set a dangerous precedent on Jan. 11 in granting a waiver to the Randolph County Board of Education to accommodate the county’s total lack of following the procedural rules for closure of a school in their county. It appears that the county Board ...

Levy money was squandered away

I would like to thank all first responders for their unselfish acts when called upon. Firefighters who give up their time from their families and, at times, their jobs. EMTs go in all types of weather to administer aid to those in need. Yes, that’s their job, but they put their lives in ...

Do not close Valley Head

Well, here we are again, the community of Valley Head and surrounding areas are once again on the chopping block of the Randolph County School System, because of their lack of following West Virginia Board of Education Policy 6204, which clearly stated that if there are two public school ...

Obama has done us all some good

As of this writing, the holidays have come and gone, but they still linger in my mind, Christmas especially (seeing as that’s the one I celebrate). And during the whole month of December, I enjoy watching Christmas movies, which, of course, involves several versions of “The Christmas ...

Dilapidated houses plague our state

Our cities, our counties, our state, will never be reborn until it buries its dead. Empty, decaying houses haunt West Virginia’s neighborhoods, dispirited shells where yesterday’s factory workers, nurses, lawyers mechanics and coal miners once lived. Those residents are now deceased or ...

Holiday gesture touches couple

My wife was working Christmas Eve at our local big box store. She and her co-workers had been hassled, harangued, jostled and worn down all shopping season. Her manager gave her an envelope someone had passed on to give to her. Her name was on it. Inside was a nice card, a thank you for her ...

Official gives thanks for help

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and the Marine Corps League Leland D. “Crow” Crawford Detachment 956 of Elkins completed the 14th annual Toys for Tots distribution in the Elkins region. The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to provide joy and hope to the ...

Volunteers make event possible

For the last 40-plus years, Jeanne Hart, Pam Hughes, family and friends have had a birthday party and pageant for the senior citizens of Randolph and surrounding counties. Without the assistance of many area merchants, organizations and private individuals, this Christmas dinner could not be ...

Christmas season isn’t really about wish lists and gifts

After my younger daughter came home from school with a Christmas wish list, I was fairly quick to tell her this wasn’t what Christmas was about. I was so moved by our conversation that I wrote “My Dear Child.” Some people saw this letter and were quite moved by this. These people ...

AWW, Bonnett thank community

The Appalachian Wounded Warriors and Michael Bonnett & River’s Edge would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and say thank you to everyone who has supported them throughout the year, especially The Inter-Mountain, the Tucker County Community Foundation and 84 Lumber, not to ...

Dr. Kahn treats patients well

I am writing this to thank Dr. Farukh Kahn for making Christmas happy for his elderly patients. He has been my doctor for many years and is very caring for his patients. He calls us to see how we are getting along. I do not know any other doctor who would have a Christmas dinner for his ...

Dems still can’t accept the results

We have now entered that irreversible phase of selecting a president. The Electoral College has spoken loud and clear, Donald Trump is the new president and the cry babies can no longer manipulate the system and attempt to cast doubt on how we got this far. Blame games, innuendos, name calling, ...

Education needs attention, funds

Soon, the state Legislature will be debating how to deal with another budget crunch. I hope they don’t forget to invest in the things that help us grow,  such as education. West Virginia Public Broadcasting is a cost-effective and proven way to improve education in our state. Here are just ...

Corporations are manipulating us

In the late 1930s, under the name of marijuana, hemp was demonized nationally. Though it had been cultivated for thousands of years for all sorts of uses, hemp threatened to compete with the newly emerging drug, paper, synthetics and fuel industries. These entities therefore decided to get rid ...

‘The Angry Man’ decides election

For all the interest group pandering that shapes modern American politics, the group that may well have decided the election has come down to the demographic of “The Angry Man.” The Angry Man is difficult to stereotype. He comes from all economic backgrounds, from dirt-poor to filthy rich. ...

Woman gives thanks to Canaan staff

In August, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. It’s not something you can ever prepare for, but I am forever thankful to have had these good people at my side through this journey. Thank you to Tom Biegler, Steve Drumheller and Tom Arvan. Your support, words and kindness are ...

Trump not right for our country

There is a hard reality that a lot of people are going have to face, and I would like for them to face it sooner rather than later, because later might be too late. Trump is not the president we need or deserve. He is woefully unfit to lead this country, on so many different reasons. FACT: ...

Closing school will hurt community

To the members of the Randolph County Board of Education: I am writing this letter as a former student of Valley Head Elementary, a former resident of Valley Head, a former coach of the Valley Head Fighting Eagles basketball team, the namesake for the Valley Head Gym and also as a taxpayer, ...

Electoral College should be changed

The debate has started again as to whether the US Constitution should be amended in order to change the presidential election process. Some promote eliminating the Electoral College in favor of a direct popular vote for president, while others believe the Electoral College should remain ...

‘Breaking News’ a service to the public

The Inter-Mountain’s “Breaking News” did a good job informing us of this morning’s escaped prisoner and later of his capture. Thank you. Wouldn’t it be good if the Randolph County Office of Emergency Management sent emails as they do for other emergencies? Shouldn’t notification ...