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Letters to the Editor

How should Elkins use sales tax funds?

It is truly refreshing to see that Elkins city officials have prioritized the spending of the somewhat unexpected financial windfall from the forced imposition of the 1% sales tax on businesses. This includes, but is not limited to, employee pay raises, infrastructure projects, equipment ...

‘Socialist’ different than ‘progressive’

With all due respect to my fellow Americans, most of us simply don’t know that a “liberal/progressive” is not the same thing as a “socialist.” A true “socialist” is someone who wants all of the businesses and workplaces to be owned and controlled by “the state” or “the ...

Climate change and world’s food supply

“Climate Change Threatens World Food Supply” was the lead story in recent newspapers. It was prompted by the release of a summary report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, staffed by more than 100 experts from 52 countries. The report details how climate ...

Opioid crisis: Tragedy, travesty

The pharmaceutical industry acted in a timely manner to have insulation in place in the event the opioid crisis ever neared a reckoning. Having lobbyist/ politicians in place to mitigate the heat of litigation against opioid manufacturers and suppliers is good business. It’s a walking, ...

Why so surprised?

Edward S. Brenwalt writes that he doesn’t think much of our president’s record. He says many of his promises have not been kept, and ones that he has claimed to have kept he has had to lie about because they were certainly not kept. We knew he was a vain and vulgar, pathological liar, ...

Parade flags

I hope that people will stand and remove their hats as every American flag passes by during the Forest Festival Parade on Saturday. Alan Merklin Elkins

Grateful for help

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my friends who donated toward the purchase of my new wheelchair. It is heartfelt and very appreciative. I didn’t realize I was so blessed with so many friends, but I am thankful that you were there when needed. This brings me back to a ...

Fundraiser a success

The family of Donald R.Carr would like to thank everyone who purchased hot dogs and baked goods at our fundraiser on Aug. 31 at Wal Mart. Thank you to everybody who just gave donations. Special thanks to Walmart for allowing us to have our fundraiser at their location and for their donation. ...

Promises made, promises kept?

This is a follow up to my previous letter, which continues the trend of providing a list. This time, however, we are going to be looking at Trump’s record. Lets begin: Trump is constantly claiming, “Promises Made, Promises Kept!” But what “promises” were kept? He hasn’t even built ...

IRS refund would slash power bills

If the government is serious about cutting carbon emissions to “save the planet,” a great place to start would be to provide a pathway for home owners to implement solar and wind power. An IRS refund of $5,000 dollars per household to be used on solar and\or wind power would make most ...

Providing pleasure for music lovers

Drawing from Jamaican, Mexican, his native Brazilian and other sources, guitar virtuoso Carlos Barbosa-Lima held a Randolph County Community Arts Center audience spellbound last Saturday as he transported them into the infectious swing and sublime melody of the Latin American musical world. ...

Group extends thanks

Pure Country Twirlettes would like to extend a huge thank you to the following people and businesses for helping raise money for uniforms, parties and the end of year banquet: Aarons, Advance Auto, Auto Zone, Barb’s Restaurant, Bates Carpet, Betty Hale, Bob’s Automotive, Camden Creek, ...

Reader: Let’s stop dancing around truth

W. Royal Stokes’ Aug. 31 letter contained quite an impressive list of Democratic achievements, most of which are old “social” programs designed to trap, ensnare and restrain the recipients. Most of the programs Stokes mentioned were passed long before the Democrats fell off their ...

Has the circus come to town politically?

A response to my dear friend Edward Brenwald: Go Democrats! Go! Ban guns! Ban oil! Ban cars! Ban coal! Ban power plants! Ban meat! Wide open borders! Free healthcare! Free housing! Free income! No electoral college! Stack the Supreme Court! Free all convicted criminals! Go Democrats! ...

Smearing a Supreme Court justice’s name?

I would like to suggest a new name for the New York Times after watching yet another round of hate rhetoric on Justice Brett Kavanaugh get new life some days ago. How about the New York Whiners and Liars Daily? They just can’t stop obsessing over every little detail that comes along, and ...

Campaign funded by West Virginians

I love this state and I love this town! Although I’m a native Pennsylvanian, the majority of my life has been spent in Elkins, first as a public school teacher and now as a “professional volunteer,” so my husband tells everyone. Here are a few things you may or may not know about West ...

Elkins resurgence around the corner?

In my last letter, I talked about how an Elkins resurgence might be just around the corner for the city. Yes, taxes are going to need raised in various ways to fund the plans. Yes, annexation of large retail areas seems to correspond with thriving downtowns and environs. Look at Bridgeport, ...

Defending Democrats

Robert Ware’s rhetoric, much like Trump’s, is getting old. In his response to my most recent letter, he defends Trump and his political alliance with a list of things that, more or less, came straight from Trump’s Twitter account. But notice what he didn’t do? He failed to name a ...

Political parties are still at war

In the letter to the editor Mr. Brooks stated that Democrats are the lowest scum on earth, How can he have so much hate in him? I don’t hate Republicans. I’ve even voted for Arch Moore, because a rich man named Rockefeller came to our state to run for office. Later I did vote for ...

Reader wary of ‘Green New Deal’

The year was 1967 and a best-selling book was titled “Famine 1975: America’s Decision, Who will survive?” It spoke of the weather, the atmosphere and how we needed to change our ways on energy by 1975 or famine would strike. We have all shown a concern for the environment for many ...