Letters to the Editor

Pipeliner praises local area, residents

I came to this area three months ago for work. I have never been to Elkins and the Randolph County area before. My stay has been quite an adventure. I am from Indiana, an equipment operator for 12 years and represent a trade of workers that are often the targets of disdain because of the very ...

Commercial breeders law still not enacted

The Federation of Humane Organizations of West Virginia, FOHOWV, would like to thank Deputy M.P. Dyer and Animal Control Officer Charlie Ramsey for their thorough investigation in the Deborah Kay Jones case, which resulted in dozens of misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty. Without their hard ...

Building on sales tax

Put your hand up if you’d like to pay more sales tax. One of the great mantras of many of our elected political leadership is that people really want to pay more taxes. They want us to believe what we receive from our government in return is of such huge value that we are simply gagging ...

Town Hall meetings give residents a voice

Misinformation is spreading regarding the purpose and participants of the Town Hall meetings. These meetings have been held quarterly for the past few years to brainstorm about what the residents and property owners of Elkins can and should do about the growing problem associated with vacant ...

Taking things for granted is dangerous

I read a previous letter to the editor about wildflowers making West Virginia beautiful, and it made me think of the rural roads in Randolph County back in the 1980s. The Long Run Road in Cassidy had road banks covered in wild honeysuckles that were breathtaking in early June. But people came, ...

Should the singer have been stifled?

We were extremely disappointed in the action taken by the “Create Buckhannon” members for discriminating against those of us who came particularly to hear music from Ed Crawford on Friday evening in Jaw Bone Park. His performance had been advertised in the local paper and he was denied ...

Funding needs to be reinstated

I’m writing to invite my fellow West Virginians to ask our Congressional delegation to support permanent reauthorization and funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). This extremely powerful and reliable source of funding is absolutely essential for the growth and welfare of ...

Trump stacking up accomplishments

As we approach the end of President Trump’s second year in office, the ever-growing list of extraordinary good things he has done for America is nothing short of remarkable. President Trump inspires such deep emotions in his critics that many have struggled to objectively assess his ...

Comparing McCain to the president

I was just thinking about cults. How people can be brainwashed to join and believe someone like Jim Jones and Charles Manson. But yet today we have a president running his own cult. It doesn’t matter what he says, his 37 percent of his cult sticks with him. He can talk about how he has ...

Amendment on the ballot

On Nov. 6, West Virginia voters will be asked to vote Yes or No on Amendment No. 1, which would change the state constitution to read as follows: “Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects the right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion.” Since the U.S. Supreme ...

Former Elkins mayor explains involvement

I never thought about writing a letter to the editor to complain about our city government. I have been a part of city government and made more than my share of mistakes. The ongoing discussion about how to deal with vacant and dilapidated structures hits close to home so I decided to vent in ...

City weighs in on distressed properties

As representatives of the citizens of Elkins, we were once again upset and disheartened earlier this week in reading the coverage of the Town Hall meeting by the Inter-Mountain newspaper, for two reasons. First, is that we don’t wish there to be a disconnect or lack of communication between ...

Reader calls for political change

Well, John and Jane Q. Public (voters), we “got it” again. In a recent newspaper article we learned, for the first time, that an administrative assistant at the (Randolph) County Commission has been on paid leave due to a hostile working environment which resulted in two commissioners ...

Neighbor dealing with cat problem

I recently went to a city meeting about the cat problem that my neighbors and I have been dealing with for several years. I want to make it perfectly clear that these cats we are dealing with are pets of our neighbors. They call themselves responsible pet owners. If they were responsible ...

Pipeline work at odds with tourism?

Dear West Virginia Division of Tourism Director and Staff, I understand that tourism is among our top economic drivers here in West Virginia. As I write this letter, I hear the whistle of the tourist train that runs five days a week. There are four different trains, two steam, two diesel, ...

Media coverage unfair?

I noticed a segment on a major news network that Uber, Lyft, and D.C. area restaurants were told by their management that they had the right to kick out any customer that made them feel harassed or threatened. The group being singled out this time was Unite the Right, a white supremacist group ...

Tournament a success

Elk’s Golf Course would like to thank the participants and sponsors for making the 2018 Randolph County Classic Golf Tournament a hugh success. Winners of the tournament are: Champion Kollin Hopwood, runner-up Alasdair Forsythe and third-place Mike Cooper. Thank you goes to Tygarts Valley ...

Dilapidated property issue draws ire

I have set the last several weeks and listened to certain individuals in the Elkins area complain about “dilapidated” properties. I travel back in forth from my other home in Pennsylvania, and have never seen so many people up in arms about simple, petty things in my life. Some people ...

Pension bailout stakes are enormous

Recent news articles indicate that a miners pension plan bailout may be on the agenda for congressional leadership. However it is yet unclear what such pension bailout might involve. What is certain is the financial stakes are enormous. There are no easy answers to the miners pension crisis, ...

Strategic plan for Elkins raises concern

I would like to make several comments regarding The Inter-Mountain article published Aug. 17. I note that Ms. Sutton, the city clerk, advises that she has to date not had any public comments received in her office regarding the public’s invitation to comment on the proposed five-year ...