Letters to the Editor

Reader questions proposed ordinance

Please get a copy and read the proposed ordinance “Draft unsafe buildings and lands ordinance” from the Randolph County Commission office. I feel this will be one of the “biggest land grabs” in the history of Randolph County! This proposed ordinance is nothing but control of farm ...

Who actually runs our school system?

One of my grandchildren recently taught me a new word. “Kludge” — they told me it came out of the computer programming world. A kludge is a quick fix on an unexpected programming glitch. A kludge only solves one problem, then a second kludge solves the second and so on. Pretty soon, you ...

Proud and patriotic

The issues of my letter are with the Robert E. Lee issue of changing the names of streets and such. I do not believe in slavery and have never been prejudiced. I do believe we descended from Adam and Eve and by God’s own creation, whether we are red, white or blue or black or blonde. ...

Reader upset by county spending

As a taxpayer and concerned Randolph County citizen, I have a real problem with the Randolph County EMS spending and wasting the money to operate that facility. Why does the EMS need to be purchasing a $70,000 Tahoe plus the lights, sirens and emblems? I also saw last year they purchased a ...

McKinley stands up for Peace Corps

Since Peace Corps was created by President Kennedy in a 1961 Executive Order, more than 240,000 volunteers have served in over 141 countries on all 5 continents. More than 700 of them were from WV, approximately 400 of them still live in WV. Congressman Mark Walker (R-NC) proposed an ...

A call to wonder, ponder and pray

For some time I have felt led to write this letter. From time to time we wonder, ponder and pray about the laws of God on the ways of man. Some time ago I took a tattered old book off the table, and, to my shame, had to remove a little dust off the cover. The answer I received was the same as ...

Owning mistakes

How could Americans be so dumb to elect a man like Trump and still 30-some percent of Americans believe his lies and bull? This man doesn’t care who he hurts, Just to get his way. The only feelings he has are for himself, not women who says he raped them or grabbed them. His only defense ...

WVSF board offers words of thanks

The West Virginia Strawberry Festival Board of Directors would like to say thank you to everyone that helps make the festival a success this year. If you were a sponsor of an event, a volunteer, crafter, runner, road bowler, vendor or just came to see what the festival had to offer we ...

State DOH asked to intervene at exit

West Virginia Division of Highways and Ms. Sasha Danberry, I am writing you to stress the importance of traffic study and implementation of safety precautions on Route 33. On June 16 my family and I were traveling from Buckhannon to our home in Elkins. As we crested the hill near the ...

Is the creation of a speed trap the answer?

I see in the June 19th edition of The Inter-Mountain that the DOH is still looking at the stretch of highway in Buckhannon in light of the most recent fatality. At the risk of beating the subject to death or being told to mind my own business I’d like to refer you readers to U.S. Rt. 19 south ...

Reader ‘terrififed’ by current political climate

Liberals are playing a dangerous and historically ignorant game by demonizing conservatives. This isn’t ordinary politics: It’s the hysteria preceding arguments for re-education camps. I count among my good friends several liberals and leftists. Mostly, we never talk about my transition ...

Reader: School closing was a ‘death certificate’

I recently visited Valley Head, my childhood hometown, and expecting the worst, I was appalled to see firsthand the death of a once-vibrant community. It is just my opinion, of course, but I sense that the life plug was pulled when its public school was closed in 2016. Alas, the only things ...

Disputing claims about rail trail connector

We are responding to a letter to the editor from Scott Godwin of Pasadena, Maryland. He made comments in The Inter-Mountain’s May 25 edition about the new rail trail connector which, when opened soon, will connect the present Allegheny Highlands Trail from Highland Park to the Elkins depot. ...

Political supporters or brain-washed cult?

Is there anything more cult-like than the heartfelt belief that Trump is the obvious choice? Trumpcakes, no matter what has happened in the last two and a half years, seem completely incapable of accepting the reality in front of them. Only Trump’s base could be so delusional and determined ...

State police searching for missing person

On or about July 18, 2012, Luke David Stout was reported missing by his family. Stout was last seen leaving his residence on Hickory Flat Road and has not been seen since. The West Virginia State Police continues to follow up on leads and is requesting assistance from the public. The West ...

Reader: New traffic lights are not needed

I’d like to address the issue of traffic lights at Childers Run and Kesling Mill Road. I’ll start with traffic lights on a four-lane highway. The whole idea of building four-lane highways is to move traffic from one point to another more efficiently. That’s why they have posted speed ...

Vietnam veterans still fighting battles

In case you haven’t been paying attention these past few decades since the end of war in Vietnam, the clock has been ticking. Of the 2,709,918 Americans who served in Vietnam, Less than 850,000 are estimated to be alive today most of us in our early seventies. So, if you served in South ...

Taxes and lawsuits

I remember when our state sued tobacco companies over people getting cancer. Yet the people who died from tobacco got nothing. This is just a rip-off for our state to get money.Yet it is still OK for tobacco companies to sell their products as long as the state gets tax money from the sales. ...

Reader expresses highway concerns

It is insane what is not occurring within the local DOH District jurisdiction in relation to maintaining the state roadways and protecting the public safety of local residents and the visitors from other areas of the country. For example, the secondary road between Mill Creek and Helvetia is ...

Deleting history of the Civil War

The renaming of streets and buildings and removing monuments that represent the “South” during the Civil War bothers me for a couple of reasons. This seems like the first step in deleting that part of our history/ What’s next- the rewriting of history books to remove Southern names and ...