Letters to the Editor

Mother’s Day and cows

As I look forward to Mother’s Day and its cherished bond between mother and child, my mind wanders to dairy cows, worldwide symbols of motherhood, who never get to see or nurture their own babies. Newborn calves are torn from their mothers at birth and turned into veal cutlets, so we can ...

Assessor addresses money allocation

It is $2,236 divided among five full-time employees. I feel the need to clarify the information in a news article in the March 27, 2018, issue of The Inter-Mountain. The county’s 2018-2019 budget passed with a 2-1 vote. Commissioner Taylor read the budget information and said, “There ...

Dilapidated houses a growing concern

As someone who grew up in Elkins, and still has family there, the problems associated with abandoned and dilapidated properties are always a personal concern. Abandoned and dilapidated properties present health, welfare, and safety concerns for the whole community. That is why the ...

Former Elkins stoplights in use

Your readers might like to know what happened to the three historic Darley stoplights that controlled traffic on Davis Avenue in downtown Elkins for decades, until their controversial removal in 2009. In 2007 I urged then-Mayor Judy Guye Swanson and city council members to retain these ...

Reader opposed to city manager idea

Have you ever sat in on a Elkins City Council meeting? The experience is strangely fascinating, at times maddening, and if you care about good governance, downright depressing. Bi-monthly, the elected council members who make up city council (though not all always show up) file into a room at ...

Healthcare forum offered information

Upshur Indivisible Votes sponsored a forum at West Virginia Wesleyan College on Monday, April 23, which was open to the public. They had invited five guests with unique perspectives on healthcare. I would like to let you know some of these issues in case you were unable to attend. Rodney ...

What the truth will do for you

Mr. Brenwalt’s April 14th letter to the editor had so many inaccuracies in it, I had a difficult time deciding where to begin. Let’s begin with Civil Rights: Using the Congressional Archives dating from the mid-1800’s forward, you’ll quickly discover who actually led the battle for ...

D&E organization benefits community

National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), also known as Sigma Alpha Pi, is at Davis & Elkins College! We have been on campus for the last six years and here’s some information if you didn’t know about the nationally recognized Society. The Society is the nation’s ...

Explaining major party differences

A lot of ignorance is going around from our local Trumpcakes, and I feel it is my civic duty to counter as much of it as I can. Starting with... Democrats: How they’re the absolute worst! So, for the longest time, I’ve been sending letters to The Inter-Mountain, explaining how I believe ...

Trying to decipher bureaucratic speech

I’m wondering if there’s a word, phrase, or idiom to describe the action of deliberately confusing people by using complex sentences. For example, Elkins City Clerk Jessica Sutton throws out some big words and fancy sentences to confuse people. What does she really mean? It seems like ...

Founding fathers would be shocked

While America has become more and more advanced technologically and medically, it seems more citizens have become less and less wise. Our founding fathers, men of faith and wisdom, wrote our Constitution with a free, educated and faith-based citizenry in mind. For the first 140 years we were ...

Is W.Va. a great place to grow old?

On a recent newscast it was reported that after an extensive study, West Virginia is the second worst state in the U.S. to grow old in. I am thinking, “Could this be true?” Not the findings of the study, but that I have misread the actions of our county commission. They have heaped taxes ...

Shootings prompt diverse reactions

I knew it! I just knew it! When the news channels burst forth with the disheartening news of the massacre in Florida on Feb. 14, I said it won’t be long until the misinformation begins flooding across the nation with blatant lies and unfounded allegations and opinions disguised to sound like ...

Code enforcement raising concerns

Elkins City Code is a certain part of a law. Code enforcement occurs when officials enforce those local laws. Something the Elkins operations manager seems to have forgotten or maybe never knew. Just a friendly reminder: Building codes usually pertain to property upkeep, typically dealing ...

Trump’s tariffs will stand up to China

I wish I could say that I didn’t understand why so many politicians are against the President’s implementation of tariff’s on China. Quite simply, too many of them and the people that gave them huge campaign contributions are getting rich by buying cheap Chinese products and selling them ...

‘March for Our Lives’ marks turning point

I want to take this opportunity to share that I am positively moved, overjoyed and, most of all, extremely hopeful after the “March for Our Lives” event, where literally millions took to the streets to demand change to the way we treat our toxic and out of control gun culture. And it ...

Sports betting law prompts questions

West Virginia has become the sixth state to legalize sports betting pending a change in federal law. The state law has an activation clause that will make the law effective should federal law change either through congressional action, or more likely, via a ruling by the United States Supreme ...

Reader: Stop blaming all the wrong people

Richard K. McClane has seen a side of the NRA I’ve never seen. He calls the NRA fear mongers, when in reality the NRA is nothing more than a grassroots organization that watchdogs the gun control fanatics in Washington. Each time there’s a shooting, they swing into action blaming everyone ...

Companies looking to replace animal foods

With three crippling Nor’easters battering our East Coast in quick succession, we all looked forward to March 20, the first day of spring, balmy weather, and flowers in bloom. It’s also a superb occasion to replace animal foods on our menu with healthy, delicious, eco-friendly vegetables, ...

Where will the funds come from?

Now that the strike is over, did the teachers get everything they walked out for? They said it was not only for a raise but also for PEIA. The teachers are on a contract. Did they get paid on this illegal strike? Who gets shafted if they did? No one but the taxpayers and kids. One sign they ...