Letters to the Editor

Standing up in an era of fence sitting

I’m tired of lazy government officials that see a tax increase, by any name or term, each year as normal and acceptable. I’m tired of bored bureaucrats that see tax increases as the solution for their failures. I’m tired of secretive politicians that negotiate my future behind closed ...

How are the two parties different?

What’s a Republican and what’s Democrat? It’s a fair question, seeing as our governor, Jim Justice, doesn’t seem to have the answer, either. At a time when politicians, business titans and White House staff are running from the president, our governor is running towards him. It ...

Republicans still angry at Obama

To those who might be in the dark, a new bill to repeal Obamacare is being pushed through the Senate, again, and this one is the absolute worst. Predictions are already putting those who would lose health coverage from this at 30 million, with of course the usual cuts to Medicaid, Planned ...

Police chief seeks to assure residents

The city of Buckhannon wants to assure all residents and visitors to our city that its police department, in conjunction with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department and West Virginia State Police, is taking full measures to maximize safety for all attendees during this weekend’s downtown ...

Elkins city clerk responds to poll on ‘Brunch Bill’

I’d like to take a moment to respond to the editorial published in The Inter-Mountain on Sept. 12 regarding Elkins City Council’s final approval of the “Brunch Bill.” Let me start by saying that the city appreciates what The Inter-Mountain provides to the community as a whole, and to ...

Pool, bridge two separate issues

On Sept. 2, Jessica Currence wrote a letter to The Inter-Mountain bemoaning the lack of an outdoor pool in Elkins. I totally agree with her that an outdoor pool would be a great thing for our community and for our kids. I am from Huntington and as a kid, my family went an outdoor pool every ...

Reader questions county official

I have a copy of a court order dated September 2016 from the Randolph County Circuit Court. The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office has refused to enforced this order. I also have copies of two no trespass notices dated December 2015, relating to the same matter. Randolph County Sheriff’s ...

Punishment out of proportion to crime

I purchased The Inter-Mountain newspaper and read the incredible story on Sept. 1, 2017 with the headline “Man charged with third-offense shoplifting.” I don’t know Mr. Gillespie nor do I know the details of the two previous shoplifting incidents. However, I find it shockingly ...

Who is number one?

Who am I? I am number one. Not the United States. Not the people. Just me. I hold town meetings. I clap for myself. If 1,500 people show up, I say there are 15,000, and they are lined up for blocks outside trying to get in. I say Putin is the greatest leader there is. I said I would build ...

The state’s economy in need of assistance

It is a well-known fact that the economy in West Virginia needs help. Our legislature has discussed several options in the past, including increasing taxes and fees paid by our residents. Firmly, I believe there are other solutions to the fledgling revenues our state is dealing with. One ...

Road bond vote a recipe for disaster

Voting for a new road bond program is a recipe for ruin. Just blend in a dash of corruption, destruction and construction. If you think that West Virginia’s Division of Highways have been chastised in the last few years, think again. More money won’t fix West Virginia’s roads, if the ...

Pastor speaks out against ‘brunch bill’

As a pastor, a believer and a teacher of God’s word, I unequivocally, without reservation, stand against partaking of alcoholic beverages. Proverbs 23:15 states we should not even look at alcoholic beverages much less partake of them, socially or otherwise. Much more could be said of the ...

Reader wants an Elkins public pool

Another summer has come and gone without a public pool for the families of Randolph County. Every summer the families of our community travel to other counties to utilize their outdoor pools. While we are in these other counties, we fill up our gas tanks at their gas stations and eat at their ...

Wiping out traces of American culture

I started this letter some weeks ago and was delayed finishing until now, and it has worked out well, since Mr. Robert Ware of French Creek had a masterpiece offering in Saturday’s Inter-Mountain (Aug. 19). The sad reality is, of course, that Mr. Ware is correct and very tuned in to what is ...

Visitor charmed by beauty of Elkins

I recently visited Elkins for the Augusta Oldtime Week, and can’t get over the beauty of your town and the welcome I met in the merchants and residents. I’m inspired to write because I saw the construction going on at the Elkins Water Works, the old building on Barron Avenue, and hoped ...

Solution to pollution

I harp on this so much I’m sure people have started to avoid me. Every other day I see pristine beaches covered in plastic refuse. Or read articles about how we produce enough plastic bottles every year to reach to the moon and back. The pollution has to stop and there is a simple place to ...

Thanks to local fire departments

At 1 a.m., Aug. 2, I woke to a loud knock that everyone fears to hear. We had a fire outside our home. My nephew, who is also my neighbor, had just gotten home from work and saw the flames in a building next to my home and my parent’s home. I debated on calling 911, thinking it was only ...

Brunch bill bad idea for Elkins

There was a story in the Aug. 21 edition of The Inter-Mountain that Elkins City Council is considering an ordinance allowing restaurants and other establishments to serve alcohol as early as 10 a.m. Sundays. That brunch bill is one of the most asinine, nonsensical, moronic ideas to have come ...

Community show is deemed a success

Buckhannon Community Theatre would like to thank everyone who made the production of “Shrek the Musical” a success. Without the help of St. Joseph’s Hospital and United Hospital Center for their sponsorship, Chapel Hill United Methodist Church for providing a rehearsal space and the ...

Erasing sites and monuments

Once upon a time we Americans loved to hear about and visit our historical sites and monuments. Today we are dead set on destroying them in the most thoughtless, and just plain dumbest, ways possible I believe we are on a irreversible course to erase our very heritage. Our lawmakers with ...