Letters to the Editor

Fear, paranoia over gun problem

I am writing about Kenneth Cobb’s outdoor sports column from Feb. 17 entitled “Crossbow a challenge for hunters.” Normally, I read his columns with a great deal of pleasure, but this one was different. Like the writer of this article, I’ve never even held a crossbow, but I always ...

Debate after tragedy

After the recent tragedy in Florida, arguments are erupting over who or what is to blame. Was the FBI at fault? Maybe. I would not rule out the possibility of law enforcement failing to act with utmost integrity. But it this goes so much further than that. That shooter and all the others ...

Are we smart enough to vote?

What if I said to you, “Don’t stick that knife into that electrical outlet,” and you did it anyway, because you listened to someone who told you everyone else is doing it and that they’d be your friends if you did. You get the shock of your life and wind up in the hospital. You’re ...

Teachers kept students in mind

No matter what your personal feelings are about the West Virginia public school employees’ strike, I believe we have witnessed why teachers across the U.S. are woefully underappreciated. These dedicated men and women care about our children, and make unprecedented sacrifices to ensure ...

Second Amendment protects our rights

With the left’s anti-everything movement working overtime, Americans are left with one very important decision, whether or not to arm themselves. We’ve seen the damage left-wing Democrats have done to this country, and it’s foolish to ignore the fact that now, more than ever, there’s a ...

Accusation can be a powerful weapon

Attention readers, we have a new weapon in America. Well, not exactly new. It’s more like a refinement of an old weapon and in the right hands has the capability of mass destruction in a few seconds or minutes. It can take out entire families or even larger groups. Once deployed, it cannot ...

Legislating what’s right for women

The West Virginia legislature has proposed a bill stating that “nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion,” for inclusion on Novembers’ election ballot. The National Right to Life Committee, in a multi-state drive to reverse reproductive rights, is aggressively ...

Winter Olympics offered us lessons

The 2018 Winter Olympic Games offered an important lesson in diplomacy. Even while political tensions between South Korea and North Korea remain high, athletes from the two countries walked together during the Opening Ceremony’s Parade of Nations and athletes from both nations competed under ...

PEIA problems causing turmoil

I am writing to address the details surrounding the current teacher work stoppage. Although pay is a concern since West Virginia ranks 48th out of 50 states in average teacher pay, the most concerning issue for many teachers and service personnel is health insurance. The state government has ...

Plan offered to prevent shootings

Like most West Virginians, I am not opposed to the ownership of guns in general, but I have become increasingly uncomfortable with AR-15 style military weapons being permitted in the hands of ordinary citizens. There is no one action or even series of actions that will stop the next mass ...

Dog incident leads to meetings with officials

Just over a week ago my dog, while on its leash being walked by me on my property, was attacked unprovoked by a dog in the neighborhood that had gotten loose. It was dark and the attach was sudden and traumatic. Neighbors called the police who arrived after I was able to get the attacking dog ...

Reader is ready for some relief from taxes

How much more can we the people stand? We pay vehicle insurance every month. What do they do with all that money if we never file a claim? We cannot afford to pay for someone else’s insurance. Why do they not reimburse people at the end of the year at least half of what was paid in if no ...

Secrecy not needed for road bond expenditures

Late last year voters in West Virginia voted to authorize a $1.6 billion road bond. For advocates in the Mountain State, this was cause for celebration, sort of. Indeed, there were smiles all around as Gov. Jim Justice backslapped friends in our ornate Capitol Building, surrounded by ...

School shootings bring issues to light

Immediately after 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz shot and killed 17 students in a Florida school, the rhetoric started. The media chimed in, saying those evil assault weapons, they must be banned. We hear the same old stale argument each time something like this happens. As a nation, we must take a ...

Program pleases reader

I recently attended a high school basketball game between Harman High School and Pendleton County High School. What a treat to observe the Harman team members neatly dressed in black pants, white shirts and ties. Even a couple of the players who had been ill/injured and unable to play were ...

Debating Social Security

Dear Congressman Mooney, This is an open letter to you so your other constituents know what I’m thinking. Even though I agree with many of your ideas, I do wonder about others. In the recent flier you mailed to me, your eye-catching “sound bite” about protecting our Social Security ...

Mayor clarifies camping ordinance

While it is true, as The Inter-Mountain reported, that the “Elkins City Council is considering an ordinance that would outlaw ‘unauthorized camping’ just as an influx of workers for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) is expected to descend on Randolph County,” it is not true, as ...

Changes to PEIA would affect many

Most of the time state employees and teachers enjoy a friendly rivalry — who works harder for the least pay and appreciation! In the last few days the headlines have been about teachers and that they might strike over not getting a raise. However, that is not the full story. The full story is ...

Discussion needed on logging in parks

Kenneth Cobb’s Feb. 10 column in the Inter-Mountain expressed support for proposed commercial logging in West Virginia’s state parks Cobb justified his support using misguided ideas about forest health, and he disparaged “impassioned ecologists” for opposing the proposed logging. But an ...

Workers deserving of positive recognition

Although this submission is a little late in arriving at the newspaper, I want to be sure that I give recognition where positive recognition is due. During the past two years, the Elkins City Streets Department and the Huttonsville Correctional Center Inmate Work Crew have been instrumental ...