Letters to the Editor

Imperfect but vital system

There is one bill which causes me to celebrate each time I pay it. It is the small health insurance premium which entitles me to an array of affordable medical care. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, I am one of many Americans who will not likely be a drain on the national debt by having to ...

Partners thanked by organization

Women’s Aid in Crisis, Inc. would like to thank the following speakers, performers and community partners for their participation and sacrifice of time and talent in support of survivors of sexual assault and child abuse. Your support means the world to survivors and the work we do! Thank ...

The economics of ‘free’ money

The building of the new rail trail bridge displays the risks of spending “free” money arbitrarily. While the rail trail bridge’s initial construction is funded by a grant, the structure will cause the citizens of Elkins to incur many more costs that are not covered in the years to come. ...

Garden Club thanks community

The Emma Scott Garden Club wishes to thank the community for its support of our annual fundraiser called Food, Floral and Fun. It was held on May 18 at the Randolph County Community Arts Center. We appreciate so much the many people who came to buy our plants, bazaar and raffle items and ...

Fighting the opioid epidemic

West Virginia is considered “ground zero” of the opioid epidemic, with 833 drug overdose deaths in 2017. This is threefold the national rate. Injecting drugs increases the risk of infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis B and C. Sadly, in towns across our state, news of these ...

Tariffs taking toll on hardwood industry

Retaliatory tariffs from China have been a buzz saw through Appalachian hardwood businesses and the families that own and operate them. The hardwood industry provides an estimated $60 billion economic impact in the 12-state region but that will change this year because of trade with China. ...

Artists’ co-op looking for new members

As president of Artists At Work, I want to thank The Inter-Mountain for its May 8 article about our artists’ co-op. However, the headline (”Artists At Work Fighting For Survival”) calls to mind the quote attributed to Mark Twain: “Reports of my demise are greatly exaggerated.” As ...

Should tax returns be made public?

Forget about Donald Trump’s tax returns. I want to know how much my neighbors earned and how much they paid in taxes. Scratch that. I have wonderful neighbors, most of whom have lived in my neighborhood longer than my wife and I have. It’s the people who live a few miles away I wonder ...

Taking a close look at writers’ claims

Attention, Inter-Mountain readers: You are still being duped by certain local letter writers. I’ll fill you in shortly but I want to urge you, when you see something written down as fact but no reference is given, please look it up for yourself. Stay away from those opinion writers — ...

Robert E. Lee Ave. change proposal sparks response

The Inter-Mountain ran an article in the May 5 edition about Councilwoman Marley Hazen’s proposal to change the name of Robert E. Lee Avenue in Elkins. As you might expect, her proposal did not sit well with several people who fired back at her on the newspaper’s website, and on ...

Reader requests ‘No dogs, please’

I have a request for the people who bring their dogs to public events such as the Thursday concerts, the car show on the Fourth or any other events in Elkins or anywhere else for that matter — please leave them home. This is especially true at the Forest Festival Fireman’s Parade. The ...

Republican anger

What has happened to the Republican party to make them so angry? You can’t talk to them or make a comment without them calling you names and getting mad. This started under Obama, when a congressional representative called Obama a liar, and has continued with Trump calling Sen. Cruz the ...

So much more than ‘just a mom’

Please don’t ever think you are “just a mom.” God has blessed you with a special gift of being a mother. He has given you the ability to kiss a “bob boo,” wipe a tear from a child’s eyes, and the wound heals quickly. The tears dry up and laughter returns within seconds. You ...

Collusion confusion

I, like most people, am sick and tired of the Russia collusion narrative being propagated by the Democrats. The United States has a long history of interfering with foreign elections and coups, the most recent that was in the mainstream news was in 2015 when then President Obama used my and ...

What if everything were just free?

If you’re living with your parents would you continue living with them if everything was free? Or would you go out, party and get drunk everyday? Would you still be as constricted, self-contained and responsible as you are now? What if a Democrat Socialist won the next election and ...

Lessons from the Mueller report

Well, well, well... After the better part of two years, the Special Counsel, led by Robert S. Mueller III, has come out not exonerating Trump. Oh, they might not have found something that proves beyond a reasonable doubt. However, that can only be construed as Trump and his campaign staff as ...

Sharing the misery

I saw a documentary about San Francisco that was absolutely disgusting. In spite of San Francisco’s elitist reputation, the city has literally turned into an open sewer. The city is laden with feces, trash, and needles are everywhere. Addicts are sleeping on the streets, in parks, and ...

What is the true definition of ‘thief’?

After hearing many stories of how their valuable items have been stolen from their own personal property, hunting clubs or vehicles, from our friends, family and neighbors who live in the Mabie area or surrounding little towns, along with our house/garage being broken into many times, I just ...

Picking your own prosecutor

If you could pick the prosecutor in your trial? How many people would be charged or convicted? How could we protect our way of life? Trump picked his prosecutor when he named Barr as attorney general, who stated a president cannot be prosecuted while president. If that is the case then a ...

Holy Week services featured speakers

The Elkins Area Church Women United would like to thank the community for their support during Randolph County Coalition of Christian Churches’ Holy Week Services at Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church. We especially want to thank Rev. Peter Vial, church members, and staff for their ...