Letters to the Editor

Event is more than just a festival

Sunday marked the closing of yet another action-packed, fun-filled, berry-sweet, West Virginia Strawberry Festival week. For the citizens of Upshur County, the middle of May has always been, and will always be, our most special time of year. In the weeks leading up to the event, we rush to ...

Raises in gas tax and DMV fees

It appears the raising of the gas tax and DMV fees is shaping up to be a point of contention in the upcoming general election. Because it was a bipartisan initiative, it’s difficult to see how it can be used by either party against the other. Agree or disagree, it was a key initiative of ...

Holy Week Services received support

This letter is a little late, but it is never too late to say thank you. The Elkins Church Women United want to thank the Elkins Area Ministerial Association members for leading the worship services each day during our community’s Holy Week Services and the Elkins community for its monetary ...

Fundraiser a success

I would like to thank my mother, Lisa Wamsley, for initiating the call to Harvey Taylor to host a fundraiser for our Key Club. Taylor is “King of the Cakewalk.” My mom has always instilled in me hard work and determination. You can make a difference, she encouraged me to do just that. I ...

Coach takes issue with editorial

Your May 11 editorial titled “Eligibility” deftly illustrates the simplistic thought process of those who watch interscholastic sports and therefore feel they know everything about the subject. As someone who has coached at this level for more than 40 years, plus having been an athletic ...

Why was voter turnout so low?

Is it okay to be so sick of local politics that we’ve just given up and don’t care anymore? Absolutely! It’s our right as an American to vote or to not vote. To watch news or ignore it. To affiliate with a party or not at all. What you want to care about or not care about is your ...

Stand up for freedom

While reading about Facebook’s CEO agreeing to remove any posts that they or the government consider to be terroristic or harmful to the public, it occurs to me that this may be how Russia or Hitler started their control of the masses. A gentleman used Twitter to send several direct quotes ...

Pulitzer Prize winner deemed a ‘bully’

The column of George F. Will on the May 10 editorial page is the lowest of the low. He comes across as a small-minded bully, not a journalist. One of Webster’s definitions of journalism: “Direct presentation of facts or description of events without an attempt at interpretation.” The ...

Discussion needed on needle exchange

Two weeks ago, following articles published in local newspapers referencing the implementation of a “needle exchange” program here in Buckhannon, I, like many others, became highly concerned. I remember thinking to myself: “How could the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department implement such ...

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 ...