Letters to the Editor

Cost of owning and operating a vehicle

If the West Virginia Legislature wants to help individual taxpayers, a great place to start would be reducing the amount of annual taxes and fees that the state requires residents to spend on owning and operating a personal vehicle. First, allow single taxpayers to exempt one personal ...

Statistics show economic growth

In the Jan. 12, 2019 issue of The Inter-Mountain, Mike House wrote: “What did you accomplish in the two years that you controlled the House, the Senate and the White House? Let me tell you. You passed a tax reform bill — that is it.” Apparently Mr. House was soundly asleep during those ...

Anti-pipeline voices asked for alternatives

West Virginia is sitting on a gold mine of energy and economic prosperity, and yet our chance for prosperity is being threatened by those who are using every available avenue to block construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). It’s time to challenge these obstructionists to come up ...

Reader: Legislator showed compassion

After months of pain and suffering, and repeated failed attempts for treatment through the VA, I thought all hope was lost. After my numerous attempts at contacting the VA, all I received was a pamphlet of information and a rejection letter to my request for treatment. With nowhere else ...

Communities should accentuate the positive

I love Elkins. Though I wasn’t born here, I’ve lived here long enough to consider myself almost a native. Our community has so much going for it. You can find camping, rock climbing, canoeing, hiking and backpacking opportunities all around. . . some of the best outdoor recreation on the ...

Senior centers need more state funding

To Gov. Jim Justice, After talking to our legislators, we have learned that the West Virginia Commissioner of Senior Services, Robert Roswall, has been asking for the same amount in funding for the West Virginia Senior Centers for the past several years. If Mr. Roswall cared about this ...

Just how much is your vote worth?

Quoting a great philosopher Cyndi Lauper, “Money changes everything.” Nothing in that proverb should be taken to heart more than the recent pay raises and health care promises made by Gov. Justice to state employees. Hundreds of millions of dollars to be spent with the understanding that ...

How you can learn from the other side

Republicans take note. The Democrats have taken control of the House and the first day they take action to push their agenda. What did you accomplish in the two years that you controlled the House, the Senate and the White House? Let me tell you. You passed a tax reform bill — that is it. ...

Reasons for, and a definition of, ‘wall’

Webster’s definition of a wall is, “an enclosed area meant for protection or privacy.” Structures like this are used to enclose hospitals to protect others, both inside and out, from germs, bacteria and disease. To keep sterile, for doctors to work. Walls are used for banks. A place we ...

Is 2019 the time for socialized medicine?

2019 is a good year to push for socialized healthcare. Many studies have shown that this would be cheaper than the current system and would cover all Americans. We deserve a better healthcare system, and most Americans agree with Bernie Sanders that we cannot call ourselves the greatest ...

Reader reacts to talk of recreational marijuana

There is a popular phrase that people love to use, usually with slight variations in wording from a film titled “Network” from the 70’s that goes “I’m as mad as H—- and I’m not going to take this anymore!” Well, that’s exactly how I felt when I saw the front page of the ...

Tensions growing, jobs disappearing

Brace yourselves, because I’m about to write the two most toxic, dangerous and politically suicidal words any current elected official or media outlet could hear: Fiscal responsibility. Fact: West Virginia is one of two states whose population declined in the last decade. Fact: West ...

Reader opposes levy proposal

Why? Why are you trying to pass another school levy that will just cost our county more money for a bill that we will just vote “no” on? If you want to pass a bill to add money for our schools, all of the people we have in jail, all of the deputies in our sheriff’s office, who run ...

Reasons listed for carrying a gun

Why carry a gun? At some point, you may have asked yourself that question. There are several reasons for carrying a gun. I don’t carry a gun because I’m evil; I carry one because I see the evil in the world. I don’t carry a gun because I hate the government; I carry one because I ...

Toys for Tots brought smiles to 2,200 kids

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and the Marine Corps League Leland D. “Crow” Crawford Detachment 956 of Elkins completed their 16th annual Toys for Tots distribution in the Elkins region. The Elkins Marine Corps League collected and purchased over 22,700 toys, books and stuffed animals ...

Reader remembers fondly days gone by

I wish the world was like it was when I was a little girl. Kids would work right along with their parents. When I was 28 years ago, I had been working for 18 years. These kids of today don’t know what work is. They only want to work only a half a day, if that. I would love to see them ...

Plant-based food options are becoming plentiful

With the glow of Christmas barely behind us, we look forward to the new year and the customary New Year’s resolutions: reduce social media, reduce weight, and, this year, reduce animal food consumption. One third of consumers already report reducing their consumption of animal foods. ...

Are local taxpayers being taxed fairly?

I don’t eat asparagus. Why should I have to support farm subsidies to any farm that produces that nasty vegetable? I don’t live in a flood zone. Why should I have to forfeit my money to rebuild homes for those who do? Do you sense a pattern here? I’m sick of paying for everyone ...

Political holiday messages

I would like to take this time to give a couple of holiday messages. The first goes to everyone who voted for Trump. A “Bah, Humbug” to you. To everyone who stuck with Trump for these last two years, despite all of the atrocities and just plain embarrassments he has caused us, you have ...

Legal aid available to W.Va. seniors

It may be expected or unexpected, but many will end up living alone in their later years. If you already live alone or know it is likely to happen at some point, thinking ahead and making strong connections with those who can help you may be the way to continue to live independently as long ...