Letters to the Editor

Dusenbury, others can make difference

I never had any reason to question the way financial matters were handled by Elkins City Council until the 2002 Silvester Drive paving and drainage runoff disastrous fiasco, which directly affected me. To the day, 15 years later, the only drainage that has and ever will occur on this utter ...

An open letter to the citizens of Elkins

Our city is faced with many issues. However, we all can agree nothing is more important than an election process that is without question. Councilwoman Linda Vest has called to attention the manner in which officials at City Hall are managing the current process. Mrs. Vest felt strongly ...

Chenoweth, Parker deserving of support

It is excellent to see The Inter-Mountain promoting participation in the Elkins city election Tuesday. But we are confused by two of their endorsements. We agree with The Inter-Mountain that we need “public officials who aren’t afraid to tackle tough issues.” That’s why we disagree ...

Decline in hunting has many causes

In answer to Mr. Cobb’s question, “Why there is a decline of hunters?” There are several reasons. No. 1 is leasing of land to clubs. No. 2 is posting of land. No. 3 is the cost of guns and ammo. If you can find it. Last year, a local sporting goods store was asking more than $20 for a ...

Pipeline will ruin much in W.Va.

The length of a football field — 360 feet— is the actual estimated minimum width (347 feet) of the proposed methane transmission lines to cross West Virginia and Virginia. Dominion Transmission Inc. refers to the width of the ACP to be 124 feet. This is the 125-foot minimum width ...

Don’t tax so much that we all suffer

An open letter to Gov. Jim Justice upon his recent visit to Elkins: Your tax on sweet drinks is brilliant — really. It might make us healthier, which would save the state money. Tourism is our No. 2 industry. Protect it by supporting arts and festivals. You’re at the home of the Mountain ...

Budget cuts have consequences

The Inter-Mountain’s recent editorial charged that the governor’s budget proposal wants legislators to balance the budget on the backs of West Virginia families and job providers. While I agree that tax increases in normal circumstances are difficult to accept, these are not normal ...

Trump not making good horse sense

For Trump to sign a bill giving coal companies the right to drain the mines into our streams and rivers is just insane. What will our offspring have to drink for water? I guess we will have to leave the state to go fishing or swimming because our rivers and streams will be too polluted. I am ...

Trump attitude is terrifying

We have a glass sitting on the kitchen counter, and after careful measurement and testing can confirm that it contains a measure of water equal to one half its total volume. One prominent news organization runs a headline reading, “The glass is half full,” and another one exclaims, “The ...

Do you miss Obama yet?

A thing that bothers me a lot is just what a polar opposite Trump is in comparison to President Obama. The differences between them are vast and so very stark. The writing was on the wall since ... well, since the day after the election. When Obama won his first election, the world ...

Eliminating WVPB funding may jeopardize the future

I praise the State of the State speech. It’s rare that a governor is realistic, but, in the end, optimistic: that if we address reality now we’ll lighten up the end of the tunnel for tomorrow. I applaud his enthusiasm and commitment to education and tourism. Both are critical for our ...

Gingerbread event a big hit

Nearly 400 community members and visitors to Elkins enjoyed viewing the Gingerbread House Invitational Exhibition that was sponsored by the Elkins Main Street Design Committee and was open from Nov. 23 to Dec. 23 at 105 3rd Street. The venue was converted into a winter landscape by Doug ...

Spelling bee a huge success

The Upshur Arts Alliance Inc. is very pleased with the participation from the community for its second annual Spelling Bee Fundraiser. We would like to publicly thank all who helped make it a success! Thanks to the 37 competing teams and over 200 spectators who filled the Event Center at Brushy ...

Businesses should be promoted

I am writing to voice my concern about how our tax dollar is being spent. We had to tell the Board of Education no three times on the levy. I wonder which part of no they didn’t understand? Fifty-thousand dollars of our tax dollars was wasted for the first levy election. They wasted over ...

Trump already has done a lot for all

I have been sitting back as an observer for the last month or so, especially January. The whiners and Never Trumpers are still on a rant and just won’t come in out of the fog and play house with the rest of us. Mr. Edward Brenwalt of Kerens is a carbon copy of the national movement to unseat ...

City, county open to recycling discussion

The city of Elkins does not “oppose” glass recycling, as claimed by Steve Kerns in his recent letter to the editor. In fact (not that you’d know it from that letter), the city of Elkins, the Randolph County Commission and the Randolph County Solid Waste Authority have all provided ...

Tax dollars should not go to abortion

What if we called an unborn baby an undocumented fetal refugee. Would leftists care about them? Maybe I’m a jerk for picking such a provocative introduction, or maybe this country is doomed because of this utterly self-evident statement of the obvious. It’s striking that so many people ...

Trump’s disrespect is what is at issue

This letter is not about partisan politics. It is also not about liberal versus conservative views. It is about preserving our Constitutional form of government and the critical role of our senators and congressmen, as a check and balance protecting our system of government. Our newly elected ...

Demonstrating at the capital

On Jan. 21, I marched with nearly 3,000 other West Virginians in our state’s capital. The sign I carried read “Hands off our bodies; Hands off our land; Hands off our budget.” We have a legislature that has become increasingly concerned with making decisions about women’s bodies for ...

Spelling Bee was a buzzing success

The Upshur Arts Alliance, Inc. is very pleased with the participation from the community for its Second Annual Spelling Bee Fundraiser last Friday evening. We would like to publicly thank all who helped make it a success! Thanks to the 37 competing teams and over 200 spectators who filled ...