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Letters to the Editor

United Way hoagie fundraiser a success

Thanks to the “Saint Patrick’s Spaghetti Cookers” the United Way of Randolph County has added $7,600 towards their campaign goal with their annual meatball hoagie sale. We would like to extend a very special thank you to Jim and Pat Rossi for the behind the scenes coordination for our ...

Remember, we get what we pay for

We get what we pay for. If we pay nothing — we should expect nothing. So if the school levy fails and we hear comments that Randolph County students are not meeting expectations — well that is what we expected. We elect the Randolph County Board of Education. Their job is to evaluate ...

Education remains the only solution

The Randolph County School levy will be held March 9. This election will affect the kids of this county no matter how you might vote. It’s either one step forward or one step back. According to US News and World Report (2018), the education system in the state of West Virginia was ranked ...

Reader: Too much wasted by officials

In this paper, the city officials are trying to decide how to spend the 1 percent tax. There was $474,413.37 collected in five months. The city streets are in need of paving. Harrison and Randolph need attention. Davis Street, the road at the end of Georgetown up to Woodford Oil, this ...

Healthcare workers eased father’s passing

My dad, Richard (Coach) Walden was treated numerous times at Davis Medical Center Emergency Center in 2018 prior to his passing there on Dec. 12. On Dec. 12, the physician treating him was at his bedside with me so that he was cared for and comforted until his last breath. The previous day my ...

Is proposed Tucker plant a health hazard?

I am responding to the editorial in The Inter Mountain regarding the proposed Big Run hydroelectric plant in Tucker County. The following comments represent my personal thoughts and not those of any other person or group. Construction of the proposed hydroelectric project would require the ...

Power and corruption still rule in politics

We all have heard the statement “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Passion seems to rule the day while logic appears to have gone on vacation, as future and current lawmakers begin campaigning for the next election. It’s a good bet that no matter where you are ...

Contaminated drinking water a modern tragedy

I recently read an article that said that all drinking water in the USA is contaminated with polyfluoroalkyl substances, PFAS for short. These chemicals leach into the soil from discarded plastics, and are found in 98 percent of all Americans. My only hope is that someone with the means to ...

Misinformation behaves like a virus

To those who say that there is no such thing as harmless misinformation or false truths, do you recall the story of Adam and Eve, from the Old Testament’s Book of Genesis? In the story, the snake convinces Eve and then Adam into eating the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of ...

Operation Christmas Child helpers thanked

I am writing to thank Elkins residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. Because of the generosity of donors in Elkins and across the United States, Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, collected more than 8.8 ...

Learning to get along

Do we not live in the United States of America? Where everyone is allowed to have an opinion, and on election day these people gather to cast their vote, and the person with the most votes is elected, or I should say most Electoral votes. I have seen people beaten, or have their property ...

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 ...