Letters to the Editor

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 money is a crucial determinant of whether or not a politician will be reelected. After watching Gov. Justice give his State of the State Address, I began wondering. Why couldn’t I sell my vote to another candidate?. I know it sounds like a silly question, but considering the numerous dubious aspects of West Virginia elections, why is vote buying confined to select special interest groups? I can’t tell you how ashamed I am of our politicians, and their failed policies. I didn’t think they could sink any lower. I was wrong. Elections in West Virginia has always meant a certain amount of vote buying would happen, undercover and shameful, but always present and always approved. Jim Justice just proved that it is possible to openly steal an election, if you know the right way to go about it. By bribing people two years in advance to heading to the polls to vote. The first vote buying I ever witnessed was in the small coal mining camp I grew up in. The price paid just a few pennies for a small bottle of liquor for the men and a candy bar for the women. And then as time went on, $5 and a ride in a big black car. The price of one bona fide registered West Virginian vote has always varied from place to place. But until now was rarely more than a few bucks. When Gov. Justice spouted that children are our greatest blessing, he was correct. They come into the world innocent and pure. As they grow, they look to adults for guidance. Unfortunately, children today are treated to the worst in human behavior. Every day they witness incivility, boorish behavior, man’s inhumanity toward his fellow man and a lack of integrity among leaders, who lie and use deceit to gain and hold onto power and prestige, country be damned. Folks, selling your vote might be considered something of a windfall, like an income tax refund, a small benefit that could be counted on anytime there is an election. Presumably, all that money will buy somebody an election. In reality, though, Lauper isn’t quite right. In a few years all that money will be woefully inefficient. Governor, if money is buying the next elections, you wildly overpayed for a race you were going to win anyway. All of this has implications for you and those future politicians. I recently read that more than half of all millennials would give up their right to vote in exchange for having their student loans wiped out. Mock them if you want, I bet most of us would sell that right for far less. Some might say that paying for votes is obviously and inherently corrupt. Period. However I think that is clearly only the case, if candidates used public money to buy votes. As Gov. Justice just did. The only thing the governor’s action advanced was his own personal brand of politics. It is well past time for all of our elected officials to stop playing politics with our children’s futures, start demonstrating leadership and ensure a child’s education isn’t determined by political whims. When you vote for a candidate promising you free stuff, you’re selling your vote. You’re stealing from fellow taxpayers and the future of our children and grandchildren to boot! I say this plan to legitimately rig the next election has to be stopped. It is not only time to encourage voters to say enough is enough and ensure that no matter what happens we are protecting our state by not allowing vote buying. Whatever your opinion; for me, no matter the situation, my vote is not for sale! Good Day! Robert Ware French Creek

xQuoting 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 ...

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 ...