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Letters to the Editor

Citizens’ right to vote is not a partisan issue

Congress is now debating the For the People Act, which passed in the House (H.R.1) and is now underway in the Senate (S.1). The bill aims at protecting the right to vote and making elections more secure, transparent, accessible, democratic and free from foreign interference. Here are some ...

Reader: Vaccination papers may be required

One of my early childhood memories involves my father, hunched over his dinner, sawing away at some substance and complaining about more senseless and mind-numbing rules. He spit out each syllable as if it were a piece of insect that had flown into his mouth. Then he sighed, said the government ...

Veteran received help from congressman

As a retired Senior Master Sergeant and First Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, I must publicly give my appreciation to Congressman Mooney and his office for assisting me in a matter I could not get resolved on my own. I was having an issue with the U.S. Postal Service and getting a money order ...

Will W.Va. legalize recreational marijuana?

Looking at the Saturday, March 27 Letters to the Editor, I see three people who are upset with the government, state and federal, and for good reason. Thanks to K.J. Woody, Jessica Scott and Clark Martin; very good, thought-provoking letters that cover a lot of ground. Due to space ...

Mooney defends life in the womb

We must protect human life in the womb. That’s why I’m glad Congressman Alex Mooney recently introduced the Life at Conception Act, which would, as the title suggests, define human life as beginning at conception. To use the Congressman’s own words, this bill would also “require ...

Nonprofit organization thanks volunteers

Our Town, Inc. would like to thank the numerous individuals, groups and businesses that made our Sprout into Spring a successful project. Special appreciation goes to: The employees of Elkins Builders Supply, who support each of our projects with materials and manpower hours; WV Wood ...

Departing mayor expresses gratitude

To The Inter-Mountain: As the end to my term in office rapidly comes to a close, I want to take the opportunity to express my gratitude for your services over the years. Your exposure provides our community with the level of transparency they expect from their local government, and I ...

Reader supports bill before legislature

I was shocked by the March 31 Inter-Mountain OpEd “Distraction SJR 1 is not a gun rights bill” West Virginia Constitution, Article 1, Section 2: The government of the United States is a government of enumerated powers, and all powers not delegated to it, nor inhibited to the States, are ...

Understanding just who is to blame

Who’s to blame? Our political leaders are leaving 2020 in the rear view mirror, yet they’re dragging an anchor into and through 2021. Despite touting a record-breaking development of several COVID-19 vaccines, deaths and hospitalizations from the virus are an expanding problem. Although ...

Doctor sees need for a separate entrance

I applaud efforts to increase healthcare access to rural locations, especially for evenings and weekends when most physician offices are closed. Thus, I wish Davis Medical Center and the Davis Shop n Save all the best in their new joint venture. I must protest, however, their current plan as ...

Will natural gas tax increase kill jobs?

The natural gas industry is extremely diversified across hundreds of companies in West Virginia. Almost every service needed to take gas from thousands of feet below the earth’s surface to the eventual customer is contracted to an enormous number of specialists — each working for a separate ...

Reader opposes state legislature bills

Our state legislature is outdoing itself with harmful legislation this legislative term. It seems that the wealthy industry leaders who operate our state government do not have any proposals that would help our struggling population economically weather or recover from the devastating effects ...

Our piece of the pie keeps getting small

The Free Dictionary defines the phrase “a piece of the pie” as a share in an amount of money or a business regarded as something to be divpided up. You want, and expect, your fair share, especially when you’ve paid into that business. In this case, I am not referring to a business, I ...

Reader opposes bills before Legislature

Dear fellow West Virginians, The 85th West Virginia Legislature will soon be voting on very important bills: House Bill 2715 and Senate Bill 318, which will probably affect your life in some way. This bill will eliminate the publication of legal notices in newspapers, and place them on a ...

Current events prompt questions from reader

Last week, March 11, I endured 20-plus minutes of the most agonizing blathering I have ever experienced. Our wonderful president stood in front of that TV camera and told one whopper after another and didn’t bat an eye, so to speak. The only people who believed his lies were those who ...

Grateful to volunteers

I would like to express my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all the volunteers who have made the COVID vaccines possible at the Phil Gainer Center in Elkins. Whether you were behind the scenes, a parking lot attendant, a greeter, a table sanitizer, kept the paperwork, or gave the shots, ...

Should state elections be under federal control?

In February, the U.S. House of Representatives began consideration of House Resolution No. 1 (H.R. 1) that would establish federal mandates in the administration of state elections. Last week, I joined other Secretaries of State from throughout the nation in a letter to members of Congress ...

Considering income tax elimination

First let me say, all taxes are bad because they distort economic activity. This suggests to me that to maximize human happiness, a.k.a. prosperity, governments should remain as small as possible and tax in the least distorting way possible. Everyone hates paying taxes. So why don’t we all ...

Bill would work toward equal pay for equal work

Despite national legislative efforts of the past, persistent gender pay inequity continues to negatively impact West Virginia’s economy. According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, “If employed women in West Virginia were paid the same as comparable men, their poverty rate ...

Aiding totally disabled vets

This resolution has been brought up 2015 to 2020 and was never let out of the committee. They always say the budget is tight but they seem to have enough to exempt military retirees and numerous other people. The totally disabled veterans are not asking for much considering what they have ...