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Letters to the Editor

Reader’s New Year’s wish is for peace

I don’t pretend to know everything there is to know about Middle East politics. Perhaps our presence in Iraq and Afghanistan is the only thing keeping the Chinese and Russians from taking over the world. One thing I do know is that the Middle East has been at war with itself since the time ...

W.Va. park sites facing challenges

As residents of Tucker County, we have a sincere appreciation for the great outdoors and enjoy getting out and exploring nature’s playground. Luckily, we have an abundance of options in our state. West Virginia boasts eight incredible national park sites perfect for hiking, biking, ...

Study: Fracking could create climate issues

Anyone who still believes that natural gas is a clean fuel might be surprised by the videos, with commentary (http://www.texassharon.com/2019/07/15/is-that-a-methane-leak-or-a-methane-tsunami), showing cancer-causing VOCs and methane freely exiting from horizontal hydrofracturing (hhf) units. ...

Dumbing down our children?

Our grandparents survived the roaring 1920s. Will our grandchildren survive the dis-empowered 2020s? Welcome to the liberal 2020s. Frankly, it is time to end the dumbing down culture in West Virginia. Our imperative should be to instill personal pride in learning. This new form of patriotism ...

Liberal spending plan boggles minds

Most if not all of the Democratic presidential candidates want the “Green New Deal” and “Medicare for All” to headline their agenda once elected. The cost estimate is over 50 trillion dollars for these two programs alone, not even considering other programs they plan like free college ...

Start of year may be time to look at diet

The end-of-year/New Year holidays seem to whiplash us from one extreme to the other: eat, drink and be merry vs. the customary New Year’s resolutions: reduce social media, reduce weight, and embrace a plant-based diet! One third of consumers already report reducing their consumption of ...

President Trump to stand trial

President Donald J. Trump will soon stand trial in the Senate of the United States, charged with abusing the power of his office and for obstructing the legal responsibilities of the United States Congress. I pray that our two United States Senators will do all that they can to ensure that ...

Reader: Now is the time for change

Today is the day to make real change. As difficult as an impeachment would be, we cannot set a precedent for future leaders to act like children and tweet out disastrous policy. It is a time for change, we need to move forward and show the world that we are not the laughing stock that Trump ...

‘Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus’

Editor’s Note: Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper ...

If you really want to make a difference…

News about Michael Bloomberg spending $100 million on an ad campaign, in addition to what he has already spent on other Democrat political races, was recently reported. If you really want to make a statement about lowering co2 emissions, and actually making a measurable impact, do this: ...

Democratic party isn’t what it used to be

Well, it’s that time of year again when the leaves are in full flame, and we all gleefully gorge ourselves silly on zombies, overpriced costumes, jack-o-lanterns, candy, and the latest Hollywood creature feature. It is after all, our one time a year where we can let loose and dare to ...

Theft of property prompts questions

I have a story I want to share with you. Some folks say I’m full of stories ... or something. What I have to say is not all about me. It might be about them. Most of it is about me. I lost a dear and near friend a few weeks ago. This fine friend was always there if I needed. Never ...

Keep an eye on proposed gun laws

With the recent shift in the political winds in Virginia, it’s time to revisit the “Red Flag” gun confiscation laws. Since Virginia is basically our own back yard, I feel it’s necessary to remind the people of West Virginia about the fickle nature of state governments. When the Brady ...

Reader shares thoughts on ‘truth’

I would like to thank The Inter-Mountain for printing the article by retired Maj. Steve Cook about the plight of Vietnam veterans. Like Mr. Cook, I served in Vietnam from August 1966 to Sept. 27, 1967. However, that is not the reason for this letter. For sometime now our elected ...

Temporary loss, long term gain

President Trump’s recent announcement that additional tariffs will be placed on China may cause U.S. companies to lose money in the short term, but greatly benefit our long term financial security. Trump issued an “order” to U.S. companies with factories in China to relocate back home. ...

We are in a war against drug use

I am writing in response to the article titled “In a War” that was published in The Inter-Mountain on Nov. 21. As someone who grew up in Elkins, it seemed as though the town I left to go to college was completely different than the one in which I was born. The rate of drug overdoses in ...

Reader: Canceling of event a ‘moral victory’

Moral victories, even the short-lived ones, are getting fewer and fewer as time goes by and I greet each one with the enthusiasm of a zealous football fanatic when a winning touchdown play is choreographed from the huddle and carried out in perfection as planned. The public library in ...

Making the city streets handicapped accessible

I want to take this opportunity to say the mayor and the members of the council deserve a heartfelt thank you for making the streets of Elkins handicapped accessible. I had persistently asked for this in the 1980s and nothing was accomplished. It is time we took a look at our disabled ...

Conservatives being silenced?

Conservatives beware. There’s a push on to silence conservatives. Adam Schiff’s doing it, the internet search engines are doing it, social media is doing it, the mainstream media, and even some local newspapers are doing it. Schiff is a special kind of idiot that isn’t intelligent enough ...

Is public money spent in best way?

I have a concern for the city of Elkins that money is not being spent as it should be. My first example. Purchasing an armory at $200,000. We recently found they are needing to put $750,000 of work into it. Is this repairing or remodeling and does that include asbestos removal? Is it good ...