Letters to the Editor

State DOH asked to intervene at exit

West Virginia Division of Highways and Ms. Sasha Danberry, I am writing you to stress the importance of traffic study and implementation of safety precautions on Route 33. On June 16 my family and I were traveling from Buckhannon to our home in Elkins. As we crested the hill near the ...

Is the creation of a speed trap the answer?

I see in the June 19th edition of The Inter-Mountain that the DOH is still looking at the stretch of highway in Buckhannon in light of the most recent fatality. At the risk of beating the subject to death or being told to mind my own business I’d like to refer you readers to U.S. Rt. 19 south ...

Reader ‘terrififed’ by current political climate

Liberals are playing a dangerous and historically ignorant game by demonizing conservatives. This isn’t ordinary politics: It’s the hysteria preceding arguments for re-education camps. I count among my good friends several liberals and leftists. Mostly, we never talk about my transition ...

Reader: School closing was a ‘death certificate’

I recently visited Valley Head, my childhood hometown, and expecting the worst, I was appalled to see firsthand the death of a once-vibrant community. It is just my opinion, of course, but I sense that the life plug was pulled when its public school was closed in 2016. Alas, the only things ...

Disputing claims about rail trail connector

We are responding to a letter to the editor from Scott Godwin of Pasadena, Maryland. He made comments in The Inter-Mountain’s May 25 edition about the new rail trail connector which, when opened soon, will connect the present Allegheny Highlands Trail from Highland Park to the Elkins depot. ...

Political supporters or brain-washed cult?

Is there anything more cult-like than the heartfelt belief that Trump is the obvious choice? Trumpcakes, no matter what has happened in the last two and a half years, seem completely incapable of accepting the reality in front of them. Only Trump’s base could be so delusional and determined ...

State police searching for missing person

On or about July 18, 2012, Luke David Stout was reported missing by his family. Stout was last seen leaving his residence on Hickory Flat Road and has not been seen since. The West Virginia State Police continues to follow up on leads and is requesting assistance from the public. The West ...

Reader: New traffic lights are not needed

I’d like to address the issue of traffic lights at Childers Run and Kesling Mill Road. I’ll start with traffic lights on a four-lane highway. The whole idea of building four-lane highways is to move traffic from one point to another more efficiently. That’s why they have posted speed ...

Vietnam veterans still fighting battles

In case you haven’t been paying attention these past few decades since the end of war in Vietnam, the clock has been ticking. Of the 2,709,918 Americans who served in Vietnam, Less than 850,000 are estimated to be alive today most of us in our early seventies. So, if you served in South ...

Taxes and lawsuits

I remember when our state sued tobacco companies over people getting cancer. Yet the people who died from tobacco got nothing. This is just a rip-off for our state to get money.Yet it is still OK for tobacco companies to sell their products as long as the state gets tax money from the sales. ...

Reader expresses highway concerns

It is insane what is not occurring within the local DOH District jurisdiction in relation to maintaining the state roadways and protecting the public safety of local residents and the visitors from other areas of the country. For example, the secondary road between Mill Creek and Helvetia is ...

Deleting history of the Civil War

The renaming of streets and buildings and removing monuments that represent the “South” during the Civil War bothers me for a couple of reasons. This seems like the first step in deleting that part of our history/ What’s next- the rewriting of history books to remove Southern names and ...

Imperfect but vital system

There is one bill which causes me to celebrate each time I pay it. It is the small health insurance premium which entitles me to an array of affordable medical care. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, I am one of many Americans who will not likely be a drain on the national debt by having to ...

Partners thanked by organization

Women’s Aid in Crisis, Inc. would like to thank the following speakers, performers and community partners for their participation and sacrifice of time and talent in support of survivors of sexual assault and child abuse. Your support means the world to survivors and the work we do! Thank ...

The economics of ‘free’ money

The building of the new rail trail bridge displays the risks of spending “free” money arbitrarily. While the rail trail bridge’s initial construction is funded by a grant, the structure will cause the citizens of Elkins to incur many more costs that are not covered in the years to come. ...

Garden Club thanks community

The Emma Scott Garden Club wishes to thank the community for its support of our annual fundraiser called Food, Floral and Fun. It was held on May 18 at the Randolph County Community Arts Center. We appreciate so much the many people who came to buy our plants, bazaar and raffle items and ...

Fighting the opioid epidemic

West Virginia is considered “ground zero” of the opioid epidemic, with 833 drug overdose deaths in 2017. This is threefold the national rate. Injecting drugs increases the risk of infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis B and C. Sadly, in towns across our state, news of these ...

Tariffs taking toll on hardwood industry

Retaliatory tariffs from China have been a buzz saw through Appalachian hardwood businesses and the families that own and operate them. The hardwood industry provides an estimated $60 billion economic impact in the 12-state region but that will change this year because of trade with China. ...

Artists’ co-op looking for new members

As president of Artists At Work, I want to thank The Inter-Mountain for its May 8 article about our artists’ co-op. However, the headline (”Artists At Work Fighting For Survival”) calls to mind the quote attributed to Mark Twain: “Reports of my demise are greatly exaggerated.” As ...

Should tax returns be made public?

Forget about Donald Trump’s tax returns. I want to know how much my neighbors earned and how much they paid in taxes. Scratch that. I have wonderful neighbors, most of whom have lived in my neighborhood longer than my wife and I have. It’s the people who live a few miles away I wonder ...