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Letters to the Editor

Reader: Undercurrent of racism is present

Living in Elkins can feel like a paradox. As a white woman living in Elkins, I often feel safer here than anywhere else. I don’t question whether or not I will experience violence when going about my daily routines: not while exercising; not while checking in on a friend’s pet when that ...

Reader supports Whitt for senator

I’d like to tell all you Republican readers about a good friend of mine. His name is Allen Whitt and he is challenging our sitting Sen. Shelley Moore Capito in the June 9 primary. My friend in Buckhannon, Randy Brooks, had a great letter-to-the-editor published April 25 and I would ...

Mountain Mamas making a difference

In 2018, I started a political action committee, which was named by forward-thinking women who had come together to get to know each other and help each other in their quest to become West Virginia legislators. Six Mountain Mamas joined two incumbents, and 25 are on the Democratic primary ...

New laws impact W.Va. utilities

The West Virginia Legislature recently passed several laws that will impact utilities and their customers. These new laws that will become effective in the coming weeks will aid the Public Service Commission in its legislative mandate to appraise and balance the interests of current and ...

Nurses deserving of highest praise

The purpose of this letter is to commend The Inter-Mountain newspaper’s efforts in recognizing local nurses and the work they do as part of National Nurses Week for 2020. There was a lot of good coverage. I am a nurse and was part of the nursing community in Elkins from 1967 to 2000. I ...

Former mayor: Just the facts, please

On a social media post dated May 2, 2020, a sitting Town of Beverly Sanitary Board member commented the following: “The past mayor liked anyone until you disagreed with her. Then you became the bad guy/enemy and she came after you.” Let us look at public records and see if this ...

Candidate offers a ‘new deal’ for W.Va.

In 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt enacted a “New Deal” in hopes of providing relief, reform, and recovery from The Great Depression. Many groundbreaking programs such as the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps), the CWA (Civilian Works Administration), and the SSA (Social Security ...

Becoming a bike-friendly community

Since the southern-most trailhead of the Allegheny Highlands Trail is at the Elkins Depot Welcome Center, Elkins is well on its way to becoming an even more bike-able community. The Welcome Center has biking maps and trail information available. As a cyclist, it is your responsibility to ...

Candidate takes pledge

Can you imagine a political candidate who has met face to face over the past year with 11,000 West Virginians, asking what they’d do if they were governor? Candidates have routinely shown up at buckwheat feeds and spaghetti suppers shaking hands and smiling at babies, but only Charleston ...

Waiting until it’s safe

People who want to return before it is safe are just greedy. They don’t care about the death toll. They don’t care about the elderly like me or their dads, moms or children who may lose their life. Yes, we need to get back to work but do it when it’s safe. It won’t kill us to stay ...

Reader: Obama’s sins finally getting air time

Have you ever wondered why Obama stayed out of the different political races after Hilary’s presidential loss? He left a team of people in place to sabotage Trump in an effort to ease the way for Trump’s impeachment. The Democratic establishment ran an operation in concert with the ...

Delegate’s open letter to Gov. Justice

Dear Gov. Justice, I write today out of concern for West Virginia’s working families and to share my thoughts with you on how to rebuild the state’s economy. It was in a precarious position prior to the pandemic and now it’s in a free fall. I hope that you’ll consider my perspective ...

Mountain State seniors can’t wait

I’m a senior citizen. There, I said it! As much as I hate to admit it, I’m living in those golden years. Unfortunately in West Virginia, many seniors aren’t finding those years to be very golden at all. West Virginia has the second highest rate of people over the age of 65 in the ...

Coronavirus spurs meat problems

Massive slaughterhouse closures are driving U.S. consumers to plant-based meat products, as sick workers pay the price. Tyson Foods, JBS USA, and Smithfield Foods, the largest meat processors, have closed 17 plants, devastating rural communities and threatening the nation’s meat supply. ...

On patriotism and socialism

God has blessed us with a land rich in resources — soaring mountains, endless vistas of rich soil for abundant harvests, white sand coastlines, tropical forest and glacial peaks. The founders of this great nation were inspired to dream, a dream of freedom governed not by the rich, or ...

Precautions worse than the virus?

Once again I find the “precautions” for the virus to be unbelievable and unacceptable. One of our dear ladies in our church had surgery today to have her leg partially amputated. As I always do, I planned to be at the hospital prior to her surgery to have prayer with her and stay to be ...

Candidate has long history of service

As we head into the second month of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent state shutdown, it is becoming more evident than ever that it is imperative that we elect officials who represent us and stand up for what we need as a community. I have watched as some senators and delegates at the ...

Women hating women hurts all

“She hates me. Never once have I laid eyes on this woman, nor she on me. I hear she helps the poor. I also heard she crushes people by being a bully on social media and by spreading hateful gossip. Yes, she hates me. I am now held in contempt by someone whose face I have never even seen and ...

How to worship while staying safe

This is for the person who sent a letter to The Inter-Mountain who said something along the lines of, “Satan is laughing at us for not going to church out of fear of COVID-19.” Allow me to set the record straight: If the devil is laughing at anyone, it would be those who think gathering in ...

Saying one thing and doing another?

As a conservative, I believe that Rush Limbaugh represents the sentiment of many conservatives in this country. He has defended our president and fought for conservative values in West Virginia. During the effort to repeal Obamacare, he repeatedly and correctly noted that Sen. Shelley Moore ...