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Letters to the Editor

Trimming, removing trees downtown

Elkins Main Street and the Elkins Tree Board recognizes and thanks the City of Elkins Operations Department for their recent work on the downtown trees. Trimming—and removing—trees is a significant undertaking, and they have persevered. The urban forest is a vital part of city life. A ...

Protecting churches from government?

West Virginia Constitution, Article 6, Section 47: “No charter of incorporation shall be granted to any church or religious denomination. Provisions may be made by general laws for securing the title to church property, and for the sale and transfer thereof, so that it hall be held, used, ...

Tale of two brothers

A short story of two brothers who act as if they are God’s gift to the world. The little brother in the duo got himself hired on to one of the three hours of prime time on CNN, following His Majesty Anderson Cooper who has the coveted spot at 8 p.m. The older brother got elected governor of ...

Candidate opposes city manager change

This is an important election for the City of Elkins. We will be electing a new mayor, half of the council seats are up, and the citizens will be deciding on some important key issues. I have been in attendance at many of the meetings related to the city charter changes. While some changes ...

Reader concerned by perceived socialism

Let me get this straight. You allowed the socialist to steal the election and remove a president who gave us the best economy we’ve had in 50 years, a president who put America first. You then installed someone who I believe is a want-a-be socialist. Who, on the first day in the White House, ...

Business owner: Elkins needs a city manager

The city has great individuals who are committed to the success of Elkins. Even with commitment, the organizational structure can limit the ability of Elkins to achieve its full potential. The city has four key positions — Operations Manager, Treasurer, Fire Chief and Police Chief. An ...

Will America go through the door of opportunity?

The door to a renewed America is open. Will we walk through it? What could be viewed as somewhat of a political experiment — the election and presidency of Donald Trump — is over. We took a chance on what a political outsider who was unafraid to “speak his mind” could deliver for ...

Medical marijuana a smoking hot topic

All these years I thought I knew at least a little about the way government worked and was taught that the lawmakers were sworn to keep our best interests in mind when considering legislation. Wow! I’m coming to realize I wasn’t paying attention in class. Some laws and official ...

Lent offers fresh chance to change

I miss Mardi Gras. I’m hoping for a speedy recovery from the pandemic so we can all congregate again. After Fat Tuesday, Lent begins. Lent is the 40-day period before Easter when Christians stop eating meat and dairy in remembrance of Jesus’ 40 days of reflection. As a Christian, Lent ...

Reader opposes minimum wage hike

I have talked with Sen. Joe Manchin’s office about my concern of his possible support of raising the minimum wage. I asked that he not support raising the minimum wage by any amount because it will still be minimum wage, and the only thing it will do is raise the cost of living. The staff ...

Vaccination event organizers praised

I got my first COVID-19 vaccination shot recently at the Phil Gainer Community Center. You should run a special article on this excellent operation, maybe even a special section so that you can put lots of pictures of the people working there. Whoever organized this did a bang-up job. However, ...

Help needed with free meals program

On March 12 years ago, several churches met and made the decision to serve a free meal each Saturday. Meals would be served at Woodford Memorial United Methodist Church, 113 First Street, Elkins. The name Common Ground was chosen. Each church serving would bring their own supplies and use ...

Who can end this pandemic?

You know, and are probably getting very tired of, the necessary measures used to limit the spread of COVID-19: mask wearing; hand washing; physical distancing measures, which include routinely keeping a distance of at least 6 feet; quarantining if you’ve been exposed and isolating when sick. ...

Driving safely around big trucks

Big trucks are a lot less scary when you understand them. The PSC’s Transportation Enforcement Officers patrol the state’s highways and the turnpike to ensure that commercial motor vehicles, such as semis and buses, are in compliance with safety regulations. But that is only part of the ...

Reader: Patriotic parallel precarious

We readers can understand that an attempt to bring our community together was made in the article, dated Jan. 16, 2021, on the front page of the Inter-Mountain, titled, “Local Attorney Sees Modern Parallel to Historic Battle.” This attempt, however well-meaning, really falls flat for ...

Vaccination clinic staff praised

My husband and I attended the COVID vaccine inoculation for ages 70+ on Wednesday, Jan. 13. The process was flawless. The persons taking care of us were friendly. Hats off to them and to the Randolph-Elkins Health Department. We’re fortunate to live in our Elkins community. Vickie ...

Scene at Capitol was disturbing

Jan. 6, as I was watching what was going on at our Capitol, I got sick at my stomach to see people storming into our house, wanting to stop Vice President Pence and others who were doing what is in our Constitution to certify Joe Biden’s win. I thought back to when I was a solider, what I ...

Socialism vs. Conservatism?

Of course Mr. Price is entitled to his opinion. However he should make sure his opinion is formed by the truth rather than what he hears on some media platform which has its own agenda. It is sad to see that, just as other great societies, destruction is not coming from without but from ...

Reader offers satiric viewpoint

I’m so glad we are finally getting rid of Donald Trump. It has been a tortuous four years of his ridiculous attempts to Make America Great Again. What are the biggest sins committed? I know a couple of them. A popular one is building the border wall. It takes a big crass mentality to pull ...

Manchin, Capito and Miller lauded

Friends of Blackwater is congratulating West Virginia Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Capito, and Congressperson Carol Miller, for including the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve Designation Act in the year-end legislative package. The New River Gorge will become the 63rd National ...