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Letters to the Editor

Close call in a blind curve

On June 28 at 1:30 p.m., my wife and I had just left Belington on Route 250 headed toward Route 33. With traffic headed toward Belington, there is a complete blind curve. As my wife and I headed into that curve, a police truck heading toward Belington passed a car in that blind curve. ...

From peaceful events to riots

Black Lives Matter was founded in 2013 after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin to protest police killings of African Americans. It was a mainly peaceful demonstration that did not bring about a lot of actual changes in the last seven years. Fast forward to today and look at the riots, ...

Scholarship winner expresses thanks

I wish to thank the Snowshoe Foundation for the generous Education Scholarship I was granted this summer. This scholarship has allowed me more time to focus on my studies and help fund the amount of travel that is needed for labs and clinical rotations. I am grateful for the ...

Charmed by Elkins

I am from out of town. I came to Elkins with my (now) wife to marry at the courthouse. Neither of us had any knowledge of what a courthouse wedding was. We thought that it may be like buying a dog tag. It is not. Not in Elkins. Not in Judge Lori Haynes’ office. Far from it. What a kind, ...

Bill before the House

Our local bike shop, Joey’s Bikes, has sold more bikes this year than ever before. In major cities like Washington and Richmond, you can’t find a new bike to buy. Large box stores across the country are selling kayaks right off the truck as it pulls up, as people look to the outdoors to ...

Pastor says he was present among armed anti-protesters

With all due respect to those concerned with the armed response to the BLM rally, you must understand that these rallies have not gone well throughout the country! Contrary to what was thought to be an out-of-town militia response, most of us that came or were prepared to be present were ...

Reader planned to participate in protest

I’d like to begin this letter by thanking Ty Flynn for his courage to step out and say we can make Elkins/Randolph County a better place to live for everyone, to Willa McWhorter and Michael Good for their messages to City Council, to David Parker for his letter to the editor so well ...

Upset by photo of guns brought to rally

For The Inter-Mountain to feature gun-bearing anti-protesters on the front page is an insult to peaceful protesters. Where is the photo of the peaceful protesters? Images can be very powerful. Of course we have the right to bear arms in our country, but doesn’t it go a bit far to ...

Resident: Police brutality is common

Police brutality is not only a black offense, it occurs in our area against white poor people. I’ve seen people who were arrested without any marks on them, but somehow when they got to the jail they were beaten up. Yes, we have some good police, but we also have some punks, My son ...

Official: Labor unions support BLM

North Central WV Labor Council, AFL-CIO, represents over 5,000 working men and women who are union members living in seven counties in north central West Virginia. We, as a labor council, support our black sisters and brothers in this fight for racial equality and justice. Racial and ...

Delighted with an Unsung Hero article

This morning my wife, Nancy, pointed out a wonderful Inter-Mountain article on Facebook about a dear friend, Larry Ferguson. Larry is a wonderful person and certainly deserves to be recognized. I met Larry at Walter Reed General Hospital, Walter Reed Army Medical Center in mid ...

Elkins councilman discusses racism

In June of 1992 I was on a flight to JFK that had departed Dakar, Senegal the night before. It was morning in New York when we landed. Twenty-four hours earlier I had flown out of Spriggs-Payne Field outside of Monrovia, Liberia on the West Coast of Africa. The Liberian civil war was still a ...

Reader unhappy with new voting facilities

My name is Judith A. Davis. I am a 78-year-old lady who went to vote with my husband in Coalton in the Roaring Creek District of Randolph County. He pulled into the handicapped spot and was retrieving my roll-about from the trunk when a gentleman hollered and told him the voting place had ...

Defining the word ‘emergency’ today

I am writing this letter in response to a column written by Mark Chapin in the Saturday, June 6 edition of The Inter-Mountain. As I understand it, Chapin normally writes about hikes in the woods and wildlife. In this column, however, he gets into politics. The title to his column is ...

Controversy grows

Virginia Governor Northam has ordered the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond, Va. There have been at least 200 such actions in recent years. according to Wikipedia. Jason Nichols, professor of African American Studies at the University of Maryland, said on TV (I personally ...

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 ...