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Runner disappointed by garbage in Elkins

January 12, 2013

Editor: I am an avid runner who travels to every state through my employment. I take every opportunity to run my seven to 15 miles in every town or city where my work takes me....

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Jan-17-13 1:33 PM

This problem is not only for the local officials to address, but for the county, state, and federal officials to address as well. The local officials are at the bottom of the ladder - they do what the "higher-ups" mandate by law. The real problem is not the City government's - it is EVERYBODY'S. FACE THE FACTS - we have dirty, lazy, irresponsible, uneducated drug-addicts living in our City who take absolutely no pride in anything; they're always waiting for someone else to clean up after them and take care of them.

I actually look forward to getting the Inter-Mountain these days, I love seeing the meth busts and other criminals being brought to justice! Go Inter-Mountain for publishing these items on the front page!

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Jan-15-13 6:45 PM

Simone: You and I have some things in common; I too am a runner and am disgusted by the amount of litter I see on the side of the road. I will say, however, that your letter comes off as elitist, judgmental, and annoying. I personally am happy that you addressed this issue, but how about offering some solutions as opposed to just a derisive commentary that we "fail to notice or just don't care"? There are many people here who care about the environment and want our state to be as beautiful and clean as possible, and, of course, there are a number of people (as there are anywhere) that litter.

Trash disposal and littering is a problem in Elkins and in West Virginia as a whole. I sincerely hope that your letter reminded the city government that this continues to be a problem. However, we generally don't take too kindly to words like "hillbillies" or assertions that we are unaware or careless. These types of people exist everywhere, not just here.

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Jan-14-13 10:17 AM

When I was growing up during the sixties and seventies, small towns like Elkins, Belington and Philippi's neighborhoods were clean. People kept their yards and homes nice and you were proud to have visitors come for a visit. Once those homeowners aged and passed there properties were sold to individuals who have no pride in their property or worse "slumlords" who refuse to keep-up with their properties and could care less as long as the rent is paid. There definitely needs to be housing and property codes and enforcement officers to offer warnings and fines. There is no excuse for household garbage, furniture and applianceso n the roadsides. I no longer make my residence here but have family that does.So sad to see the way things have changed. An idea for the abandoned properties would be to give a warning to clean up or demolish these structures within 90 days or the city will at the cost of the deed to the property. Where I live it will cost $300 if leave your empty trash

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Jan-13-13 10:28 AM

This newspaper is one of the top contributors of the negative sterotypes of the region. Newspapers are typically a window into the soul of a community. Visitors who came to Elkins last week and noticed the headlines and feature stories in the newspaper boxes as they entered their hotel rooms saw glaring headlines almost daily about sexual perverts and meth heads who live here. Maybe the newspaper could start putting those types of stories on page two instead of the front page. And to think, they're more worried about a tv show called "Buckwild".

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Jan-12-13 9:17 PM

Elkins has only become this trashy since the closing of the Randolph County land fill. People have NO place to dispose of TV's or large appliances! There is no proper place to dispose of them, not even on your own dime! Even the number of illegal trash dumps has increased dramatically in the last few years since the county dump has been closed! When will our local officials address this major problem? But they are to busy installing fake brick sidewalks in the downtown area, and installing pleasent, friendly lighting for the down town area! Maybe we should work on cleaning up our trash first?

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