Dear Editor:
I am writing to you to ask you to publish the letter below in your Letters to the Editor section of your newspaper. It enhances my learning about the state when I hear from actual people who live in and love their state.
Thank you for considering helping me with this project.
Dear People of West Virginia:
Hello!
I am a fourth grade student in North Carolina.
In fourth grade, we do state reports, and I have chosen your state.
I am very excited to learn more about the great state of West Virginia as I work on my report.
Most of the information that we get for our reports will be from books and websites. We also like to get information from people who live in the state, too. This is why I am writing to you.
I was hoping that you would be willing to send me some items to help me learn more about the best things in your state. It could be things like postcards, maps, pictures, souvenirs, general information, this newspaper article or any other items that would be useful. You can mail items to the address below.
I really appreciate your help!
Sincerely,
Ruby Liverson
Mrs. Smiths’ Class
Charlotte Latin School
9502 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28277

Dear Editor:
 I am writing in reference to a letter published in the March 10, 2016 issue from Trish McNaull, of Marlinton, particularly the statement, “crime will come with the work project.”
 Ms. McNaull is not the first person or group that has made this statement when discussing the pipeline project.
 I am personally offended by this comment as I was one of these type of traveling contractors for more than 25 years. Myself and the others I worked with were not out stealing and assaulting others when we were off of work. I worked with educated, law abiding men and women who went home to our families on weekends to coach soccer, little league, football and participate in community and church events.
Also, I personally know many that live here and travel to other cities and states and come home to Pocahontas County on weekends to be with their families and support the community.
 Whether the pipeline is a good idea or not, fear mongering, half-truths and generalizations about all aspects of the plan will only isolate people and hurt the discussion.
 We all must remember that all kinds live, work, visit and support the community around us.
 Does the recent popular slogan “All Kinds Are Welcome Here” not pertain to construction workers?
 Mark Strauss
Marlinton

Dear Editor:
I am blessed to own a home in Pocahontas County, and I am thankful to have met so many friendly and caring people here.  My wife and I built a home in Sunset Mountain Village so that we, our children and grandchildren, could enjoy this beautiful part of our country. As a matter of fact, my daughter and granddaughters recently told me that this is their favorite place on Earth!
Now, our home and dreams are threatened by the proposed routing of a gas pipeline which may render useless many of my neighbors’ building lots and will disturb the pristine area that we call home. The proposed route also will go through the historical ground where Robert E. Lee made camp prior to his first battle of the Civil War. This must not  happen.
I have met several other homesite owners who were planning to build their dream homes within the next few years. Surely they must now reconsider building on the land they already purchased. This has to be a problem for all of us in that this will deprive our local businesses of revenue.  I want our county to thrive and to continue to be a place that welcomes and supports others who are drawn to live in this wonderful part of God’s country.
Surely, in the seemingly unlimited forested and uninhabited areas of eastern West Virginia, Atlantic Coast Pipeline can find a route that doesn’t go through the homes and lives of any member of our community. Perhaps they should look at “rights-of-way” that already exist such as the routes for power lines.
I am grateful to be a homeowner in Pocahontas County and I hope that others  who live here will join us in opposing the route proposed for this pipeline.
Dorsey Smith
Snowshoe, WV