Dear Editor:

A roadkill cook-off? 

We had no idea what we had entered as the seven hours passed on our way from New Jersey to Marlinton. 

I had convinced my 15 year old son and a fellow high school teacher that it would be a fun event, and maybe we could win some prize money for the local high school – Pocahontas County High School.

Little did we know that we would be welcomed and thanked by hundreds of people. Though we did not win [for cooking], we did win the Showmanship Award, and left with a much greater prize.

Through the people of Marlinton, Pocahontas County and all of West Virginia, we learned what kindness looks like. We were thanked, given loaves of banana bread, moonshine and even a hug or two!

It was our privilege and joy to spend just a few days within your community and state. We thank you for being such great ambassadors of West Virginia. 

We hope to return next year and earn even more money for Pocahontas County High School. Until then, keep flat footing, banjo picking, quilt making and all the other things that make your heritage so special.

Many, many thanks,
Matt Wilkinson
A.k.a  New Jersey
Gangster Gourmet

Dear Editor:

It’s difficult to write briefly about dogs.

Harry Truman said, “If you want a friend in this world, get a dog.”

I am a dog person who had Labradors for 25 years.

Canine is a better species than homo sapiens.

Dogs, eligible for adoption, should be photographed and printed in The Pocahontas Times at least twice. If not adopted in 60 days, they should be humanely euthanized by lethal injection administered by a medical or trained person.

Dick Evans
Hillsboro

Inco-Check