Voice of the people
Pope seems to be on the right path
I am a Christian, but I'm not a Catholic. However, I think the Catholic Church with Pope Francis is starting down the right path to get its members back. I'm an old man who has seen a lot of mistakes in churches. As a kid I saw a board member punch a member in the mouth for a disagreement on the steps of the church. That shouldn't have happened for a young boy to remember when he gets to be an old man.
I have seen pastors preaching against one political party over another preach against certain types of people in place of inviting them in to church. And very little effort on the youth. Too many older people get control of a church and ruin or run it the way they want things. They controlled by cliques, either through power, money or all the above. They control the church and if they can't control the pastor, he is history.
Usually these are the same people who control a whole community. Why would anyone want to worship there?
We need to put God and Jesus back in our churches, schools and government, or get somebody who will. God bless our city, mayor and council.
C.J. Jack Rickman
Steel of West Virginia focused on safety
Steel of West Virginia has done an awesome job to make it one of the safest steel-producing plants in the world. I cannot tell you how proud I am of this achievement!
Having served on USW Local 40's safety committee, I know how hard it is to get everyone to buy in to a culture of safety, taking responsibility for yourself and everyone around you. I also know USW Local 37 had a lot to do with making the plant so safe, and it seems to me that the strong union influence Mr. Duke referred to as a challenge was also very helpful.
United Steel Workers brothers and sisters don't want anyone to get hurt. And that's the bottom line.
Roger D. Gray
Huntington drivers getting out of control
Lately, I have noticed reckless, high-speed drivers on Huntington's main streets. Yesterday, a vehicle passed me on 5th Avenue. I was traveling near the speed limit. The vehicle that passed me was traveling at least 65 mph, and nearly hit a pedestrian who was trying to cross the street (it was a near miss). No police in sight.
In fact, I can't remember seeing a Huntington police cruiser for quite some time (many weeks). Can anyone tell me, are the police cruisers still painted black and white?
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