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Voice of the People

Jul. 27, 2013 @ 11:49 PM

Work together for everyone's safety

As someone who has spent his entire career in the trucking industry, I can tell you it's past time we addressed the deficiencies with our highway system. West Virginia's 34,000 miles of roadways are the office for thousands of state truck drivers, and we experience deteriorating road conditions on a daily basis.

Safety is the number one goal for the trucking industry. Our drivers are professionally trained to responsibly operate their vehicles in all types of conditions and to expect the unexpected. However, poor road conditions present a variable for which no one can be totally prepared.

Thankfully, the Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways is working to identify strategies to raise the needed funds to improve our highway system. This is an extremely large undertaking and one with no easy set of solutions.

For the sake of all motorists -- whether driving a truck, car or motorcycle -- I hope West Virginians will work together to innovatively resolve these issues.

Fred Burns Jr.

Burns Motor Freight

Marlinton, W.Va.

Arms are for well regulated militia

Today I read a letter from a reader who was happy he had found meaning of "infringed" in a dictionary.

It would be wise to look up the first 26 words of the Second Amendment (counting the "A's" as words). The arms are for use by a well REGULATED MILITIA. Today that role is filled by the National Guard.

So, unless Sen. Joe Manchin is wanting to intervene in the arming of The National Guard, this a non-issue.

Dennis Leonard




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