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Voice of the people

Nov. 18, 2012 @ 10:35 PM

Dr. Sheils will be greatly missed

I would like to offer a public goodbye to one of my heroes in medicine, Dr. William Sheils, who recently passed away.

Nearly all physicians identify other physicians who exemplify the qualities that they feel are important, and whom they wish to emulate. Dr. Sheils was at the top of my list. I was honored to have practiced with Dr. Sheils for several years prior to his retirement. He was the same every day: kind, compassionate, devoted and truly interested in his patients and everyone he came into contact with.

During his long career he was able to help make life better for thousands of Tri-State residents. He and his wife Barbara raised a wonderful family, all of whom are leaders and contributors to their communities.

Thank you, Bill! Heaven now has a new cardiologist and, most likely, board president.

Dr. Tim Damron

Barboursville

War funds better spent on homefront

It's time to end our unfunded and pointless wars abroad, and use the savings to begin nation-building at home, on a large scale.

We might use as a model the successful National Interstate and Defense Highways Act (Public Law 84-627), enacted on June 29, 1956, which authorized $25 billion for the construction of the Interstate Highway System, the largest public works project in American history to that time.

For example, some of this new redirected stimulus money could be used to increase the manpower of the Army Corps of Engineers to help rebuild the dilapidated infrastructures of U.S. cities. One urgent local need would be to replace the worn-out Huntington sewar system. A good start was made by the recent use of the WV National Guard Engineers in the demolition of dilapidated housing in Huntington.

Thomas Wilson

Huntington

Tailgaters surprised to be ticketed

My sister's church group tailgates on the lot of United Steel Workers of America.

On game day Nov. 1, all the cars parked in front of USWA 37 were ticketed by Huntington Police. I have pictures showing all cars were parked on USWA property.

A woman told the officer we have parked there for years, paid to park there, and did not want to pay twice.

The officer replied, "I'm the one who decides who you have to pay. You have to pay the city because you cross over city sidewalks. This is why Huntington is going broke."

I never knew police to ticket cars on private property! I wonder if all cars parked on 3rd Avenue in yards were ticketed? All those cars parked in yards had to cross a sidewalk!

Driving over the sidewalk to park may be illegal, but to do that on game day wasn't very nice of the police.

Ron Corbin

Dunbar

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