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Aug. 25, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Editorial makes questionable comparisons

Who was the Bozo that wrote the editorial for the Aug. 11 Charleston Gazette, "Red States like WV less healthy," and was reprinted in The Herald-Dispatch? Was it possibly a member of the Democratic National Committee?

The northeast states have had a split of representation possibly leaning toward Republican the past century while West Virginia has had 80 years of Democrat control. The southeast states were under complete Democrat control until starting in 1973 in North Carolina and then 2002 in Georgia, when Republicans started to win. Do some fact-checking of previous governors and you will see this to be true.

Using Hawaii as a comparison is ridiculous. Might as well use Japan. There is very little to compare between West Virginia and Hawaii. I live in West Virginia, have traveled the entire state and have spent time in both Hawaii and Japan. Culture, climate, lifestyle, type of work are very much different.

Tell me, are the southern (red) states becoming more vibrant and quality of life improving while the northern (blue) states have been stagnant, or is it just an optical illusion?

James Bowen

Huntington

Rails and Ales Festival a nice addition to city

My wife Vickie and I volunteered at last weekend's inaugural Rails and Ales Festival at Heritage Station. Our craft beer hats are doffed to Huntington's Better Beer Coalition for throwing a fun, well-organized upscale event that sold out weeks in advance and made our city effervesce with pride.

We found many of the festival-goers came in from out-of-town and out-of-state. They got hotel rooms, shopped downtown and were enamored with our hospitality.

We are volunteer vacationers -- and have enjoyed working at big city festivals around the country. But having an outstanding party like this here at home -- for the first time -- was a true pleasure for us and all who enjoyed this well-crafted event.

See you next year!

Randy Yohe

Huntington

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