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Apr. 20, 2013 @ 10:05 PM

Fire extinguishers as important as alarms in the home

I would like to take time to put a thought in everybody's mind. When I was growing up, I can remember my dad always having a fire extinguisher in the house but I don't remember a fire alarm.

Nowadays it is almost mandatory to have a fire alarm in your home, which I do. I do have a small fire extinguisher, but I noticed that it was no good.

Just think if a fire started, I would have no way to put it out. I contacted my plumbing company and they told me they did not have any in stock but would order some. And in three days they had me three different sizes, and I purchased one of each. I put one in my kitchen, one in my bathroom for my electric dryer and one in my living room. I have gas heating.

I am a disabled veteran in a wheelchair and very vulnerable in case of a fire in my home.

Just look at today and all of these low lifes going around and setting places and things on fire. But also natural things like wiring, grease, heaters, dryers and so forth cause fires to homes.

So you have a fire alarm, but do you have a good fire extinguisher in your home in case of fire?

What good is a fire alarm if you have no way to put out or to slow down the fire until the fire department arrives?

Just think of how many lives and homes could be saved if everyone had fire extinguishers in their homes. I am asking that all people take the time to purchase fire extinguishers and be prepared in case of fire in your home. You should also have a small one in your vehicle.

Michael Jay Thompson


Tomblin should veto breeder bill

The state of West Virginia is in a budget crisis. Funding is being cut for important services. In the midst of this, the West Virginia House and Senate has passed SB437, which now sits on the governor's desk to be signed.

SB437 seeks to pass legislation that would spend money taxpayers cannot afford to regulate dog breeders in the state. While I am concerned about dogs being treated well and having basic needs met, I would rather see better enforcement of the animal cruelty laws already in place. This would protect the dogs being mistreated without spending taxpayer money on a new government program we can't afford.

I am encouraging Governor Tomblin to veto SB437

Ann Ratcliff




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