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Aug. 22, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Health not linked to US presidency

The editorial from The Charleston Gazette, "'Red' states like W.Va. less healthy," that The Herald-Dispatch reprinted on Aug. 18 may be the most preposterous article I have ever read.

First of all, to link West Virginians' life expectancy to the past 13 years of presidential voting is ludicrous. I have trouble believing that anyone who is 65 or older has had years taken away substantially by the political powers in those past 13 years. And based on how West Virginia weathered the Great Recession and how better off than many states we are right now, I would say things have been better in this time period.

Secondly, if you are going to look at life expectancy on a state-by-state basis, why look at those state's federal voting records? Wouldn't it seem to make sense to look at whether the state government was "blue" or "red"? Wouldn't state government and state policies have more to do with the citizen's life expectancy, education and quality of life than who the president is?

Here, West Virginia is clearly a "blue" state. Currently, the governor and both the state House and Senate are controlled by the "blue" party and have been for a long time. I reference the colors because I really don't blame the current administration for our problems. I believe they are making significant progress on many of our issues.

I tend to vote for the people I think will do the best job instead of voting for the "red or blue team." If more people did this, I think West Virginia would be much better off.

Unfortunately, the editorial in discussion places unwarranted blame using a ridiculous argument. This only perpetuates the Red vs. Blue problems we have instead of trying to find a solution.

Jason Moses




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