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Voice of the people

Jan. 12, 2013 @ 11:00 PM

America should be land of optimistic

After three score and thirteen years, I'm amazed by the sense of fear which permeates American society. My first encounter with this word was a speech by then President Franklin Roosevelt following the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor which decimated our Pacific fleet. Standing before the Congress of the United States he declared, "We have nothing to fear but fear itself?" Seventy-one years later, his words are as prophetic as ever.

Recently, when I was walking into a local restaurant, a family sat gathered at a table eating. At the end, sitting in a high chair, was a young lad of about 4 or 5, peas in his hair, mashed potatoes on his nose, and spoon waving like a drum major's baton. As I passed he called out loudly, "Hello Buddy!" The sparking happy eyes and grin from ear to ear as he spoke completely changed my sour attitude.

This is how life is meant to be, greeting each day with wonder and enthusiasm. Somewhere between the cradle and the grave, we too often allow this blessing to diminish, and cynicism becomes the primary force in our thinking.

Even with all this doom and gloom, I have never lost my faith in the American people. Our history brightly illustrates the type of individuals which inhabit this great nation. Hardship only makes them stronger, disaster causes them to unite, and tragedy shows a people never too proud to fall on their knees in prayer.

No, the sky is not falling. If we go over the fiscal cliff, we'll dust ourselves off and trudge right along. The economy will improve, and more jobs will come into existence, some will be born and some will die, but that first word in our national name, United States, will make it all possible.

John Wesley Ray


City needs to fix street lights

Last spring, I submitted an online work request to repair the streetlight dangling from wires across Hal Greer from Cabell Huntington Hospital. The work request did generate a response, but the diligence to correct the problem did not persist.

Since then, I have noticed many failed street lights. Some are at the scenes of violent crimes. Others are in places where pedestrians have been killed by traffic. These issues should be corrected.

However, if this is a secret "burned out light bulb" project to save the city energy dollars, then I'm sorry that I brought it up.

Rusty Parrett




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