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Voice of the People

Mar. 26, 2013 @ 01:13 AM

Change in seasons a sad reminder

After years of loving the transitions of spring and summer, I find myself dreading them both. Living in a downtown neighborhood in Huntington, I find myself unable to enjoy the seasons.

I can no longer have plants on my porch; they get stolen. Sitting on your porch has turned into a "three-ring circus" of prostitution, open drug deals and unattended dogs.

On the first full day of daylight savings time, I wish I could know I was "springing forward" to a better quality of life here in Huntington, but sadly, this is yet to be seen.

Lori Ackman



Legislature is on the right track

The March 11 edition of The Herald-Dispatch was a breath of fresh air. On the front page was an article saying the West Virginia Legislature is considering several bills to exempt federal gun control from being enforced in the state of West Virginia. That sure is a change from the "Chicken Little" cries for more gun control. I do not know of anything harmful you can do with a gun in West Virginia that is not already against West Virginia law.

I understand that there are a lot of people in this country who are afraid of guns, know nothing about guns and do not want one in their home. I feel the same way about snakes! However, there are people who have snakes for pets. I do not feel that since I do not want snakes in my home that no one should be allowed to keep a pet snake in their home. Some people do not want cats in their home. Should cats be banned from all homes?

When I was a Cabell County deputy sheriff, I was required to carry a gun. I know the dangers of a firearm and know how to safely handle one. I do not think I am a threat to any law-abiding citizen by having a gun. What I do not understand is how anyone would be safer if I was prohibited from owning any firearm I choose to own.

I for one hope the members of the West Virginia Legislature are wise enough to pass these laws they are now considering. It will only improve the protection and freedom of our citizens.

Fred E. Moskey




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