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Voice of the people

Jan. 22, 2014 @ 07:04 AM

Huntington’s citizens must work with, not against, City Council

As a longtime citizen of Huntington, nearly 50 years, and as a for­mer member of City Council for 15-1/2 years, the meeting Jan. 13 concerning storm water was disturbing. The lack of decorum in attempting to discuss a very serious problem which has existed for more than a quarter century was appalling. Certainly, each citizen or councilperson has a right to an opinion, but, when disruptions occur, all reason goes out the window and no solution can be accomplished.

Mayor Steve Wil­liams and the council are among the best ever elected by the citi­zens. They have faced, in their short time in office, several obstacles, i.e. river barge, and addressed them suc­cessfully. The city must solve the storm water problem, or the citizens may suffer under costly solutions imposed by outside decision mak­ers.

I pray for a consistory approach. Huntington and its people deserve that consideration.

Dr. Robert P. Alexander

Hurricane

Rep. Nick Rahall is true West Virginian

It is not conceivable that we allow for Nick Rahall not to return to Congress. This man is a West Virginian, his heart feels the pain that we all feel for our state and his people.

He has been helping us for years, and nobody with strange ideas and lies should be able to fool us to the point that we sacrifice not being able to vote for the good of our people.

Robert Garcia

Kenova

Parents must instill joy of learning

It seems to me that we here in America have a precious com­modity that we are not utilizing: the education of our children. There are many complaints about the American education system, and I would agree it is not a perfect one. It is, how­ever, the one we have, and at least for a few it has worked. The prob­lem, it would seem to me, lies not in the edu­cation of our children, but in the motivating of t hem .

Our teachers and schools are giving the children the tools they need to be educated and succeed, but we as parents and as a culture do not instill the joy of using these tools in our offspring. An unused hammer is nothing more than a block of metal attached to wood. It will not hammer nails of its own accord.

We as a people must encourage our children to not only educate themselves and take joy in it, but educate others and revel in that as well.

An object at rest will stay at rest unless acted upon by an outside force. Our culture must become that force; we must change the mind­set .

Kenneth Dunn

Barbour sville

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