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Voice of the People

Dec. 27, 2012 @ 11:40 PM

GOP often forgets America's diversity

During the past election, we American voters were bombarded with Republican catch phrases, The War on Coal, The War on Religion, The War on Women, same sex marriage, abortion, and Planned Parenthood. Even today as our government is mired in partisan politics over the fiscal cliff, the GOP is blatantly fighting to protect their millionaire benefactors.

Therein lies the true conflict: The top 2 percent will do anything, say anything and spend any amount to maintain their financial stranglehold on the working class of people. One has but to watch the little men in Congress, McConnell, Boehner, McCain, Graham, Cantor and Ryan, who stubbornly refuse to accept the November election results. Grover Norquist can be proud of these henchmen, elected officials who swore an oath to the Constitution but whose real allegiance is to some half-baked lobbyist. It should be noted that two of West Virginia's representatives in Congress, Capito and McKinley, also signed on to this document.

Mitch McConnell's statement on the floor of the Senate, "Our primary goal is to make Barack Obama a one-term president," said it all! Not even an election giving President Obama a second term has moved the Republicans to forget party ideology and work together for the good of America.

The GOP, or as many call it, The Greedy Old Party, still believes that government of America was ordained by God to be managed by rich, old white men.

The times they be a-changing, and the recent election should have been a wakeup call. Spend your millions, fill the airwaves with blatant lies, and believe your efforts will bear fruit, but you forget one huge factor, the diversity of the American voters. To continue ignoring this phenomena will be the death knell of the GOP.

John Wesley Ray

Huntington

The young forget value of unions

A full belly bites the hand that fed it. The younger generation has desecrated and dismantled unions, organizations their great-grandparents obtained by blood sacrifice, hungry families and tears of acid. The young folk are "reaping their reward." Lowered wages, longer hours, voided retirement benefits, health care neglected, protective laws not sternly enforced.

Warren McGraw voted out of office several years back. Now, Darrell McGraw will not be present to represent the laboring class of society. Their track records showed that both were members of and protectors for the working class.

Dr. Jorea Marple's unscrupulous vicious dismissal is extremely sad. Is it legal? Dr. Marple represented innovative changes for the schools of West Virginia. Economically deprived or economically blessed, she implemented programs that enhance all schools. (Paper reading books, year round calendar, advanced technology, meals.)

I reminisce: In the early '90s, due to either an honest mistake, oversight or misunderstanding, politician Robert Holiday resigned over a legality issue concerning job within corrections. No defense acceptable. No explanation accepted. Charleston-appointed local celebrity to fill state senate seat. Denied reinstatement. Removal was apparently legal, but was it ethical?

Dr. Marple removed. Will another generation of children vegetate within an antiquated politicized education system?

Jack Platter, Sr.

Harper, W.Va.

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