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Voice of the People

Jan. 06, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Obama looking out for himself, not the voters

We need not worry about our future in this country. We have a great president to lead us through these troubled times. He is constantly showing us how much he cares.

Upon returning from his Hawaiian Christmas vacation, he made sure to sign into law pay raises for himself, the vice president, Congress and the Supreme Court. (Editor's note: The U.S. House voted Tuesday to block pay increases for Congress.)

I say hats off to the 66 million great Americans who were astute enough to recognize the right candidate at the last election. Is this a great country or what?

Jim Allen

Barboursville

Gun issue requires reasonable solution

In a Dec. 21, 2012, Huffington Post blog entry by Norman Lear, creator of such shows as "All in the Family," "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" and "The Jeffersons," he states:

"With everyone in our world talking about guns and America, I woke up this morning to find an 'All in the Family' clip on YouTube that we produced over 30 years ago that has Archie Bunker on a local news channel doing an editorial on gun control. He finds himself suggesting that the best answer to avoid skyjacking is to 'arm every passenger' and the audience erupts in laughter. Can we possibly have any other reaction to (National Rifle Association Executive Vice President and CEO) Wayne LaPierre's similarly insane idea to provide armed guards for every school but to laugh? Or cry. I find myself doing a lot of both lately."

It will be interesting to see how many Archie Bunkers crawl out of West Virginia woodwork in coming weeks and months. Will their ultimate solution concur with the NRA? Arm guards in the schools? Arm teachers in the schools? Arm the kids? Avalanche profits for the NRA/gun manufacturers?

I personally hope reasonable minds seek serious and reasonable solutions.

Jim McMillon

Charleston

City's crime rate a major concern

I was born and raised in Huntington, but moved to Orlando, Fla., over 20 years ago. I am now looking to move back home in 2013.

I am very concerned, however, that Huntington's crime rate, for its size, is listed above the national level. What has happened? What is this Detroit connection I keep reading about? Why hasn't it been stopped?

I read that Huntington has a new mayor, and I hope that he will address this issue and go after the bad guys full force! I love my hometown, and want my family to live in a safe city.

Terri Adkins

Apopka, Fla.

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