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Voice of the people

Jan. 13, 2013 @ 10:30 PM

Arming teachers is not the answer

I was born an Army brat, which meant I attended a lot of schools in many different states and a couple different countries in my youth. There is no way I agree with teachers (or custodians ) having weapons of any type.

Most educaters are very hard-working and dedicated, but they also have their misfits and fanatics; some are unstable and have many issues of their own. Just look at the ones in this area caught with pornography and trying to date their students via their computers.

I would never allow a child of mine to attend a school allowing a teacher packing heat. I would rather they take their chances outside of school property.

Roger Simmons


Pastors need to address abortion

Jan. 20, 2013, is Sanctity Human Life Sunday. I wonder how many sermons will be for those 55,000,000 that have been killed by this barbaric procedure since 1973. The answer to that question is very few.

In years past, this date has come and gone without hardly any notice, which is a shame. It is controversial and pastors don't want to preach on this subject, as so many in their congregation have walked that road and they don't want to offend them. However, there are many who are suffering emotional scars and need to hear that Jesus forgives and he'll take the pain away.

Hopefully, it will be more than the three pastors I knew that actually brought a message on Sanctity of Human Life last year.

God's word is clear. We all will be held accountable for what we should have done to save as many of these little lives as possible, but refused to do so!

In closing, a couple of years before my mom died, she told me of her abortion when she was 17. The year was 1941 and it wasn't a back-alley abortion either, as it was in a doctor's office in Huntington. I remember she said, "It was a little boy." She regretted it until the day she died at the age of 84.

George Wallace


Utilities should give notice prior to work

To the West Virginia American Water Corporation: Please be advised that I am grateful for your service and I know that it is a full-time job in maintaining our old water lines, as you have been here on West Washington Avenue several times in the last six months.

What has happened to the common courtesy of letting the residents know that the water is going to be shut off for maintenance? There is no sign of an emergency break, the trucks just showed up and started jackhammering, then you packed up and left for lunch. I myself am retired and can cope with the inconvenience, but my tenant has a baby and has to be at work at 4 p.m. not knowing that the water is shut off for the afternoon.

It used to be that the water company would leave a card on the door the night before it was going to work on the lines or would notify the customers affected with a knock on the door. Sure would appreciate that courtesy returning.

Patricia Custer




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