Voice of the people
Nation's leaders have failed America
The United States is suffering from a political leadership crisis. Our president, senators and congressional representatives failed the American people by implementing the federal budget sequestration.
This half-baked plan was never intended to happen and the arbitrary ways it will cut funding are as ignorant as the plan's creators. Working-class employees, contractors and their families will be jerked around like yoyos because a series of unnecessary furloughs and job cuts will go into effect. Funding for things like education, defense and medical care will also be slashed.
The disturbing part of this situation is it's a completely manufactured crisis created by our politicians in Washington, D.C. Our leaders demonstrated they are incompetent, and we need to stand up and make sure these jokers don't stay in office. America needs a new crop of political leaders who will work together to grow our nation.
I encourage everyone to stop supporting incumbents who don't meet your expectations and impeach the politicians who have failed you. It's time to make way for new leaders who will do a better job. Maybe one of the new leaders will be you.
Michael J. Adkins
Off-road fuel tax hurts our farmers
Many of us are paying fuel taxes for vehicles that are never operated on the road. This should be eliminated.
Small businesses, such as campgrounds, buy hundreds of gallons of gasoline for their machinery that is never run on the road. Most farmers can't afford to have a fuel tank at home due mostly to environmental regulations. Then they have to fuel up cans at service stations where the gas has West Virginia road taxes added to it.
The West Virginia Legislature needs to take a long, hard look at the taxes on these fuels. Taxing off-road fuel is not a fair tax. It will continue hurting farmers and small businesses.
Target speeders on 3rd, 5th avenues
City of Huntington need money? It's there for the taking. Plenty of money. All the city police need to do is set up speed radar units east of the Marshall University football stadium on 5th Avenue and 3rd Avenue. It is out of control.
The speed limit on both streets is 35 miles per hour. Just try driving 35 mph. You will be run off the road by motorists traveling 50, 60 and even 65 mph. It is very dangerous.
I have noticed a large number of offending motorists are "tourists" with out-of-state license plates. Apparently these motorist are unaware of posted speed limits in Huntington, and have very little concern for the safety of Huntington residents/taxpayers/voters.
We need our elected and appointed officials to protect our safety. While doing so, the collected fines will add thousands of dollars to Huntington's tight budget.