Voice of the people
Give Wolfe chance with second term
The Sept. 17 Herald-Dispatch contained an insert paid for by the Huntington firefighters PAC that prominently endorsed Steve Williams for Huntington mayor. This is not unexpected, given the likelihood that Mr. Williams is likely to side with the firefighters' union in city issues were he to be elected mayor. Most recently, this showed in the Finance Committee meeting regarding staffing, when he sided with the firemen.
I believe by God's grace -- there were seven Christians present praying for a Godly outcome -- a win-win solution was achieved: minimum staffing will be 25 per shift, and misuse of sick leave by a minority of firemen was highlighted and will be addressed.
When we moved to Huntington in 1999, I quickly learned to despise the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) which focused solely on its own interests, often to the detriment of the community. Skip Holbrook was appointed police chief, and with Mayor Kim Wolfe's support, Holbrook not only led efforts to reduce crime rates significantly and to build good community relationships, but worked very effectively to improve operations in his department.
A significant accomplishment, I believe, is that FOP no longer works against the interests of the city as a whole and no longer comes frequently before the City Council to lodge complaints.
The mayor then addressed major problems in the Fire Department by recruiting C. Creig Moore as fire chief.In spite of Moore's incredible record in Virginia, he was no match for entrenched customs in his department and was forced to resign.
However, this did lead to a study which identified 151 corrective actions warranted, including improvement in the department's culture.
Under Mayor Wolfe's leadership, I believe we will come to see healthy improvements in the Fire Department operations within the next year or two.
David E. Frederick
Legality doesn't have to stop prayer
Dear Sissonville High,
So the 14 percent who don't believe that we are a Christian nation have put a stop to "government organized" prayer at your school. The 86 percent who do believe we are a Christian nation cannot be united in prayer by school officials. It is illegal.
I agree with them that the school can't organize prayer. So what you 86 percenters need to do, parents and students, is organize privately among yourselves for a pregame prayer, a first-quarter prayer, a halftime prayer, a third-quarter prayer and an after-game prayer. After all, neither the government, nor the 14 percenters, has the right to restrict your freedom of religion. Right?