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Voice of the People

Oct. 19, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

Housing managers must rethink rules

I'm writing this letter in regard to the unfair and biased way the Huntington Housing Authority and its affiliates determine who lives where, and what the qualifications are. A lot of the concepts that the managers, or whoever, want the tenants to adhere to come close to dictatorship.

If you have a single mother of two, who is also trying to raise a granddaughter, work five to six days a week and attend school three nights a week, I don't think that young woman should be penalized or threatened with eviction for missing a few "mandatory meetings" on how to pull yourself up by the bootstraps and better your lot in society and life.

Seems to me, that she is already doing that, you think? It might be time to pick your evaluators more carefully. Don't be so quick to judge and be more willing to witness and encourage.

Benjamin Murphy

Huntington

Sen. Manchin doing well in Washington

We are fortunate to have an advocate like Joe Manchin in Washington. As governor and U.S. senator, Joe Manchin has consistently put aside party politics to fight for what is right for West Virginia and our country.

For West Virginians, Manchin has fought to protect our energy industries and keep jobs in our state. He's taken on the EPA in court and on the Senate floor to prevent the agency from harming West Virginians' livelihoods. He also works to bring jobs to West Virginia by meeting with industry leaders and securing government funding to train our work force and bring new jobs here.

For all Americans, Manchin supports long-term solutions to address some of our country's biggest problems. He routinely cautions his Congressional colleagues against focusing on quick fixes, instead of long-term solutions, to problems such as the national debt crisis. He has also proposed measures to protect Social Security for seniors and ensure that veterans have the job training and assistance they need.

In Washington, Senator Manchin rises above partisan politics to do what is best for West Virginians and all Americans. I hope more of his Senate colleagues take his lead to help our country move forward.

It's been a real pleasure to work with Bob Bailey and Diane Foreman in getting Sen. Joe Manchin re-elected.

Ottie Adkins

Barboursville

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