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Voice of the people

Oct. 24, 2012 @ 11:55 PM

Americans must unite, oust Obama

I would like to comment on a few blatant cases of political hypocrisy that have recently caught my attention.

First, let me comment on a recent commercial for Rep. Rahall. I wonder if his "friends" realize that he is in fact one of the politicians who have already chosen to end Medicare as we know it by helping to pass Obamacare? I also wonder if these ladies would choose to remain his "friends" if they understood that Obamacare guts Medicare by $716 billion while raising taxes by more than $1.5 trillion on the very people it proposes to help?

Also, here in Kenova one of the local unions is plastered with signs supporting every Democrat running for office this year. I especially noticed the signs advocating solidarity between all union members. If solidarity is truly the battle cry, then shouldn't every union member be incensed by the thousands of local coal miners who have lost their jobs and had their lives destroyed because President Obama cares more for the environmental lobby than for the families of hard-working West Virginians?

Shouldn't every hard-working American, union and nonunion, join in solidarity to defeat President Obama before it is truly too late for all of us?

John Horan

Kenova

Strengthen legal system, end abuse

"Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week" was Oct. 1-5 nationwide, and there is perhaps no other state in the nation where it is more appropriate to reflect on the impact that lawsuit abuse has on our daily lives than here in West Virginia. That's because our state continues to earn the unfortunate ranking of worst lawsuit climate in the nation.

These national rankings, as unpopular as they may be for many West Virginians, merely echo what significant job providers are already telling us -- West Virginia has too many lawsuits and our court system just doesn't compare to neighboring states.

While state lawmakers have taken some steps to address issues with our state legal system, it is clear that we haven't done enough. With nearly half of the states passing meaningful legal reform measures last year alone, the Mountain State is actually falling further behind.

West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse encourages local residents to think about what matters most for their families and friends -- more jobs or more lawsuits?

We've witnessed firsthand what life is like as a "Judicial Hellhole" for the last decade, and it isn't pretty. Our state ranks poorly for job creation and household incomes.

It's about time we finally choose more jobs, and not more lawsuits. It's a choice that will ultimately benefit all West Virginians.

Richie Heath

Executive Director

West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

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