Voice of the People
Nick Rahall doing his best for W.Va.
Elected as a Democrat mischievously turning Republican, maintaining a paid elected position while campaigning opposing Congressman Rahall, I question this maneuver since Evan Jenkins is not required to resign.
West Virginia's ranking: 2013 education, 47th among 50 scoring numerous "F" marks; bridges, 14th worst in the nation in percentage of aged dams, high hazard list, 380; U. S. priorities list, nine; roads, 47 percent poor condition; schools require $1.5 billion infrastructure upgrade; 2012, top 10 most dangerous roads to drive in; professors' salaries below national average; 2011 median household income 49th; 2008, top 15 percent drunk-driving deaths; fourth nationally in civilian fire-related deaths; and industrial, human, environmental legislative protection woefully lacking.
Mr. Jenkins has nested within the House of Delegates three terms and presently a third term in the state Senate.
Congressman Rahall garners much funding and projects to enhance West Virginia. Representative Rahall has expertise conquering the political maze of Washington. West Virginia legislators are responsible to utilize efficiently the endowments Nick Rahall had dedicated his life toward obtaining for us. Congressman Rahall performs his job well.
Jack Platter Sr.
'Useless' health tests still vital
Recently, an article in the AARP magizine that most senior citizens receives featured a study about too many tests ordered by physicians that were unnecessary, including prostate PSA tests and breast examinations.
Has AARP finally been won over by the mammoth health insurance companies? These same insurance companies have been saying for years these tests were useless and the cost affected the bottom lines.
The senior citizens have few advocates working on their behalf as it is; now AARP may be showing its true colors. AARP is heavily involved with selling United Health Care medical plans. Suddenly now, AARP claims these tests are unnecessary.
I was a cancer victim not very long ago. If not for early detection tests, I would not be alive today.
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