Voice of the people
Thanks for the wonderful festival
I would like to take a second and thank Steve Cielec and the entire Cielec family for putting on one of the best music festivals that I have ever been a part of over the last 30 years.
I was one of the folks who attended this wonderful event over the last 13 years and must say that I always had a wonderful time. As a local artist, I played the Appalachian Uprising stage back in 2010, and many who see me today still talk of the time.
Thanks again, Steve Cielec, for opening your farm so others could have a great time. The memories I take from the festival will be with me forever.
President, Kentucky Outdoor Press Association
Cyclists need to follow the law too
Traffic laws apply to bicyclers. I almost had an accident on 5th Avenue last week. An adult male on a bicycle (without a helmet) was riding against traffic toward me. It felt like a game of chicken to see who would stop first. I slowed down and turned on my blinker to signal to the biker that I am turning right on 13th Street. The stoplight was red by the time I got to the intersection. The bicycler starts to yell at me aggressively, "Go, go, go."
The lanes on 5th Avenue are thin and I was apparently blocking him from riding against traffic. I am not able to go because cars are going in the other direction and I had to wait until it was clear for me to turn right.
We both go at the same time when it is clear, as he attempts to ride down the center between me and the car on my left to squeeze by. I rolled down my window to inform him in the most tactful way that 5th Avenue is a one-way street. He yelled back at me, "This is the way you're supposed to ride a bike."
Danny Pettry II
Rahall owes this state an apology
On July 4, a gentleman wrote a letter entitled, "West Virginia owes so much to Rahall." I have to respectfully disagree with the premise of his argument.
Residents in West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District have consistently re-elected Mr. Rahall every two years since 1976, but with diminishing returns with each term, and there is a reason for that.
Mr. Rahall was elected to do a job. Too often he is trumpeted for things every elected representative is supposed to do, while being excused for those things he has been unable to achieve on behalf of his constituents. And those failures are not on minor issues, for above all else he has stood by as a senior member of the Democratic Party in Washington and watched our coal economy evaporate. Having parking garages, facilities, etc., with your name on them does not necessarily mean you are a successful representative.
This election isn't about the past, but about the future. West Virginians are facing the fact that the same old politics both at home and in Washington, D.C., are only hurting the good people of this great state, and it is time for a change.
With his record of standing with the current administration that admittedly has targeted the life-blood of this state, I think it is Mr. Rahall that owes something to West Virginians, and that is an apology.
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