Voice of the people
Nation must elect Godly leaders
With the 2012 elections behind us and new administrations taking office on all levels of government, there is one lingering question I get asked quite often: "How did we get to this point as a city, state and nation?"
The answer is really quite simple. We have forsaken God and the Biblical principles this nation was founded on. We're not following the example of Christ or the Founding Fathers, so what YOU see is what YOU planted.
"Our nation will prosper or decline in direct proportion to our selection of leaders who are guided by the Holy Spirit. If we fail to select Godly leaders our destiny will surely be as that of the Roman Empire."
-- Ronald Reagan (1911-2004), president and governor
"It is not our duty to leave wealth to our children: but it is our duty, to leave liberty to them."
-- John Dickinson (1732-1808), patriot, Founding Father and lawyer
"All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible."
-- Noah Webster (1758-1843), father of the dictionary and patriot
Dale Anderson II
Medicare won't cover ambulance
This is about one of the differences between Medicare and Medicaid. I have heard a lot of horror stories about both, but recently I got my eyes widely opened.
My wife can't sit up and can't walk, so the only answer is an ambulance. I had to cancel her doctor's appointment and reschedule for the next Friday. Only one firm will take her to an office visit, for cash money, almost $700 round trip.
You see Medicare won't pay for an ambulance for an office visit. Now if she hadn't worked since she was a young teen and paid into Social Security, she could have been on welfare and Medicaid. That program will pay for ambulances on doctor office visits.
Is this a great government or not?
C. J. "Jack" Rickman
Delegate Cadle voted against safety
A recent effort to improve construction worker safety on state projects was recently defeated at the West Virginia Legislature. The bill would simply require all workers on public projects to complete an OSHA 10-hour safety course to familiarize his/her knowledge of construction hazards. This training is highly popular throughout the private sector.
So why wouldn't certain West Virginia lawmakers want workers on taxpayer-funded projects to have some safety training? That's a good question for newly elected Delegate Scott Cadle of Mason County. He voted "no" on House Bill 2354, which would have required workers on state projects to complete the OSHA 10-hour construction safety training. Currently, no safety training is required to perform construction work for the state of West Virginia.
If this training saved one life or prevented injuries, wouldn't it be worth it? Apparently Delegate Cadle doesn't believe that the safety of construction workers is a priority.
I urge the people of Mason County to question Delegate Cadle's recent vote against construction safety and ask Mr. Cadle why he doesn't believe construction workers should be safe in this very hazardous industry.
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