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Voice of the people

Oct. 10, 2012 @ 07:02 AM

TTA could better serve area students

I work as a transition coach. I help young people transition from foster care to living independently. They live in their own apartments and go to school and work in the community. They rely on public transportation to get where they need to go.

Mountwest Community and Technical College recently completed a move to its new campus. Tri-State Transit Authority provides transportation, but it is very inadequate.

You can catch a bus to/from Mountwest at 8:10, 9:10, 10:10, 12:40, 3:40, 4:40 and 5:40. This does NOT meet the needs of the TTA consumer on this route at all. When I called TTA about this issue, I was told that the route was a low traffic route and that it wasn't cost effective to provide pickup at Mountwest for the gap between 12:40 and 3:40. This is making it nearly impossible for students who use public transportation to both work and attend class.

TTA has had ample opportunity to adjust its schedule to accommodate the 15-20 students who are standing outside waiting for hours for the next bus.

C'mon, TTA, you can do better than this!

Melody Nelson


Remember your beliefs at the polls

When you vote in the upcoming election, think of how you are going to vote. As a Christian, can you, in your heart, vote for a man that is for same-sex marriage, for abortion, denies National Day of Prayer, but hosts dinners in honor of Ramadan, requiring the priests in the military to perform same-sex marriages, when they oppose this kind of marriage; wants to take away our rights to bear arms; cut our military back, which would only bring more people on the employment line? I could go on and on..

Now, he has Slick Willie praising him, swinging votes to him. With these two together, who can outtalk them?

In our last election, the people of West Virginia voted against Obama. What did our state leaders do? Did they vote the way we wanted them to? Of course not, they voted the party line. Now, you hear them, "I opposed Obama, took them to court." Same ol', same ol'. They will vote for him again and again, telling you what you want to hear. Show them. Get them out of office. They should be forced to vote the way the people wanted them to again, not party lines.

So what did our voting tell us? Why vote if they are going to vote the way they wanted to, not the way we wanted them to? It would not be fair if I didn't tell you it upset me so much I moved to Ohio. Don't vote party lines. Think. Vote for the person.

I am not a big fan of Romney, but he does oppose the above questions. If we the people vote and put Obama back in office, how can our nation ever return as a God-fearing nation?

Jim White

Proctorville, Ohio



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