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Voice of the People

Oct. 30, 2012 @ 12:30 AM

Williams will make safety a top priority

The Huntington Professional Fire Fighters Association-International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 289 has endorsed Steve Williams for Huntington mayor.

Steve Williams has worked hard to ensure the safety of the public and that of our city's firefighters. He challenged the Wolfe administration when cuts were proposed and implemented to the fire department and opposed the closing of the fire prevention bureau and reducing the number of firefighters on duty.

We were the first public safety union to endorse Steve Williams and we are delighted our brothers and sisters of the Fraternal Order of Police-Gold Star Lodge 65 have joined us by endorsing him as well.

The safety of our citizens, firefighters and police officers are paramount and not to be taken lightly. We are confident that Steve Williams will work as hard as mayor as he has as a City Council member to make Huntington a safer place to live, to work, to get and education and to recreate.

Our brave firefighters deserve a mayor of action, not words. We urge your vote for Steve Williams as Huntington mayor.

Ray Canafax

President

Huntington Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 289

 

W.Va. must stress energy efficiency

It is disheartening to once again see West Virginia near the bottom of another national list. This time it is in energy efficiency, where we rank 49th out of 50 states in the promotion and implementation of energy efficiency. This is particularly bad considering more energy efficiency would be so good for the state.

We need to be saving money for residents, businesses and taxpayers. Beyond being good for the environment, also, energy efficiency creates jobs that cannot be outsourced. Saving energy for the future is a no-brainer; we need to do more to promote energy efficiency ASAP.

A great first step would be to pass an energy efficiency resource standard, like neighboring states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania have already done to much benefit. In a state where Appalachian Power's residential rates have increased more than 50 percent since 2006, we can't afford to wait any longer and possibly drop to last.

So, I urge everyone to contact your legislators and the Public Service Commission and let them know that West Virginia needs to save for our future.

Dan Taylor

Huntington

Wolfe's family ideals will help city

Let's keep Kim Wolfe for Huntington mayor. I have known the Wolfe family since the birth of their first child. Kim Wolfe is devoted to his wife, his children and his grandchildren. He prays with them and for them.

A man who cares for his family is the strongest ideal for leadership, for he will strive to provide a safe and productive city that his family and your family can thrive in. Let's keep his caring, compassionate leadership in office by re-electing Kim Wolfe as mayor.

Sue Hovemeyer

Huntington

Oust politicians who OK'd cap-and-trade

The West Virginia cap-and-trade law requires West Virginia to reduce its use of electricity generated from coal-fired power plants and use more renewable energy sources, like wind and solar, by 2025. In fact 25 percent of all electricity produced and used in West Virginia must be wind and solar. Does that make your blood boil? West Virginia is a coal- and natural gas-producing region!

Remember back in 2009, everyone in your West Virginia state house (except conservatives) wanted to make Obama happy, including Joe Manchin, who pushed for the legislation. Even if Obama is thrown out of office, our own legislature decided to spank us with forced electric bill increases that are mandated as far into the future as the eye can see.

The following Democrats running for re-election supported West Virginia cap and trade: Larry Barker, Brent Boggs, Bonnie Brown, Sam Cann, Mike Caputo, Kevin Craig, Jeff Eldridge, Barbara Fleischauer, Ron Fragale, Nancy Guthrie, William Hartman, Barbara Hatfield, Mark Hunt, Richard Iaquinta, Tiffany Lawrence, Linda Longstreth, Tim Manchin, Mike Manypenny, Charlene Marshall, Tim Miley, Clif Moore, Jim Morgan, Brady Paxton, Don Perdue, David Perry, David Pethtel, Linda Phillips, Dan Poling, Mary Poling, Doug Reynolds, Stan Shaver, Doug Skaff, Margaret Smith, Margaret Staggers, Dale Stephens, Josh Stowers, Randy Swartzmiller, Rick Thompson, David Walker, Danny Wells, Harry Keith White and Larry Williams.

These people are the same people elected again and again. They are not serving you well. I do not believe in the flawed science about climate change. It doesn't matter in the long run because if your electric bill is so high you cannot pay the bill, the climate change will be inside your house. I suggest we vote against every one of these people we find on the ballot.

Clint Maynard

Huntington

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