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Voice of the People

Oct. 31, 2012 @ 12:02 AM

Obama pointed us in right direction

While you have ably covered the upcoming election, I feel you should better highlight some important context. Four years ago, America faced its greatest economic crisis in generations. Employment was plummeting, and a second Great Depression appeared possible.

Since taking office, President Obama has worked tirelessly to stabilize the economy and rebuild America's middle-class. This hasn't always been easy, but we are moving in the right direction. We now have steady job growth, and recovery is under way.

Now Mitt Romney proposes a return to the Bush-era policies of cutting taxes for millionaires and giving freer reign to Wall Street that led us into this mess. This didn't work before, and it won't work now.

I urge your readers to vote for Barack Obama.

Andrew Mills


Councilman will support Williams

This letter is to show my support for Steve Williams for Huntington mayor. I have served on City Council with Steve for the last three-plus years. After I was selected to lead this council, the first person that I chose to establish a working relationship with was Steve. He was adamant about establishing the council committee process. These committees have allowed council to move proper budgeting and legislative items in a more direct manner. Steve was named the chairman of council's Finance Committee.

In these past three-plus years, with Steve's strong leadership, council has been able to stave off a few major financial issues that have arisen. We were able to save over $1 million by stringently reviewing the purchase of new seats for the civic arena. We were able to avoid the constant requests by the administration for fee/tax increases when it was brought to our attention of the $4.4 million shortfall due to pension shortfall.

I have developed a very close working relationship with Steve. He has a firm, but fair, approach that will bring all sides together to move this city to an exceptional status. Why accept the status quo? Vote Williams mayor!

Jim Insco



Vote Buchanan for Cabell magistrate

I would like to ask for your vote for Fred Buchanan as Cabell County magistrate in the upcoming election. A better man you will not find. His Christian morals and fairness in all aspects of his life are a refreshing tribute in today's society.

As a veteran, Fred works hard for the rights and betterment of those who have served to give us the freedom we all enjoy. His work in various community service organizations shows his willingness to serve others before self.

His many years of service to Madison Avenue Christian Church exhibits his beliefs in principals of Christianity. Service to the citizens of Cabell County through 32 years of service with the Sheriff's Department provides for the law enforcement background needed for this important position.

Therefore, I ask you to cast your vote on Nov. 6 for Fred Buchanan for magistrate, Cabell County. Thank you.

Beth Kilgore


Phipps would serve the city well

I have known Steve Phipps since he was a small boy. He was a good child and a good young man growing up. Now he has became a very good man who has worked in leadership for several years. He has a great passion for Huntington and cares what happens in this city.

He has served our county and now he would like a chance to serve our city so he can help it move forward to a better place for us all to live. I would like to ask for the people in City Council's District 4 to give him this opportunity.

Brenda Lemaster


Williams has the skills to be mayor

I am writing this letter not only as a resident of Huntington but also as an employee of this city. I will be voting for Steve Williams for mayor. It is clear to me that he is by far the best candidate.

He has a proven track record at different levels of government and is second to none when fiscal matters need attention. I believe he has the ability to bring business and labor together to accomplish his vision for this city.

Please vote for Mr. Williams for mayor and join his team in creating an exceptional city.

Martin Shelton



Removing eye-sores very appreciated


Kudos to Mayor Kim Wolfe, the West Virginia Army National Guard and everyone involved with the elimination of the burned-out and dilapidated properties that have been an eyesore in the city of Huntington.

Not only do I appreciate their effort, but I am sure the neighborhoods that are benefiting from this project are equally appreciative!

Nancy E. Smith



Ball would work hard to help city


I would like to urge all registered voters in Huntington to vote for Dave Ball for City Hall.

Dave is an honest, hard-working, family man who cares deeply for the City of Huntington and her citizens. He will work hard to keep Huntington a great place to live, work and play. Everywhere we travel, he extols the virtues of Huntington to anyone who will listen. He talks about our neighborhood groups, our park system, our health care community, our school system and the success of the revitalized downtown area.

If you would talk to Dave, you would feel his energy and enthusiasm for his home town. He plays well with others, doesn't run with scissors, and can leap tall buildings in a single bound! Maybe we should just make him ambassador for the City of Huntington.

Dave would be a councilman who would push for cooperation with the administration, and would work hard to find revenue sources to keep our police and fire departments properly staffed and funded for optimal protection for our citizens and their properties. He would advocate technology upgrades to improve record-keeping and collections and would support online fee and fine payments for our citizens' convenience.

Dave has already received endorsements from the Chamber of Commerce, Local 289 of the IAFF, The Herald-Dispatch, Huntington Locals 598 and 2531 of AFSCME, River Cities Football Officials Association, The 1937 Flood Band, his mother, his grandchildren and me, his wife.

Please vote; and if you agree with what you've read above, vote Dave Ball for City Hall.

Yvonne Ball



Davis will bring needed changes

I have read the opinions of The Voice of the People, and also the guest editorials written by candidates for the upcoming election. I have heard their political concerns and issues that have been shared. I believe Mike Davis, Republican candidate for House of Delegates, is someone you can count on to faithfully serve the families of the 16th District.

Mike will help bring about needed changes for serious issues concerning the economy, job creation, education, health care and public safety, and also needed reform to the family law system. Mike believes, "Families do matter."

Vote for Mike Davis on Nov. 6.

Rose L. Davis




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