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Nov. 07, 2012 @ 12:29 AM

W.Va. more than 'judicial hellhole'

I feel compelled to respond to a recent letter calling West Virginia a judicial hellhole. The writer's exclamation, whether intended or not, covers both sides of the coin. For the sake of argument, I want to comment on the "other side." If there were not so many unscrupulous persons in the state looking to get into your bank account, perhaps there would not be as many lawsuits.

Granted, there are a number of lawsuits that may appear frivolous to some, but most others have some merit. I am a native of West Virginia but lived most of my adult life in a large western state where I retired as a state trooper. Since having returned, I have encountered enough of this state's, county's and city's way of doing business to last a lifetime. Here, integrity is a thing of the past. This state is not now the West Virginia I remember as a child. I liken residing here to living in a Stephen King novel. It never ends. The author of the letter may be right in using "hellhole" to describe West Virginia, but it goes far beyond judicial matters.

Rich Christian



Doctor Sheils will be missed by many

In memory of a beloved son of Huntington, W.Va., Dr. William S. Sheils Sr.:

Bill Sheils was a man blessed, by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, with many unique personal qualities and professional gifts. He was an exemplary family man, a loyal and always forgiving friend and an outstanding physician. His warm smile and personality, and very honest and sincere eyes, were an open invitation for strangers to wish his friendship, and for patients, colleagues and friends to rely on his expert and sound advice.

Mastering the correct interpretation of electrocardiograms (EKGs) was very dear to his heart and a goal well achieved by him. Bill shared with us, his colleagues, his sophisticated skills in reading EKGs, and he also planted in our hearts his devotion to excel in the use of this lifetime proven diagnostic technique to help patients with various diseases.

Today the hearts of all of us who shared our lives with Bill are filled with sadness, having to say good-bye to such a good and extraordinary man, but at the same time our hearts give us few skip beats, to remind us that part of his exemplary life will continue living in our personal and professional lives. As long as I live, and specially whenever I read an EKG, I will remember you, friend and colleague, Bill Sheils.

Dr. Frank Rivas




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