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Voice of the People

Jun. 29, 2013 @ 12:51 AM

First family needs to stay at home

I see in the news that the whole Obama family is traveling to Ireland first, then on to several African countries. The extra cost for Mrs. Obama included 30 hotel rooms in Dublin just for her entourage, and over $3,000 per night for her. The cost for their combined trip to Africa is estimated to be anywhere from $60 million to $100 million.

Will someone explain to me and millions of American taxpayers just why the whole Obama family must make these most expensive trips while White House tours are stopped and many federal employees face furloughs because of the $85 billion cutback in government spending now in place? I didn't see Michelle or the kids sitting around the table at the G8 meetings. What a cost for the Obama family vacations, and we're paying for them!

These people simply have no concern whatsoever for we middle-class citizens who feel fortunate to be able to take our family on a beach vacation that might cost us $1,500. Please give us a good reason why Michelle and the kids must tag along on these trips. The president has said that he reimburses the government for their personal costs. As to the real costs, does anyone really believe that?

Kyle G. McMullen


Lower speed limit for big trucks


I've been a professional truck driver for over 30 years. I've noticed for years different states have different driving habits. In Upper Michigan, the speed limit is 70 for four-wheelers and 60 for semi-trucks. This works great. Upper Ohio, the speed limit is 65 for cars and 60 for semi-trucks. People are mostly polite and merge very well.

As soon as I get back to West Virginia, stupid drivers are everywhere. Seventy miles an hour all bunched together, moving back and forth constantly. Big trucks and cars playing checkers. We need to slow big trucks down on the interstate.

Make our roads safer!

Lonnie Bledsoe




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