The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 4, 2013

Our Readers Speak— Thursday, April 4, 2013

People don’t need all the prescription drugs

I am pleased to read that the West Virginia Legislature has passed a law restricting the amount of  narcotic painkillers a person can get at one time.

I am a military veteran with chronic back pain, gout and a sciatic nerve problem in both legs. I take very little pain medication; instead, I exercise and use a back brace to relieve to pain.

If more doctors would instruct patients on how to cope with their pain instead of writing prescriptions, we would have fewer people addicted to painkillers. Not every one needs a doping for a little pain, but (some) doctors have a contract with a pharmaceutical company to write a certain number of prescriptions a week, thus our big drug problem, not only in West Virginia, but nationwide.

Why do people think they need drugs to cope with life? Drugs do not enhance one’s life or make one wiser concerning life. Drugs ruin one’s life and add millions of dollars in debt to the working people. Every time a drug addict is admitted to a hospital that takes up a bed that someone who is in need of hospital care would be without.

Thanks for hearing me out on these facts. As a former resident of southern West Virginia, I feel that what happens there is my concern.

James D. Rhoads

Gate City, Va.

formerly of Monroe

and Summers counties

Help others learn real facts about guns

As I read about the recent make-yourself-feel-good rally labeled Guns, God, & Country at the civic center, sponsored by a few groups and businesses, I was reminded so much of a quote my dad said every time he heard someone telling a person something they already knew: “It’s the minister preaching to the choir again.”

It’s really a waste of time and energy to tell folks who feel the same as you do about a subject. Now if each person attending that pro-gun rally would go home and call someone they might know from out of state, say in Maryland or Connecticut for example, and inform them of the pro gun facts, maybe the general public as a whole in other states would get a little better understanding of what the Second Amendment is all about.

Most people in West Virginia know and feel the same as pro-gun people here feel.

To me, one of the best angles to approach a person is to say,  “OK, I am pro-gun and you are against guns. Let’s fight about it and see who wins.” Of course, they are going to say, “Well, that is not fair. I don’t have a gun.” You say, “Exactly! Now you understand. I never want to be in your position because someone in this world will always have a weapon waiting to kill you, whether it is a domestic criminal here or a terrorists in another country.”

There are plenty of people overseas waiting to kill you because you are an American or a Christian or what ever they choose to hate about you. It’s going on every day. I read about it, see it in the news. Learn to protect yourself while you still can.

Roger Via