The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Our Readers Speak

February 2, 2014

Our Readers Speak — Sunday, February 2, 2013

Children should learn to take responsibility

Taking responsibility is a sign of maturity. When we try to help our children to become responsible persons, we are helping them to be mature.

It was an immature Adam in the Garden of Eden that laid the responsibility on Eve. And it was an immature Eve that laid it on the serpent. “She made me do it,” “He made me do it.” These words have been repeated for generations by children and adults when their misconduct was brought to light.

You only need to turn on the news channels to hear that everyone has an excuse when things go wrong. There always seems to be someone shifting the blame but never taking responsibility. Unless of course something goes right; then there never seems to be a shortage of people to take the credit. (Congress)

There is a saying, “There is no end to the good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit for it.” In the end we are all responsible for the kind of people we are and the people we make our children into.

I recently overheard a conversation in an office between some ladies. One was complaining that her son was suspended from school for touching a female student. She wasn’t upset about the misconduct of her son, but rather was mad because the school superintendent was siding with the school principal over the suspension.

It struck me strange that no argument was made over his guilt or innocence, but rather that the punishment was unfair. What is she teaching her son? What do we teach all our children when we refuse to make them take responsibility for their actions?

Responsible people are mature people who have taken charge of their conduct. That own up to their actions. We can help our children obtain maturity by being a good example and taking responsibility for our actions.

We cannot expect maturity from Washington, D.C., until they own up to their actions and take responsibility for them. That’s why it was so refreshing to see Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., apologizing for the misconduct of his administration. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not a big fan of Christie, but he has done what President Obama will never do: apologize, take responsibility, and fire those responsible.

If Obama were to fire those in his administration who are incompetent, he would be without a job.

Michael Stelzig


Democrats should show more courage

Since Sen. Robert C. Byrd Jr. passed away, virtually no Democrat has had the courage to say, “Mr. President, enough! I may agree with you on the issues, but we are a nation of laws, sir.”

Mr. Rockefeller and Mr. Manchin, we are waiting ...

Alice Click

Mount Alto

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