The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 4, 2014

Our Readers Speak — Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Levy funds not always fairly distributed

The reason citizens of Raleigh County are wary of levies is because it seems they are not fairly distributed, or so it seems when you look at your community and it has fallen short in the levy.

When they ask all of Raleigh County to pass a bond that will be seven or more years to pay, Raleigh County should get more out of it and not be left behind.

We passed a levy to help the firefighters. They volunteer without salaries, have old and used trucks, equipment that is old and not the best, and they deserve better. They serve all of Raleigh County and go to other areas to help their fellow firefighters. They have more fires to deal with, and they’re in more rural areas. They deserve the best and should not be short-changed.

We are facing a levy in February for schools paid for by Raleigh County taxpayers and voters. They told one area they would have a state-of-the-art school if the levy passed. There are fewer classrooms so they have class in trailers and teachers have to share classrooms during other teachers’ planning periods. The schools are too small and overcrowded, and the materials are not up-to-date enough to help the students advance.

It seems schools outside of the Beckley area are not state-of-the-art worthy. That is why Raleigh County voters are levy-wary.

Carole Williams

Shady Spring


God bless everyone at Sam’s Club in Beckley

I would like to thank everyone at Sam’s for what they have been doing for my niece Aaliyah “Lee Lee” Johnson that was in a coma in Huntington Hospital. Not only have they been good to her mom, but also to her kids, the things they been doing they didn’t have to.

God had to put it in their heart to do the things they did.

Also, I thank everyone for their prayers. My family and I would like to thank Sam’s with all of our heart and may God Bless You.

George and Julia King and Family