The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 15, 2014

Our Readers Speak — Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014

Children too spoiled to function as adults

Today’s children don’t stand a chance in surviving this world. We baby them each and every way possible. When they ask for something, we hand it to them; when they don’t want to do what is expected of them to help around the house, we let them get by.

They’re not held responsible for their actions. You can’t even punish your own children without being arrested. The Bible says, “Spare the rod, spoil the child.” We have officially come to that. Our children fear nothing from their parents or law enforcement. They have no respect for themselves or anyone else. That’s why we have the chaos we have now with our children.

But that’s OK. After they’re grown and in the real world, they will have to do for themselves. A majority of them think adults owe them something. You work hard for what you have and they come right in and steal from you and think of it as nothing.

Whose fault is this? Is it yours, mine or society as a whole? Remember what I stated earlier, “spare the rod, spoil the child.” That’s the main reason. Doctors tell us, “He was whipped too much when he was a child.” I say he wasn’t whipped enough or he would have learned. I can honestly say I did.

Take our school system. Every time it’s cold or snowing, they call off school. I’m wondering, does it get colder now and snow more than when we were school children? That’s why they make winter wear. I remember standing in the cold and snow waiting on the bus and I don’t remember anyone dying from it. Half are taken to school by their parents or wait on the bus in a warm car anyway. Get these children in school so they can learn and hopefully help themselves when they’re older.

I don’t want you to think that I consider each child to be in this group. We have just as many children that are raised with respect and honesty and are growing into fine adults.

I guess I’m just old school. Bring back the time when we had respect for each other and morals that we can all live by. I think then we would see a change in this country like no other. But until then I guess we will survive with what we have.

Tom Dickens

Dry Creek


Reasons to support tobacco tax increase

West Virginia’s lawmakers find themselves having to make tough choices and find solutions to our state’s budget crisis. One possible solution with many benefits would be a cigarette tax increase.

West Virginia’s cigarette tax is currently 55 cents per pack, the 44th lowest such tax in the country. The national average cigarette tax is $1.53 per pack. Lawmakers should increase the tax by at least $1, both to bring us in line with the national average and to increase the revenue it appears we desperately need.

If lawmakers increased the tobacco tax by $1:

- Nearly 15,000 adults would quit smoking

- 18,300 fewer youth would never start smoking

- 14,300 people could be saved from smoking-related deaths

- West Virginia would raise $126.8 million in tax revenue and, over five years, save more than $6.78 million in smoking-related health treatment costs.

There’s clearly a lot to like about a $1 tobacco tax increase.

Lawmakers should seize this opportunity to have a positive impact on our state’s health and substantially reduce West Virginia’s budget problem at the same time.

Contact your representative now and ask them to vote YES on the tobacco tax.

Patricia Davis

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

Coal City