The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 7, 2012

Our Readers Speak — Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012


W.Va. ain’t broke, don’t need fixin’

My family were among the early settlers of southeastern West Virginia in the mid-1700s. They were Republicans before Lincoln. My great-grandfather was among those who went to Wheeling in 1863.

For the life of me, I cannot understand why the Republican Party of West Virginia had to go out of state to find two candidates for its two top state positions. They found a Florida Cracker in Mr. Raese and a Georgia Cracker in Mr. Maloney.

The TV ads of both candidates allow they want to whomp everything in the state and fix it.

In the past 17 years our extraordinary West Virginia Legislature, with Republicans and Democrats working together, with then-Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin, now governor, and then-Gov. Joe Manchin, now U.S. senator, have allowed West Virginia to have an $800 million-plus surplus, making it one of the four top solvent states in America.

I must also include the help of our extraordinary and omnipresent Congressman Nick Rahall and U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller. We obviously “ain’t broke,” and “we don’t need fixin’.”

From their vacuous and insipid TV ads, my gut feeling tells me the combined interest, knowledge, love and concern for West Virginia that Crackers Raese and Maloney have could easily be placed in the navel of a gnat and still have room for three mustard seeds — as the man said.

Pete Ballard


Balance of power must be changed

Let me begin by saying a sincere word of thanks to the brave, hard-working men who work each day in the dangerous job of mining so that we can have the quality of life that we enjoy. I am certainly a friend of coal.

That being said, I understand Sen. Manchin has received an endorsement from the West Virginia Coal Association. I am sure Sen. Manchin is a fine man and is probably pro-coal. The problem is that the National Democratic Party does not care if he stands up for coal because they do not need his vote. If the Democrats continue to control the Senate, then Harry Reid and others like him continue to call the shots and policies like Obama-Care and EPA regulations will continue to get rammed down the throats of Americans.

The only way we can change this is to fundamentally change the balance of power in Washington. If Obama is re-elected and the Congress is Democratically controlled, it is going to be utter mayhem.

Understand, I do not know John Raese nor am I campaigning for him, I am simply asking my concerned, fellow West Virginians to consider for whom they vote and to look at the bigger picture. Once coal is gone, there is no West Virginia. We MUST change the balance of power before it is too late!

Steven Hardin