The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Our Readers Speak

December 18, 2012

Our Readers Speak — Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012

 

Stand up for our state and oppose ‘Buckwild’

I agree with the Dec. 4 article about “Buckwild.” West Virginia has a bad stigma already. We don’t need any more than there is right now.

I am 40 years old and have watched the lives of so many people go down the drain over unemployment and prescription drugs. This drug epidemic has hit everywhere, but it has hit West Virginia hard, making life more difficult for not only the ones that are doing it, but for their children, extended families, communities and the state as a whole.

I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with having a drink, or having fun in a respectful manner; however, I don’t believe that it should represent your life or the place you live. I find that now a night of fun or kicks to some people is what pill they can snort, smoke or shoot up and what scheme can be made up to get more money off of someone.

I know, I have watched all of this from where I once lived and it has happened to me. I found out real quick that living in that particular area, you would never be able to own anything. This is what is happening to the people and their everyday lives in West Virginia. Instead of trying to change it and make it better, the state is going to allow a TV show that our children will sneak to watch if the parents forbid it, young adults and older adults will watch, get a laugh, and maybe let it influence their life.

Is this what we want? Life is definitely not what it used to be and neither are the people. I have to admit that I too once fell into a bad crowd, not the pill crowd, but a crowd that was not good for me; however, I pulled myself away from those who were a bad influence and started college again. I gave up a house that I loved and worked hard for, after only owing a $5,000 balance on the mortgage. I wanted to live in a better community, and have a better life for myself, and my kids.

What happened to West Virginians who want to make our state a better place to live? Stand up for your state and oppose the new MTV series “Buckwild” and everything it represents. Stand up for yourself and get off pills, or whatever drug you are on, and be the person you have always wanted to be, because it is never too late. You can still be a wild, wonderful West Virginian, but just in a good way.

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