The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 19, 2013

Our Readers Speak — Thursday, December 19, 2013

Don’t listen to TV ads badmouthing Rahall

Republicans have started a campaign against Rahall early with their barrage of TV ads paid for by money from out-of-state interests.

They learned last election that by bombarding the airwaves with misleading ads and lies, you can get anyone elected, even though no one has even heard of them; i.e. Morrissey.

This time they have selected an obscure state senator who most people south of Charleston have never heard of. They are trying to tie Rahall to Obama’s so-called “war on coal.”

If any coal miner thinks Rahall isn’t his friend, then he hasn’t been paying attention. Rahall has consistently voted for laws favorable to coal miners. Black lung and safety issues are examples.

Evan Jenkins’ ads say he “stands tall” for West Virginia. What does that mean? What has he done? He was elected as a Democrat, then when West Virginia turned red, he saw an opportunity to advance himself by changing to a Republican. It sounds to me like he is only standing tall for himself.

Please don’t let these phony ads brainwash you into voting for mediocre, undeserving candidates. Get off the couch, turn off Fox news and check the candidate’s record. If you are too apathetic to do that, then maybe you shouldn’t even vote.

Tom Rapp



Thanks nurses, others for care while at BARH

I was in a bad automobile accident on Nov. 1 and was taken to Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital. We hear many stories about negative experiences with nurses, so I want to take this opportunity to express my deepest appreciation to the nurses who cared for me during my five-day stay at B-ARH.

These hard-working ladies went above and beyond my expectations for nursing care. The nurses on the 2nd floor whose names I was able to obtain are as follows: Katrina, Mendy, Shirley, Liz, Susan, Melody, Misty, Trish, Ruthie and Leah. I also want to commend Amy, Pharmacy Care Navigator.

I have been in other larger hospitals and I will say that the nurses who cared for me at B-ARH were more professional and compassionate than any others I have had experience with.

Lloyd F. Rice

Mount Hope