The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 16, 2013

Our Readers Speak — Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013


A response to the Sierra Club’s opinion

This letter is in response to the Sierra Club’s opinion of the Coalfields Expressway. My response is “Who gives a flip what you think?”

The coal miners in these counties have worked and died to pay the taxes that built roads all over the country. I’m sure it doesn’t matter to you that we are about an hour from the nearest major hospital, but it matters to us. Did it ever occur to you that maybe the lack of four-lane roads is why there is nothing here?

I don’t know what your organization is and don’t care enough to expend the energy to Google you, but I would be willing to bet that you probably agree with the asinine policies of the current administration in Washington. I’m all for clean air and water, but the good Lord gave us a survival instinct and I feel like providing and protecting our families comes first. Not using our natural resources and selling our country to the Chinese by borrowing their money is foolish.

I have a feeling that the “minority” of liberal bullies have just about pushed the people carrying all the load as far as they are going to go. We believe in and will uphold our Constitution. Women aren’t responsible enough to use protection, so our tax dollars are supposed to pay to murder a baby every time they have an “Oops” moment? Yes, it’s “their” body, but what about the baby’s body? This country worries more about flies and bats than humans.

Our government is corrupt and if something isn’t done soon, there won’t be anybody around to breathe the clean air and enjoy the wilderness.

By the way, I worked 27 years underground and would like to see one of you namby-pambies do that for one day. As a matter of fact, I’d like to see you do anything besides sit around and spout your rhetoric. Our country has remained great because we have remained different from other countries, not because we try to imitate them.

I could care less about a person’s sexual orientation, but I care when a child is sent home for displaying the American flag on his shirt or a 5-year-old is expelled for pointing his finger and saying “bang.”

Use your energy and influence to stop the obscene, degrading music, television shows, movies and video games they are bombarded with on a daily basis. They are the problem, not our firearms.

Pamela J. Hall


In support of Sheriff Tanner’s remarks

In response to Delores Vaughan, the sheriff’s job is to protect his citizens and the rights he swore under, one of those being the right to bear arms.

You say you see gun control saving someone’s life. I guess once the ban goes into effect (if it does) that criminals and fugitives will suddenly start abiding by the law and respectfully turn in their weapons.

With all the guns out there and a gun ban on the horizon, you truly feel safe? You won’t blow someone away if they’re charging at you in your own home?

You can be free of guns, Delores Vaughan, but don’t come crying to the ones who have full intentions of protecting their home and family after you’ve been victimized by a home invasion or a mugging.

Stephanie Lockhart