The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 30, 2013

Our Readers Speak — Saturday, March 30, 2013

Chairman Stollings should quit stalling

The chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee is not popping the bills as he should. He is a prime example of an elected official whose actions are for political gain and longevity as opposed to working for the good of the people, using common sense.

He is sitting on a bill that would allow welfare recipients to be drug-tested occasionally. He is interested in welfare checks, not the welfare of state citizens. Why is this? Could it be that he is aware of a drug problem so bad in Boone, Wyoming and Raleigh counties that he figures a good deal of his votes comes from voters on both welfare and drugs?

So, Mr. Stollings, you think it is fine for our federal workers to be tested for drugs, our brave military men and women, our hard-working coal miners, our train conductors, bus drivers and law enforcement, be required to pass a drug test, in order to keep their hard-earned paychecks coming, but not those collecting welfare checks.

As you well know, a portion of these folks are on welfare because they are on drugs. They can’t get a job, much less show up on a regular basis. This is the group that needs a wake-up call.

You can check with law enforcement, if you are unaware, but drug abuse is a big problem in southern West Virginia. Why do you want to perpetuate it? Shouldn’t we all do our best to help solve the problem in any way we can?

You are letting the people down. Your lack of action will permit additional cases of violence, child abuse and driving under the influence of drugs.

Please lead, follow or get out of the way.

Kenneth Bryant