The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 27, 2013

Our Readers Speak — Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013


Confused about ‘boarder babies’

I am writing in response to the letter from Mr. Martin published Jan. 17 regarding “boarder babies.”

I am a registered nurse who has been blessed by working in West Virginia and Virginia in Newborn/Special Care nurseries for over 40 years.

During that time I have never experienced the so called “boarder baby” that Mr. Martin referred to.  

Even if the practice of “boarder babies” occurs in certain areas of the U.S., or elsewhere, it is certainly no justification for taking a human life.

Our society has made having an abortion so accepted that it is treated like a form of birth control in many instances.

The present administration in Washington is making abortions even more available by using taxpayers’ money to fund them. How have we allowed this to happen?

In my experience, when a mother comes to the hospital to deliver her baby, it is a happy and blessed event. Over the years, I can recall only a very few instances where this wasn’t the case.

From a personal standpoint, I have known many couples who have had to travel to Russia and Central America to adopt because of the small number of babies available in the U.S.

 If “boarder babies” in U.S. nurseries were as numerous and available as Mr. Martin infers, why would the waiting period for adoptions be so long? When a baby is adopted, there is a 72-hour waiting period to complete the paperwork, but that is not creating a “boarder baby.”

I agree with Mr. Martin in that we do have epidemic numbers of babies born to mothers on legal and illegal drugs. When this occurs, the baby must be evaluated by the nurses and doctors and, in some cases, placed on medication to address withdrawal. During that period, the baby is kept in the nursery until their symptoms of withdrawal are managed.

But, even then, most of our mothers come back to the nursery for feedings and visits, until the baby can go home, or in some cases, to foster care or to a relative.

In closing, people board dogs and other pets, but not babies.

Barbara Rappold, R.N.


Jeff Shumate will do good job, has integrity

Prosecuting Attorney Kristen Keller made the right choice in hiring Capt. Jeff Shumate for the position of security and investigations for her office.

I was on the Beckley Police Department when Jeff was hired and worked with him for a period of time. You will not find a more dedicated man with his high standards and integrity for the position he will now hold.

What comes to mind is an old saying, “Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.”

Good luck, Jeff, and I know you will do a fine job.


Everette R. “Butch” Fink