The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Our Readers Speak

November 8, 2013

Our Readers Speak — Friday, Nov. 8, 2013

Journalism and I have lost a great friend

Southern West Virginia lost a great talent this weekend (with the death of Anthony Hanshew) and it seems only fitting that I write about him in the newspaper.

He began his journalism career writing about us, his classmates and teammates, early in life covering Meadow Bridge Junior High games for the Meadow River Post. He went on to cover high school games and other events all through high school, being paid cents per word for his duties.

The cents added up and were spent on Marvel Comics where his vocabulary was built and his ability to describe action. He was a student of the art of sportswriting, reading every publication on sports from the daily Register-Herald to Sports Illustrated to books on famous coaches, games and seasons.

His love for sports began while listening to Reds games with his grandfather and continued throughout his life.

I watched him and his craft up close all throughout school at Meadow Bridge and on to college where he continued to cover local high schools and our beloved Thundering Herd.

From Day 1, whether it was on a 10-cent spiral pad or, later in life, on a laptop, he was a consummate professional and everything that they attempt to teach about writers’ ethics he was born with. That is the greatest compliment that I could give him.

He spent years in other cities covering other areas of the state, but he truly loved his time with The Register-Herald, bringing the stories of the games to the folks he had grown up with.

The world of journalism and I have lost a great friend.

Buddy Judy

Concord, N.C.

Manchin should stay out of doctors’ business

I see in the Fayette paper Joe Manchin talking about pain pills. He should be working on getting jobs and work for West Virginians. That’s what he was put up there for.

Someone that doesn’t have any pain is the one that always puts their nose into what they don’t know anything about.

You need to let the doctor do what he knows. He is the only one that has seen your medical record.

Grover Adkins

Oak Hill

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