The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 25, 2012

Our Readers Speak — Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012

Vote against any incumbent running

1+1 = 2. I repeat, 1+1 = 2. Now if you would like the answer to be 3 or something else; you need to change something in the equation. Pretty simple, huh?

1+1 = 2 is exactly what happens when we keep sending the same people back to Congress or to the Legislature. The people don’t change and the policies, influences and conflicts don’t change.

We cannot continue to send the same faces to the seats of government and expect a different result. There is no interest on their part and certainly no incentive to do anything different. Why should they? They now have the power and the perks that go with the office.

Politicians are schemers, manipulators and occasionally out-and-out liars. These are requirements to get into office and stay in office. They are not in it for “the people,” or to “do the right thing.” They get into office and only have re-election as their No. 1 goal for the rest of their career. They love the power and the perks.

We need to change the equation. A search of the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Handbook and the Federal Office of Career Management job titles does not list career politician in any context as a recognized occupation.

I urge you to vote against any incumbent running for office on any level. Send new faces to the Congress, new faces to the Legislature, new faces to the county commissions and so on. It may not get better with new people, but it certainly can get no worse.

Until we have term limits, this is the only leverage we have and the only chance to effect change. We elect them so remember ... we deserve the government we get.

Tim Thomas


Book makes reader a proud West Virginian

I was able to talk with Dr. Marilyn Sue Shank on Sept. 2 at Tamarack at a book signing for her new book, “Child of the Mount-ains.” This book is written in the authentic dialect. It celebrates the lifestyle of 1950s West Virginia and the spirit of the people who made this state the wonderful place it is. I look forward to reading any sequel that comes from this book.

Thank you, Dr. Shank, for making me even prouder to be West Virginian.

Brenda Stalnaker

Jumping Branch