The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Our Readers Speak

February 25, 2013

Our Readers Speak - Monday, Feb. 25, 2013


Union, compromise are not dirty words

Some people tend to care about “I” and some care about “we.” In my humble opinion, our country was created using the concept of “we” rather than “I.” Many brave citizens from our past fought, died and sacrificed greatly in order for all of us to have what we do today.

The American Labor Movement made our country great. It was unions that built the middle class, fought against child labor, fought for equal rights and fairness, fought for safety on the job, gave the workers a voice in the workplace, and so much more.

Unions continue to be the watchdog that protects our work rights from those who would like to take them away. Unions and compromise are not dirty words.

I thank the people who work every day to keep our way of life great. Some examples are those who serve in our military and fight for our freedom, coal miners who keep the lights on, teachers who educate our children, nurses and other health care workers who keep us healthy, police and firefighters who protect and serve us, construction workers who make our infrastructure strong, and so many more.

When an individual snowflake falls on a winter’s day, it sometimes melts upon hitting the ground alone. However, when we place many snowflakes together, we create a snowball.

Individually, we have a limited amount of power, but through solidarity we can form a group and have so much more. There is strength in numbers. Working together as “we” allows anything to be possible, but thinking with the “I” mentality limits our potential.

Remember, unions and comprise are not dirty words.


Clyde McKnight

President, South Central, CLC


Thanks for response to cemetery crisis

Last month I reviewed events of the past year for our church, including the vandalism of Mt. Tabor Cemetery. On behalf of the cemetery committee, I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of many people to right what was an unthinkable wrong.

When committee member Jerry Stanley and I first saw the damage on the afternoon of Aug. 31, we could scarcely believe it. We counted about 100 monuments and markers that had been toppled or uprooted. Besides being distressed over the situation, we were overwhelmed at the thought of the effort and expense it would take to put everything back.

What we soon found, though, were supportive people one after another who contributed beginning the very next day to facilitate the repairs. That generous attitude was repeated over and over for the next several weeks. In fact, donations still come in with notes making reference to last year’s vandalism.

Other individuals offered their time and labor if needed and were willing to come out on a weekend to help out if necessary. With that in mind, special thanks goes to Egnor Monument whose crew spent several days using their skill and equipment to set up the fallen markers, especially the heavier ones, and doing so essentially at cost.

Again, we are grateful to those who responded in so many different ways. Thanks to each of you for your help and gracious response to the crisis.

Michael King


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