The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 23, 2014

Our Readers Speak — Friday, May 23, 2014

Thanks to honest man at restaurant

Please allow my mother and me to express our thanks and appreciation to the person who noticed that we had inadvertently dropped a $20 bill under the table at a local restaurant.

As we were paying for our meal, the man approached and told us that he thought the money was ours. He could have simply said nothing and taken the money for himself. Instead, he did what was morally and ethically correct, and returned the money to its proper owner.

This goes to show you that there are still some honest people out there, despite all of the evil that goes on.

We failed to get the man’s name, but again, we wish to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for your act of kindness.

Dr. Gary W. Newberry

Mary Jane Newberry



Response to thoughts on Bti, dam at Hinton

Mr. Wood, when you tell a tale, you really tell a tale.

You haven’t mentioned a true indicator species once in the 12 years I’ve been here.

Birds take several months to raise their hatchlings and the season here is only long enough for one hatch.

You had a busy schedule as an engineer for the C&O and you still had time to count every bird, snake, bat, black fly and hellgrammite over a 30-year period? I’m really impressed; you must be a one-man bio-blitz.

Mr. Wood, Google black fly and you will see that black flies not only bite, they can also carry some of the same deadly diseases that mosquitoes carry.

If Bti killed all of the black flies, there would be no need to spray the Bluestone, New, Greenbrier, and the Guyandotte rivers several times each season.

While you’re at it, Google Bacillus thuringiensis israeliensis and read the home page to find that Bti only affects the targeted dipterans. At the bottom of the home page you will find a direct link to the EPA’s Bti fact sheet; click it and you will see all of the creatures that Bti has been tested on.

Mr. Bradford’s crawdads had to be in a tank outside of his building or he wouldn’t say that Bti killed them.

Since the tank was outside, did the water get too hot for the crawdads to survive? Was there too little oxygen in the tank for 150 crawdads? Did he feed them?

Yes, Mr. Wood, the water coming out of Bluestone dam is warmer than the water would be if the dam wasn’t there, but the water is also coming from the layer of water that has the highest concentration of dissolved oxygen (DO).

The water also picks up more DO as it goes through the gates, over the spillway and every ripple.

According to my copy of the WVDEP’s 305 (b) Report, the gauges in Hinton show that the DO is the highest in Hinton than anywhere else in the New River.

Mr. Wood, go forth and enjoy your retirement, but please allow us to fish in peace.

Gator Williams



Columnist got it right about government

I would like to commend John Blankenship on his column (Let Someone Else Take Over The Reins Of Government) published May 16.

His implication that Obama does not like America or Americans was accurate and right on target. This article was one of the best in your paper in a very long time.

If some of your readers did not see it, I would suggest that they archive it and enjoy it as much as I did.

I also found it ironic that the placement of the article was directly under the pictures and addresses of our two U.S. senators (Rockefeller and Manchin) and Congressman Rahall, who all helped elect him at the expense of our coal miners, our state and our great nation.

David Absher

Mount Hope