The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Our Readers Speak

March 28, 2013

Our Readers Speak— Thursday, March 28, 2013

Help appreciated after getting stuck in snow

A quick shout out and huge thank you to the West Virginia DOH driver and two men that took time to help get my car moving on Grandview Road Thursday morning and my sincerest apology to everyone that was tied up because of it.

I had to slow down on a hill behind a motorist that was having difficulty on the icy road and to wait for the cars coming down the hill to pass so I could go around him.  

When the opportunity to go over into the other lane finally presented itself, everyone behind me started passing both of us and I had to come to a complete stop. My car’s anti-slip ended up basically shutting down any forward progress. It was as if the emergency brake was set, that car was not going forward.

The WVDOH driver spread cinders/salt around the tires and the two men tried to push the car but it was not moving.

When all else fails, reboot. We turned the car off then back on, everything reset and up the hill I went. Go figure. Again, appreciate all the WVDOH workers and good Samaritans out there.  

Wendy M. Basham



Capito, McKinley vote against minimum wage

Last week, West Virginia’s two Republican members of Congress, Shelley Moore Capito and David McKinley, voted against raising the $7.25 hourly federal minimum wage, demonstrating their typical disregard for West Virginia’s working families and taxpayers.  

West Virginia’s largest employer, Walmart, pays minimum and near-minimum wages to the majority of its retail workers. Working families earning $7.25 per hour qualify for food stamps, housing vouchers, Medicaid and other taxpayer-funded programs designed to keep the working poor off the streets.

For years, West Virginians had Sen. Jay Rockefeller to stand up for them, but with his impending retirement, D.C. Republicans and Wall Street corporations endorse Capito to take his seat. Republicans like Capito and McKinley listen to corporate executives, not working people, when it comes to ensuring employees get treated fairly or paid a decent wage.

Congress is scheduled to be in session 126 days this year. As members of Congress, Capito and McKinley will earn somewhere around $172 per hour plus benefits. Do they think $10 an hour is too much to ask for their working constituents?

It’s easy for politicians like Capito and McKinley to vote against wage increases. They don’t know the meaning of the phrase “trying to make ends meet,” and don’t care that the phrase is a way of life for too many working West Virginians.

Kenny Perdue


West Virginia AFL-CIO,



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