The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 3, 2013

Our Readers Speak — Friday, May 3, 2013

Manchin should back off from gun control

A lot of people like Joe Manchin; I used to be one of them.

My papaw always said, “It is better to be quiet and be thought an idiot, than to speak out loud and remove all doubt.”

Manchin should back off his proposals that infringe upon our protected right to keep and bear arms. Pressure cookers were used in the Boston bombing; should Manchin outlaw them? Nails were used in the bombs in Boston. Manchin should propose a law that requires all pressure cookers to be registered. All pressure cooker sales and all nail sales should have governmental oversight and approval. Joe Manchin should propose a law to limit the number of nails a person can purchase to the number specifically needed to do a job.

Pressure cookers and nails have been shown to be used as weapons of terror. Our right to keep and bear pressure cookers and nails are not protected. We would be better served if Joe would go after nails, and pressure cookers instead of attacking our 2nd Amendment rights. Before you know it, we might have pressure cooker shows, and new types of deadly nails sold at flea markets.

My IQ might be minus 10 but I am not dumb enough to vote for Joe Manchin again. Are you?

Steve Janney


Humiliation not proper punishment for felony

The Gabriella Brown case could have been used to send a strong message against the illegal use of prescription drugs. Instead, a confessed addict and thief got off with a warning.

I don’t know of any rule of law that cites humiliation as a prescribed punishment for the commission of a felony. What criteria will be used by Judge Faber in future cases before he is willing to go “out on a limb” again? Which case will he determine to be the one he uses as a deterrent to similar crimes?

Could Gabriella Brown be charged for theft and obstruction of justice under state law? Her crime directly affected the investigation and prosecution of numerous cases in Raleigh County. What are the conditions of her probation?

It seems to me that too much has been left to chance.

Sam Matics

Shady Spring