The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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May 10, 2013

Our Readers Speak — Friday, May 10, 2013

Manchin has turnedagainst gun owners

Joe Manchin has turned against every gun owner in West Virginia with his anti-gun scheme. Nothing he has proposed would have stopped any of the mass murders by nutcases or made it safer for anyone.

What it would do is set things in motion for the anti-gunners in Washington to restrict gun ownership and eventually confiscation as they are doing in California and other anti-gun states.

His kissing up to the anti-gun crowd in D.C. may gain him approval there, but he is quickly losing friends here. In fact I will be doing everything I can to see he is not re-elected.

We need a good strong Second Amendment senator in Washington, not another rubber stamp for the anti-gun crowd like Jay Rockefeller has become.

James H. Birchfield



Tech revitalization committee a farce?

The West Virginia University Institute of Technology Revitalization Committee was formed to review and implement the WVU Tech Revitalization Study mandated by Senate Bill 486.

During the early part of 2012, I was appointed as a community representative to serve on that committee. With pride and every good intention for the Institution, I invested my time and efforts in serving on that committee from March 15, 2012, through Dec. 5, 2012.

During those committee meetings, I was led to believe that West Virginia University was going to share in the responsibility of restoring Tech to the prominence that it once held.

Certain members of that committee — and certain members of our Legislature — indicated that, through their assistance, monies would be forthcoming for the revitalization of the Montgomery campus.

However, as of today, I have no knowledge of any monies provided for the revitalization process and no knowledge of any progress made in pursuing the facilities upgrades for which the committee approved a request for $7.8 million.

The people who served on the committee, who dedicated their time and efforts toward helping the revitalization process — these people deserve answers. And those answers need to be relayed to the community.

I am truly wondering if the committee’s formation and its actions were nothing other than a farce, just another gimmick to facilitate WVU’s ignoring of the Montgomery campus.

 West Virginia University, through the Legislature, should be held financially accountable for restoring Tech to the prominence that it once held.

George “Matt” Edwards



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