The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

July 31, 2013

Our Readers Speak — Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Grateful for Experience W.Va.

It is with grateful appreciation that Experience West Virginia was provided this year for all of us.

While each college involved in this project offered a variety of learning experiences, the history class from the Raleigh County Senior Center chose Concord University.

We enrolled in the Appalachian Studies course taught by Karen Vuranch. Truly, Karen Vuranch is a class act with academic credentials and boundless creativity that sparked an enthusiasm in each one of us. We approached each day with eagerness knowing we would enjoy learning about our own world.

It is our sincere hope that in the coming summers, this Experience will continue by offering courses that will spark our imagination, fill our hearts with song, and prove all over again, “Learning is a  Lifetime Adventure.”

Mary Bowyer, teacher

Mount Hope

Homer Warden


Charlotte Poole


Willis Graham



Where has the quality of life in W.Va. gone?

I find it unbelievable that Fayette County has now come up with a program to feed up to 110,000 children that are unable to be fed at home  — breakfast, lunch and a snack to take home.

Does anyone ever wonder what the parents are eating or do parents simply tell their children that there is no food available for you and you eat at school for free?

I grew up poor by today’s standard, but my parents would never expect someone else to feed their eight children.

I must wonder where the quality of life in West Virginia has gone. Are the parents starving?

Do we need a program to feed the parents?

I would have done most anything to see that my children were fed and clothed and I can’t believe that there are that many parents that don’t feel the same way.

Fayette County is not the only county on the dole; Greenbrier County has the same program and so do many others.

Maybe we should bring back home economics to teach parents to cook in an affordable manner and properly feed their children. I would gladly give up my cell phone to feed a child. This is a national disgrace.

Thomas McCoy