The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

June 5, 2013

Our Readers Speak — Wednesday, June 5, 2013

— Lately, many counties in West Virginia have done a roll call of their greats; the first to do this and the first to do that.

Wyoming County is far from being the road that ends no where. We have many talented leaders, writers, business whizzes, musicians, athletes and all-around superstars (not all of which have received just recognition).

Perhaps some editor or writer should task themselves to do the research to record all of these multi-talented people, produce a book of the sung and unsung heroes of our county.

It has yet to be done! Who will be the first to produce such a book? One thing is assured. It will not be a small collection.

Cultural cowardice is one thing such a historic work of this nature should not show.

All races, creeds, gender and lifestyles should be mentioned.

No one should be slighted simply because they are gays, atheists, creationists, etc. What should matter is have they achieved something worthy to be honored.

Who was the first to publish a book in Wyoming County? The first man and woman to get a driver’s license?

The first female physician, the first airplane pilot, etc. I know the answer to some of these, but not all. How about it, my fellow Wyoming Contains?

Who is the county’s greatest athlete? Was it Curt Warner? “Salty” Martin of Mullens? Who was our most famous sport coaches? (I bet you know!)

But how about firefighters, paramedics or law-enforcers? And who were our most eminent politicians? Our favorite teachers? Comedians? Pranksters? Criminals? (or should they be so honored)? Many famous names are connected with Wyoming County.

Shouldn’t we and future generations know of their enormous and important legacy leaves?

Say yes, for everyone needs inspirers and those that paved the roads for the rest of us.

Lonnie Bailey