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March 17, 2014

Our Readers Speak — Monday, March 17, 2014

Read Scripture, be more God-centered

To my dearest Mountaineers:

There seems to be something that southern West Virginia has forgotten. We need not talk about it; we must do it now.

Let’s say you are a lawyer in Beckley. How can a person barely making it afford your assistance? I heard on the radio today that two Krogers in the Mountain State are closing down. Why? Not enough business. When people can’t even buy food for themselves and their families, something must change quickly.

The Declaration of Independence states in the second paragraph, Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. How can we be happy with no jobs, no food, and no hope? And what about life? What kind of life do we really have when a lot of the time we can’t get the job because the man looking is intercepted by a cousin or whoever knows the owner and it’s not what you know in this county, it’s who you know and that’s been Beckley for many, many years.

Speaking of the ’70s, I heard that Beckley was the small town growing in the U.S. But now even the wealthy are starting to feel the pain also.

People from other states and countries are bringing drugs, false religions; I could go on, but the point is we are kind and loving in West Virginia and we are being taken advantage of all throughout southern West Virginia.

West Virginia is a part of the Bible Belt and as a challenge, read Scripture to your children, help others like we should and, last but not least, even if you’ve hit rock bottom, begin to pray for others and yourself and praise and worship Jesus even when you have lost all hope. With not a doubt in my mind, we all will become more God-centered than self-centered and you and the people around you will become more grateful than hateful and will be good when it once was bad.

Stephen L. Hopkins II

MacArthur

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