The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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October 31, 2013

Our Readers Speak — Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013

Who came up with this ‘Obamacare’ thing?

President Obama promised that we could get health insurance for less than our cell phone bill. This made my husband very, very happy.

He has been on that computer for three weeks and can’t even get to the create-an-account step!

CBS says that when others, by chance, do get signed up, their monthly premium is more than $600. I wonder who has a cell phone bill that large?  

I wonder what part of “affordable” I don’t understand? I wonder who came up with this stupid “Obamacare” thing, anyway? Whoever it was should be fired ... hmmm.

Susan Wright


Reader drops animal products from menu

I am not scared of all the witches, zombies and assorted goblins wandering about on Halloween. What really scares me is the meat industry.

This is the industry that:

Mutilates, cages and butchers billions of cows, pigs and other sentient animals; feeds carcasses of cats and dogs killed in pounds to chickens; exposes undocumented workers to chronic workplace injuries at slave wages; exploits farmers and ranchers by dictating wholesale market prices; punishes documentation of its abuses through unconstitutional “ag-gag” laws; promotes world hunger by feeding nutritious corn and soybeans to animals; generates more greenhouse gases than any other human activity; generates more water pollution than any other human activity; creates a permanent “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico that dwarfs the BP oil spill; creates deadly antibiotic-resistant pathogens by feeding antibiotics to animals; creates epidemics of salmonella, listeria, and other infectious diseases and promotes mortality from diabetes. heart failure, stroke, cancer and other diseases

Now, that’s really scary. And this is why I am dropping animal products from my menu.

Brent Marinoff


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