The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 7, 2012

Our Readers Speak — Friday, Dec. 7, 2012


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Lose mining company; concentrate on roads



I visited Welch once and I believe that Welch was once a vibrant and bustling community with a lot of history. I don’t see any reason why Welch couldn’t again be a vibrant and bustling community now and showcasing that history.

Consol intends to close its operations near Welch and blames the closure on the Environmental Protection Agency.

If I lived in McDowell County, I’d be telling Consol to not let the door hit you in the rump on your way out of town.

I don’t see this as being a big loss to McDowell County because very few of the Consol employees are actually living in McDowell County, which means that there are very little property taxes being paid to McDowell County because of Consol.

As for the King Coal Highway and the Coalfields Expressway, southern West Virginia needs these roads. Don’t believe anyone who tries to tell you that the EPA put a stop to these roads; the EPA doesn’t work to stop road-building projects, just those industries that pollute.

Those of you who live in McDowell County and others, who understand the need for these highways for future prosperity, call your state representatives to urge them to use the eminent domain laws to seize the needed property to build these roads.

West Virginia has the money we paid to build these roads, money from state and federal gas taxes collected on each gallon of gas sold in the state. We need to make sure the state spends our money wisely.

 

Gator Williams

Beckley




Cowardice keeps us from stopping bullies



We are all cowards by nature. It is hard-wired into our brains at birth. Through this evolutionary self-preservation, and indifference to our fellow man, we allow terrible things to go on. In high school, I saw my classmates being mistreated by bigger, probably stronger bullies — and cringed and shied away from getting involved. Then when I was treated to rough handling (once being dumped in a trash can and my shoes tossed down a hallway at Glen Rogers High) I wondered why those many on-lookers simply smirked, smiled, and slunk on, too busy to get involved.

Yes, we’re all cowards at heart. Just that some hide it better than others. Their bravado brings confidence in their presence, but when it comes to the showdown, so many falter and shrink to nothing in their loud-mouth ways. They’re just as weak and helpless as we are — only weighing more and full of bold-sounding rhetoric. We can laugh at them behind their backs but dare not to their faces.

I’ve seen smaller boys beat up boys two times their size. What gave them the courage, the self-righteous grit to stand up to bullying? Was it something taught by their parents, was it something that could be learned, or was it something acquired from their genes that made them savvy? If there wasn’t a school for it, then there ought to have been one.

Teachers at school rarely did anything when such cases were reported or they witnessed it. Were they themselves scared and intimidated by the physical violence they saw? Afraid of losing their jobs due to some angry parent? Looking back I cannot commend their behavior (men and women) but I try to understand it.

Now if one nation is abusing another nation, should we (USA) mind our own business or join in and take a side? Should the United States and NATO allies uphold a treaty and help defend the weaker “bullied” nation? But you may demur — they’re different arguments — for one involves perhaps countless lives and property loss; the other only a single individual. So we rationalize ourselves out of potential conflicts. Yet, usually down the road somewhere it comes back to haunt us. For we all live on spaceship Earth — what concerns one could sink the ship for us all. The dominos effect will eventually reach us. We find that our world and community are small after all.



Lonnie Bailey

Pineville