High schools have dropped the ball

I grew up in Beckley, graduated from WWHS and Marshall and moved from the state in order to get a job. However, I still closely watch the WVU and Marshall games on TV and my daughter and some relatives went to WVU.

My reason for writing and my concern is that the state high schools have apparently dropped the game of basketball and I wondered why they no longer seem to play? 

For example, the WVU men’s basketball team has 13 players on the roster, but only one from the state of West Virginia. The WVU women’s team consists of some 11 players with no one from the state.

Marshall men have 12 players with no West Virginia players and the Marshall women’s team carries 18 on their roster with, hey, two from the state.

That’s a total of 54 kids on free rides and a total of three from the entire state of West Virginia.

I wonder if the taxpayers are really aware of this?

The citizens of the state must not mind; they just spent $20 million just to play football in another conference.

Tom Nickels

Greenlawn, N.Y.

formerly of Beckley

Let’s clean house in Charleston and D.C.

Well, they are going to tax tobacco again. The ones that smoke will still buy them and let their kids go without.

They raised gas and think I am going to take my gas and go vote. Hell no.

Put a tax on beer and all alcohol, put a dollar on every can of beer and $5 on every pint of alcohol.

Right now I am voting out everybody that’s in office.

We need some that are for the people.

 It’s about time for a big change. We need to clean house in Charleston and Washington.

Grover Adkins

Oak Hill

Deer farms are the way to go in state

Having just returned from New Zealand, I was interested to read Jan Riffe’s letter in Saturday’s Register-Herald.

 In New Zealand we saw large deer farms, where grass-fed red deer were raised for meat (and for antlers which were ground down into lucrative powder form to sell to China and other Asian countries).

I ate farm-raised venison that was as tasty and tender as the best beef steak.

 They even have crossed deer with elk for better meat production. The deer were in paddocks like sheep and cattle (and sometimes with sheep and/or cattle).

New Zealand is a country of people who spend their time outdoors hiking, biking, climbing, kayaking and, yes, hunting. In fact, because deer have no other predators, it is open season year round on wild deer (as well as wild boar).

The farmers and the hunters seem to coexist well and they have controlled animal diseases.

Robert S. Baker

Beckley

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