Should we be charged for water that is almost useless? We now have two water bills - one for piped in water and one for bottled water.
Charleston has entered into third world status. Other parts of southern West Virginia have been in the third world for a long time, with water problems caused by the coal industry's underground mining and mountains obliterated with strip mining and its grotesque juiced up version called mountain top removal, with left over dirt and rocks dumped into the valleys.
Friends and I have done water testing throughout southern West Virginia. We have found readings of 400 to over 1500 on a conductivity scale where anything over 300 is not good for aquatic life.
The Charleston Gazette reported this morning that Sen. Joe Manchin and Representatives Capito and Rahall, took pains to distance the chemical that spilled, which is used to process coal, from the state's coal industry. During a televised press conference, Gov. Tomblin fell all over himself trying to disassociate the coal industry from the chemical spill. All these politicians grovel before big coal.
I am mad as hell. After the shower last night that made my eyes burn, I cursed big coal with words that would catch this paper on fire. Big coal destroyed the sight in my father's left eye and they are destroying the mountains all around our home place at Emmons on Big Coal River and now they are destroying my drinking water.
Deaf need captioning for press conferences
The Governor's office held a news conference on Jan. 11, which was probably informative for those who can hear. I was dismayed that no captions were available, and there was no sign language interpreter for the deaf who communicate only in signs and gestures.
Captioning in real time is possible. I am not sure how the system works, but obviously it is used for sports, presidential addresses, some live television dramas. I know that the Office of the Governor is deeply concerned about the present water crisis. I encourage his office to provide communicative assistance to the large number of people in West Virginia who are as severely deaf as I am.
Lawton W. Posey