Secret Service officials said in court documents that Kirker wrote a man named John. Kirker said he was wanted to meet "John" in Washington and boasted that he has a "30.06 semi-automatic," the Secret Service said.
This recalls the arrest of Roger W. Deal of Ona in 2000 for allegedly threatening George W. Bush, who at the time was a candidate for president.
"I'm going home to warm up my gun," Deal said at the Huntington Mall. "I heard George W. Bush is coming to Huntington."
The God-given right of free speech does not cover such threats, which must be prosecuted as quickly and as fully as possible.
BEETLES are invading three forests of West Virginia, threatening the state's population of black walnut trees. The beetles bring with them a fungus that leads to Thousand Cankers Disease, a disease once seen only west of the Mississippi.
There is no cure, but Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick said his department is quarantining infected trees, the TCD fungus, the walnut twig beetle in any life stage and any hardwood firewood from TCD-infected areas.
Such vigilance is appreciated.
West Virginians love their trees, and a threat to them is a threat to the full enjoyment of life.
A board of judges at the dog track at Wheeling Island punished three men in separate cases for neglecting or abusing dogs.
James Grace and Christopher Bever lost their operating permits and James Bloom's permit was suspended for six months.
That is all the information the West Virginia Racing Commission, which oversees dog and horse racing in the state, will release to the public. Jon Amores, executive director of the commission, said he did not have further details, and that judges are not supposed to talk about cases.
The Legislature should take charge and order judges to forward the details of the allegations and findings, and to forward all of it to the commission as public information.
The government should not have secret panels. The dogs -and the public - deserve better.