Entitled but not a victim
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- I do not feel like a victim. Yes, I receive Medicare from the government. I also receive Social Security. And, yes, I am entitled to them, because I paid into those programs all my working life.
In fact, for the last 32 years, while self-employed, I paid 15.3 percent of my income into those programs. On top of those payments, I paid income tax, and I am willing to wager that I have paid a far higher percent of my income in taxes than Mitt Romney has.
I am blessed. I have everything I need. I have a beautiful home, a caring community, loving friends and neighbors, rewarding work and enough money. My only worry is whether I will have any clean air and water if Republicans get control.
My Social Security is guaranteed, while many people's 401K private retirement programs disappeared with the financial collapse. Government assistance is based on the attitude that we are all in this together, but some people don't get it. For instance, I bet Mitt Romney couldn't conceive of living on my income.
Losing the Gazette would be a tragedy
I saw a program on CSPAN 2 telling about a large city that lost its only newspaper.
It made me think seriously about what life would be like without The Charleston Gazette. I don't always agree with all its editorials, but frankly, I think West Virginia would sink into a new dark age without its leading newspaper.
I hope those with controlling interests in The Charleston Gazette will do their best to ensure this paper will continue it's good work in perpetuity. Thank you,
Coal industry will die without research
News reports state that the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at WVU has lost much of its funding. That research facility is the only hope to find a way to burn coal cheaply and cleanly. It is vital that it be fully funded in order to save the coal industry. For this reason, the state of West Virginia should fully fund it, even if it takes a soft-drink tax similar to the one that built the Medical Center at WVU.