Republicans don't follow oath of office
I believe in being fair to someone I do not agree with, so I was trying to listen to Republican Mitt Romney. At an appearance, he began by showing he remembered when a child how to say the Pledge of Allegiance. The audience joined in. He repeated it accurately. That was the total sum of his accuracy. Everything from there on was total criticism of our president and his so-called failed policies; whatever that means to a Republican. They use it a lot.
Our president did not and has not failed the American people. Since the election of 2010, the total Republican Party has been absent from the work that members of Congress are responsible in carrying out. Remember the promise of Sen. Mitch McConnell? It must be the Republican's first responsibility to see to it Barack Obama is a one-term president.
I call upon Shelley Capito to return to Washington and pass the jobs act bill the president sent a year ago for building roads, repairing bridges, upgrading schools, and such. She owes it to this state to do just that.
I gave Mitt Romney a fair listen only to learn that for one to profess to be a minister, he is extremely careless with the truth. The first 25 minutes into his fault finding, he proved to be more of a liar than a minister.
Since the election of 2010, the Republican Party went on a strike to try to make President Obama a one-term president. This to me is a violation of their oath of office to act as a member of Congress and to uphold and protect the Constitution. These are the ones failing to save America while the helpless who elected them are having a hard time providing for their families. They have no shame.
Darrell McGraw fights for people
Who is Attorney General Darrell McGraw? I first met him in 1975, when he was serving in the West Virginia Senate representing Wyoming County. I was the executive coordinator of the Council of Senior West Virginians, a group of 3,500 dues-paying elderly West Virginians who were working to make this state a better place for people of all ages.
Our organization worked for pro-consumer legislation and funding for programs that benefited people of all ages. We kept a "legislative scorecard" of roll-call votes in the Senate and House. Darrell McGraw, as a state senator, scored 100 percent correct on votes we recorded in 1980, based on legislation addressing health insurance guidelines, low-interest loans for home repairs, a doubling of the Homestead Property Tax Exemption, and a supplemental appropriation for the Medicaid Program.
Later on, when Senator McGraw was elected to the state Supreme Court, our state built a solid record of court decisions that benefited coal miners, older people, consumers, the middle class and the poor. McGraw became a target of scofflaw coal mine operators and other so-called "business interests" that didn't like having to comply with the laws. I paid a lot of attention to these issues because I don't like to see people victimized by unprincipled business operators.
After watching McGraw for most of his adult life, including these past 18 years as our attorney general, it is safe to say that Attorney General Darrell McGraw always acts on behalf of the people, and works to get the bad apples preying on defenseless folks, out of the picture. His opponent doesn't offer any sort of specific actions to improve on McGraw's long and consistent track record of public service. There simply is no one better equipped to serve than Darrell McGraw.
Voting against your own interests is foolish
It is obvious that the politicians have wanted to preserve their congressional seats more than represent the poor or middle class.
The robber barons knew if they helped elect a black man, they could tap into innate racism in this country.
Organize a so-called tea party, that is comprised of social conservatives and they could achieve their goals.
As a former Republican, I saw the John Birch Society, eased out of the Party, but the Koch brothers helped form ALEC, and infiltrated the NRA.
Dick Cheney, who ran the country under George Bush, got the current Supreme Court in place, thus Citizens United (Corporations are people).
Elect Romney and Ryan, and you will know what poverty is. Your children and grandchildren will understand the wrath of the plutocrats, and they will never forgive you for centuries.
Ignorance is a terrible sin, which can lead to the destruction of a great nation. Being manipulated to vote against your own interest is abject foolishness.
Joan Porter Green
Mountain Party benefits the people
Why I support our Mountain Party.
To begin with, they do not take any money from the big business corporations. So as a result, their interest is not in what is best for some big money campaign donor, but what is best for the people of West Virginia.
They want to increase the participation of citizens so we will have more say in the decision-making process. They believe we should make the most of our resources to benefit the people of West Virginia and not just to profit outside interests. We should stop mountaintop removal, which destroys our land, fills in valleys with toxic soil poisoning our water. What is needed is a move back to traditional mining that employs more of our people.
We must move to diversify our economy with more types of industry, manufacturing, agriculture. I believe this is essential for our future to become the prosperous state we should be. Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," should be suspended while it is studied to see if it can be safely done, as recent studies have shown there are adverse health affects for those living in nearby communities. We do need regulations to protect our lands, our water, our health. We can have a good economy, good jobs and a healthy environment that will benefit us all for generations to come.
They support promotion of better education and small business. There should be accountability for corporations and an end to corporations considered as people. Most of all, I like the standard question for any issue, which all of our representatives should ask, which is, "What best serves the interest of the people of West Virginia?"