In response to the op-ed by Dan Cook on Oct. 9, first, let me thank him for his service, but sometimes the record must be put straight. The GI bill is well and alive and, if anything, has been made more generous by the current Congress.
The assertion the GI Bill has been done away with is totally untrue. Secondly, I served in the military during the 1970's and always paid both federal and state taxes, so this is also incorrect. I don't know the exact date when the military was required to pay taxes but it is certainly not in recent history.
I would also comment on Mr. Cook's premise the current all-volunteer army barely has high school degrees and seems to be the "bottom of the barrel." The all-volunteer army is by far the most effective fighting force ever fielded by this country. If Mr. Cook would spend some time and speak to our military leadership, of which many have known the services comprised of draftees and now the all-volunteer army, I can assure you they would choose the all-volunteer army. I am closely related to one of our military schools and the supposedly "elite" are some of the best this country has to offer. I have, unfortunately, known parents of the elite who have given sons and daughters to the cause. Yes, these men and women were from the what Mr. Cook would call "the entitled," and I can assure Mr. Cook death in battle knows no class.
While I'm sure Mr. Cook's comments are based on his life experiences, facts are facts.
White Sulphur Springs
Fix the roads or stop the taxes
laugh every time I read about our big surplus in the state of West Virginia! What a joke! There is not to be a big surplus in this state anyhow! There hasn't been any resurfacing or repair to hardly any roads in this state since Cecil Underwood was governor of this state! I am a lifelong Democrat! These roads in this state are in terrible condition. Nothing has been done to show a surplus! They resemble the '50s and '60s roads. You tear up a new car in two years! It all started under Gov. Caperton and still continues today! All kind of taxes in West Virginia are designated for road repair! If they aren't going to fix them, they should stop the taxation!
Howard L. Keyser