Facts of interest on U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter
The obituary of former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter should include two facts of interest to most West Virginians:
a) It was his assistant prosecutor, Richard Sprague, who successfully prosecuted the Yablowski murderers, up to and including the then president of the UMWA.
b) Earlier, as a state attorney to the Warren Commission, he proposed the "single bullet" theory, adopted by the commission but deemed errant nonsense by every West Virginian.
H. J. Rogers
Names of good people smeared in campaign
The election and the rhetoric are over. This is to address the carpetbagger labels applied during the campaign. It happens that many people born outside West Virginia have been elected to high offices in our state. A governor born in the state of West Virginia was not elected until Henry Hatfield (1913-1917). A total of nine West Virginia governors were born outside of the boundaries of what became West Virginia, including Bob Wise, Jay Rockefeller and Bill Marland.
Two political icons, Robert C. Byrd and Ken Hechler were born outside West Virginia. To the politicians who used this tactic, keep in mind that your wide brush smeared the names of some good people.