Big money, Manchin faction hurting state
Darrell McGraw, a heroic protector of the 99 percent in W.Va. was defeated by out-of-state money representing large corporations, especially tobacco companies.
The laws allowing the wealthy few to dominate our elections must be changed before our country can be considered a democracy. For our national leaders to brag to the rest of the world about our democracy is hypocrisy.
And for the Manchin faction of our state 1 percent to remove the state Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple, a heroine in her own right, is an act of gross arrogance. This reminds me of the Manchins' daughter's advanced degree from WVU and Gov. Joe's use of the state plane to attend WVU sports events.
These shameless acts embarrass and hurt our state but are educational tools to all who would open their eyes to changes we need.
Door-to-door mail delivery may end
I am a 32-year employee of the U.S. Postal Service, so I follow the articles in your paper concerning the postal service.
In the past couple of years, since the financial condition of the postal service became big news, you have had many articles focusing on the closing of post offices and the end of six-day delivery.
What your readers also need to know is that legislation has been introduced in Congress that, if passed, could possibly end the U.S. Postal Service's practice of delivering mail door to door. The plan calls for the installation of neighborhood cluster boxes where postal carriers, like myself, would deposit mail for several blocks of homes at a central location. Customers would then have to go to those locations with a key to retrieve their mail. Items too large for the receptacles may be handled with a notice to be picked up at the closest post office. If this is allowed to happen, there will be no going back. So if you don't like the idea of your 80-year-old mother trudging through the snow for several blocks to pick up her Christmas cards or Social Security check, you might want to call or write Congresswoman Capito, Sen. Rockefeller and Sen. Manchin to let them know you want them to protect door-to-door delivery.
The Republicans have claimed West Virginia as one of their red states. The Democrats have the blue states, but the U.S. Postal Service is red, white and blue and it belongs to the American people.
GOODNIGHT 2012 was a huge success
GOODNIGHT 2012, the 18th annual New Year's Eve Celebration presented by the Community Music Association of Charleston, was a tremendous success! The weather was a blessing. We had big crowds at all 12 locations and the 29 performing groups were thoroughly enjoyed by the thousands who attended. GOODNIGHT 2012 was truly a good night for Charleston and the surrounding area.