Younger generation reaps sad rewards
Election year 2012 has ended. I am thinking of a hardworking man, born in 1908, surmised during his 96 years on this planet. Reminiscing of the "good ole days," he provided a philosophy of comparisons.
A man's handshake was his word. Lacking fast and easy modes of transportation, few individuals ventured far from where they resided. When a "man's word and hand shake" sealed a deal, you knew the person's background and credibility. A handshake with a scoundrel was recognized and discarded.
Morticians and lawyers were often the most prosperous individuals in communities. Their services were direly needed due to the "honest handshakes and an honest man's word."
A full belly bites the hand that fed it. The younger generation has desecrated and dismantled unions. Organizations their great grandparents and grandparents obtained by blood sacrifice, hungry families and tears of acid. The young folk are "reaping their reward." Lowered wages, longer hours, voided retirement benefits, health care neglected, protective laws not sternly enforced.
Warren McGraw was voted out of state office several years back. This year Darrell McGraw was voted out of office. Not knowing them personally, only by their political careers, they were members and protectors of the working class.
From 1908 to 2012, society, in my opinion, has not changed a great deal. I believe his explanations.
Jack Platter, Sr.
Thanks for volunteers' help during Sandy
The snow storm and power outages caused by superstorm Sandy affected many residents of our area. The Hansford Senior Center in St. Albans functioned as an emergency shelter during that time for people forced to leave their homes due to lack of electric service and heat.
As Chairman of the Friends of Hansford Center (a nonprofit organization), I would like to extend my gratitude to all those who helped out during this time. We received aid from the American Red Cross, the City of St. Albans, the St. Albans Fire Department, and Mike Jarrett of Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority. But we feel we particularly want to thank those individuals and local businesses who lent their support.
City of St. Albans employee, Wanda Bowman, dipped into her pocket to purchase food items for the children temporarily housed at the Center. KVCTC student Susan Powell purchased Halloween costumes so the children could Trick or Treat. Domino's Pizza of St. Albans donated large pizzas to serve for dinner the first evening. Save-a-Lot of St. Albans donated baby food and diapers.
These donations made the families' stay at the Center easier and more enjoyable. The staff of Hansford Senior Center and the Friends of Hansford Center extend our thanks!
James F. Haught
Friends of Hansford Center, Inc.
Mary C. Snow school dedication made specialEditor:
On behalf of the Crozier family, may I express my deepest appreciation to everyone involved in making the dedication of the Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary School so very, very special. The principals, the faculty, the staff and especially the students gave so much of themselves to make the event one that will long be remembered.
May the dynamic spirit of our sister Mary be a driving force within the walls of the school. May the community give strong needed support to insure the goals will be attained, and may the students aspire to achieve their respective goals. Be assured we shall always be extremely indebted to Rev. James Ealy and Rev. Matthew J. Watts who worked vigorously and relentlessly to fulfill the dream.
Josephine C. Wilson
Newark, New Jersey