Capito, McKinley are no friends of workers
Last week, West Virginia's two Republican members of Congress, Shelley Moore Capito and David McKinley, voted against raising the $7.25 hourly federal minimum wage, demonstrating their typical disregard for West Virginia's working families and taxpayers.
West Virginia's largest employer, Wal-Mart, pays minimum and near-minimum wages to the majority of its retail workers. Working families earning $7.25 per hour qualify for food stamps, housing vouchers, Medicaid and other taxpayer-funded programs designed to keep the working poor off the streets.
For years West Virginians had Sen. Jay Rockefeller to stand up for them, but with his impending retirement the D.C. Republicans and Wall Street corporations endorse Capito to take his seat. Republicans like Capito and McKinley listen to corporate executives, not working people, when it comes to ensuring employees get treated fairly or paid a decent wage.
Congress is scheduled to be in session 126 days this year. As members of Congress, Capito and McKinley will earn somewhere around $172 per hour plus benefits. Do they think $10 an hour is too much to ask for their working constituents?
It's easy for politicians like Capito and McKinley to vote against wage increases. They don't know the meaning of the phrase "trying to make ends meet," and don't care that the phrase is a way of life for too many working West Virginians.
West Virginia AFL-CIO
No way to recover all fracking water
Regarding the March 5 article about a fine levied against Chesapeake Appalachia: The destruction of one waterfall is literally a drop in the bucket, compared to the destruction of fresh water by fracking.
There is no way to make the brine recovered from fracking usable for humans, animals and plants. Only 30 percent of what is sent down into the ground is recovered, and that which remains in the earth is lost forever.
When our fresh water is gone, there is nothing to replace it. Fracking consumes hundreds of millions of gallons of fresh water in America every day.
Write the EPA today: US EPA Region 5, 25089 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, OH 44145-4170. Also, call your local library and get name, address and telephone number of your congressman and write to him. Also, write or call the governor and your representatives in the West Virginia Legislature.
Tell all of them you want to stop fracking, period. Do it today. While we still have some fresh water.