We must be vigilant about our freedoms
When it comes to protecting our constitutional rights, victories are temporary but defeats tend to be permanent. It is everyone's responsibility to safeguard freedoms that have been long and hard fought for.
I have seen how other people around the world live. This Great American Experience that we enjoy is a very unique but fragile one. We as Americans take it for granted -- but "Freedom isn't Free." It takes constant vigilance to safeguard the concept of this nation, and its government of the people.
The founding principles of this nation and our Constitution are just that -- principles -- and therefore timeless and forever evident and should not be subject to debate. There must be another option to deal with our current issues than to tamper with our God-given rights.
Stand up and be counted; uphold your responsibly as a citizen and get involved. Elected officials should honor their oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Let it not be said that our nation's principles were fundamentally changed on our watch.
1st Sgt. (Ret. U.S. Army) Berlon Roberts Jr.
We don't need to look out-of-state to fill jobs
I'm writing about Sen. Manchin's state gubernatorial portrait that was "outsourced" to the artist from Alabama. The guy from Alabama seems talented enough, and I don't fault him for finding work in West Virginia, but my question is this: Were there no West Virginia artists to be found in 55 counties with talent and skills necessary to do the job? It just seems for too long there's been a mentality at the state level that we have to look outside of our state to fill jobs or find solutions to problems.
I'm an artist born and raised in West Virginia, now living in South Carolina, and I would love to have seen the state support some home-grown artist living there now. Look at it this way: They'd also pay state taxes on the money they earned!
Thomas Kelly Pauley