Mountaintop removal is sickening to anyone who loves (loved?) West Virginia.
Between politicians with padded pockets and labor unions, the state has deteriorated to sites not worth looking at. Why totally ruin the beautiful mountains for 10 years of work and after that absolutely nothing to look forward to? The miners will be out of work, the mountains and scenery totally destroyed and the coal shipped overseas. Streams poisoned by runoff, along with plants and animals destroyed for another 10 years of greed!
Those crying not to allow mountaintop removal 20 or more years ago were laughed at and scorned while politicians and labor leaders pressed on with plans, which have resulted in the absolute destruction of the state. Now that the 10 more years of mining are nearly complete, what are the politicians' and labor leaders' plans to gainfully employ the thousands now out of work? How will they repair or replace the mountains?
God made the mountains for their beauty and our use. Man destroyed what God made for a few years of greed. I am not happy with the outcome of our responsibility to be good stewards over this land. The Indians did it right, so the white man either killed or sent them to the arid, nonproductive parts of the country. Just remember, you too will be judged as to your accomplishments and caring of God's creations in the not-too-distant future.
James Keith Gaddy
Republican stereotype is very destructive
The editorial in the April 13 Saturday Gazette-Mail was very disheartening to read. It is a shame that the editorial reads "Republicans are the party of pistol carrying and backers of mass-murder, assault weapons" as well as "right to bear arm zealots" further along.
This stereotype is very destructive and inflammatory in tone. As a registered Republican (that actually considers herself more of an Independent on a lot of issues) I feel this editorial should have been edited a bit further before publication as it insinuates that Republicans are mass murderers. I am unaware of one Republican who fits the stereotype that you unfortunately portrayed in this piece. I feel strongly that people should have the right to bear arms, but by no means am I a supporter of mass murder assault weapons or a "zealot" about anything other than my faith, family, friends, and the promotion of women's health.
As a dedicated subscriber to your publication for many years, I am hopeful that you will consider my point of view, that is, I am quite sure, felt by many other Republicans.
Jennifer L. DePond