Republicans attacking rights all over nation
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In response to Mr. Samuel Settle's Aug. 21 letter to the Gazette, if Mr. Settle thinks that Republicans have better ideas for the future of our state, he should look at the country as a whole. Everywhere Republicans are in control they are passing laws that stifle voting rights, women's rights, immigrants etc. The attorney general of our fine state has already abolished the consumer protection section of his office which, under Darrell McGraw, was able to recover a lot of money from big business that had cheated and gouged many West Virginians. If this is an example of good ideas, God help us and the whole country. Thank you,
Curtis F. Lanham
Many lessons to be learned from 'Oxyana'
Here are two observations on the documentary "Oxyana":
* Churches: How can a documentary about rural West Virginia never show a church building? How can a musical score for said documentary entirely omit Appalachian church music? When I was involved in anti-drug work in Welch, churches were obviously the most effective counterforce.
* Pastimes: The two pastimes depicted -- target shooting and off-road vehicle use -- are expensive and aggressive. No one (apparently) played Frisbee or badminton or fished. Though pets and children were present, no one played with them. There was no evidence of anyone reading, or making music or baking cookies.
Here is a plan:
1. Show "Oxyana" in middle schools (and continue to support public education generally).
2. Repeal all substance prohibition (as was done a few decades ago with alcohol).