Stewart was a good coach and a good man
I am disgusted with the continual unjust and demeaning criticism of the late Bill Stewart in the Readers' Voice. These persons obviously know little about football and even less about the character and integrity of Coach Stewart. He was a player's coach and a man's man who truly lived his faith and led by example. His coaching colleagues all acknowledge his recruiting ability, his extreme caring and doing everything with class. When he sat down at the kitchen table of a potential recruit, the parents quickly realized this was the kind of man they wanted coaching and guiding their son. These traits certainly supersede the outcome of any football game.
And for those who have selectively forgotten, Bill Stewart's teams had three consecutive 9-3 seasons and two bowl victories, the best of any Mountaineer coach ever in their initial seasons. And yes, his kids fumbled the ball, missed tackles, dropped some passes and he had a young, inexperienced offensive coordinator who may have missed the mark on some play calling, but still he won. It is sad that Coach Stew was not allowed to continue building on this success.
Those of us who knew Bill Stewart are still grieving his untimely death as is his wife, Karen, and young son, Blaine, and other family members. These disparaging comments in the newspaper are insensitive and classless. I would urge the Gazette to cease publishing these smears by those who hide in the shadows of anonymity with their viciousness. Enough already!
Tennant lacks support from her party
Natalie Tennant's bid for the United States Senate is admirable and yet, sad. I am confident she would represent West Virginia well, but she lacks support from a lackadaisical Democratic Party. In a state that is 2-to-1 Democrat, her party will not make the effort to develop a Get-Out-And-Vote campaign for those who are greatly affected -- the poor and underserved. The Affordable Care Act, limiting food assistance, and increasing taxes are examples of a Republican agenda to exploit those most in need.
Ray B. Woods, Jr.