West Side ignored in building school
It was a cynical and hypocritical PR move when the Kanawha School board president railed against the school levy, as if such a spendthrift abuser of taxpayers were a model of fiscal restraint. Despite facing bankruptcy, our blindly wasteful school board is completing construction of the bloated boondoggle that is the $22 million Edgewood Elementary.
When land can be had at a song on a blighted block on the West Side flats, the board instead flushed away $22 million to build a single school, at a mountain site so absurdly remote that it required blasting, mountaintop removal, a valley fill, and miles and miles of new water and electric lines. Astoundingly, the site is so remote that 6 million of those taxpayer dollars (of the $12 million total that county taxpayers are paying) were flushed away just to build the quarter-mile road across the wilderness!
How true Mark Twain's adage is: "God made the Idiot for practice, and then He made the School Board." If these multi-million dollar boondogglers aren't tossed out in the next election by the citizens it betrayed, then Twain's observation about idiots is true of county voters, as well.
Walton C. Shepherd
Government should not be bound by religion
In response to the reader and all others who believe our government is or should be bound by the bible, you are wrong. America was founded on freedom of religion, not to be bound by it. If you choose to believe the bible, that is fine for you, however no one else should be expected to live by your personal set of morals. The more we keep religion out of government, the better we will be for it.