Computer problem led to outdated letter
Thank you for publishing my letter (Dec. 12, 2013). However, it was written five years ago. It is mostly still correct, except for the last paragraph. I was notified recently that my computer had a "security" problem. I have been receiving emails from long-ago correspondence.
We still have the exercise program mentioned in the letter, but are no longer affiliated with WVU. That program was through a CDC study on the effect of exercise on arthritis and is over. Arthritis Foundation classes are still given on Monday and Thursday at noon.
My apology to the newspaper, WVU and readers for any misunderstanding. For more information, call 304-345-5040.
Lonna McClure Barker, Better Health and Wellness Ministry
Unitarian Universalist Congregation
'13 WVU football team simply lacked talent
I am not a WVU alumnus or a college football follower. Yet, I sympathize with the Mountaineer fans in their frustration and chagrin over the disappointing 2013 season.
The one thing that none of us should do is try to find someone to blame. Head Coach Dana Holgorsen and his staff did not lose any of their skills that have yielded past victories; this year's experiences have actually brought them new insights.
Plainly, the 2013 team collectively did not have the talent to compete consistently at the Big 12 level. Even who the starting quarterback would be for the next game was unknown. Last year, it was Geno Smith, now taking snaps for the New York Jets, with NFL-caliber receivers in Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey.
Let us all just accept the facts, as often counseled by the late Jimmy Durante: "Folks, them's the conditions that prevail."
Thomas C. Damewood
DNR Wildlife Diversity gets an 'attaboy'
If no one has given an "attaboy" to the state Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Diversity program, then this is long overdue. All the publications and website are well done and help create a positive image of the state. Among the many natural-science educational materials are: