Capito, McKinley don't support middle class
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Since the general election of 2000, West Virginia voters have been voting Republican. There is a number of reasons for this, including Democratic candidates stances on abortion, gun control and most notably the EPA's regulations on toxic emissions from fossil fuel.
What we as West Virginians must decide as voters are we making wise decisions that affect our environment, economy and the everyday lives of all of us. What candidate best serves our plan to move into the future?
In my opinion, our two U.S. House representatives Shelly Capito and William McKinley have done nothing to impact the lives of our middle class. Both have voted over 50 times to end the Affordable Care Act. This program would help countless families keep health insurance without fear of losing coverage at a much lower cost. Both have voted to defund programs that would help struggling families feed their children and keep a roof over their heads.
Both talk of supporting our troops but do nothing to fund returning vets programs. Our President has done a remarkable job of bringing our economy back from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression but it could be much better if Republicans in Congress quit blocking every move he makes. We live in the greatest country on earth and we need serious leaders who have the welfare of all our citizens not just the corporations in mind.
Voters shouldn't vote against themselves and their families' future. We need to educate our children. We need clean air and water. We need jobs a family can live on. We need legislators who have a vision to serve the people and business on a level playing field. The super rich and corporations have gotten tax breaks for years and they get richer and the middle class and below get nothing. If we keep voting in people who try to hurt us and our country we are either selfish or not very smart.
David E. Triplett
Legalizing pot would be a mistake
In the editorial on medical marijuana, your less than even-handed approach went over the top.
Marijuana is "mild," "harmless," "gentle" and "beneficial".
Legal drugs are deadly, terrible and dangerous. Proponents of legalization for medical purposes really want legalization for recreational use and are using this initiative as a steppingstone. Perhaps legalization of marijuana for medical use would be OK, but only the pill form of pot, which does not produce a high. The Legislature will not place that restriction on it.
I am concerned with driving my car near someone high on pot.
At least alcohol-impaired drivers sometimes realize they are impaired.
Pot impaired drivers do not have a clue to their level of impairment, thus are more dangerous.