Don't take our exotic animals away
Senate Bill 371 would outlaw exotic animals in West Virginia. People who already own exotic animals will have heavy permit fees and insane insurance costs, not to mention that pet stores, breeders and employees will go out of business and lose their hard work.
West Virginia gets a huge income from exotic animals and this will be lost if the bill passes. This bill has no real details on which animals are considered exotic. If it passes, people who own peafowl to hedgehogs will have to pay $200 just to keep them. Not the mention the $250,000 worth of insurance they will need.
Among our youths, there is a large drug problem and crime problem. Many of our youths have great interest in exotic animals. If we take this away from them, they may spend their time elsewhere (example drugs). Also most pet stores allow youths to volunteer in their stores to keep them off the streets. If this bill is passed, it could truly damage our next generation.
Here are some examples of "exotic" animals that could be outlawed if this bill is passed: Sugar gliders, chinchillas, hedgehogs, ferrets, tropical fish, finches, parakeets, macaws, cockatiels, all reptiles, many breeds of hamsters, gerbils, flying squirrels, prairie dogs, all amphibians, all turtles, hermit crabs, scorpions, tarantulas, alpacas, fennec foxes, pot-bellied pigs, skunks, quail, swans, pheasants, and much more.
It would be horrible to take away these pets that children and adults alike love.
Water user refuses to pay her bill
For Mr. McIntyre's consideration, I'm not paying my water bill this month. I've spent over a hundred dollars on bottled water to drink, share, and clean with, all over 12 days. I've paid for gas to travel for showers and laundry. I've used countless quarters to clean my clothes in Barboursville and Buckhannon. My friends and family have spent their money to help with supplies unavailable in Charleston. I've bought paper products and plastic ware to keep our house running. I've flushed the lines ... over and over and over. My daughter developed hives on her legs after her one and only 'safe' shower in Charleston. My youngest son panicked when he accidentally ran the 'safe' water over his toothbrush because of the smell. The licorice aroma follows children who have bathed in the 'safe' water wherever they go. Our city's businesses are suffering, its citizens in shock at the limitless blunders brought on by greed and carelessness. In the end we will rally like West Virginians always do. However, in the meantime, when you don't receive my payment, shut my water off. Go ahead.
Chemical companies willfully violate laws