As an RN I am against the sale of tobacco. I think it should be illegal because of its harmful effects. However when I worked in a clinic for lower income patients I realized that people will buy cigarettes instead of their medications or food for their children, so raising the tax will not deter them from buying what they want instead of what they need.
You have to hand it to Kanawha County ... they have a commissioner who hates airports, a school board president who hates libraries and a judge who hates criminals being locked up.
Working for a group of young college educated officers, managers and supervisors, I can't help but think schools of higher learning don't teach anything about common sense.
Bushels of gun laws being overturned? To use The Charleston Gazette's favorite word (when change goes their way, that is), we must be "evolving."
Any legislator that votes to weaken gun laws should spend a weekend in the emergency room and also attend every funeral of a gunshot victim to realize the impact of their decision. What are the opinions of police officers in Charleston regarding weaker gun laws?
The signs are that the economy is slowly but surely getting stronger. Even the federal deficit isn't as bad as it was. Turn off Fox News and look at the positive side.
I read where a reader said that when President Bush was elected we put an unprepared, unqualified and self-important man in way over his head. Maybe so. But the real tragedy is that we did the very same thing in 2008 and 2012 when Obama was elected. At least back then, we and our allies knew that Bush was on our side.
It happens quite often when someone is arrested for a violent crime that they were also found to be a felon in possession of a weapon, which is against the law. Why can't some people see that universal background checks would protect the law-abiding gun owner while making it harder for the criminal to get guns?
When people apply for disability, some are approved and evidently, some turned down. Why, then are so many lawyers groups on the bandwagon for reopening these cases, and from all the ads, there must be thousands of them. Either the persons making the initial decisions are inept or crooked, or the appeals are being paid for in some manner.
Firstly, whether Mayor Danny Jones called the Legislature idiots doesn't matter, but if not, perhaps he should have. Secondly, did Cabela's hire lobbyists to encourage the House of Delegates to pass a bill that would nullify all local city and county firearms regulations across West Virginia, and if so, how much?
So grateful to Delegates Wells, Guthrie, Poore and Skinner for voting their conscience instead of following the direction of the NRA. They will not be forgotten at election time. Wish we had more representatives who could think for themselves.
Delegate Woody Ireland, R-Ritchie County, who spoke for the bill to repeal city, county firearms regulations, was pictured in the Gazette holding up his Cabela's card. He might as well have been holding up a handful of cash for everyone to see. Sadly, money seems to be the primary motivator of many of West Virginia's elected representatives. Hats off to those legislators who put the safety of citizens first and had the courage to support local control of firearms regulations.