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Letters: April 29, 2014

Thank you, Sen. Rockefeller

Editor:

The citizens of West Virginia are privileged to have Sen. Rockefeller as their United States senator. His duties in the United States Senate are all-encompassing regarding the issues at the forefront of not only the State of West Virginia, but for the entire nation.

Through his efforts as a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, small rural school districts, not only in West Virginia but the nation, can now pay for much needed renovation to facilities in need of repair. Funds will now be available for upgraded heating and air conditioning. He introduced the Rebuilding America’s Schools Act.

As chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Sen. Rockefeller spearheaded major legislation to enact federal nationwide guidelines to protect consumer’s private, personal information.

As a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence he has done everything possible to ensure that all Americans are safe and secure in the pursuit of our way of life against those who wish to do us great harm.

Working with the U.S. Department of Labor he effectively worked to improve enforcement of mine safety for all workers to eliminate the unsafe environment that causes black lung disease.

Sen. Rockefeller’s thorough and all-embracing comprehension of important issues and solutions to maintain the wellbeing of not only the citizens of West Virginia, but of the entire nation, are to be commended with the deepest gratitude and appreciation.

He has demonstrated and maintained a single minded dedication to ensure that all Americans have an equal opportunity in the pursuit of the American dream. Thank you, Sen. Rockefeller.

John R. Peacher

Martinsburg

We are backsliding on the environment

Editor:

I grew up in the 1960s in Nitro, a city in which Monsanto burned the dangerous chemical dioxin into the atmosphere for decades. When I was young, our drinking water often had a funny taste and smell, a result, I suspect, of chemical spills that didn’t receive the publicity the Elk River spill did.

We’ve made a lot of progress since then, but we’ve begun to backslide. The Elk River spill revealed this for all the nation to see. I now live out of state, and I’ve read with dismay the sad record of the dismantling of environmental health and safety rules in the name of fostering a good business climate. Yes, having a good business climate is important, especially for a state like West Virginia. But don’t believe those who create a false choice between jobs and environmental health and safety regulations. Imagine the damage to West Virginia’s economy and image that would be caused by a major environmental disaster. Public safety and preservation of the environment are in fact important pillars of a vibrant, sustainable economy. If anything, we were lucky this time; it’s time to put in place sensible and effective regulations to ensure something like this doesn’t happen again, on a larger scale.

Joe Hunter

Newton, Mass.

Gay marriage foes falsely portrayed

Editor:

It is very obvious that your newspaper is politically biased when it comes to the issue of gay marriage. The opinion-page article “How anti-gay Christians evangelize hate abroad” was really over-the-top. Just because someone is not in favor of redefining marriage does not mean that they hate gays.

Why is it OK to vilify and bully evangelical Christians or anyone who opposes the radical gay agenda — but, it is not OK for people or religious groups to speak out against homosexual behavior? There seems to be a double standard here.

The article about “same sex” marriage, “Fairness Is Coming” mentioned the famous golden rule — (treating others like we would want to be treated). Militant gay rights activists would do well to practice this advice. After all, tolerance is a two-way street.

JoAnn L. Fuir

Alderson


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