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Readers' voice: Jan. 30, 2013

  • Too many under-informed people have voted away the American dream. If you don't believe in that now, you soon will because it keeps happening every day.

     

  • The big winner in any lottery winner is the IRS and they don't even have to buy a ticket. That just doesn't seem fair.
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  • Our state elected officials [worry more] about marijuana and gay marriage than they do with our chemical safety and crime that is in this state.
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  • Where was the water plant operator when the chemical got into the intake water and pumped all over West Virginia? This should have been detected before going all through the system.
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  • I realize the DEP needs to do a better job regulating this stuff that's going into our water. But these water companies have the responsibility to not pump poison into our homes and then tell us it is all right. They're the ones responsible for this.
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  • Thank you Home Depot for donating all those buckets so we could get water. God bless you.
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  • People worry about the Elk River being polluted. What about all the cities along the New River that dump their sewers into it? Do you ever think about that or doesn't anyone care?
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  • Why is everybody in this country having to apologize for anything that's said that somebody takes the wrong way? We still have freedom of speech I hope.
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  • Are the people really sick over the water or do they just see the greenbacks?
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  • Is anybody checking the quality of water that is being bottled and sent into here from various places?
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  • What did Danny Jones do in Charleston to help the people with the water problems?
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  • These Freedom Industries officials should be in prison right now.
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  • The Olympics have outlived their usefulness. It's too dangerous to send American people to these foreign countries.
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  • I moved to Nitro about six months ago and I had never met Mayor Casebolt until the water crisis a few weeks ago and I finally got to meet him and his wife. He was standing out there in the cold. I have read many negative things about him in the news, but I've never met anyone nicer.
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  • The picture on the front of the Gazette of West Virginia Water President Jeff McIntyre drinking the water does not make the water look safe. It just looks like a man who does not make intelligent decisions. That picture says it all.
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  • For those of you that would like to shut the coal company down, all you have to do is turn off your electric and quit using it. If Appalachian Power can't see electric, they don't need to buy coal.
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  • Thank you to the Dunbar Fire Department for the respect shown to a retired fireman who passed away last week.
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  • Real estate values have diminished greatly because of the drinking water contamination. I urge everyone to contest the raise of the real estate taxes by the Assessor's Office.
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  • There are a bunch of lights out on the interstate in Charleston and the exits. They need to be replaced.
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  • Whatever happened to neither rain, sleet or snow will keep the mail from being delivered? I don't think they understand that here in Scott Depot.
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  • A sensible way to make up some of these school days is to go a half a day in the summer at a designated time, instead of making kids sit through the hot summer.
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  • To the person who said watch Fox News and we would get all the facts about how President Obama is violating the Constitution, thanks for the laugh. I might suggest you watch MSNBC to get all the facts about how the tea party really hates our democracy and is trying to destroy it.
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  • The Gazette referred to "drug lords" in an otherwise laudable editorial. Drug lords are not cooking meth in West Virginia using cold pills. The meth cookers are hardly drug lords. They are generally pitiful dumbbells, lords of nothing.
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  • On its face raising the minimum wage sounds great. Everyone wants to make more money. But when you honestly look at the facts it's raising also hurt many people. Anytime the minimum wage raises, the basics, milk, bread, cheese, and the like match that raise; so really you gain nothing. Also, the businesses certainly don't eat that raise; they raise their prices to cover it, so again we gain nothing.
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  • To the person who thought the Affordable Care Act was misnamed, how about the Patriot Act and Operation Iraqi Freedom?
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  • And what were the first words out the mouth of the Speaker of the House of No following the State of the Union address? Not "maybe we can work with the president," but "no, we cannot work with the president." That is why the GOP's approval rating with the American voter is approximately 10 percent.
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  • Does the NRA think that the only way to stop a bad child with a gun is a good child with gun?
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  • It's apparent Democrats carry the load cleaning up the big mess left us. President Obama is doing a good job with little help from the other side. We expect more holding back good policies by a one-sided ideology that benefits super rich and forgetting the rest of the country.
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