Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Columns

December 16, 2013

Power, loans, Santa, more

(Continued)

— — On what traits/characteristics are needed to be a great Santa Clause:

• Patience — Samantha W.

• A real beard, a real belly and love of children. I always refer to them as “real” and the guys in fake beards and padding as “fake” — Kim O.

On a poll question asking what age children should learn the whole truth about Santa:

• 10 — Maxine S.

• They’ll learn it when they learn it. My mom and dad always told us when we stopped believing in Santa, he’d quit coming. So, this is my story and I’m stickin’ to it ... I still believe! — Susan A.

• We do not teach them that he is real, only for fun — Ruth S.

• You mean he’s not real?! — Virginia V.

• It’s a lie no matter how you look at it, don’t lie to your kids — Jay H.

• It’s about the magic of Christmas. The spirit of Christmastime! With all the horrible things that happen in today’s world why not let children believe in something good!? — Crystal B.

• I think there is no magic age, just when they start asking the appropriate questions — Angela G.

• Cheesy thing to say, but bear with me. Santa is real. The idea of Santa Claus: Giving to others because you want to, and not expecting anything in return. A man who flies thousands of miles in freezing temperatures, just to give a kid a baseball bat. Santa is real. He is the good that lives within all people, throughout the world. P.S. I want the Xbox One for Christmas. Somebody needs to go buy me one and stop being so selfish. You can go without food for a month — Torren B.

On Princeton police finding more than $400,000 in marijuana plants at a city residence:

• Omg, why couldn’t I find it — Deontae B.

• Wow, lol. Maybe West Virginia should legalize it and [it] won’t be such a poor state. Tax it and let the state thrive — Eddie D.

• I lived in California, this is lame. Legalize it and pills won’t be such a problem. Let us control it in state ... — Jeremy V.

• I don’t even smoke but I hope it becomes legalized in the U.S. It has many health benefits unlike “medicine” pushed by the pharmaceutical industry... — Melissa E.

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