Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 1, 2013

Schools, shelter, movies, more

(Continued)

— On the Motion Picture Association of America fees for summer movie nights in communities like Bluefield:

• It cost them to make the movies, why should anybody get them for free unless given permission by the MPA? Why is it that a company or organization in California should be responsible for any program that is in Mercer County? I love the idea of movies in the park for free because it is an economically depressed area and I think it is good for families, but I think the people of the area should be responsible for this program, not the MPA (although it would be awesome if they would waive the fees) ... — Chris Ann G.

• ... They are well within their rights to demand this fee, and if they wanted to be real jerks they would have made it retroactive, but they didn’t I assume, and the excuse of we offered the movies for free doesn’t matter they weren’t Bluefield’s to publicly show. Other cities have been doing this for years and have sponsors so I’m sure Bluefield can do the same. Nothing’s free folks, and I won’t smack the industry in the head for demanding what is rightfully theirs — Joseph L.

•  An industry that is making billions of dollars could waive the fee for these small towns. Maybe not in Chicago, or New York, but Bluefield? Some people can’t afford to see a movie any other way. And it would give young people something to do instead of vandalism — Shirley M.

On the Obama administration targeting coal:

• Big coal has you right where they want you — in a “your money or your life position.” Many feel they have to defend big coal who just stole your hard-earned pension and health care. It is a false choice — we can have both clean jobs, a good economy and fair treatment from the boss! We just need to unite and demand it — Michelle M.

•  Change, change, change — maybe next time the ones who voted for President Obama might want to ask what kind of change — Joy M.

• Yes, just imagine all the Obama supporters in coal country who are going to be angry when they find out just how drastically it will affect them there in the Bluefield area. Wait until they get their utility bills once he has pulled this off — Edwina T.

•  How are their electric cars going to be able to go without electricity (coal)? Hmm, I wonder if they have thought about that. — Gena M.

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