Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 10, 2013

Crows, ‘bad kid,’ barking dogs, more

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On poll results to a question asking how often you exercise (48 percent responded “never”):

• Hey look! Forty-eight percent of people were honest! Bravo! — Joe H.

On a story about prison overcrowding, and what you think is the best way to solve the problem:

• Capital punishment! — Darlene F.

• Strike down mandatory minimum sentencing, offer reasonable parole options and conditions for non-violent criminals, present drug treatment solutions for people jailed simply because they are addicts, evaluate sentences on a case-by-case basis, explore the option of home confinement for non-violent prisoners who are not a threat and issue an incentive based model of conditional release for prisoners who obviously show signs of reform — Neal V.

• Death penalty! — Matthew B.

• There is no easy way, there are no fast ways — there is teach, inform and regroup ... there is no way to completely change any of it unless you implement and enforce reform — Carly M.

• State mental hospitals, state drug rehabs, non-violent criminals on house arrest with ankle bracelets — Bridgett J.

• Stop throwing so many non-violent criminals in prison. The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate of any civilized country. The New York Times had an article in June about sensible sentences for nonviolent offenders. It’s worth a read — Matt H.

On a story about a proposed barking dog ordinance in Tazewell County:

• Really? You don’t want my dog to bark but your cat can walk on my car and truck with its muddy feet scratching them, and tear up our trash, and dig up flower beds and they do nothing about them. Ever think it’s your cat running loose that’s making our dogs bark? I really think there are more important things we need to take care of and other stuff that needs looked at in our community ... — Scott B.

• Most of the time a barking dog is all we have against crooks. Good idea to punish the owner, way to go! — Kristie S.

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