Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV


January 17, 2013

Armed janitors, tolls, the flu, more


On poll results of a question asking if you think the Department of Highways could successfully maintain the turnpike if tolls are removed in 2019:

• Yes — Patsy D.

• The turnpike was supposed to have the tolls removed in 1987. The only reason we still have them is because the rich have used the Turnpike to buy up Tamarack and then make the poor and middle class pay for the road to Tamarack with tolls — Joe H.

• They don’t maintain it now. The road from here to Charleston is terrible and has been that way for years. We have the worst roads of anywhere I have been — Cindy G.

• If they can’t then they in charge needs to be replaced by those who can — Jerry W.

• Wouldn’t matter either way. They don’t do nothing to the highways now — Heather C.

On a story about hospitals cracking down on workers refusing flu shots, and some workers losing their jobs over refusing the shot:

• I think it is a choice each of us are free to make. No one should lose their job for refusing something they feel will harm them — Teresa W.

• But when it comes to the welfare of others, that’s just something you’ll have to deal with or not — Isaac P.

• It is their choice, but it is also the choice of the hospital to put them in rotation or not. You can’t force them to take it, but you can leave them out of shift rotation — Samuel B.

• I don’t believe in forcing others to do something that they disagree with. Period. At the same time, working in a facility filled with that number of sick patients means that you encounter every germ coming and going. You then risk carrying those germs back to families and friends and starting a huge mess of illness — Jessica A.

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