Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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September 23, 2013

Drugs, guns, shooting, more

— — A selection of reader comments from our Facebook page last week:

On Samantha Perry’s column on the government’s enabling of the drug epidemic:

• So let’s blame the government for enabling the drug problem ... let’s not place blame on the legal and illegal drug dealers we have in the community ... — Samuel B.

• The more dependent upon government for your very existence you are, the easier you are to control by that same government. Government isn’t going to relinquish that control by actually attempting to fix the problem ... — Joseph L.

• The U.S. and West Virginia governments allowed pharmaceutical companies to exploit its citizens, that’s the real issue here. Ban OxyContin back in 1999 and this area wouldn’t be as strung out as it is ... — Steven R.

• This was an odd article filled with inaccuracies. Both rich and poor take drugs, only the poor are demonized for their addiction because of misinformation on their use of government assistance ... — Joe H.

• Great article Samantha — Charlie S.

• For the most part, I do agree with Ms. Perry. You can go into a store and watch the buggies get filled up with cuts of meat I can’t afford, and every kind of junk, soda, ice cream, candy, chips etc. ... — Shirley M.

• You really cannot tell who receives government assistance or is addicted to drugs based upon appearance or by how someone shops — Michelle B.

On local bridges you think are unsafe:

• Panther bridge ... — Anita H.

• The overhead bridge in Princeton. That thing will end up falling, mark my words — Luke N.

On if you watch reality TV shows:

• Reality television illustrates the decline of America — Susan P.

• We don’t watch those “reality” shows — Dave H.

• Reality shows are the modern day version of the old carnival “freak shows” — Donna G.

• No. I don’t watch any of those so-called reality shows, they disgust me — Kathy B.

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