Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 4, 2012

Enjoy the music after Halloween fuss


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— — I hope that you have fared well during the recent storm. Many of our friends and neighbors were, at the least, inconvenienced. Some folks had no power and others had damage to their property. I do not recall an October storm causing this much widespread damage. We were fortunate here in Bluefield. We did have snow. But for the most part the power remained on or was only off for a short period. The main roads were open and post-storm travel was not a problem.

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The Graham Intermediate School choir is having a fundraiser at the Mayflower restaurant on Hockman Pike in Bluefield, Va., Monday from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Choir director Bill Elliott said the proceeds will be used to provide uniforms, awards and fund field trips for the choir. 

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The East River Town Band announced that they will be performing two patriotic performances to honor our veterans. On Saturday, Nov. 10, the band will perform at 6 p.m. in the center court at the Mercer Mall. Then on Sunday, Nov. 11, the band will perform at 3 p.m. at the Bluefield Performing Arts Center at Bluefield High School.

Performances will include “An American Fanfare,” “This is My Country,” “Those in Peril on the Sea (the Marine Hymn),” “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition,” a stirring rendition of “Amber Waves of Grain” and many other favorites. Band conductor Mel Saunders said, “If you are a patriot and love your country, if you support our troops, if you believe the United States of America is the greatest country in the world, and if you are a veteran, have a relative presently serving their country, or have lost a loved one who once was a veteran, you will receive a blessing from this concert.”

Admission is free to both performances. For more information call 304-952-1792. Don’t miss the concert. This is a great band.

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By now most of you are probably tired of the media blitz on the upcoming election. The political advertisements are the worst I have seen in years. The opponent has done nothing, lined his own pockets, messed up Medicare, Social Security and is anti-coal. If you listen to the ads, neither is a good choice.

I particularly find politicians that promise to either support or fight against some particular cause that is not a function of the office for which they are vying obnoxious. The best source of information I have found is in this newspaper. You may or may not agree with an endorsement, but the answers to the questions posed to those candidates give much insight into a candidate’s position on many important issues. There are some things we still don’t have that were promised years ago including a modern four-lane highway between Welch and Bluefield.

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I’m not sure when we observed Halloween. The only little goblins that came by my house were my grandchildren. However, the one thing that is for sure is that the day has been the subject of controversy this year.

When to “celebrate” Halloween is a subject that most of us would rather be left alone. The recent brouhaha concerning Halloween is just another example of government meddling. The origin of the holiday can be attributed to several sources, including the Christian celebrations of All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Today trick-or-treating is the customary celebration for children on Halloween. Children go in costume from house to house, asking for treats and threatening some mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given.

We might ask why some folks get upset over when the day is to be observed? We have more important matters to deal with. I see the situation as two choices. One, stay at home and pass out treats to the neighborhood children. Two, do whatever else you please and not enjoy the smiling faces on the little ones when they receive a treat. In any event, I do not think that it is the government’s place to schedule Halloween. I would hope that they have more important matters to tend to. Parents know whether or not the weather is safe for the little ones to be out and they will make the right decision. If you come to my house expect a treat and I’ll not dress as Scrooge ... oops ... wrong holiday

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Please vote. It is a right and it is a privilege to be able to choose our leaders. No, the local officials are not going to mess with the date that the election is to be held. However, I would not put it past some of the candidates and their supporters to try to rearrange the election date and time to their benefit. That is just the nature of politicians. Many of them don’t like to play by the rules.

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There you have it, a few comments on items of interest to the area. Please vote. I hope the remnants of “Sandy” have passed and that you are enjoying better weather and another blue sky.

Wilson Butt, a resident of Bluefield, is a retired Department of Highways employee.