Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

February 10, 2014

Caskets, death, taxes, more

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

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

On a proposed state law that would allow counties to enact spay/neuter ordinances:

• This is not fair to people who have cats and dogs dropped on them all the time ... Cynthia D.

• It will all be pointless if no one enforces it — Sharon Q.

• I think this is a good idea to have all animals spayed or neutered. The shelter here is always full of unwanted animals ... — Susie B.

On vandals damaging a bee hive at a Virginia urban farm:

• That’s a shame. I’m a big fan of local honey. I’ve barely seen any honey bees over the past few years — Melissa E.

On a story about funeral and casket outlets in some California malls, and if you think it’s a good idea or in bad taste:

• Good idea. Funeral homes mark up casket sales ... they need competition — Anita H.

• Very poor taste — Sally S.

• Wow. Let’s go make arrangements for mom and grab a bite to eat and get our nails filled in ... smh — Candeis B.

• Bad form, just my two cents worth — Linda S.

• This is ridiculous. Are they that desperate for business ...? — Kathy H.

• Oh stop whining people. Oh it’s in bad taste. The mortuary business is like any other, it’s a business. What better place for them than the perpetual consumption engine of a mall? You buy everything for every stage of life there, why not death ...? — Joseph L.

On a poll question asking if West Virginia should institute the death penalty:

• Yes — Kimberly V.

• You mean we don’t already have it? Oh, that was unsolved murders. What was I thinking — Al J.

• There are too many innocent people in prison. The Judicial system is sometimes dirtier than the inmates — Kathy H.

• Absolutely! Starting with murderers and child molesters...! — Dreama H.

• This isn’t a black-and-white question anymore. It should be an available option when there’s absolutely no doubt with a guilty verdict attached to a crime that warrants it ... — Brian M.

• Yes, by way of public crucifixion, crime would stop! Eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth! — Delta F.

On if there should be restrictions on students bringing homemade treats to school:

• ... one restriction, you have to bring enough for the whole class. Worked real well when I was in school, still works today — Rick T.

• No. That is ridiculous, as long as the total class is treated on special occasions ... — Lynn C.

• It is easier and less expensive if you can make them and take them in, but it is more sanitary if it is bought from a store ... — Sharon R.

• One must think of the children with food allergies — could be deadly — Karen G.

On a witness testifying to arranging sexual encounters with a child and sending child porn during the trial of a Mercer County man facing multiple charges:

• This makes me sick to my stomach — Linda M.

• Who does this stuff!? What’s wrong with people!? They need to be castrated and then stoned to death! No excuse for this! — Debbie N.

• Disgusting pieces of trash! I pray for peace for the victims involved in this ... — Angie B.

• God required the death penalty in the Old Testament. This is why — Janis D.

On if you agree with the decision by CVS to stop selling tobacco products:

• No. Because they’re losing money and it’s not like people won’t buy elsewhere — Nicolette B.

• Yes! — Jessica P.

• No! — Drema A.

• Yep, but they sell beer ... Is that healthy? — Greg B.

• It is their business and they have the freedom to make that choice — Neal V.

On testimony in the preliminary hearing of a former church volunteer facing sex crimes:

• Remains free on bond? You have got to be kidding me! — Chandra S.

• They should castrate him! — Debbie N.

• They have to prove him guilty. Yes, this is sickening! — Christa M.

On a story about a fire at Princeton Towers:

• Good job Princeton firefighters — Deborah B.

On your favorite winter Olympic sport?

• Figure skating — Cheryl H.

• None. I’m not a fan of the Olympics — Kathy W.

• Sleeping through it or finding something more constructive to do — Joseph L.

On when you normally file your state and federal tax returns:

• Last day possible! — Leah P.

• April, before the 15th — Debbie N.