Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 23, 2012

Food stamps, symbols, shooting, more

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

On a story about a West Virginia woman pleading guilty in a food stamp scheme:

• In all reality, 95 percent of people In The Great State Of West Virginia are probably guilty of a food stamp scheme — Angie G.

• A lot of people are guilty — Mary M.

On a story in which Bluefield officials said there are no plans to annex the Brushfork-Bluewell area:

• One would figure they would annex more land. There isn’t much left in Bluefield to ruin — Jeff M.

• Why don’t they annex the upper part of Union Street? — Marshall M.

On a story about Oklahoma City removing scene depicting cowboys and soldiers kneeling before cross from city signs due to complaint, and whether the signs should be left up:

• Sad — Maggie C.

• Left up. Here’s an interesting concept: If you don’t like the looks of something. Don’t look at it! — Kaye L.

• Shame on our country — Brenda J.

• Left up! I’m from Oklahoma City and when those bombings happened in April 1995 God was with them. If we changed everything that someone complained about then there would be no color or music or freedom of speech or many other things! As already said, if you don’t like it then don’t look at it. If it’s not hurting you then leave it alone! — Alicia P.

• Freedom of religion. Looks like if you believe in God, your freedom is gone:( Brandi T.

• Secularism will destroy America. It is always the same groups behind the complaints — Jerri H.

• I don’t really think you people know the meaning of freedom. No freedom was lost, the simple fact is that the government has no religion and in any government facility there will be no representation of any religion. The Treaty of Tripoli states very clearly that the United States government does not have a religion and that was only signed by every Founding Father and passed Congress unanimously. I wonder how many of you would be screaming your lungs out if Bluefield put up street signs with Muslim symbols on them. There is no reason for screaming like children because you don’t get your way — Joe H.

• Actually there are many representations of religion on many federal buildings. As you walk up the steps to the building which houses the U.S. Supreme Court you can see near the top of the building a row of the world’s law givers and each one is facing one in the middle who is facing forward with a full frontal view ... it is Moses and he is holding the Ten Commandments! As you enter the Supreme Court courtroom, the two huge oak doors have the Ten Commandments engraved on each lower portion of each door. There are Bible verses etched in stone all over the federal buildings and monuments in Washington, D.C. So really separation of religion and government will not be absolutely true with all these etchings and stuff but does that mean we should tear the buildings down and build new ones just because a handful of people don’t believe in any type of religion? — Tranessa L.

• The sign should stay — Lori H.

• Our forefathers weren’t afraid of praying or using their belief in Him. What is this world coming to? Well I can finish that. The end — Shirley M.

• The sign should stay — Judy B.

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