Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 17, 2012

Explosion, right-to-work, more

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

On a poll asking if you’re finished with your Christmas shopping:

• Not shopping this year. Times are hard and we can’t pay our bills ... — Wanda C.

• Is it Christmas Eve yet? — Robert F.

On a poll question asking how you communicate most with friends and family:

• Facebook! Of course! — Marie B.

• Face to face! — Vicki A.

On a story about the gas line explosion in West Virginia:

• And they want us to believe that fracking is safe — Joshua H.

• This accident has absolutely nothing to with fracking. The truth is America has an aging infrastructure that needs to be repaired and updated — Jerri H.

• Natural gas, oil and all petroleum products are transported by pipelines or truck. If you want to avoid danger, all of us need to live in caves — Mark F.

On whether first-time drunken driving offenders should be required to use ignition locks, or if the technology should only be used in “hardcore” cases:

• Hardcore — Karen D.

• Anyone convicted of .15 or higher should be required to use interlock for a period of one year. Also, anyone who has been convicted of a second or more impaired driving charge should be required to have it. The additional conviction should be the only time that BAC is not a factor in the interlock restriction. So, a first time conviction of .08 should not result in a interlock requirement — Matt U.

• Drunk drivers kill more innocent Americans every year than terrorists have killed in the last 100 years combined. This is an issue that should have been completely dealt with long ago. First offense should mean one year of hard labor and forfeiture of their car, second offense would be 10 years and forfeiture of all assets and the third would be a well-deserved execution. With 11,000 deaths a year in the U.S. caused by drunk drivers and over 200,000 injuries it’s time to put a swift end to this out-of-control crime. Our main problem with punishment for drunk driving is that most of our politicians are drunks so they’ll never do anything to harm their lifestyle. It’s like how most people want welfare recipients to be drug tested, but oddly no one is calling for our politicians to be drug tested when these politicians steal in a year more than what welfare pays out in 50 years — Joe H.

• If they get by with it the first time, chances are, they will do it again! They should be punished to the max — Michelle B.

• Since it is a safety issue, I really don’t understand why this technology isn’t installed in all vehicles. As I see it, there is no violation of individual rights — it is simply a way to avoid even the first DUI arrest. If you’re drunk, your car won’t start. Period — Jonathan S.

• Why give anyone a second chance to kill someone? — Janine B.

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