Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 23, 2013

Veterans, Santa theft, lottery, more

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

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

On a story about a Bluefield-based charity intended to benefit Vietnam veterans spending just a fraction last year on veterans, and instead devoting most of its dollars to professional fees and fundraising:

• This is why people stop giving. As a person who gives to the veterans, we expect then to receive health care with all they did for our country. It should be given to that — not fundraising — Brenda J.

• People working for charities should work for free. It is that simple. Our military risk their lives to protect everyone in this country. Veterans deserve better than people who take nearly two thirds of the money for themselves. I stopped giving to any charity that pays the CEO more than $50,000 a year. I know the CEO needs to have money to live but there should be a limit as to how much they make. Our veterans deserve better — Bev O.

• I’m hearing other charities and disaster relief agencies are the same. Stay in the best hotels. Eat at the best restaurants, etc., like a paid vacation — Debbie L.

• Authorities don’t want to mess investigating this and other stuff, like all the cars registered by West Virginia residents in Virginia, or the recent United Way fiasco. Why? Maybe certain people can’t be investigated? — Bill S.

• It is not just the Bluefield charity but almost all charities that do this. I think if you did a little research on most of the charities you give to you would be shocked at the actual amount of money that does not go to the specified benefactor but rather goes for the salaries, bonuses and fund raising contractors. That is exactly the reason I donate to smaller local charities such as the union mission and Catholic food banks. I know where my money is going — Dreama A.

• The Bible says charity begins at home. That is why I do not give. If someone in my church or family or neighborhood needs we give to them. That way we know the ones in need get it — Sabrina S.

On whether you bought a lottery ticket for last week’s record Mega Millions drawing:

• Bought a ticket yesterday. When I win, I will not say “Yeah, I’ll put a new roof on the house and get a nice used car.” I will build a castle of a massive scale, hire people to cut my food for me, and rule over my surrounding lands like an evil tyrant! I’ll also invest heavily in blue chip stocks that pay dividends. Gotta keep the madness going — Neal V.

On a story about the Reconnecting McDowell board approving a plan to purchase property in Welch for a proposed teacher village:

• I’m all for getting teachers and other professionals in my hometown, but what about affordable housing for those that already live there. Rebuild all those apartment buildings that have been destroyed by fire. Think of all those who lost everything and give them something — Tracy T.

• My opinion McDowell needs everything they can get to help them keep teachers. Parents support with discipline of their children would help. My husband taught there in 1975 and 1976. That was the last of his teaching days — Sandra C.

• Not just only for teachers, but housing for those who work at the jails, even some that work at the hospital and other businesses will hopefully benefit — Hobert C.

• A hundred empty buildings in downtown Welch. Something needs done with them — Steven R.

On a story detailing how a former church volunteer charged with child sexual assault faced similar accusations in 1999, but was never charged by the Bluefield Police Department:

• The guy got caught because he confessed his sins to the preacher. LOL — Jeremy V.

• Wow. So he was accused before and no one did anything? That is just swell — Jeff M.

• Just hang them. We don’t need child predators anywhere on the planet — Joe H.

On a story about the theft of a vintage, full-scale Santa sleigh used in past Bluefield Christmas parades:

• This makes me sick — Charlene L.

• It's probably being melted down this very second and sold for scrap. Oh junkies... — Dave W.

• Seriously? Bluefield is getting so bad for this kinda stuff. The drug addicts have officially taken over — Angel C.

• Ridiculous! — Farry O.