Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 30, 2012

Drugs, milk, chicken ... lots of chicken

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

On a story about State Police troopers seizing more than $3.1 million worth of marijuana in Mercer County:

• See if all of that was legal $3.1 million of tax revenue would be there for local government to blow — Jeff M.

• Good job. Love to see all of the drugs out of the area — Patti O.

On what government officials can do to stem the spread of the dangerous drugs known as “bath salts”:

• Legalize drugs, tax them and, as with all countries that have legalized drugs, drug use and addiction plummet and they no longer search out insane methods to get high. I realize that the American government doesn’t need tax revenue and prefers for criminals to become millionaires while we spend billions each year hunting down and incarcerating and treating addicts — Joe H.

• Since they fail to keep track of the pain pills that Medicare is paying for that are resold on the streets, then I doubt they can — Bridgett J.

On a story about why we only drink cow’s milk, and if you would try camel’s milk or pig’s milk:

• Why do we only drink cow’s milk? Because we have a dairy lobby. I have drank camel’s milk and goat milk. Very different. Let’s not forget soy milk, something that the dairy lobby tried to have outright banned in America — Neal V.

On whether you have ever boycotted or supported a business due to the religious or political views of the owner, and where you stand in the current Chick-fil-A debate:

• I support them. Nice to see a business stand up for God and the Bible — Pam B.

• I have always eaten at Chick-fil-A and I sure will continue — especially now! — Richard L.

• I have a gay son, will I boycott them? No, this is America, freedom to choose how to run your business. But, the day a chicken sandwich kills someone I will be the first on the boycott line! Why and when did it happen that we all need to think alike? I get it that the owner does not believe in gay living. The last I saw we still have freedom of religious beliefs in this country. We are losing a lot of rights here in America. I think we should concentrate on big government, not a sandwich business that believes in closing on Sundays — Gail S.

• We support them all the way, plus I love their food. They, like everyone else in this country, have a right to have freedom of speech and religious beliefs. So good for them! — Kim H.

• I don’t care if people are gay, straight, black or blue, either I like you or don’t based on personality. I don’t care how the Cathys spend their money. If I feel like eating a chicken “sammich,” I’ll get one — Bridgett J.

• I love the food at Chick-fil-A. The owner is entitled to his opinions and beliefs. I would only boycott a brand if they were anti-America, exploiting a class of people, cheating their employees for increased profits, or for being involved in criminal activity. Last I heard, we still have the right to free speech and what he said was not degrading nor can it be considered hate speech — Kim O.

• I believe Chick-fil-A was very professional in their response and they are entitled to their own opinion and should not be raked over the coals. I will still eat at Chick-fil-A — Angela G.

• I hope they never sell another thing. Shame — Elizabeth H.

• They are entitled to their opinion, no matter how close minded it is. It’s called freedom of speech! Do I agree with them? No way! But they should have the exact same freedom to disagree with it as I do to support it — Carla P.

• Everyone has the right to their own beliefs! It’s great to see someone, including a business, standing up and not backing down because this is in the media. We need more people to take a stand on what they believe, and not just on gay rights. Kudos to Chick-fil-A! — Teena S.

• Mr. Cathy makes me proud to be a Christian! I love Chick-fil-A even more, and if it were possible I would eat there every day! — Amanda J.

• I think it is great that they stand up for what they believe. All Christians should — Janet W.

• ... Christians do stand for what we believe in, that’s why real ones won’t eat at this hate-mongering place. Supporting hate and bigotry is not now nor has it ever been Christian ... — Rick T.

• I stand with Chick-fil-A all the way. May God bless them for taking a stand — Patricia T.

• As for Chick-fil-A, I like the new grilled nuggets. I liked the nuggets before the controversy and I still like the nuggets. I see no reason to change anything about my dining or spending behavior over this issue — Donna G.

• Don’t care one way or another. This is America, everyone is free to have their own opinions and it is not for me to judge anyone — Brian S.

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