Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

February 11, 2013

‘Buckwild,’ asteroid, mail, more

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

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

On a poll question asking about the greatest threat facing our planet in the years ahead:

• Us — Charles P.

• Zombies — Scott W.

On England’s decision to place microchips in all dogs:

• My dog was microchipped before getting him from the S.P.C.A. They do so to keep track of pets and I can be fined if I were to give him away or return him to the S.P.C.A. I have no intention of doing so, when I got him I knew I would be his forever home but some people get pets without thinking long term or of the huge responsibility. I’m glad he’s microchipped. All pets should be — Melissa C.

• Every day I read the government is trying to add laws. Yesterday it was texting and driving, today chipping dogs. Do they not have other things to worry about? Soon they will be telling me what color socks I have to wear. Enough is enough! — Donna M.

• While microchipping was meant to help return a pet to their owner, requiring it by the government is just one more intrusion upon personal choice. The decision to microchip should be left up to the pet owner. If we keep going down this road, it is conceivable that it will be required by the government to microchip children, under the disguise of “for the well being” or even you, yourself — Jerri H.

• That is what they will be trying to force us to do next — microchip our kids. Very scary world we live in! — Heather C.

On football player Ahmad Bradshaw being released by the Giants:

• Well, I’m not a Giants fan anymore. He goes then I go where he plays — Sherri O.

• A great talent. It’s a shame they let him go but maybe he can get with a better team! — Linda M.

On MTV’s announcement to renew the West Virginia reality show “Buckwild,” which has become the No. 1 original cable series on Thursday nights for 12- to 34-year-olds:

• The show is no worse then any of the other reality TV shows that show West Virginia — Sunshine G.

• Love it and will continue to watch — Christy W.

• I watched it expecting it to be completely unrealistic, but honestly it isn’t. It’s how a lot of kids that age act, in West Virginia and all over — Dana S.

• Watch “The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia” sometime ... If you haven’t ... — Phillip B.

• Yeah, it’s nowhere near as bad as some people made it out to be. While it doesn’t do anything to “promote” our state, it also doesn’t do anything to single us out or hurt our image either. It’s actually entertaining (in a silly way) — Randy G.

• We have more to worry about than a reality TV show. People and media need to get their priorities in order — Brian L.

• They are all just actors — Shane B.

• Why are people taking offense to the program? Other than some vulgar language the show only shows some very creative minds at work — young men and women having fun. Get real, at least they’re not out here creating havoc like in Aurora, Colo., Newtown, Conn., or Phoenix, Ariz. Give them some credit where it’s due — Danny H.

• Why would any parent allow a 12-year-old to even watch MTV? — Marina C.

On Tazewell County’s ATV trail project receiving a funding boost:

• Sounds good but what about walking/hiking trails? — Chrissy C.

On a story about the U.S. Postal Service cutting Saturday delivery:

• The way to save the USPS is not by cutting out one day of delivery. The answer is to modernize and streamline your operation and operate in the most cost effective way possible ... — Duane C.

• Time to turn the postal system over to UPS. We know they are much more capable of running a mail system than our government — Jim H.

On a story about the Boy Scouts delaying a decision on admitting gays:

• Usually when you hit your finger with a hammer, it hurts and you try to avoid doing it again. The Boy Scouts, it seems, haven’t quite grasped this fact, so they just keep on doing it to themselves again and again — Bill S.

On a story about an asteroid that will travel close to Earth:

• I wish Donald Yeomans would not have said, “No Earth impact is possible” unless he knocked on wood as he said it. Somebody once said that the Titanic was unsinkable — Donna G.