Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 25, 2013

Pets, property, pregnancy, more

(Continued)

On a column by Charles Owens about how a little common sense could right obvious wrongs:

• One of the best editorials that the BDT has ever printed, but unfortunately Bluefield leaders will take no notice — Bill S.

On the controversy surrounding the demolition of the historic Johnston House in Princeton, and your views on property owner rights versus historic values:

• I think historic value should mean more. You shouldn’t buy a property with historic significance if you can’t keep it maintained. I really hope they can save it. The owner walked me through it one time and I would have loved to been able to buy it. It really could be a beautiful home once again — Chris J.

• Learn from Bluefield ... That town has become a parking lot. Princeton should keep the Johnston House — Sherry K.

• It’s his/her property. Plus not only would Princeton have to buy it, but then they would have to renovate. Does Princeton have the extra money just laying around? If the owner wants to tear it down let him — Heather P.

• Is there a historical society in Princeton? I understand and believe that if this is privately owned that the property owner has every right to do as he wishes. But if there is anyway the community can come together and save it, I think that would be the optimum solution — Sherry K.

• ... To suggest the city buy it is insane; they are still begging for funds to stop the Stafford Drive flooding, yet they are investing millions in an old bank building for a new city hall. An old bank building that a “thriving” college wanted to buy I might add! Go figure — Johnnie S.

On a poll question asking if you agree with the decision by school officials in Tazewell County to ban tobacco usage at schools and school related facilities, including Mitchell Stadium:

• Yes, I agree — Stephanie D.

• I mostly agree. However, I’m not sure they really have the right to dictate anything at Mitchell Stadium, but it’s mostly a non-smoking facility anyway — Angela S.

• Absolutely. Why is there even a question? — Rob B.

• I agree, but who or how will it be enforced? Tobacco use is already banned on McDowell County school grounds and smokers still smoke right outside the doors going to the gym and they smoke outside the fence going to the parking lot at the stadium ... — LouVinia C.

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