Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

May 6, 2013

’Pike, pit bulls, Plan B, more

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

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

On if you think the Turnpike is in better condition since the toll increase four years ago:

• No — Gwenda A.

• That’s the roughest road I’ve ever road on and I’m from McDowell! Thump! Thump! Thump! Thump! LOL — Angel H.

• It’s a joke for the local area to pay tolls in the first place, and also they should’ve went down not up! —  Dean C.

• I think between Princeton and Beckley things have improved. But the drive from Beckley to Charleston has not — Nancy B.

On a story about a Mercer County man sentenced to 40 years for second-degree murder:

• Why are prosecutors in this state so willing to let these people cop to a second-degree charge? — Don Z.

On a story about several dead pit bull puppies found dumped near Bluefield:

• These people need to be caught! This is horrible. Put them in a bag and throw them to the curb! — Jenni G.

• Amen ... unfortunately it will be another unsolved crime in this fine town — Ashton S.

• So sad — Paul C.

• This is just the beginning, because of the ban I’m sure there will be more because of people not wanting to get into trouble for having them ... — Keri M.

• I don’t get why everyone is so focused on this one particular breed. I think the focus should be on animal neglect in general. The first step to being a responsible pet owner is getting their animals spayed and neutered... — Candy B.

• The city’s solution to pits will cause much more of this! — Drew F.

• This is so sad ... I love all animals and I agree that whoever did this should be treated just like those poor, innocent puppies. I hope karma bites you like you deserve — Jessica P.

• Can not express the disgust this brings to our area. “Pit Bulls & Parolees” are really needed here now! — Sue F.

• Mercer County can never cry poverty again. They have money to investigate frivolity but won’t look for my tools that were stolen — Michael H.

On if you have renewed your driver’s license since REAL ID took effect, and what kind of experience you had:

• Just hurry up and take a blood sample and give me a federal I.D. card. Tired of all this post-Patriot Act I.D. silliness — Derek Z.

• If the Mercer County Courthouse would become computerized this would not be such a problem. For those employees to have to pull down a giant hand-written book and look up each person and then type the copy of the certificate on a typewriter in 2013 is ridiculous — Johnny F.

• I had everything it asked for on the paper and went right through and did not have any trouble at all. I was in and out in about 15 minutes — Angela G.

• 911 changed my street address, so I went with everything I could possibly ever need, overkill I thought. No, they wanted my divorce decree from 1982! Luckily, since I had gone back to my maiden name, they settled for my first born child — Donna M.

On a story about a necropsy being performed on the pit bull puppies as part of the investigation into their deaths:

• Good. I hope they find something that can help find the person who did this — Rochelle B.

• Kudos on the proper terminology of an autopsy done on an animal other than a human. I always question the credentials of the reporter who fails to distinguish the two — Lawrence S.

On whether Mercer County should enact a spay-neuter ordinance:

• Yes ... with so many reasons behind it, but a very resounding yes! — Donna M.

• Didn’t people learn from the pit bull ordinance? — Angel H.

• Oh yes. So many puppies being born that are unwanted. I think breeders should be exempt — Della S.

• Only if the spaying and neutering will be of the council itself. I don’t think politicians should breed — Shan C.


On a poll question asking if you agree with the FDA’s decision to let 15 year olds buy the morning-after pill:

• Heck no! Why should my child be allowed to buy the morning-after pill because she was irresponsible (when I don’t think she should even be having sex at 15), when I have to give everything short of a DNA sample to buy cold medicine? — Jaimie D.

• Denying access is not going to keep kids from being irresponsible, or from having sex whether they should or shouldn’t be. But it can help keep a moment of poor decisions from reshaping their entire life — Kayla M.

• They’ve OK’d a lot worse drugs for children much younger ... — Matt H.

• Whatever happened to people taking responsibility for their actions? That’s what’s wrong with the world nowadays. If kids don’t want kids, then they shouldn’t be having sex. Period. They shouldn’t be taught that they can do as they please and as long as they take a pill afterward, it will be OK — Jaimie D.

• No! Parents need to teach their children responsibility — Jeanette B.

• Kids are going to have sex, no matter what they are taught. It is better that she buys the pill than to become pregnant and need an abortion. Also better than those of us who work having to help pay for a child that she can’t afford. If she can have a learning permit to drive, she can purchase a safe drug which is not a narcotic — Matt U.

• No, they need to learn protection not Plan B. Plan B does not protect your young child from STDs — Benita N.