Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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October 4, 2012

Cruelty, foliage, Halloween, more

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

On a story about the director of the Reston Zoo being found guilty of animal cruelty for drowning an injured wallaby, and being sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined more than $1,000:

• This is a good beginning — but this wench should never work around animals or be allowed to share her life with a pet. Evil done to animals is reprehensible — Jonathan S.

• A 30-day sentence is way too short. One to five years would be more appropriate! — Judith L.

On your favorite spot to view fall foliage:

• Pipestem — Larry S.

• Burkes Garden for sure! — Beverly R.

• Graham Recreational Park. So pretty over there — Stefanie B.

• Riding on the highway on I-77, or out in the country on the back roads in West Virginia heading to Maryland. West Virginia is my home but I live in Florida. I have seen it in Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina — beautiful — Judy P.

• Seconding Pipestem! — Brian H.

On a story about the Boy Scouts of America releasing so-called “perversion files” to police after a century of tracking pedophiles:

• So when did the Boy Scouts of America become the police? The FBI? If they had knowledge of a pedophile and did not turn him/her in, isn’t that against the Boy Scouts basic motto, what they are based on? And if other children were molested because they “sat on information,” this isn’t right. Who were they protecting? It’s a cover-up! — Steve B.

• They won’t let gay men become Scout leaders, but they don’t report Scout leaders who sexually abuse Scouts. Doesn’t make sense! — Bill S.

On a poll asking if students in West Virginia should be required to have mandatory vaccinations:

• Yes — Cindy G.

• No, government policies are crossing the boundaries on these types of things — Chris S.

• No. I do understand as a pediatric nurse how important they are but I believe it should be up to the parents what they do to their children not the government — Alicia P.

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