Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 12, 2013

Phones, feud, arrests, more

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

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

On if you have a landline, and which you use more — a landline or cellphone:

• Either which one you have, landline or mobile, truth is the NSA will still be spying on you — Luke N.

• The NSA doesn’t care about your dirty emails or your conversation with Uncle Bob. They’re looking for al-Qaida, not newsletters from your favorite gun club — Derek Z.

• Both — Kristi M.

• We have both! We have to have a landline because we live out in the middle of nowhere (I love it) and have no cell service! — Stephanie J.

• Have both ... landline used the most — Charlene L.

• I live in Buchanan County where cell service is sparse — when our house caught on fire our cell booster did not work due to power being cut. How would we call 911 if we had not had a landline? This concerns me as most of Tazewell, Buchanan and McDowell County does not have access to cell service — Sandra H.

• Why in this day and age is cell service still almost nonexistent in McDowell and other counties? I worry all the time when my sister travels to her teaching job that if she is in an accident she won’t be able to call for help! I see nothing has changed since I left 28 years ago. The miners work hard and pay their taxes and the upper part of the state reaps the benefits. I bet Charleston has excellent service, just like they have the best roads, etc. — Cheryl H.

• I live within a mile of a cell tower ... still can’t get cell service on my phone. So I have a landline and a cell. I rely on my landline when I’m at home and my cell when I’m away — Kaye L.

• Phone companies are going to raise the prices of landlines to make them the same cost as cell phones. They are deliberately pricing themselves out of the landline market — Bev O.

• Iaeger. Bradshaw. Roderfield. Panther. Hanover. = no cell coverage. Thanks, Obama! — Steven R.

• No landline, I use a cell phone — Sherry B.

• I have a cell phone for traveling, but it is useless in McDowell. Even in Welch it’s spotty on service. We have heard so many stories about getting more towers over several years. And guess what? It still hasn’t happened. Probably won’t see it in my lifetime — Michele C.

On West Virginia American Water requesting a 20 percent rate increase:

• West Virginia American Water had requested a rate increase of about 20 percent. Are they crazy? — Don D.

• Wonderful. Most normal jobs these days take three or more years to give a 5 percent raise or maybe 75 cents more an hour. But all the rates and prices shoot up everyday it seems. No wonder everyone struggles — Casey B.

• 20 percent is ridiculous! — Paul C.

• [This] sucks! How about city officials doing something about our utilities? Stop worrying about pit bulls and how many pets people have! Do something that actually helps us! — Ava N.

• Unbelievable. The vets get a 1.3 percent increase and the electric, water, garbage, sewage, etc., go up 10 times that amount — Don H.

On police in Bluefield starting new foot patrols:

• Summer months, OK! Only during the day? Pointless — Crystal H.

• There’s nothing in Bluefield period. Plus the patrol is only during summer and the day? Durrrrr! Anyone can tell you that anything shady happens on the avenue or happens at night. Smoke and mirrors people — Steven C.

• Sociologically speaking, crime is higher during the summer months. I would venture a guess that’s why they targeted summer. That doesn’t mean that they don’t patrol at night (nor that they don’t patrol during the other seasons) — just not on foot — Donella C.

• Foot patrols, where they are needed, will be unlikely. Too risky for the police who will face lawsuits if they try to control crime — Bill S.

On a Facebook feud that led to a car chase and attempted pepper spraying incident:

• Wow! — Michelle L.

• How stupid can you be! — Ball R.

• Over Facebook, get a life! — Greg K.

• Their family and friends must be so proud — Charlene L.

On a Bluewell man indicted on a child pornography charge:

• Death to all child molesters — Lonnie U.

• He needs jail — Elaine L.

• Pure scum bag! Grrrrrr — Eva S.

On a story about a drug roundup in McDowell County, including mugshots of those arrested:

• Well, seven less McDowell County has to deal with — Paula P.

• Please, they’ll be out on bond in no time. If they aren’t already! — Joni N.

• Can’t they afford clothes in McDowell County? — Luke N.