Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

June 24, 2013

ATVs, education, W.Va., more

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

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

On the Bluefield, Va., Town Council mulling restrictions for driving golf carts on roads, and if you have ever witnessed vehicles that are not street legal traveling on major roadways:

• Every day, every hour, every minute, every second ATVs are on the roads. Most of the time they are either a kid or a drunk darting all over the road. Take away all of these things from these irresponsible drivers. Go play in the woods where you are supposed to be — Joe H.

• It’s no worst then four-wheelers riding on the road. If they’re to ride in the road they both should pay personal property taxes, have it inspected and pay to drive it legally like a vehicle. Four-wheelers are no different then vehicles, so why even allow them on the road to begin with? — Twig D.

• Wow! Of all things a city could fight, why this? I think we need to worry more about theft and drug activity instead of worrying about a golf cart or ATV on a roadway! — Mae E.

• I have seen both golf carts and one very loud, obnoxious man riding an ATV up and down my street multiple times a day with no helmet ... — Mandy B.

On what can be done to improve our education system:

• Remove the union — Jerry W.

• Remove the union? Yes, because our teachers aren’t screwed enough by the government, so let’s take away their ability to stand up against it? — Melissa F.

• Year-round school — Barbie D.

• I’ve seen teacher salaries rank between 39 and 46 out of 50. A good start would be to pay them more. Most positions want you to have a Masters so they should be paid better. In addition, learning starts at home. Instead of parents expecting teachers to do it all, parents need to come to the plate and aid in their education — Chuck W.

• If we paid teachers a million dollars a year, would they start turning out Nobel prize winners or even one good rocket scientist? No. it has been proven time and time again that teacher unions do nothing but protect bad teachers ... as a side note, you could throw three kids out of each classroom and improve learning by quite a bit — Steven T.

On a story about a bad case of child neglect in Virginia:

• Jeez, people make me sick — Lorri W.

• I hope the system doesn’t fail once again and give these babies back to their monster parents ... What a horror for these babies. They need to put their so-called parents under the jail, and that still wouldn’t be good enough! — Bev D.

• Bubba is waiting on you — Brian S.

On a poll question asking what is the greatest thing about West Virginia:

• The mountains, and it’s just home — Heather H.

• The diversity! — Lauren C.

• WVU Football — Michael R.

• The freedom — Anita H.

• All the above. So majestic — Sue F.

• The scenery — Tina S.

• WVU football, the mountains, the majestic vistas, the culture ... need I go on? — John W.

On a video of a little boy born without auditory nerves hearing his father’s voice for the first time:

• This is awesome, just to see the little guy’s face. God is good — Tammy J.

• Hooray education, innovation and science! — Barbie D.

On Paula Deen admitting to using racial slurs:

• Ms. Deen, if you do not find racial slurs to be acceptable why do you use them? Everyone should have the sense to know that using derogatory names is offensive! — John W.

• Her eyes and teeth creep me out so I’ve never watched her show or bought any of her products — Stephanie H.

On if you like watching documentaries, and your favorite documentary:

• I like documentaries very much, especially nature ones. One of my favorites is “Microcosmos” — Barbie D.

• Love docs ... at least you are learning while watching. Not like those mindless detective shows — Elma P.

• “Saving Superman.” It is about the public school system. Will open any parent’s eyes — Alicia Jenkins P.

• I love documentaries. I highly recommend “The Last Mountain” — Allison B.

• Love documentaries, but you must remember they are one-sided. They are only trying to prove their point, not show any other views. I watch them but I also know they had an agenda to make the documentary in the first place — Bev O.

• Highly recommended: “Honor Flight, One Last Mission” ... also National Geographic’s “Arlington, Fields of Honor” — Paul D.

On your favorite slogan for West Virginia (”Almost Heaven” or “Wild and Wonderful”):

• What about “Open For Business?” Not! — Jamie L.