Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

February 18, 2013

The State of the Union, love, wrestling, more

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

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

On a poll question asking how would you rate President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address:

• Poor. Replay of 2009 promise of jobs. He just didn’t say in what country. He is America’s pied piper. West Virginians don’t fall for smooth talkers so easily. — Barbara T.

•  Yeah, Senator Byrd stayed in office 50 years and look at the great financial condition West Virginia is in. Of all states to talk about results — James B.

• Looks like another four years of failing policies! — Jessica T.

• Didn’t even watch it since it was probably more of the same old stuff we heard the past four years — Karen S.

• First time I can remember not watching the State of the Union Address. Too disgusted with the current state of American politics to waste time with it — Jim D.

• President Obama’s speech was, as usual, excellent. Now, if only we had a Congress which had the courage and decency to work to implement my president’s proposals. Unfortunately, the right wing is so entrenched in the politics of racism and screwing the common person that getting them to do anything at all is about as likely as an asteroid smacking into downtown Seattle. Not likely at all — Jonathan S.

• The speech centered on the middle class and what needs to be done to raise our standard of living as well as take care of our aging infrastructure and national debt. Yes! I have a brain — Bill M.

• Didn’t even watch the idiot. Can’t stand to even watch him. He is killing our country — Derek K.

• You would expect to hear this from a bunch of hillbillies. Now I see why he didn’t spend time campaigning in West Virginia. They still in the stone ages — Tracy S.

• Obama made perfect sense. He made good proposals and as always he offers a olive branch to the Republicans which was promptly swatted down by every talking head last night and this morning. Politics is not a game, it’s not “my side versus your side. “There can be a difference of opinion but there is no reason to claim Obama has done anything evil and wants Americans to fail. I really don’t recall people having so much hate towards Bush and he obliterated our country — Joe H.

• I remember plenty of people disliking Bush. The problem is that Obama has the same policies — Matt H.

On the question of do you have a vacation horror story to share:

• “Momma, what’s vacation?” — Jamie L.

• Yep, virus on Norwegian Cruise lines a couple of years ago. Terrible! — Shirley G.

On President Obama’s promise to create new jobs without raising the federal deficit — and whether this is possible:

• He doesn’t have a genie in a bottle. So, I would say no way — Floyd C.

• He’s lied before so I am sure he has no problem doing it again — Angela G.

• He’s made other offers but the Do Nothing Congress holds up every jobs bill and the Senate filibusters anything that would help the country. It’s time for partisan politics to stop and cooperation to step forward and help the working man — Joe H.

• Nice to hope, but jobs created doesn’t mean all will work them. No one wants to work anymore, or can’t for they are too busy living off the government and stealing for their next high — Angel H.

On a story about wrestling being cut from the 2020 Olympics:

• Why do people mess with things that isn’t broken?? — Angel H.

• Wresting is one of the oldest sports in the world going back to ancient times and is one of the original Olympic sports, but it doesn’t deserve to be an Olympic sport? There’s something wrong with that! — Anthony R.

On a poll question asking what is your favorite romantic movie?

• “The Notebook” definitely should have been on there! — Tabitha A.

• And “Pretty Woman” is the winner! .Nothing says “love” like the Cinderella tale of a hooker and a corporate raider — Neal V.

• “Dirty Dancing” of course — Mary M.

• “Bridges Of Madison County” — Sue K.

On a story about receiving “chocolate shoes” for Valentine’s Day:

• Women complain for 11 months out of the year that men want silly things and are distracted by shiny gadgets. And one month out of the year they expect chocolate, diamonds, and gold — Neal V.

• I once bought a chocolate “shirt and tie” at a chocolatier in Paris for a friend who had just received a big promotion at work — Rich N.