Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

May 20, 2013

Bugs, bear, prostitutes, more

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

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

On a poll question asking how much you plan to spend on home-improvement projects this year:

• I’ll be on a first-name basis with all the folks at the bank by the time all the projects are over ... that’s how much! — Donna G.

On the U.N. promoting edible insects as low-fat, high-protein foods, and whether you would eat a bug:

• With the rise in grocery prices, we soon may not have a choice! — Rob B.

• I help my children eat gummy worms ... does that count? — Carly M.

• Umm. No — Sharon E.

• Dipped in dark chocolate! — Teresa S.

• Crickets taste like Lays Potato Chips — Derek Z.

• Eww ... no — Cindy G.

• It’s just a bug. I’ve seen people eat worse and survive — Alli L.

• Sure. People that are not open minded miss out on life — Richard S.

• Eat them all the time when biking. They’re an extra source of protein — Neil S.

• You won’t convince McPeople to eat anything that isn’t heavily processed ... Unless you incorporate bugs into a box of mac ’n’ cheese or Mountain Dew — Derek Z.

• I would eat a bug before I would consider eating the flesh of a warm-blooded animal like a cow or pig — Julie D.

• Anyone that went to Camp Joy was exposed to the camp leader’s son who always was snacking on grasshoppers and chocolate-covered ants. Anything covered in chocolate can’t be too bad — Joe H.

On Bluewell residents asking the Mercer County Commission for help in dealing with prostitutes:

• They can’t keep them off the main drag in Princeton, how the heck will they keep them out of Bluewell? —Scott H.

• How will they help in Bluewell when they can’t even fix the problem in Princeton — Tina E.

On a poll question asking your opinion of school consolidation?

• I believe the school board has too much authority. Too many schools have been consolidated without good cause. The town people can rally all they want to, but if they have a school they want to close, it gets closed ... — Shirley M.

• Against — Greg P.

On a photo and slideshow about a black bear in Bluefield, Va., and where the bear has been spotted:

• Is that Pooh bear or Smokey? — Joya C.

• There is a bear on my porch every other night and animal control won’t do anything about it — Travis B.

• This is what happens when you live in mountains — Teresa B.

• If you can’t take precautions ... take a shotgun! — Eric J.

• It was a mother and two cubs over here in our area! — Lynn A.

• Yikes! My area! — Ginny F.

On Princeton police beginning new foot patrols on Mercer Street, and whether this will help deter crime:

• No! Criminals will still sneak and do stuff right behind a cop’s back! — Stephanie J.

• Yes, unless they become a part of the problem themselves — Marie B.

• Of course not. Not when they turn their head the other way. I have heard them call the prostitutes ... by name ... — Robin E.

• If the foot patrols are going to be enforcing the laws and making sure charges are made for those breaking them, it might have a chance, but only time will tell. The reason it has been going on for the years it has is because the punishment isn’t being enforced or strict enough. The lawbreakers don’t have any motivation for stopping what they are doing. Once business owners see a big difference and improvement, maybe our local economy will also improve as more businesses will be motivated to open in the heart of our town — Karen S.

• It won’t help if they don’t get the hookers off the streets. Downtown Princeton has died due to various reasons but the hookers are one of the major reasons people do not want to be on the sidewalks of Princeton. Prostitution is a crime and it needs to be halted ... D.C. M.

On a Clarksburg man who got prison time for failing to stop his girlfriend from burning her 2-year-old daughter with cigarettes and feeding her hot red pepper seeds:

• Burn them both and rub hot peppers in their eyes! — Janine B.

• They both need to be put under the jail. How could anyone treat a child that way or stand by and allow it to happen? God bless that poor child — Janet H.

• How horrible can someone be. This is most disturbing to me. I hope this child gets a good home and someone to love her — Lois G.

On a poll question asking if additional resignations should be demanded from the IRS in light of the growing scandal:

• It is time to de-fund the IRS. They are corrupt to the core and will be in charge of our health care soon. Who wants such a corrupt organization in charge of the most personal thing to every American? They have proven they can not be trusted. This issue affects every American citizen — Jerri H.