Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 21, 2013

Coyotes, welfare, hydrocodone, more


— — On the latest push by several West Virginia lawmakers to require drug testing for welfare recipients:

• I think it will increase the number of foster children. These parents will fail the drug test. Then the children will be taken and placed with family or foster care. Parents will be placed in rehab or even incarcerated. Then guess what? They will still be in the system and we will be paying for everything. But bottom line we will still be fitting the bill — Amber S.

• Florida did this already, spent $178 million dollars and found out that 2 percent failed the tests. I guess West Virginia has plenty of money to waste on this harassment of single mothers — Joe H.

• It also seems like a violation of one’s human rights. ... It will only put more already disadvantaged children into the system. West Virginia really should think this through — James B.

• I think that although there may be children ending up being taken out of their home and placed with responsible family members, children adjust well and will thrive much more if this is what happens. As it is, they are in homes where parents are drugged out and not even sending them to school some days, along with them arriving at school dirty, hungry, and maybe even being affected by the drugs in the home, if it happens to be meth. They are already being hurt and placed at high risk of losing their life ... Karen S.

On West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick’s call for a proposed coyote bounty, and if you think it’s a good idea:

• This is one of the most ignorant ideas I have ever heard of. I'm sure Mr. Helmick means well, but according to his word he has absolutely no idea what he is talking about and has no working knowledge of the eastern coyote. Bounties do not work to remove them anymore. There is too much off limits habitat for them to proliferate. Want to reduce the numbers? Lose the regulations on them and allow them to be hunted in any type of habitat and trapped year round. The most effective tool to manage the coyote, or any predator, is the experienced trapper — Dale R.

• Yes! The money will make more people want to get involved and take out the threat! I don't know how bad they are in West Virginia but Virginia is over run with coyotes ... — Stephanie J.

On whether West Virginia residents should be required to show a form of identification before voting:

• If someone is registered to vote they should be allowed to vote. Some people can't go out and get an ID made without having to hassle to find proof of where they live and all ...  — Hobert C.


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