Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

February 20, 2013

Internet, soda, moonshine, more

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

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

On a story about a Bluefield police cruiser being set on fire:

• Hoodlums — Joy M.

• The millennials have no respect for the law. They learned that from their parents who have no respect for themselves or God. It’s going to get a lot worse. :-D Rob D.

• Lawmakers have no respect either ... Open your eyes people ... When neither have respect for authority the world will be a terrible place — Kelli S.

On a bill that would raise the age at which West Virginia students can drop out of school:

• You can lead a horse to water, but ... — Karen D.

• You can lead a horse to drink, but you can’t make him water unless you have a very high voltage cattle prod. Same with students — Bill M.

• I think raising the age from 16 to 17 needs to be done, too many young people who drop out don’t realize what a mistake they made until it’s too late — Hobert C.

• I don’t think they need to raise anything, If they want to do something have them to bring back paddling in school — Joe A.

On a poll question asking how big of an impact an Internet outage has on you and your family:

• Internet is a utility. Far more important than a telephone or cable TV, because it can replace both of those — David T.

• My Internet was out all day yesterday and it affects access to news, entertainment and the world. I wish we had better choices around here for Internet because it’s embarrassing when Europeans can access our servers faster than we can ... — Joe H.

• Significant impact. We keep in contact with family using the free Internet social sites. In my opinion, Frontier is the absolute worst provider because they go out when someone sneezes — Bev O.

• A lot — Glen H.

• Significant! — Crystal S.

• Really missed it yesterday but thankfully I have a smart phone — Nancy K.

On whether soda should be banned for teachers in schools:

• Yes, because teachers are suppose to be setting the example for the students they teach. If they are allowed to have soda then there is nothing wrong with the students having it — Lisa B.

• No, and it is time to end the nanny state stupidity. Banning seems to be the fad of the day for progressives. There is such a thing as personal responsibility — Jerri H.

• They shouldn’t be allowed to drink them in front of the children — Alice N.

• Teachers are adults and should be allowed to drink and eat what they want. I know teachers get very little sleep and need the caffeine. What’s next, parents can’t drink it in front of their children? — Chelsea J.

• I think it’s a shame that we as adults are reduced to worrying about teachers, grown adults, consuming soda during lunch. I guess this is our only concern since the other problems our society is facing have been solved — John C.

On a story about an 85-year-old busted for making moonshine, and whether moonshining should be illegal in this day and age:

• It all comes down to money. If they paid taxes on it that would make it all right — Della S.

• Busting illegal drugs is more important — Gayle W.

• Exactly — Jimmy S.

• Pills, meth and heroin are more of a problem — Julie D.

• Leave ’em alone, all they’re (expletive deleted) about is taxes; drug users, let ’em kill themselves if they want. Quit wasting taxpayers’ money on those drug programs created for “jobs,” total waste — Karen D.

• Don’t waste my tax dollars busting stills when drugs have taken over the communities! Never hear of a moonshiner stealing you blind or robbing someone to get a quart of shine! lol — Angel H.

• You can brew your own beer and make your own wine. All the feds are worried about is taxes on spirits — Leah P.

• Moonshine has been here longer than most of us. There are more serious crimes to be taken care of! It’s in the older generations’ blood to shine, leave then alone — Tiffany B.

• Leave these people along, go get the druggies — they’re the ones that are crazy and lazy. To make moonshine you gotta work, druggies don’t work — Christine D.