A selection of reader comments from our Facebook page last week:
On a story about a Texas woman being arrested for getting a tattoo for her minor daughter:
• ... I don’t think a 13-year-old should have tattoos, but it shouldn’t be illegal after a certain age with parental consent, like say 16. If a kid can get ears pierced with permission then what’s the difference? — Alicia P.
• You can take out an earring, a tattoo is a little more permanent — Samuel B.
• In many states, a minor can get married with parental consent. We allow armed service recruiters in our high schools, but we don’t want them to have a tattoo? — Matt H.
On a story in which family members speak out about the past of an accused rapist:
• If he had received a good amount of time in prison, more crimes by him could have been prevented. Consequences have become so minor that criminals just wait out their time, knowing they will be out shortly, to resume their criminal activity again — Karen S.
• Proof that sometimes abortions should be retroactive — Jeff S.
On a poll question asking how you would rate cell phone reception in the region:
• I have Verizon and I have good service here in West Virginia ... — Melissa R.
• U.S. Cellular. Excellent service for years — Karen L.
• U.S. Cellular, wonderful service for years. I also have service where many others do not — Angela A.
• Very, very limited when traveling to and from Welch — Sandra T.
On a story about a former West Virginia doctor being sentenced after a pill mill probe:
• Thankful for this step in the right direction — Theresa D.
On a story about a man stealing from his mother:
• Wow, and now he gets nothing ... Doc C.
• So sad. Illegal, street and prescription drug abuse, alcohol abuse and even gambling addictions can take any family member or friend and turn them into a stranger of theft, harm and additional abuses to feed their addictions. So sad to see the man abuse his mom like this and rob her. I hope they nail him to the wall because if he would steal from his mother, he’d steal from any of us! But that won’t happen. West Virginia slaps them on the wrist and creates victims instead of survivors who can get criminal justice ... — Cynthia C.