Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 24, 2013

State song, dog scraps, gun control, more

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

On a poll question asking if you feed your dog table scraps:

• Both my dogs eat as well as we do! My Yorkie is pretty picky but the small mix doggy will eat anything. Why not pork if it is well-cooked? — Donna M.

• We do but we also mix dog food in with it to give them the nutrients they need from the dog food. Now my mom, her dog is so picky all he will eat is table food and only certain things and she has to hand feed him. It is too cute. Just like a child sometimes — Tranessa L.

• As long as its not chocolate or pork product why not — Courtney H.

On whether “Country Roads, Take Me Home” should be West Virginia’s newest state song, and if you know the other three state songs:

• You mean it wasn’t already? Of course it should be the state song. But let’s let the  West Virginia government work on improving the state instead of frivolous matters like this. Make a one sentence bill. Pass it in two minutes and let the governor sign it — Joe H.

• The West Virginia Hills? — Roger E.

• No! It’s mostly about Virginia — Harold P.

• “The West Virginia Hills” is one. Sang it many years ago at my sixth grade graduation. I think another one is “West Virginia, My Home Sweet Home.” I’d have to look up the third — Janine B.

• Yes it should — Nena J.

• Yes — Douglas G.

• No, no, no, no and no. It’s a terrible song, and has almost nothing to do with West Virginia — Allison B.

• If another state song is to be added, it should be “West Virginia, My Home” by Mercer County’s own Hazel Dickens — Allison B.

• It could be considering it

was written with West Virginia in mind. Specifically, the upper panhandle as that is where the Shenandoah River runs through. But of course this is just a small portion and doesn’t cover the other great places in the state. It should really be something that covers the depths of the state — Tranessa L.

• This is a no-brainer if there ever was one. First four words of the song: “Almost Heaven, West Virginia,” and most West Virginians already think it is our state song — Paul D.

• Yes, yes and yes. When my sister and I hear this song, we always stand and place our hand over the heart. One time we pulled the car over on the shoulder of the road and did this. We have done it at our high school reunions and high school get together — Phyllis L.

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