Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 27, 2013

Welfare, drugs, double murder, more

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

On a story about the continued investigation into a 1983 double homicide in Bastian, Va., and what local cold cases would you like to see solved:

• Yes, I remember it well. Two young men killed execution style at one of the gas stations at the Bastian exit on I-77 ... I’ve always been concerned about the Scott-Noble murders on the Wilderness Road back in the ’70s. It was tragic. Still unsolved — Judy P.

• My family and I moved to Bastian back in 1991. I was only a kid then. Had no idea that something like that happened there — Michelle D.

• What’s even scarier is the murderer is still loose! — Donna M.

• Yeah, it’s scary how many crazy people there are in this world. Makes you question leaving your house at all — Michelle D.

On poll results to a question asking if West Virginia’s welfare system inspires pregnancy in teen girls:

• Yes it does. Also promotes the rampant drug use in the state — Tina S.

• Yes! I have a teacher friend ... and her middle school girls were talking about trying to get pregnant to get a check! It makes me sick! — Ashley P.

• Make them pick trash off the streets for that check — Chuck W.

• It sounds like a parental issue more than a welfare issue — Kathy M.

• There are plenty of people who are not on welfare whose kids are having kids. There are as many people on SSI or some other form of disability that train their kids how to get on it when they don’t really warrant it. Dance all night then show up at the doctor and need a scooter to get around — Jamie L.

• I would say “Teen Mom” inspires it more than anything. Just like Dr. Drew’s “Celebrity Rehab” made the issue worse. “Teen Mom,” I think, has made it worse. Thanks Dr. Drew! — Chad B.

• One welfare baby is an accident, four is a career choice — Steven T.

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