A selection of reader comments from our Facebook page last week:
On Bluefield’s Clean Sweep campaign:
• Wish Princeton would do this — Sharon B.
On if you have ever been on a diet that worked:
• Yes! It’s called exercise to burn the calories off that you intake — Marja M.
On President Obama saying climate change is hazardous to your health:
• Obama is hazard to my health! — Joseph K.
• No, scientists say that, and the president is capable of repeating the findings of a report — Paul P.
On former Senator Truman Chafin’s expense filing prompting a change in the process:
• The waste in Charleston, like Washington, is unreal. One would think that men and women of character and integrity would conduct themselves in a more productive manner — Preston W.
On marijuana plants and a growing system found in a house in Welch:
• Growing plants is sophisticated these days. Wake up people ... — Sean F.
• Why do you think they call it Hemphill? — Christopher V.
• They get arrested in West Virginia, but in Colorado they are considered business owners — Janis D.
• Growing marijuana? Oh no! Lock these people up, and throw away the key! — Petey P.
• Shouldn’t be against the law, it’s a dang plant! Go after the pill doctor hopping idiots! — Angel H.
On concerns about students crossing Stafford Drive in Princeton, and what you think the solution is:
• For one, the school should expand the parking lot so kids don’t have to park at Roses — Missy W.
• They should also be worried about the students crossing Mineral Springs Road on Eads Mill going to Pikeview ... — Michaella R.
• Build a walking bridge across the road, lots of places have them ... — Mary H.
• Those that park at Roses are actually parked illegally, start having the cars towed to discourage parking there ... — Samuel B.
• Use the police to direct traffic twice a day — Cathy S.
• Hire a crossing guard? People need work anyway in Mercer County ... — Christopher R.
• Traffic is just plain bad in Princeton, almost got creamed three times just going to my mail box — Harold O.
• Crosswalk and crossing guards. Also, enforce the speed limit for school zone — Rhesa S.
• A cross bridge over top of the street — Twinkie W.
• Pedestrian bridge — Tammy R.
On a tractor trailer flipping after GPS sent the driver up a narrow road, and readers’ GPS horror stories:
• This happens a bit too often with drivers who don’t know the terrain and follow GPS directions ... — Louisa M.
• I never trusted those GPSs — Kim S.
• Right below the house, there’s a clear “No truck turn around” sign posted a half mile before where this occurred — Cody G.
• Well at least I got that road nice and clean before that happened — “Love Where You Live” — “Keep Mercer Clean” — Dave H.
• GPS gets it wrong a lot — Jo B.
• GPS sends truckers to Saint Clair Street in Pocahontas, Va., instead of Saint Clair Crossing in Bluefield, Va., at least twice a week. Makes it hard on the 18-wheelers — Debbie W.
• On my honeymoon seven years ago, our GPS tried to take our car across a ferry route. Obviously we had to back track and it was the middle of the night. Ugh! — Carissa M.
• The wrecker business loves GPS — John M.
• My Tom Tom says turn right when I see the interstate sign is definitely on the left, lol ... Sorry this happened for this driver — Lilly C.
• I hate GPS — Janis D.
• Our GPS almost had us in the Kanawha River once when we were trying to locate a motel. It was dark and we almost drove right into the river on a boating ramp! We can laugh about it now, but at the time my husband was not amused — Christy J.
• Trust but verify! — Dan R.
On a story about the first female NFL official:
• Hell yeah! — Samantha C.
• Just wondering if she’s getting paid the same as the men — Kim R.
On a story about troopers temporarily stopping traffic on U.S. Route 460 so a bear could cross the road:
• Yikes! — Charlene L.
• Omg — Brenda C.
• Wild, wonderful, West Virginia! — Reba G.
• But ... WHY did the bear cross the road? — Phillip S.
• So sweet ... — Debbie S.