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Friday, June 21, 2013
Billionaire’s debt is his business
I read your news article on Jim Justice with some degree of disgust (“Billionaire owes mine contractors, suits allege,” June 17). The article seemed to be directed toward embarrassing Justice and his children, who have chosen Roanoke for their home, business and education. I feel sure your paper, the so-called voice of Roanoke, has soured their opinion of their chosen home.
I have lived in Roanoke for several years, but grew up in the coalfields of West Virginia, where I have managed a nonprofit in my hometown for the past 12 years. I have not met any of the Justice family, but did get a glimpse of Jim Justice when I traveled to the Greenbrier to pick up Christmas presents for 60 children in need in my hometown of Mullens, W. Va.
What I know about Justice is that he has saved one of West Virginia’s treasures and is bringing it back to its glory days, and he provides more than $1 million for Christmas presents for children in need.
The article indicated Justice has 80 companies. Business is tough in the coalfields; to find only a dozen or so disgruntled vendors is amazing.
President, Rural Appalachian Improvement League Inc.
Traffic light pattern is a daily irritant
I was glad to see the letter from Bruce Lewis regarding the traffic lights on Electric Road (“In the end, time and red lights will endure,” June 15 Pick of the day). I drive it almost every day, and find it irritating that you get a green light that allows you to drive back into another red light, and this goes all the way through Salem.
I contacted the Virginia Department of Transportation about this and was told that actually the lights are controlled in Kansas. Yes, you read it right. Kansas. Go figure.
Making the intolerant case for tolerance
Jessee Ring’s rant about liberal intolerance (“Liberal intolerance on full display,” June 5 commentary) reveals an interesting and somewhat confusing definition of tolerance.
By extolling the attributes of E.W. Jackson, presumably an icon of tolerance, Ring demonstrates the state of a confused mind. Here is candidate who’s views make tolerance a stretch.
Quoting from The Roanoke Times (“Va. Republicans turn far right,” May 21 editorial): Jackson “has shown stunning intolerance of gays and lesbians, denouncing homosexuals as ‘very sick people.’ He has proclaimed that Planned Parenthood ‘has been more lethal to black lives than the KKK ever was,’ and has called Democrats ‘anti-God.’ ”
Ring goes on to insult the intelligence of African Americans by suggesting Jackson should receive their vote on the sole merit of being black, leaving us with a perception of tolerance that is both disingenuous and bizarre.
RUDY J. VIETMEIER
New clinic rules will make abortion riskier
Re: “1st suit filed to challenge abortion clinic rules” (June 14 news story):
Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli should have been born a female. Then he would understand why abortion clinics are so desperately needed.
To demand that these clinics meet the standards for newly constructed hospitals is absurd. This is not to protect women’s health, but to shut down the clinics because he is anti-abortion.
If clinics close, women will still have abortions, whether it be in some filthy office or a back alley with a coat hanger. This is taking women’s rights backward, not forward. What about cases of rape, incest or the mother’s health being in danger?
How would men feel if they were forced to have a vasectomy at home? I don’t hear any women telling men what to do with their bodies or where they are allowed to get health care.
Everyone is given choices in this life. The choices we make define who we are as individuals. God judges us all, and he is the only one who has the right.
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