Letters To The Editor, April 6, 2014

April 6, 2014

Thanks for team support


I want to extend a sincere thank you to the community members and supporters during our school’s first state tournament appearance. From every word of support to every pat on the back, nothing went unnoticed. So many people worked hard and rallied together in our community. There were so many positive comments from individuals at the state tournament about our community. It was truly overwhelming.

This team will be remembered forever in the hearts and minds of Chapmanville, and your gratitude forever changed the hearts of the young men on this team. They felt so appreciated, as did I. We will work hard to return next year to bring home a state championship to our fans. We look forward to seeing you at our ballgames next season!


Mr. Allan Hatcher

CRHS Boys Basketball Coach



H.B. 4014 failure to pass


With our lawmakers only being in session for a short period of time each year, we all will admit there are many issues that are taken up and many of those do not get the attention they deserve. It is only natural that politicians vote “up or down” based on many different issues and factors. Some of those reasons are personal. Some for the people, some are protecting their jobs and some are paying back political favors. Whatever the reason(s) for the direction their vote(s) go, the life of a small state politician is not a walk in the park. It is just my opinion, but I believe our elected lawmakers should seek out the wishes of their constituents and make good on their perceived word to do what is expected and what is best for the state.

While most house bills are controversial and if passed into law could split the districts or possibly the state. Recently H.B. 4014 was introduced and a portion of that bill would have put some teeth in the penalties for “littering”. That bill has failed or is in jeopardy. Who among us would agree that littering is not something that continues to drag West Virginia down? How difficult would it be for any elected official to stand up and explain why a bill such as this could not have been broken out of the main bill, 4014, and passed on its own. To control the litter through enforcement will be cheaper than cleaning it up later.

I can remember during my first 17 years here in Logan County how the creeks were black with coal dust and pot holes in the tar and gravel roads made driving a hazard. Those were the days when most of us threw our trash/garbage over the creek bank and, after dark, set fire to it. At the time we thought burning it was the proper thing to do. The portion that did not completely burn was later pushed into the creek later. The floods were so regular that usually each year the high waters washed any remaining debris away. A lot of things have changed for the better but the way some of us still handle our trash/garbage dates back generations. I will take liberty to say I cannot remember seeing bags of trash being thrown out of vehicles as they travel down the road during those days. Today our highways are a dumping ground.

Although we have moved into the 21st century, we still have some people that seemingly take pride in throwing their trash alongside the roads, over the banks and into the creeks and rivers. The need to stiffen the penalties for littering is an issue that stands in the way of a cleaner, better way of life for the majority of us living in West Virginia. Non-enforcement even invites littering.

Who among us have not had visitors from out of town that have made embarrassing remarks about the discarded trash that is so prevalent in the area(s). Most of us are being treated much like the atheists treat the Christians. A few, anti-establishment soles are dictating to the majority.

Take a look at the guilty perpetrators in your neighborhood and your blood boils. A few individuals who get a kick out of spreading their trash all over the place are doing it without fear of reprisal.

Our lawmakers should decide if some extra work during the next session would be worthwhile if they decide to present the anti -littering bill as a “stand alone” bill. Or a least a bill that does not include consequential issues that are bound to guarantee its defeat. With the passage of a stronger “anti-littering” bill that will not substitute community service for stiffer fines, a dedicated relentless team of officers that can enforce the law without wavering and a judicial system that will not vary from enforcing the law because of different circumstances that may or may not be relevant. This will do more to make West Virginia, again, a place of beauty and a destination for people all across America such as the Hayfield and McCoy Trails.

Our state, West Virginia, is far better than we get credit for, due to first impressions visitors get as soon as they cross the state line.

Noel Richardson



“It’s Logan High” school song


I want to pass on some information which I learned over a period of time.

The Logan High School song “It’s Logan High” was written in 1932 by Howard “Red” Conley, from Cora, W.Va. The music was added by the band director, Carl McElfresh.

Many, many students still well remember the words to the wonderful song.

Thank you.

Alice Mathis

Chapmanville, W.Va.