Letters to the Editor, Oct. 6, 2013
Businesses and the Affordable Care Act
Many Americans would agree that our healthcare system is in dire need of improvement. Premiums are too high and malpractice claims have only made matters worse. When I first got a group policy for my business, it was much less expensive than the $1,800 per month that I pay now. Reform is needed, but some of the provisions in the Affordable Care Act are only going to increase costs.
I have been struggling to keep up with skyrocketing premiums, and now because of the HIT, or Health Insurance Tax, I may have no choice. Even if I ask my employees to contribute to their coverage, paying for half would be a major struggle. Given that it is estimated that the HIT will cause premiums to rise, what choice will many of us have? Faced with this tough decision, many small business owners will either have to drop coverage, reduce their staff, or throw in the towel altogether.
My retail and wholesale businesses have been a part of the Mount Gay community for a long time, and as a member of the Chamber of Commerce, I have always stayed involved in community affairs. Rising taxes and health insurance costs have made it harder to contribute like I used to, including sponsoring teams at the ball field. Congress needs to act to repeal the HIT because small businesses are the foundation of our economy and local communities. If we go under, it will hurt everyone.
Please urge your senators and representatives to stop this tax by voting for the Jobs and Premium Protection Act.
Cary D. Amburgey
Owner of Logan Body Shop Supply
Health care at Man
I grew up in the Man area and can remember there were 13 railroad crossings between Man and Logan. Every coal mine had a spur track up each hollow to the mines.
I have often wondered how many injured coal miners died trying to get to Logan because of being blocked at one of these crossings. I would think quite a few.
The only ambulance I recall was Mr. Gillman’s old black hearse that hauled the dead and dying to Logan if they didn’t meet a coal train or rock fall or, if they survived the trip on Rt. 10 at start with.
Then years later the United Mine Workers (UMW) built a hospital here in Man which made the situation much better for coal miners and seriously ill. Then years later they sold the hospital to Appalachian Regional Hospital (ARH) who in turn turned it into a pile of rubble. So now the people of Man are back to square one with rock falls and C&O coal trains a half-mile long doing 5 miles per hour.
I notice in the obituaries that most that die have gone to be with the Lord. I have been told by preachers that if I did not mend my ways I would go the other way.
When I read about that monster machine that travels up the middle of the river to rescue patients blocked by a train or rock fall, I can’t imagine waking up riding in the back of a half Sherman tank in the middle of the river. The first thought that would come to my mind would be “I didn’t mend my ways soon enough. I didn’t know the Devil had curb service.”
Yet if this machine works like they say and saves one injured coal miner it would be worth it. It would make more sense to invest in a helicopter to fly from Man to wherever and by pass LRMC all together. But anything is better than what we had in the past.
Even two EMTs in a rowboat would beat what we’ve had before.
And for goodness sakes, lets try to mend our ways or Saint Peter might slam those Pearly Gates right in your face and holler “Next!”
James D. Kilgore
More info on Sabo
I would like to add some additional information that was inadvertently omitted of Alex Sabo who was recently inducted into the Logan High School Hall of Fame 2013.
Alex was a member of the LHS Basketball Team during 1960, 1961, 1962 and 1963. In 1963 Alex helped the Wildcats advance to the WV State Basketball Tournament and capture the AAA Runner-Up State Champion title.
Alex was Co-Captain of Beckley College Basketball Team from 1964 to 1966. He then joined the United States Air Force and was Captain of the Loring Air Force Base Basketball team for 1966 to 1970. As a member of that team, Alex traveled extensively throughout the United States playing various USAF base teams. The highlight of his basketball career with the USAF was meeting and playing against the Boston Celtics. Following his military career, Alex returned to college at West Virginia Tech where as a walk-on he became a member and Co-Captain of their basketball team from 1971 to 1973.
Alex has remained active in the sport of basketball since his college and military career. He has been a regular participant in a variety of tournaments and many other organized leagues throughout Logan County including the Old Timer’s League at Logan High School. In addition, as a Buddy League Basketball coach, Alex has used his knowledge and skills in basketball to assist youngsters in learning the fundamentals of the game.
Federal Investigation in Mingo Co.
Being a former resident of Mingo County I have naturally been following the investigation that is currently ongoing threw out the county. My first impression was great any wrong doers in the county government should be weeded out and dealt with accordingly. As the investigation has continued I have begun to have some questions.
Being a former resident, I am no stranger to the two party system in Mingo. You have the judge’s party and Sen. Truman Chafin’s party. This is nothing new to Mingo County, for many years we have had two factions of democrats who have battled for control of the political scene. The names have changed through the years, but it has been the same for decades.
Federal Investigations are nothing new here either. They are usually brought on by cries of fowl by one faction or the other. Normally individuals from both factions have had to answer to the feds for their misdeeds.
As the investigation has unfolded I have been waiting for the other foot to drop and someone from Team Chafin taking their turn in Charleston in front of the investigators. Are we to think that one faction is so utterly rotten and the other so squeaky clean? Isn’t this the same Truman Chafin that had his own scandals in the eighties and nineties? The same Truman Chafin that was implicated by Johnnie Owens in the sale of the sheriff’s office? It became clear to me that their just might be more questions that need answered before we swallow the story coming out of Charleston verbatim.
Why is the Mingo County Prosecuting Attorney, who was hailed a hero for tying up the loose ends that gave them Thornsbury, now being thrown under the bus and hounded relentlessly? Did George White receive a more favorable plea deal than Sparks gave other similarly charged defendants? If not then what was the reasoning behind the “White Conspiracy”.
Why would the judge, who just a few short months ago tearfully professed to the whole state what a fine man and true friend Sherriff Crum was, now throw his friend under the bus? Why did the judge take a plea deal that appears to be so much better than Commissioner Baisden received? Weren’t we told that the judge was the king pin in this crime ridden faction. Did he not relentlessly pursue an innocent man and attempt on more than one occasion to frame and incarcerate the man? Is this whole mess starting to feel more like a coup de’ tat, or an attempt to nullify the last election in Mingo County?
Did Team Chafin get defeated so handily in the last election that the only way they can ever hope to gain control is by removal of their opponents? Given Sen. Chafin’s lopsided losses in the last two elections, 800 and 1300 votes inside the boarders of Mingo County, could this be his last hope of control of the county?
If in fact this is a power play at least one more county commissioner and one magistrate would need to fall for total control to be achieved. If these two offices fall and they succeed in removing the prosecutor, then I think something just might be rotten in Mingo. I could only hope that the federal judges in the capital would take a closer look at these plea deals and the investigation as a whole.
I wonder what Sen. Chafin’s stance on Mingo County needing two judges is these days? Didn’t he in fact sponsor legislation some years back calling for two judges in Mingo?
Maybe I am just paranoid. As one who has always loved Mingo County and who will always call it home, I can only hope that Gov. Tomblin and the WV Supreme Court chooses wisely when appointing a new judge for Mingo County. Please do not replace one corrupt tyrant with another.
Let us further hope that our faith in our legal system is not diminished by more seemingly out of balance plea deals, and that no innocent individuals get caught up in this mess. Maybe some good journalist or law enforcement officer will get the answers to the questions put forth here.
God Bless Mingo County and the United States of America.
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