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Hinton, WV

Hope you Obama fans are happy

Have one, thanks, and still have free time to disprove the pitiful arguments people try to make, blaming people for things that, for starters, don't exist (such as a 10% tax increase.) Taxes are necessary to have roads, power lines you didn't have to pay out of pocket for, etc. Virtually every modern thing you rely on day by day is paid for out of those taxes, so no, you won't hear me griping because of a 2% increase, which was really just a return to Bush-era rates. I, for one, am glad to have roads to drive on, and glad that I didn't have to dish out $40k to get power lines ran to my house when I moved in. I can't imagine where you'd be if that was the case for you: Certainly not sitting behind a computer thinking your 3 jobs make you any more qualified to determine tax policy than the actual economists that did so.  (Feb 10, 2013 | post #25)

Hinton, WV

Hope you Obama fans are happy

Also FYI, your views on power production are a joke, taken straight from the Fox "News" line. No, solar isn't cheap to produce yet, but neither was coal, natural gas, nuclear, or waste-to-energy when they first started out. In the grand scheme of things, 200 years isn't a long time, and that's the same estimate they were using when I was in grade school. The attitude that "It'll last my lifetime, so who cares" is the problem here, not our means to produce other energies. Acres in the Nevada/Arizona deserts are more than capable of producing enough solar power for this country to run on forever, and despite the extreme opposition from coal companies and the people working for them that buy the 'we just can't do it' line, it's being built anyways, because the rest of the country realizes that the pollution coal and natural gas cause aren't worth it in the long run. The amount of mercury put into our water supply each day from a single coal plant in insane, but so long as you can watch Nascar on your tv, what's it matter to you that future generations won't have fresh water to drink, or will see higher rates of cancer, brain disorders, reduced lifespans, etc. The ability to use geothermal in this state, ironically enough, was established by the very coal companies fighting its use, and have fed you the lie that we don't have the ability to do it here. Their own thermal readings established the Appalachian mountains as the best spot east of the Mississippi to implement geothermal energy, and their abhorrent mountaintop removal has created the very stretches of flat land you say don't exist. Obviously you don't understand what it takes to make geothermal work, nor do you understand what has actually been going on in this state. If our power was produced by a method who's only pollution was some hot water (geothermal) or had none besides the manufacturing process (solar) then electric cars would easily cut our yearly pollution significantly, remove our dependency (in your own words) from "dangerous foreign oil", etc. Energy independence *might* be reached using oil and natural gas resources here in the US, but it could never be sustained. Even under your own estimate of 200 years, that implies today's level of use, not the amount of use it would take to completely supply this country's current demand, and certainly not what demand might be in the future. Coal and oil will become things of the past, one way or another, either because we had the foresight to phase them out ourselves for methods we don't have to fight over resources for in the long run, or because we simply ran out. It might not affect you, or me, or even the next generation, but eventually we WILL run out of oil, and coal, and natural gas, and the people that happens to will be forced to deal with a total lack of energy if we don't put other things into place before that. Whether you believe global warming or not, you can't deny the suffering air quality near coal and gas power plants, or the car pollution and smog in the larger cities, etc. Having fresh air and clean water in the long term isn't something a reasonable person would throw away simply because they don't want to pay an additional $.03/kwH at the end of the month.  (Feb 10, 2013 | post #23)

Hinton, WV

Hope you Obama fans are happy

It's useless to use empirical, provable facts with these people, you know, such as Obama having nothing to do with 9-11. Lord forbid people realize Bush was President, even though the same idiots griping now are the same ones that voted for Bush, and supported the deregulation of the banks that caused the financial problems we have today. These are the same people that argued that a Union killed Hostess, even though the history of financial mismanagement is there for anyone to see, and has been openly admitted to by that company's CEO. The problem here is ignorance, plain and simple. The payroll tax went up 2%, that's it. Even then, if you want to get technical, when Obama came into office, he and a democratic Congress lowered it by 2%, and set it to expire this year, returning it to the pre-Obama (read: BUSH) tax levels. As has been said, if you're missing 10% from your pay, something else is going on, because the payroll tax didn't go up that much. You should be having a conversation with your employer, not whining on Topix to people with no power to change it, and (as evidenced by the majority of responses) don't share your delusion that somehow a 10% payroll tax got put into place by a President without any media coverage, Congressional approval (Even though ALL tax bills must originate in the House: Check your Constitution), or anything else.  (Feb 10, 2013 | post #22)

Hinton, WV

Hope you Obama fans are happy

Just so you know FYI, the President has absolutely nothing to do with gas prices, and you wouldn't have to worry about those with proper investments in sustainable energy. If we had purely solar power and electric cars, guess what, you wouldn't need more than a few hours of daylight (something that happens for free, every day, without fail) to power your home and car. You want "cheaper gas," start using a hydrogen car, buy a hybrid (as you'll use about half the gas), etc. You can gripe all you want on Topix, it won't do any good. JKL and the rest of you need to get involved, call your Congressmen, and let them know what you think. *Congress,* not the President, increased taxes, (You can thank the Tea Party for that, btw, as raising taxes on the little guy by 2% was their 'bargain' for raising taxes on millionaires. If you're missing 10% from your paycheck, something else happened. Informed people don't believe a single line of that BS.) and your options are to vote for someone else in the next Congressional/Pres idential election, or realize that no amount of griping will make any difference, and no one will actually care. The things this President has done has won him some of the highest approval ratings ever had by a President, meaning, most of the country is behind him on at least most of what he's been doing. I don't like that Guantanamo is still open, but I realize the President doesn't have the unilateral power to close it and send those people back to their countries, as some of those countries said they wouldn't take them. I don't like that DOMA exists, but that's a Republican Congress, not the POTUS, etc. Every single thing you mentioned is something beyond the control of the President. Furthermore, if you're relying on coal for income, you need to find another job anyways. We're running out of coal, and we've known it for decades. It might not be your generation that it runs out on, but the mercury that burning it releases into the air, water... everything... will be around far longer than you, or your precious paycheck. You wanna see life improve, convince Congress to build a geothermal plant in WV. It'll provide good, low-risk jobs (Instead of coal where the mine operators frequently ignore safety standards, negligently killing people each and every year) and a single plant would provide enough energy to power this entire state, at least. The only byproduct of this amazing energy, you ask? They'd need a pool to cool off the water. Take a queue from Sweden: They turned the geothermal cooling pools into a sort of artificial, public access hot spring. The general drift, ladies and gents, is to call your Congressmen with your complaints, and vote, because frankly, no one here really gives a d@mn, or has any power to change it.  (Feb 4, 2013 | post #7)

Hinton, WV

Hope you Obama fans are happy

I'm very happy, actually. Far happier than I was when Bush was in office. You don't like what Congress is doing, feel free to call your Congressmen.  (Feb 3, 2013 | post #3)

Hinton, WV

Church and School of Wicca

As Anna said way back, you can go to wicca.org or there's also gic.org . They do meditation and visualization classes, all kinds of resources for those of us living in places where a coven would be hard to come by. I wish you luck on your journey. Blessed be!  (Jan 30, 2013 | post #39)

Beckley, WV

Ambulance Collides With Tractor-Trailer While Responding ...

Hah. If you think "You *probably* don't work for an EMS company so your opinion doesn't matter" is a valid argument, you're insane. My involvement with EMS isn't yours to question, as someone that's been on a 24 hour shift, with downtime or not, isn't a safe driver, and puts EVERYONE around them at risk. Why do you think truck drivers don't have 24 hour shifts? I'm not saying they'd get people a 9-5 job, clearly that isn't something that *could* work, but there's nothing wrong with staffing a bit more and giving people 12 hour shifts. Sure, there will still be that call at the end of a shift here and there, but it's not an extra 12 hours worth. In VA if you work more than 16 hours, your employer is responsible for that. WV, and Jancare, however have a different opinion. If you think it's fair to work someone 24 hours at a time (Even with down time, because there's no guarantee they'll actually get to use it) then you have less respect for the lives of your coworker and literally everyone on the roads than anyone I've ever spoken to. No, a union cannot stop a company from absolutely running itself into the ground if they choose to, but they protect the interests of the worker, instead of the interests of the profits of the CEO. Hostess was circling the drain for years because of their blatant financial mis-management, and they've admitted that. The Union didn't cause them to shut down, and the only reason their employees were't making LESS than they were with it happened is because the Union did their best to protect them. Little Debbie might not be union, but their people would make more if they were. The stats don't lie, and one company doesn't change that fact.  (Jan 22, 2013 | post #76)

Beckley, WV

Ambulance Collides With Tractor-Trailer While Responding ...

And to you, The Insider, you should read about how the CEO of Hostess bumped up the pay for himself and all his top employees by about 300%, while refusing to pay into the retirement fund, or benefits, etc. for his employees. It's a perfect example of the kind of greed you're wanting to protect causing a company to shut down. A union will never put a company out of business. A greedy CEO willing to pay himself an extra 300% raise every year, at the cost of his employees livelihood, will. Clearly you didn't read anything that actually happened with Hostess. They made less than any snack company on EARTH, had less benefits, etc. and their CEO was still paying himself more and more. You're uninformed, and every statement you make proves it.  (Jan 21, 2013 | post #62)

Beckley, WV

Ambulance Collides With Tractor-Trailer While Responding ...

I didn't say they'd make it into law, but when the union negotiates a contract with your employer, I imagine that would be one of the first thing they'd address. As with the 40 hour work week, and mandatory holiday overtime, etc. it all started with a few well-placed negotiations in contracts with Unions, then the rest of the workforce saw the benefits of it, and pushed lawmakers to force employers to comply. I can *absolutely* guarantee you that your working conditions aren't going to get better by doing nothing. If you're perfectly happy with the way things are now, fine, but good luck explaining to the family of the next person that dies how you were happy, and willing to accept the occasional death as just collateral damage, because your $30/month is more important than their lives. You might have to give up $30/month in Union dues, but if $30 a month would break your budget, you have FAR more to gain from a Union than you could lose. Frankly, either you're arrogant enough to believe that someone's life is worth less than $30, or too stupid to realize that a unionized workforce (according to EVERY statistic) makes considerably more money, and gets better benefits, than a non-union workforce. It's not a guarantee, but history, and virtually every other major companies pay records, don't lie.  (Jan 21, 2013 | post #61)

Beckley, WV

Ambulance Collides With Tractor-Trailer While Responding ...

Jancare will go the same route as Walmart: Tell people over and over how the company should handle its problems on their own, and the employee can trust management to look out for their interests. It's the biggest load of crap that has ever been told. Do yourselves, and your families, a favor: Go Union. Maybe not an out of state union, but a union all the same. "Right to work" states pay less across the board than states that attempt to support unions, and WV being the birthplace of a lot of the pro-union movements, more people will fight for a union than will fight against it. I wouldn't be surprised if the people on this thread fighting unionization are the higher ups of Jancare itself. I have no doubts they'll be telling their employees, in person, that unions are "bad for morale" or bad for the company, etc. when simple research shows you that unionized companies pay more than non-union. They might charge you $120 a month (not saying they will, I have no idea, but that's the maximum) and a $2/hr pay raise will more than make up for the Union dues and put a little more in your pocket. No one can guarantee a pay raise or better benefits, but do your own research, don't listen to the people on here. Going Union is a big step for workers, and the people with backwater ideas and small minds will do their best to convince you that it's a bad idea. HOWEVER: If you had a union, working 24 straight hours wouldn't EVER be an option, because that crap should be illegal, and in most states is. These deaths can be prevented, and to do nothing is to disrespect the memory of those that have died due to Jancare's negligence, and blatant profit-mongering.  (Jan 20, 2013 | post #45)

Beckley, WV

Ambulance Collides With Tractor-Trailer While Responding ...

The fact alone that the stats show unionized jobs pay better, offer better benefits, and have a much better way of holding management accountable to the work standards set forth by law, as opposed to filing a complaint with OSHA and hoping for the best is reason enough to unionize. People fought and died year after year, here in WV, for the right to have unions at coal mines because that was the only way a mine owner would follow any safety standards, pay a living wage, or in a lot of cases, pay them at all. You can complain all you want that the person running a union gets paid to do it, but someone has to put in the hours, deal with the negotiations, etc. that are necessary to improve the quality of life for those working in high-risk industries for what is, especially in this case, pitiful and disrespectful pay. You wouldn't put in 40 hours a week without pay, why would you expect your union rep. to? An EMT in the northern part of this state makes nearly double what one does here. The simple truth is this: They won't ever pay more unless their workers strike, and they won't improve working conditions (no 24 hour shifts) unless they face some type of fallout over it. Management will promise things are getting better day in and day out, but they'll never change anything unless there are real consequences for them. Anyone that is against a union disrespects the memories of the people that have died trying to make life better for those around them, and disrespects the battles literally fought for your right to hold your employer accountable when mistakes are make, or in this case, blatant disregard for human life is present. If you're sitting around enjoying your 40 hour work week, your health insurance, a mandatory lunch time, etc. you have a UNION to thank for getting those passed into law, not a well-meaning employer, as for the most part, such a person doesn't exist.  (Jan 19, 2013 | post #36)

Hinton, WV

criminal cyberbullying

Just because you don't like what someone says doesn't mean it's bullying. Grow up.  (Dec 23, 2012 | post #2)

Hinton, WV

Charity/local help?

Your best bet would be to ask the churches around here, and there are plenty of them, to see if they have any kind of charity assistance available, and perhaps call DHHR. Other than that, there's not much that is going to be done for her. Hopefully, the next place she lives, she does get renter's insurance so if this unfortunate fire happens again, she's not just stuck out in the cold.  (Dec 21, 2012 | post #2)

Hinton, WV

Is health care a fundamental right?

Healthcare has been a right in the rest of the world for over a generation now. They have less overall sickness, less costs, etc. and live a much better quality of life simply because they don't have to choose between eating that YEAR or having surgery to save their lives. It's even worse if you have children. The healthcare system in this country is screwed, and has been ever since private companies were allowed to decide whatever price they wanted for medicine, medical equipment, etc. without regard to anything other than profits. Not every job offers healthcare, but every person does eventually get sick, or in an accident, SOMETHING requiring them to seek medical attention, and the rest of their lives shouldn't be spent trying to pay off that debt instead of actually living.  (Dec 21, 2012 | post #11)

Hinton, WV

Civil Unions - Hinton, WV

Faith: The period of science has been from about 1700 (When Christians stopped ruling the world, btw) to the present. Many ancient cultures, predating the Bible by thousands of years knew the Earth wasn't flat. (The Earth being flat being *entirely* a construct of the Church, and those who disagreed were put to death.)Some names and things have been verified to have existed from Biblical times, but the Bible ISN'T a historical document. Nothing that supposedly happened has ever been proven. Sodom and Gomorrah? Nothing. Garden of Eden? Nothing. Jesus? No historical *proof* exists. Heresay and conjecture aren't proof, despite how people want them to be. Speaking of prophecy, do you have any idea how many more successful prophecies there were in history? If you make enough predictions, something will come true sooner or later. Look at your weather man. I'm sorry, but your religion doesn't run our government, no matter how hard you people try. Tax breaks and benefits, insurance, etc. IS NOT and WILL NEVER BE the providence of religion. You people used the same arguments when they wanted to end slavery, or allow integration of schools, or mix marriages, etc. and EVERY time, you've stood on the wrong side of progress. The world will move on with, or without, you. It's your choice whether you become the hated enemy of civil progress for the modern era, or join on the side of what is good.  (Apr 12, 2012 | post #27)

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