Delegate Dana Lynch, D- District 44, Nicholas, Randolph, Upshur and Webster counties, can you explain to the people you represent in the House of Delegates why you voted against House Bill 2364, to stop the killing (abortions) of fetuses past 20 weeks of gestation?
Your personal no vote tied the vote and the bill was then called null-and-void and consequently defeated, because you tied it up.
Your no vote killed the first abortion bill and to save face with the people of your district, you created a second abortion bill with the understanding that Gov. Tomblin would veto the second abortion bill, so you confidently voted yes to save the little children. You defeated the first abortion bill with a no vote and you defeated the second bill when you voted yes with help from the governor vetoing your second bill.
The governor's lame excuse for his veto was that saving the lives of the people's infants was unconstitutional. As you should know and should have argued, only the Supreme Court decides what is constitutional and what is unconstitutional.
Why have you not called upon the state legislature to override Gov. Tomblin's veto of HB 4588? Your total lack of seeking to override the governor's veto speaks louder than when the sun shines at its zenith in the sky, of a handshake between you, your Democrat cronies and the governor to veto the second abortion bill long before the second abortion bill vote was cast. You are a hypocrite and spinner of the truth to the people.
Your Democrat-controlled twin chambers and the Democrat mansion successfully defeated bills HB 2364 and HB 4588 and as such, gave up the smallest, the most helpless and the neediest of West Virginia's infants to the Night Riders.
Duane Borchers Sr.
Miners could lead way to 'safe' energy
Coal miners belong at the helm of energy production. It's well-proven that fossil fuel production is not healthy for people or for a warming planet. As West Virginians with a background in hard work and energy production, coal miners belong at the forefront of the transition. The move to renewable energy can provide new jobs for hard-working miners and their offspring.
Those of us who are not multi-million dollar owners of energy companies are really on the same side. Coal miners and their families suffer like everyone else from floods, droughts, food shortages and devastating weather patterns that climate change brings, and air and water contamination from coal and gas extraction. We all live here, so we are all in the same boat.
West Virginia offers few prospects in the line of well-paying work. Lots of us want to stay here in the mountains and find work close to home. So we do the dance of hard choices. We take work that is hard on our bodies and worsens climate change.
We are not to blame. We are not profiting like the men at the top. So let's mine coal until we have an alternative, but not defend the large companies. Coal miners can be environmentalists. Surely miners want a healthy future for their children. Most everyone does.
As hard workers and people with plenty of experience in the energy sector, coal miners belong at the forefront of the move to renewable energy. This transition will take time, but West Virginia coal miners can lead the way. Only 3 percent of our state's jobs come from coal these days, and that figure is probably not going to increase. So miners and mountaineers, oppose the artificial "War on Coal." It's just a phrase the people at the top use to divide us. Let's work together for a strong economy based on the transition from fossil fuels to sun-based energy.
According to Charleston-based solar engineer Allan Tweddle, we have enough sun in West Virginia to make plenty of solar energy.
Climate change is real. It matters to all of us. Mining families, let's work together to build a carbon-free future with former miners at the helm.