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Readers' Vent: June 21, 2019

Obama may not be running for election but the seeds of division and socialism he planted are still growing and choking our country. So yes in a way. People are campaigning against him and the other enemies of our country in the Democrat Party.

I am so proud of all West Virginians who have made their preferences known in opposition to “education reform” on the part of the majority of the Legislature. Our current office holders may sell their votes, but the rest of us do not sell our souls.

What is your old friend coal going to do for you when the earth’s climate is irreversibly damaged?

A big question for the West Virginia House of Delegates: For those pushing “school choice” or privatization, how many of you received campaign money from the following organizations/individuals or affiliated groups in the past two years: The Americans for Prosperity, the Cardinal Institute, EdChoice, Ken and Randy Kendrick, the State Policy Network, the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce? West Virginians must see all of your sponsors. It looks like big money wants our tax dollars.

AOC called the jails we’re putting migrants into on our southern border “concentration camps,” and people say it is wrong to compare that to what Germany did to Jews. Remember Germany did not start with extermination camps. First they had work camps and finally ended up with death camps. It is criminal to take children from their families. The U.S. is committing crimes against migrants. We need to stop persecuting migrants.

I agree with the comment about abortion rights and gun rights. Banning abortions won’t stop abortions just like banning guns won’t end gun violence.

You could have the best schools and the best teachers in the world, and it wouldn’t improve student achievement unless you remove poverty from the classroom. To do that, parents have to have jobs that pay a living wage, and that will never happen in a state where the top 10 employers are Walmart, fast food chains and convenience store chains. It’s no wonder over 25 percent of West Virginia’s children live in poverty; there are few jobs that pay anything.

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