* A quote from Ronald Regan, "We represent the forgotten American. The simple soul goes to work, takes out insurance, pays for his kid's schooling, contributes to his church and society and he knows for sure there is no free lunch."
* If not for letters to the editor from Nancy Bradley, Lawrence Lyon and Alice Click, what would the liberal Daily Mail readers (and there are a few of us) do for laughs?
* If President Bush is so evil for the wars in the Middle East, why do so many veterans who actually served in those war zones flock to him at events?
* The disparity between gas prices in Smithfield, Va., and Charleston, W.Va., is mind-boggling. The price per gallon in Smithfield is $3.19 and in Charleston it is $3.69. Why is the new attorney general not investigating West Virginia gas retailers for price fixing?
* Would you travel on a plane where the pilot was too busy to fly it? Obama says he's been too busy to know about all the things going on in his administration. He's been too busy to preside over the government. That's his job. He wanted it.
* People comparing the movie "The Purge" to the conservative agenda have it backwards. A 12-hour grace period where the "have-nots" can legally attack and steal from the "haves" sounds more like a liberal idea to me. Sadly, Hollywood fiction is getting way too close to fact.
* Who are the fools advising the residents of Moore, Okla., and other towns in the states prone to tornadoes not to rebuild? Where are they going to go? Should all of them move to West Virginia, where the mountains protect us? How idiotic. Tornadoes can hit a vast area of the plains; well over a third of the country is at risk. Not rebuilding in a particular location in their home states is not an option.
* I am a local truck driver and yes, during the day, there are way too many people out and about in Cross Lanes, Teays Valley and Southridge. It appears we have more people with free time than we have working.
* What everyone needs to remember is not so much the seatbelt issue, but that underage drinking and driving was the real cause of this accident.
* The forecast now is for Medicare to run out of funds in 2026 and Social Security in 2033. The Republican fruitcakes think Jesus will return before global warming becomes a real problem, so they shouldn't be worried about Medicare and Social Security.
* The University of Charleston could always build student housing on the old Carbide property it owns in South Charleston. They could surround it with a tall fence, razor wire and guard towers and house their student athletes there.
* I believe Spring Hill Cemetery is non-perpetual care. That means that it is the responsibility of the families to keep up their plots. The city does a pretty good job trying to keep the entire cemetery mowed, but it is a vast area. I go several times a year and take care of my family that is buried there.
* It is a sad, sad day when an elected school official not only allows personal biases to affect her sensible judgment by imposing them on unsuspecting students, but openly supports the cowardly administrators who didn't have the gumption to tell her "no."
* Those comparing the tea party to Washington and Jefferson should remember that Benedict Arnold was a compatriot of Washington and Jefferson.
* Someone recently advised us to "think and pray." Isn't that a contradiction in terms?