* To those who are moaning and wailing about a potential puny increase in your property taxes if the levy vote goes in favor of the school board and library, you don't know how lucky you have it. You should see what property taxes are in the rest of the country. You are lucky, and the library and school system need more money.
* This is to all of you people whining about Walmart. In Clay County, we have to travel between 45 minutes and an hour to go to the Walmart in Spencer. We don't like doing that in the wintertime. We'd like to see a new one built up on Elk River somewhere.
* Senator Manchin was on "The O'Reilly Factor" and really telling it like it is. He was talking about Washington and Obamacare. He is definitely not in sync with Obama. I'm surprised O'Reilly was really being friendly to a Democrat.
* First, the Republicans could cut out something from the budget; then the Democrats cut something, etc. They can make one cut per month. In the course of an entire year, 12 budget items could be cut out or reduced. It gives plenty of discussion and debate time. We'd all see what the priorities of each party are.
* I wondered how long it would take the board of education to come out with the same old threadbare, tawdry threats about cutting extracurricular activities. They do this every time they want a levy passed. You don't have to take my word. Look through the archives of your own newspaper. They make these threats every time. Vote "no."
* We need four more people like Pete Thaw on the Kanawha County Board of Education. I wish we could clone him. Come to think of it, we need a whole lot more like him in all levels of government.
* Isn't it about time to put up signs along state highways telling motorists it's illegal to use handheld devices while driving? I still see people texting and yakking away on their cellphones while their SUVs go careening back and forth through rush-hour traffic. The police aren't doing anything to enforce the law.
* The biggest danger to America today is the tea party. They care more about their dirty politics than they do the American people.
* The wrong people had their salaries suspended. The president, his executive staff, the Senate and Congress are the ones who got nothing accomplished. Of course, they took care of themselves first. If Obamacare is so good, why are they not on it? Something smells rotten.
* It appears the government shutdown has made all Americans, Democrats and Republicans alike, appreciate the size and scope of their government. Some people don't like big government until the lack of big government hurts them. Maybe they learned something the past few weeks, but I doubt it.
* Here's a suggestion for the do-gooder liberals: Instead of raising minimum wage, why don't we cut all wages over $40,000 per year by 10 percent? It would lower cost of living and help even the playing field for minimum wage earners.
* I'm still amazed by the ignorance or bias of the people who blame President Obama for the current state of our economy. Where were you people when a tax cut for the rich, two unfunded wars and the deregulation of the banks destroyed our economy under George W. Bush?