Category Archives: Life
This is awesome. Everyone needs to visit this website and vote. Be sure to watch the video, too. Great Job and Kudos to Eric Cantor. I’m glad someone has some sense in Washington !
Welfare and social programs today are rampant with abuse. We need true welfare reform that requires stricter guidelines so people cannot make it a career.
If you are on welfare for longer than 12 months, you should undergo sterilization so that you cannot reproduce just to get more money. All welfare recipients should undergo drug testing and if tested positive, removed from the welfare rolls. Government workers need to be held accountable and actually enforce the rules and actively follow up with home visits to see who is actually living in the home and who is allowed to be there. The home visits should also be required for all people receiving HUD or rental assistance from the government and every visit should be unannounced. Medicaid recipients, especially those on welfare should be required to pay co-pays the same as working class people that have insurance. If our seniors are required to pay co-pays on their medicare, then medicaid recipients should have to as well, especially in the case of ems abuse. It is ridiculous that people are allowed to stay on the welfare rolls for years and years getting more money for breeding more children. Even with the so-called reform under Clinton, there is more incentive for these people to stay on welfare than there is to get off of welfare and it should be the other way around. Every welfare recipient should be required to perform community service, cleaning, painting, mowing, picking up trash, etc to actually earn this free money from the government and those with children already have government monies for child care when needed so that is not a problem. As a working class person, I get tired of seeing people on welfare wearing better clothes, driving better cars, better cell phones, big screen televisions, more food with better cuts of meat and overall living better than I do at the expense of me and every other working, taxpaying person in this country.
Immigration needs to be dealt with by securing our borders, sending back ALL illegals, including the ones in prisons and requiring everyone to go through the legal steps of becoming a citizen.
The illegals in this country cost us billions every year and take away jobs from our citizens. It is said that these are jobs nobody else will do but how do we know, especially with unemployment near ten percent. Send the illegals back to where they came from whether Mexican, Middle Eastern, Asian, European or whatever. It is a slap in the face to every person that came to our country legally and became a citizen. It is a further slap in the face for these illegals to fly their country’s flag in place of our flag. This is like spitting in our face. The illegals here that protest and march think that WE owe them and we do not. I applaud Arizona and their new law. If our federal government refuses to enforce the current laws then local governments need something to keep crime down in our communities. We do not need a half baked immigration reform law like we got with the so-called health care reform either. We need something that will help save our country billions of dollars annually and keep track of who comes and goes in our country, especially after 9/11.
Congressman Mollohan from West Virginia was ousted in the primary election Tuesday, May 11, 2010.
The rest of the country needs to follow West Virginia’s lead and Vote out ALL INCUMBENTS. This is the only way to get rid of the status quo in Washington. This isn’t a matter of voting out the Dems but voting out the incumbents. It is time for change in Washington and the only way to achieve that is to get rid of those that have been in there for years. Both parties are responsible for the mess our country is in and the so-called health care reform was just the icing on the cake. Term limits have been proposed in almost every new congress and is swept aside by the incumbents never seeing the floor for a vote. If the voters keep the same old cronies from both parties in office then there will never be real change in Washington. It is time “We, the people” took back our government from special interests, lobbyists,corporation and bankers. Follow WV’s lead and get rid of the incumbents.
The incumbents from both parties must go and the voters and taxpayers in this country need to demand fiscal restraint. Our borrowing and deficit is out of control. Portugal and Spain recently had their ratings dropped after the Greece financial crisis. Greece has a deficit vs. GDP of 118 percent. Portugal’s debt is 86 percent of their GDP and they were downgraded. By the end of this year, the United States debt will be 92.6 percent of the GDP. What does this say for the US? We have yet to be downgraded because it would put the entire globe into economic crisis. The United States is close to bankruptcy and our government keeps on spending and borrowing. Bailout after bailout at taxpayer expense with the latest being Fannie Mae, who is seeking another $8.4 Billion in aid. The housing crisis has continued even with the bank bailouts and the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac bailouts. The banks are still foreclosing at record pace and the bailouts aimed at homeowners keeping their homes are not working. These agencies are keeping the money and investing it to make more money for themselves while the homeowners are kicked out. It seems that Washington thinks bailouts are the norm now. There are small businesses closing every day and they don’t receive help from the government so why should the bigger companies/corporations?
Government has to be held accountable and one way to succeed at this is to get rid of the incumbents. We need term limits today more than ever before. Every year, term limits are brought up by a newly elected member to Congress and each time the incumbents sweep it aside keeping it from reaching the floor for a vote. The incumbents do not want the new members in Congress to change the status quo. They enjoy the high life they are living with all of the perks at the expense of the taxpayer. Nothing will change until we get these incumbents from both parties out of office so that other members elected will realize that the people are now holding them accountable.
I for one am mad as hell at the political shenanigans of both parties. They do not seem to care what the people think or want. They do not seem to care about our country and the current shape it is in. They only seem to care about blaming each party, fighting with each party and having back room closed door meetings to ram through so-called reforms so they can give each other attaboys and pats on the back. It is time both parties work together and do what is best for the country or our country will be the next Greece and we will fall like Rome.
I received an email with this letter in it about immigration and I whole heartily agree. Immigrants of today are not the same as those of yesteryear. The ones today do not want to obey the laws and take the proper steps to citizenship. They want a handout and free medical care for them and their families without most contributing to our country. They do not want to “pledge allegiance” to our country because they want to stay faithful to Mexico and wave the Mexican flag in our country instead of the US Flag and then they wonder why nobody wants them here. If you are here legally, then welcome to our great nation, if you are an illegal, go home, we don’t want you here until you go through legal channels.
ORANGE COUNTY ( CALIFORNIA ) NEWSPAPER-New Immigrants
This is a very good letter to the editor. This woman made some good
For some reason, people have difficulty structuring their arguments
when arguing against supporting the currently proposed immigration
revisions.. This lady made the argument pretty simple. NOT printed in
the Orange County Paper……………….
Newspapers simply won’t publish letters to the editor which they either
deem politically incorrect (read below) or which does not agree with
the philosophy they’re pushing on the public. This woman wrote a great
letter to the editor that should have been published; but, with your
help it will get published via cyberspace!
From: “David LaBonte”
My wife, Rosemary, wrote a wonderful letter to the editor of the OC
Register which, of course, was not printed. So, I decided to “print” it
myself by sending it out on the Internet. Pass it along if you feel so
inclined. Written in response to a series of letters to the editor in
the Orange County Register:
So many letter writers have based their arguments on how this land is
made up of immigrants. Ernie Lujan for one, suggests we should tear
down the Statue of Liberty because the people now in question aren’t
being treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and
other ports of entry.
Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like
Mr. Lujan why today’s American is not willing to accept this new kind
of immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all
areas of Europe to come to the United States , people had to get off a
ship and stand in a long line in New York and be documented. Some would
even get down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground. They made a
pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad
times. They made learning English a primary rule in their new American
households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new
They had waved good bye to their birth place to give their children a
new life and did everything in their power to help their children
assimilate into one culture. Nothing was handed to them. No free
lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to protect them. All they had were
the skills and craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a
future of prosperity.
Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out. My
father fought along side men whose parents had come straight over from
Germany , Italy , France and Japan . None of these 1st generation
Americans ever gave any thought about what country their parents had
come from. They were Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the
Emperor of Japan . They were defending the United States of America as
When we liberated France , no one in those villages were looking for
the French-American or the German American or the Irish American. The
people of France saw only Americans. And we carried one flag that
represented one country. Not one of those immigrant sons would have
thought about picking up another country’s flag and waving it to
represent who they were. It would have been a disgrace to their parents
who had sacrificed so much to be here. These immigrants truly knew what
it meant to be an American. They stirred the melting pot into one red,
white and blue bowl.
And here we are with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same rights
and privileges. Only they want to achieve it by playing with a
different set of rules, one that includes the entitlement card and a
guarantee of being faithful to their mother country. I’m sorry, that’s
not what being an American is all about. I believe that the immigrants
who landed on Ellis Island in the early 1900’s deserve better than that
for all the toil, hard work and sacrifice in raising future generations
to create a land that has become a beacon for those legally searching
for a better life. I think they would be appalled that they are being
used as an example by those waving foreign country flags.
And for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty , it
happens to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration
bill. I wouldn’t start talking about dismantling the United States just
(signed) Rosemary LaBonte
What a way to honor our Marines. An outstanding Sheriff Deputy was fired for having a tattoo on the inside of his forearm of praying hands and dog tags. He and his platoon lost one of their own while serving in Iraq and the entire platoon got the same tattoo in memory of the soldier. I would say the Sheriff needs to revise his tattoo policy. They hired him knowing he had the tattoo and fired him without due process after he served his probation period.
Parkersburg News article link
Wood County deputy fired over tattoo
POSTED: April 29, 2010
PARKERSBURG – A former Wood County deputy is fighting for his job after being fired in April over a tattoo on his forearm.
Christopher Piggott, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and former Parkersburg firefighter, said the circumstances of his termination were unfair and his right to due process was violated.
“I’m not ready to give up my career in law enforcement. Being a deputy is something I’ve pursued all my life,” said 29-year-old Piggott. “This whole situation has dumbfounded a lot of people.”
Piggott received a letter of termination April 15, a little over a year after being hired by the Wood County Sheriff’s Office and 11 days after the conclusion of his year-long probationary period, he said.
The termination was over Piggott’s refusal to remove a tattoo on his right forearm depicting two praying hands cupping a Marine Corps ID tag, an image memorializing his five years of service in the armed forces and his two tours of service in Iraq.
Above the hands is the phrase “Unless you were there,” etched in ink.
In 2008, the sheriff’s office implemented a new policy restricting visible tattoos. The policy states, “Tattoos are not to be visible while wearing the summer uniform.”
During his time as a deputy sheriff, Piggott said he covered the tattoo while on duty by wrapping a fitted black band around his forearm or wearing a long-sleeved uniform.
When asked to have the tattoo removed, Piggott refused. A few days later he was terminated, found to be in violation of the rules of conduct and personal appearance, he said.
“I was terminated rather quickly, and no due process was given,” said Piggott. “I feel it was dealt with in an unprofessional way.”
Piggott declined to confirm whether he signed any documentation when hired about agreeing to have his tattoo removed within a certain time frame.
Officials with the Wood County Deputy Sheriff’s Association said the heart of the issue is the violation of the former deputy’s right to a board review before his termination.
Lt. Shawn Graham, president of the Wood County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, said once a deputy’s probationary period has ended, he should be given the right to due process. Citing West Virginia Code 7-14-C, Graham said punitive issues should be presented to a review board before action is taken.
“We feel he was fired without proper procedure. The deputy sheriff’s association held a meeting on his behalf and voted to support Chris and try to get his job back,” said Graham. “I think we are doing what is in the best interest of the citizens. To lose one of our best officers over something like this is wrong.”
The Wood County Deputy Sheriff’s Association notified Wood County Sheriff Jeff Sandy about its decision to support Piggott. Graham said the association is lobbying for his reinstatement.
“I know many of our deputies have tattoos, and I think they are more socially acceptable now. I can’t think of anyone who would be offended by a tattoo,” said Graham. “The bottom line is, Chris is a fine young man and an asset to the sheriff’s office. His heart is in law enforcement.”
Piggott and his attorney George Cosenza have sent a letter to Sandy requesting reinstatement. A pre-disciplinary hearing was scheduled for May 19, but was postponed because several witnesses were unavailable, said Cosenza.
“I think there are legitimate issues that need to be resolved, and we are just in the beginning stages. Now that the sheriff has decided on punitive action, Piggott is entitled to a pre-disciplinary hearing,” said Cosenza. “There are issues regarding how he was notified of his termination and what exactly his status is now.”
Cosenza said Piggott was sent a letter of termination that advised him of his rights, and he is exercising his right to a pre-disciplinary hearing.
“If the review board believes punitive action should not be taken, the sheriff has a right to appeal to the civil service commission, and the same goes for Piggott. Depending on the outcome, the matter could end up in circuit court,” he said. “I do not believe a deputy sheriff can be fired without a pre-disciplinary hearing, and we have not yet had that hearing.”
Sandy said he could not comment on personnel issues under the advisement of Wood County Prosecutor Jason Wharton.
While Piggott awaits a decision, he has been working various construction jobs.
“I’m just trying to get reinstated. I’m a little nervous about the outcome,” Piggott said. “One of the big reasons I would feel comfortable going back to the department is because I know a lot of the deputies are backing me up.”