Pubdate: Wed, 21 Jan 2004
Source: Charleston Gazette (WV)
Copyright: 2004 Charleston Gazette
Author: John Lawrence



I grew up in Beckley. How do we ever expect to change peoples' opinion 
about West Virginia when we continue to print stupid articles like the one 
about West Virginians' paying more for illegal drugs than most states?

Then we have our own U.S. attorney calling himself a hillbilly, and better 
yet, why are our tax dollars even being spent on such stupid research? Why 
do The Charleston Gazette and Daily Mail continue to print such negative 
articles about their own state and their own capital city?

We are becoming the laughing stock of the nation. When I read this article 
this morning, I was thinking, "Why was this even reported? It's not news." 
Then when I was turning the radio stations during lunch and ran across the 
Rush Limbaugh show, he was talking about the same article.

People believe what they read, and the newspapers have the power to change 
the way people think. It's up to you to print positive things about our 
state and the capital city of Charleston.

John Lawrence

Frederick, Md.
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