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Boos and applause

April 13, 2013

-Applause to Cpl. Andrew S. Loudin of the West Virginia State Police for being honored twice in the last week....

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Apr-17-13 10:23 AM

It would be good information if someone at this newspaper would look into the public policy and laws governing the use of public funds for private funerals. No disrespect intended as it was a nice gesture, but Lee Arbogast did not die while in the line of duty fighting a fire, but in a construction accident. So why then were there countless fire companies present at this funeral using public funds at a time when the fire companies are complaining that they can’t pay their bills? Could those firemen attending the funeral not drive their personal vehicles? Is this common practice to for all public employees? When a DOH employee gets killed on the job, do they bring out all of the trucks for his/her procession? Does a policeman who dies at home of natural causes get the same treatment? Thank you.

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Apr-17-13 8:35 PM

Politicians love giving OUR taxpayer money to those they select when it's not constitutional. I respect our troopers, officers in all branches; however it is NOT govt's call to give our money to their families after death either. That is 'discrimination' and is not constitutional at all. If politicians feel that charitable...they should be digging into their OWN pockets to contribute to these families just like private individuals do. Govt has NO right to make those judgments and use bias and discrimination. Why not give money to a single mom working at a factory job who dies while on the job? When does it stop? This is just not right. Would be nice if these clowns would read and UNDERSTAND the laws of our land. They're just too lazy to do that though.

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Apr-18-13 10:16 AM

This is also a public safety issue as illustrated by Magistrate Riggleman's comment on the recent bomb threat at EHS about "which took protection away from everyone else in the county". While those out-of-town fire companies attended the funeral for hours, how much firefighting equipment and manpower remained back at the firehouse to protect the local citizens in the event of a fire. I saw the Ellamore fire company present and wondered if they had another truck or two back in Ellamore to assist their taxpaying citizens in the event of a fire. Would that not be a liability issue? This is fire season. And what about the fireman's parade during the forest festival? Same situation of who's minding the shop back at home while everyone's at the parade? Someone at the paper please look into this issue.Thanks

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Apr-18-13 11:03 PM

did you two read this story to make your comment? who is mr arbogast. where was he mentioned in this story? you two are pathetic, get a life.. and leave someones death alone.

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Oct-10-13 4:07 PM

Liberals will always say it's okay to make others pay their way. No one pays for our family members' funerals and our tax dollars are not to be used for personal individual use such as this. Liberals .... where does your ignorance stop?

Democrats should dig into their own pockets in congress and take up INDIVIDUAL donations for this. But we all know liberals give less to charitable organizations than any group. Dispicable. They sure are real charitable with OUR tax dollars though.

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