February 18, 2014

Classless, immature employees

Dear Editor:

Classless, immature employees with no self-control and bad judgement are a very poor reflection upon CVN (not meant as a personal attack, but if the comment fits). When I worked for CVN, everything was proofed by every employee before it was published. I am hoping that policy has changed, and acts such as this, which are common publicity stunts, is the act of one person, and not the entire paper.

Mr. Gogas has lived across the street from me for about two decades - his children grew up playing at my house. I can say, in all honesty, that you would be hard-pressed to find a kinder, more dedicated, gentler man. No one could have deserved this type up public attack and humiliation less than Mr. Gogas.

This reflects very poorly upon CVN. Freedom of speech is one thing, good character is a whole other ball game.

Shelly A. Dickens

Van, W.Va.

Raw milk is a health risk

Dear Editor:

Associated Press reports that our state legislature is considering a bill to allow the practice of “herd sharing” to enable West Virginians to consume raw milk. As a dairy farmer, encouraging milk consumption is what I do every day, but in this case, I strongly oppose this measure, because of the risks it places on human health.

West Virginia dairy farmers work tirelessly to ensure the milk we produce is safe, wholesome and of the highest quality. We do that by keeping our cows healthy and feeding them a nutritious diet, and through comprehensive on-farm testing. Then, at the time of milk processing, we rely on pasteurization– a simple, proven and effective method that kills harmful pathogens like bacteria – as a final step to assure the safety of milk and dairy products.

Don’t just take my word for it – the Centers for Disease Control and the US Food and Drug Administration agree – recommending that no one consume unpasteurized milk. In December 2013, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) took it a step further, issuing a policy statement that says there is no scientific evidence to support claims of health benefits from drinking raw milk and that significant health risks exist with raw milk consumption (especially for pregnant women, the elderly and children).

AAP also endorsed a nationwide ban on the sale of raw dairy products, citing substantial data that suggest pasteurized milk “confers equivalent health benefits compared with raw milk, without the additional risk of bacterial infections.”

West Virginia currently bans all sales of raw milk – a law that is in the best interest of the state’s citizens and should remain intact without the threat of misguided legislation like House Bill 4273.

Greg Gibson

Bruceton Mills, W.Va.

I guess he didn’t go to Van

Dear Editor:

Some people say this is what “sells papers” getting the public in an uproar and causing replies to this so called professional. I disagree, when he disrespects a school. These young men play hard, the coach gives it his all, and to show this type of disrespect to them is uncalled for!

We, the community, past and present students of Van Jr. Sr. High School, demand Mr. Gregory apologize in person to the school, team and coach for his remarks. Can you imagine how these young men felt after reading his comments? I guess he didn’t go to Van, because if he had, he would have learned to respect people.

Kathy White

Gordon, W.Va.