Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor May 29

Why not just allow the
reservoir to replenish
Presently, if MUB can’t use the Monongahela River for water, then water is taken from  Cobun Creek, causing the level in the nearby reservoir to drop.
So, to me, the simple solution is to go to the new upper reservoir and pull out the top board or two (so to speak) and let the water run down the creek, where it is supposed to be, and replenish the water supply to the old reservoir. Why are we building a pipeline at all?
Tom Pue

McKinley should help
end ‘endless war’
Good news! On May 21, the House Appropriations Committee passed an amendment that would sunset the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) after 240 days. The bill will now be considered by the full House of Representatives.

A related bill, H.R. 1274, Repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), was recently introduced in the House. It has bipartisan support, including Rep. Alex Mooney, R-W.Va., who recently co-sponsored it. (Thank you, Rep. Mooney!)
I’m writing to urge Rep. David  McKinley, R-W.Va., to support the effort to sunset AUMF and to join a fellow West Virginia congressman and co-sponsor H.R. 1274.

As I said, getting rid of the AUMF is a bipartisan issue. That is why the conservative advocacy group Concerned Veterans for America and the progressive group VoteVets recently joined forces to push Congress to repeal the AUMF.

The U.S. military is now conducting operations in 80 countries around the world. We have spent more than $5.9 trillion on war since 9/11. These wars have resulted in the deaths of 500,000 people, including 250,000 civilians.

The AUMF has been used by presidents from both parties to engage militarily around the world without congressional approval. It has been used by Congress to avoid hard votes on national security issues.

The AUMF must go. Rep. McKinley should do the right thing and help bring an end to “endless war.”
Geoff Hilsabeck