Two round of debates.
The first, was watched by 37.41 million, and then about 25 million watched post-debate analysis. On top of that, the presidential debate between President Barack Obama and GOP contender Mitt Romney made social networking history. It generated 10.3 million tweets, and at its peak, there were 160,000 tweets per minute. So there’s no doubt the reach the debate had an impact, whether the TV was tuned in or not.
And there’s very little doubt that Obama let Romney get a pretty big lead and never fully recovered. Oh sure, there were zingers here and there. But Romney’s biggest gaffe was his “attack” against Big Bird. ... Or rather his discussion about how tough decisions have to be made to deal with the federal deficit and budget, and if that means cutting federal funding to PBS, then so be it.
Round two ... Vice President Joe Biden and GOP VP pick Paul Ryan last week.
So who won that one?
Most say both did.
“Biden offered the passion and the argumentation that Democrats so missed from their president last week,” Washington Post associate editor Robert Kaiser reflected. “Ryan, by appearing plausible as a future president and apparently knowledgeable on a wide range of issues, reassured Republicans that Gov. Romney had made a good choice for veep.”
Two more presidential debates are on the horizon. Who’s to say how either will go? But that isn’t the question. The question is whether the debates actually have an effect on others, who head to the polls in three weeks to decide the next president of the United States.
Last week, we asked out faithful readers to lend their opinion on the issue. On our online poll question, which can be found each week at www.timeswv.com, we asked: How much of an impact do you think the presidential and vice presidential televised debates have on voters?
And here are our responses.
Not much, but I believe it energizes and encourages hem to get to the polls and vote — 27.68 percent.
None. Voters have made up their minds and are aligned with candidates long before the debates — 30.36 percent.
A lot. For undecided voters, the debates give candidates the chance to earn their votes — 41.96 percent.
Again, as we’ve always said, it doesn’t matter who you vote for or who wins your support as long as you’re exercising our very powerful right to vote. This week, let’s come back home to our backyard and talk about the shameful behavior in Sunnyside after West Virginia University’s win over Texas. Do you think it will get any better?
Log on. Vote. Email me or respond online.
Two round of debates.
United effort to keep NASA in Fairmont is essential project
The high-technology sector is obviously vital to the economy of North Central West Virginia.
That’s why a strong, united effort to keep the NASA Independent Verification and Validation Program in Fairmont is absolutely essential.
COLUMN: Calling all readers: Be heard
I love to talk to readers.
I love to hear concerns they have about stories we’ve written, things they think should be included in the newspaper and things they think shouldn’t be.
Korean War veterans are deserving of a memorial
NEEDED: A total of $10,000 for the Korean War Memorial this year.
And a good man has been placed in charge of the funding. Charlie Reese, former president of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce, is now director of the Marion County Development Office. His task was to make a recommendation as to what steps are necessary to keep the project moving.
Roll up your sleeves, give blood and you can save lives
It takes up to 100 units of blood to save the life of someone who sustains life-threatening injuries in a vehicle accident.
We’re hoping that the number of people who come to Fairmont Senior High School on Friday for and American Red Cross blood drive will exceed that amount.
Vehicles and motorcycles must share the road safely
The days are long. The weather is superb. There’s plenty of leisure time in these lazy days of summer.
It’s the perfect time to take a long motorcycle ride.
It’s also the perfect opportunity for us to take the time to remind not only riders but drivers of the need to share the road. And we feel compelled to mention it because just within the month of July, there have been two motorcycle-versus-car accidents within the City of Fairmont alone — one with severe injuries sustained by the motorcyclist and the other with less serious injury.
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Distracted driving: It isn’t worth fine or a life
Today marks the day that police agencies from six states are joining forces to crack down on one thing — distracted driving.
And they will focus on that traffic violation for a solid week, with the stepped-up effort to curb distracted driving wrapping up on Saturday, July 26.
COLUMN: Are we people watchers or people judgers?
Let me tell you about my little friend Robby. Well, actually, it’s more about his family and especially his mom. I didn’t get her name. I heard Robby’s name quite a bit, though, during a trip home from Birmingham, Alabama.
I noticed the family in the Birmingham airport immediately. They were just the kind of family you’d notice.
Relish the rich bounty of state’s diverse, unique food traditions
This week, a group of federal officials on a three-day culinary tour of the state visited the Greenbrier Valley to find out what most of us here already know — we have a rich food tradition in West Virginia.
The group was made up of officials from the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Soup Opera in need of your support again this time of year
It’s happening again.
It usually always happens about this time each year. Sometimes it’s a little earlier and sometimes a little later.
But Soup Opera executive director Shelia Tennant knows it will come — usually in July. And she’s never that surprised about it.
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