LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
by Gaylen Duskey
Scoop up the poop
To the City of Madison: An ordinance should be passed that those who walk their dogs on the Wellness Trail and in the city should have to scoop up the poop of their dogs and dispose it in the trash.
WVL PAC endorses Larry Barker
The West Virginians for Life Political Action Committee is pleased to announce the endorsement of Larry Barker for the 2012 General Election to the West Virginia House of Delegates.
WVL PAC is the internal PAC for West Virginians for LIVE, the state pro-life organization. WVFL is affiliated with the National Right to Life Committee and through both education and legislation is working to build a society where all human life is respected, from conception until natural death.
We appreciate the support Larry Barker has given to the pro-life cause during the last legislative session in Charleston. Much work needs to be done to pass legislation to benefit the families of West Virginia, and we look forward to increasing the protection of life in future sessions.
Thank you for the memories
Nearly forty years ago I was I young boy who lived in Madison for three years. I sold the Coal Valley News every week in the stores and shops on Main Street.
I would also ride my bike up Lick Creek and sell my papers. Mr. Farris Jones was then the owner and publisher. He was kind and generous to me.
My family had a mobile home that was on a hill behind the Court House. We lost taht home to fire, but the generous people of Madison saw to our immediate needs.
I am now 51 years old and some of the best memories that I have are from the three years I lived in Boone County. You are a great people. It is fun reading about you from a distance. Thank you for the memories.
Roy Voeks Lehi
UMWA recognizes that electing Romney is a big mistake
I was out walking the other day and I spotted a yard sign that read, “Stop the war on Coal, fire Obama.” I hope this isn’t the attitude of too many West Virginians. I’ve only seen one sign in the whole area so maybe it isn’t.
The United Mineworkers of America has come out publicly to say they do not endorse President Obama for re-election. However, they are not endorsing Romney either.
Mitt Romney is on the side of big business. If he had his way, there would be no collective bargaining in the United States. He would have us go back to the days when business owners dictated when you worked, how much you got paid and if you had to work 14 hour days, 7 days a week or not. It has already been reported that coal operators made miners attend photo-op rallies where Romney was campaigning.
Make no mistake about it folks, if Mitt Romney is elected, he will do everything he can to weaken unions and collective bargaining. I can understand the stance of the UMWA. They have to support their constituents. But the fact that they do not support Romney, I think, speaks volumes. The UMWA recognizes that electing Romney is a big mistake as will and I agree.
The coal industry is going to survive. Everyone knows the world needs our coal. Don’t let scares of losing your job cloud your thinking. The Democrat party favors labor unions. The Republicans don’t.
I personally believe it is the duty of every American of legal age to vote. However, if you find you can’t bring yourself to vote for President Obama because of coal, I hope that you would take the UMWA lead and not vote for either candidate.
Something has been done
With the sentencing of three elected officials from Lincoln County for election law violations, there is a question of “can anything really be done?”
My answer is yes and something has been done. No other Secretary of State has the kind of record of cracking down on election fraud like my administration has. This office has more convictions in association with election law violations than previous secretaries combined.
But the work must go beyond the investigations, the charges, the sentences, and the jail time. Time and again it has been proven that just focusing on the criminal investigation and sentencing is not enough.
That is why this office has been in several counties working with election officials to institute a new way of thinking, to train workers, to teach the correct procedure, and to instill confidence in the election process .
It has come with an attitude and policy of “Not anymore.”
Not in Lincoln County, and not anywhere else in West Virginia. Not while I am your Secretary of State.
Violations of our election law will not be tolerated. Those are more than words – it’s been proved by the actions of my office while I have been the chief elections officer of West Virginia.
We’ve been in Lincoln County assisting election officials more times than I can count. One time, our elections specialist noticed a voter being accompanied to the election machine when she didn’t require assistance. The elections specialist asked why they were doing that when it wasn’t permitted. The reply was, “That’s the way we have always done it.”
“Not anymore,” our elections specialist said.
From helping to maintaining the list of registered voters to making sure the people assisting voters as they cast a ballot really are there to legitimately help, the Secretary of State’s Office has been there.
We didn’t turn our backs on Lincoln County when so many other people did. Even to this day, we are in constant contact with election officials in Lincoln County. They have been eager to make a difference and know that in the Secretary of State’s Office they have a partner on which they can rely. With our support, election officials in Lincoln County and other elections officials across the state have now been able to ask questions and get straight answers. Simple changes like smaller and more interactive training for poll workers and a detailed review for those trainees are going to make a difference on Election Day. We have helped arm poll workers with knowledge of the law and the courage to enforce it.
Some Lincoln County voters said they felt intimidated while voting, but now feel more secure in the process knowing that we have had elections specialists in the county court house and community voting locations. They know the time is now to forever take back control of their elections and their government.
Helping election officials clean up their voter rolls, providing better poll worker training, and being there as a source of knowledge is part of the solution; the elections specialists do more than that. We listen to what people have to say. We have built a relationship with election officials in Lincoln County that will benefit everyone involved for years.
It’s not just Lincoln County. We will work in any corner of West Virginia where election law violations are reported. It is up to the citizens, the eyes and ears of democracy, to report something if they think it is a violation of election law. It is obvious now that there is a Secretary of State in office that will not tolerate election law violations.
And if there are people reading this who think they can continue to manipulate our elections by doing things they’ve done for years, I have two words for you:
Natalie E. Tennant
WV Secretary of State
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