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Thursday, Jan. 1, 2004 -- The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder m Page 5 State College in 2003; we urge them Ashley, and Otis Leggett. To these to use these same skills for GSC in legislators and to all GSC alumni and 2004. Moreover, the other legislators friends who went to bat for the col- who came to our small college's aid lege in the 2003 session, we wish you are also to be commended, namely: the best, but admonish you to remain State Senators Mike Ross, Donna vigilant. Boley, Karen Facemyer, Walt Conversely, to the state's Higher Helmick, Shirley Love, Sarah Education Policy Commission's Minear and State Delegates Bob ChancellorMichaelMullen, getlost! You, Dr. Mullen, are no good for GSC, higher education in West Virginia or this great Mountain State which you assiduously ridicule every time you give a speech or report. (This commentary and list will be continued next week.) Legislative Update Holidays, Vacations and Legislature Time by Delegate Brent Boggs A fellow railroader once explained why he always took his annual allot- ment of vaca- tion time all at one time in- stead of spread- ing it out throughout the year. He said that he dreaded to come back to work so badly after enjoying time off that this way he had to come back to work from vacation only once a year. After last week, I know the feeling. I scheduled my final week of vaca- tion for Christmas week, in anticipa- ~ nnOf the entire family being home. plans somehow managed to stay intact, as everyone made it home for Christmas. Unfortunately, this will come to an end later this week, as the kids will be departing to resume their own responsibilities for the New Year. As for my vacation, it ended precisely at 12:01 PM last Sunday. I enjoyed every minute. I have great anticipation for the upcoming legislative session that be- gins officially at noon on Wednesday, January 14. There are numerous chal- lenges that are before the State and we hopefully will have a reasonable and productive session. Finances will again present the major challenge, as the projected income for FY 2004 - 2005 may well fall short of budgeted expenditures. Since we have a consti- tutionally mandated balanced budget in West Virginia, this means living within our means. One obvious area that needs imme- diate attention is to lower the blood alcohol level for a DUI from the cur- rent. 1 to .08. Aside from the motiva- tion of stiffening the threshold for DUI, if we do not pass this legislatiofi, we will continue to lose an average of $2.5 million per year in Federal high- way funds. Opponents of lowering the level were successful in combining the .08 legislation in with a primary seat belt law last session. This killed the bill. I hope we act on this .08 legislation immediately after convening without further cluttering the bill with bag- gage that will assure its failure to pass. In addition, the nation is now deal- ing with the aftermath of the recent discovery of a cow in the State of Washington diagnosed with Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy or as it is commonly referred: Mad Cow Dis- ease. Thus far, it appears the beef from the one infected cow and its herd was distributed on the West coast. According to reports, the beef was tracked and recalled from eight west- ern states. In West Virginia, Commissioner Douglass and the WV Department of Agriculture are vigilant to the threat of BSE and continue to do all within their ability to ensure a safe food supply. While there seems to be little cause for alarm at this time especially in the eastern U.S., the Federal Gov- ernment needs to step up its testing procedures as now required in many other nations. In Canada and Britain, billions of dollars were lost due to the outbreak and subsequent herd slaugh- ter. Our nation has an extremely safe and dependable food supply. As the investigation unfolds, we can more clearly see where the areas of weak- ness in the Federal inspection system need bolstered. Finally, having served as a member and officer in the National Confer- ence of State Legislatures, I receive regular Updates on legislation that is either under consideration or those that have passed into law. One update from Oregon recently caught my at- tention. Directly off 1-79 Exit 105, Jane Lew 884-7806 HOUSE OF TUNES Our Heroes: Not Home for the Holidays By Governor Bob Wise During this hectic and festive time of year, as we enjoy the company of family and friends, let us not forget the men and women who are making a peaceful holiday season in America possible. In Iraq, Afghanistan and around the globe, the brave soldiers, sailors and airmen of the United States military will spend their holiday as they spend every day; ever vigilant, unflinching in the face of danger and unwavering in their commitment to freedom. West Virginians' tradition of ser- The Oregon Legislature recently vice is unparalleled by any other state. passedlegislationailowingcrimevic- In most any military unit, you will tims and their hnmediate family mem- find a West Virginia son or daughter; bers to take unpaid leave from their indeed, no other state sends a higher job to attend a trial. One Oregonian, percentage of its residents into the who was fired from his job for taking armed forces. Since her birth, the time off to attend the trial of his son's Mountain State has never faltered in accused killer, pushed for the legisla- her contributions to the cause of tion so that future crime victims and American freedom and peace around the world. I encourage all West Virginians to take a few minutes during their prepa- rations and celebrations to remember our armed services personnel and to consider sending a letter, e-mail or care package to a soldier. Many chari- table organizations will help you with donations of food, calling cards or air miles. We also must not forget the fami- lies of our West Virginia soldiers. To have one's father, mother or child so far away from home during the holi- days is especially trying. These fami- lies are heroes themselves; the sacri- fice they are making for all of us should never be overlooked. At the same time, they are working in our communities, raising children and supporting each other and our troops overseas. I also wish to thank each and every veteran of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. Be- cause of their ser- vice over the years, we are able to enjoy a peace- ful holiday in a free country, with many blessings that are too often taken for granted. This holiday, thank a veteran for his or her sacrifice. Let them know that America and West Virginia will not forget the heroism of our military personnel, past and present. I wish a joyful, peaceful holiday to all West Virginians across the world, and a prosperous, safe and healthy new year as well. families would not have togo through Remembering our troops and their families at Christmas the trauma of losing a loved one and then fight with a boss over attending by Senator Jay Rockefeller support them while their loved ones deployed, over a quarter of them serv- thetrial. Theleavewillbeonlyforthe One week before Christmas, 20 trials thatinvoive felony crimes where members of the West Virginia Na- someone is injured or killed. Busi- tional Guard's 130th Airlift Wing in nesses with fewer than six employees Charleston were fortunate enough to be returned home from the Middle are exempt. While it seems bizarre that some- East. to be reunited with their families one could be fired for attending the in time for the holidays. About 100 members of the 157th trial of someone that killed an imme- Army National Guard Military Police diate family member, this again proves Company were expected to return to that nothing is beyond belief. I want their base at the Eastern West Virginia to check if this sitUation is addressed Regional Airport in Martinsburg three currently in our WV Code. I hope no days before Christmas. one is ever placed in such a tragic My guess is that this will be one of position. The loss of a loved one is the best Christmases ever for these tragic enough without the risk of los- soldiers and their families. ing your job, as well. No other holiday reminds us more Please contact me if I may be of of our loved ones who are away than assistance. In the interim period, Christmas. So while the return ofthese please address your mail to my home Guard and Reserve members to West office: PO Box 254, Gassaway, WV Virginia this week is certainly wel- 26624. By telephone, you may con- come news, we also remember our tact me at 364-8411 or fax to 364- servicemen and women who are still 8711. For those with Internet access, away, and hope they too are returned my e-mail address is home soon. Boggs34@aol.com. You can also ob- As troops are returned home, more tain additional legislative informa- troops must be called upon to take tion at http://www.legis.state.wv.us/ their place. Beginning January 11, please con- Over 1,300 West Virginia troops tact me at the Capitol office: Building have been deployed, and another 900 1, Room 220-E, Charleston, WV are expected to be called up in Janu- ary. When a reservist is deployed on 25305. The office phone number is military duty, they must leave behind 340-3137. their family, their friends, and their As we usher in the New Year, may . regular job that the family depends on it be one of prosperity, health and for income. happiness for you and your family. Because the reservists' families Remember our troops and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers. Until next week, take care. Mi! 7.s don't often live in military communi- ties, they don't have access to the same support network. Child care, counseling and getting reliable infor- mation about their loved one's de- , ployment can present serious chal- .Ienges. I spent some time in West Virginia during the last few weeks talking with military families in Glen Dale and Parkersburg about how we can better are away from home serving their coun- try. I really enjoyed meeting these fami- lies. We talked a great deal about how Some are already involved in a variety of formal and informal support groups that meet regularly in person to trade news and information, or provide each other with emotional support through e-mail chains and telephone calls. Very often just having someone to talk to who understands what you are going through is a tremendous comfort to the families at home, and provides some peace of miPd for our troops who are away. Many of our troops will not be able to spend this holiday with their family. There are over 300,000 troops from the National Guard and Reserves currently ing in Iraq and Afghanistan. This Christmas season, I hope all West Virginians will take some time to think of our servicemen and women away from home, wherever they may be serving, and to pray for their safe return. Take a moment to think of the fami- lies who will be apart during this joy- ous season, and hope that they can find strength in knowing that they will be reunited. Let' s remember those among us who have lost a loved one, and wish them comfort and tranquility. And let us all hope for peace and stability in the world. I hope this Christmas season finds you and your family healthy, happy and prosperous in the New Year. 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