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Page 8 -- The Gienville Democrat/Pathfinder -- Thursday, February 20, 2003 VISITING THE WV LEGISLATURE - On Jan. 30, members of the Gilmer County Retired School Personnel visited the WV Legislature. Shown above, (I to r) are Helen James, Delegate Brent Boggs, Neva Lynn Gainer, Espy Miller, Mary Ann Radabaugh, Patrick Corcoran (Herndon intern), Mary Jo Cunningham, Wanda Reed, Virginia West, Yvonne King, Elma Jean Woofter, Roger Weese, van driver and Kay Chico. Fran Schmetzer was absent from the picture. THE MO S T IMP OR By Governor Bob Wise we fail our children, we threaten our Over the past few years, West Vir- future. We must teach our children ginia has made great strides in many right from wrong by adding two new areas of education. Test scores are up, Rs to the original three: Responsibil- we are among the nation's leaders in ity and Respect. the education of African-American This week, I was proud to join Edu- students, andhundredsofyoungWest cation and the Arts Secretary Kay Virginians are now enrolled in our Goodwin and Superintendent Dr. state's higher education institutions, David Stewart in presenting awards thanks to the PROMISE Scholarship. to 10 outstanding students, one each These students, and their parents, from grades three through twelve, for teachers, and school personnel, have their essays on the subject of citizen- helped our schools advance in impor- ship and character. rant areas such as math, science, lit- I expressed to them my belief that, eracy and social studies. All of these no matter how many other qualirica- are vital to academic success and tions one may have, without a strong building a strong work three. How- character, it is hard to go far. Most ever, there is no subject more impor- employers will agree that their trust of tant, and no improvement of which I a potential or current employee is am more proud, than the character unequaled among factors in hiring education curriculum recentlyimple- and promotion decisions. mented in our public schools. West Virginia has always been in- For too many years, the loss of habitedbypeopleofstrongcharacter. instruction in citizenship hurt our From the earliest settlers who braved schools and our communities. When what was then adangerous frontier-- children are not taught to respect each to the thousands of young men and other and their educators, chaos en- women who served, and continue to sues in the classroom. When we toler- serve, in our nation's military -- to ate this, we fail our children. When the neighbors and strangers who reach TANT LESSON out in times of disaster to help their fellow citizens, Mountaineers have always made their state proud. It is ~mportant that our schools rein- force the strong lessons our fami- lies work to in- still in their chil- dren. Characteredu- cation programs can take many forms. In the ear- liest grades, they can include simple lessons on how to behave courteously and helpfully with each other and the teacher. Later, students can debate what makes someone a good citizen, and what each of us can do to make our community better. The young students I was lucky enough to meet this week are the best hope for our state's future. They are examples for their peers and they en- courage their teachers with their en- thusiasm, talent, and, of course, their character. Legislative Doll Say No to New Taxes in W.Va. Pra o!eCtm/AannhUneCead It is time for the people of WV to I'd be crossing the line now. stand up and be heard and say No to We need our lawmakers to cut out new taxes in WV. Placing a tax of 6% the fraud and abuse and drop the health on food has caused many from WV'to care insurance that we, the citizens, cross the border to neighboring states are purchasing for them. The state that do not have a food tax. This could save literally millions if the calculates into millions of dollars in abuse and fraud were stopped in the lost revenue for WV. It is time to lift various state agencies. Our lawmak- the food tax in WV. ers are part time employees workin~ Raising the cost of cigarettes is not 60 days a year, but we cover them going to hurt the state's economy, but with health care coverage for 365 it will do more harm than good. People days a year. Not a bad deal. Let's pass will be traveling again out of state to legislation that lawmakers will no purchase their smokes and the state longer be covered by free health care will be thelosers. Cigarettes are ex- by the tax payers. This would be a pensive enough today, let alone place substantial savings. aburdensometaxonalltobaccowhich Call your lawmaker and request will only hurt small business owners that he or she propose cutting taxes, on borderingcounties.lfWVisgoing eliminating fraud, and stopping all to boost the economy it has to be by abuse. Also ask them to draft a bill to another means. Increasing taxation end all health care insurance for all does not cause business to strive but elected officials and we may see a to barely stay alive, difference in the make up of our local People in the bordering states now commissioners, delegates and sena- cross the border to purchase cases of tors. Just say NO that is, NO to all new cigarettes at a time to take back to taxes in WV. their communities to keep from pay- However, appropriate $120 million ing the high taxes on tobacco now. to give every teacher in WV a $5,000 Boosting the tax of tobacco will only across-the-board raise by eliminating cause thousands of tobacco users in the fraud and abuse that is presently WV tocross the border and take their unchecked in other agencies of the money out of state. Now, how does state. The money would be there. this stimulate economic growth in Supporting WVBusiness Owners, WV? If I were a tobacco consumer, Ron Payne IIII Entire package iJ $99 plus tn and incl~ln: Suturday tvtni~ll dinner bulTet, Iodginl lror two adults, Sunday morning breakfaL~, as weft aB murder mystery events. Plem~ call ahad and make your ~ early. LaUrelled number d" space available. Exit 6'7 off Interstate 79, 2000 Sutton Lane, Sutton, W.Va. 26601 76~.C,0~ Ill l Illl II II Illll I LITTLE KANAWHA 319 W. MAIN ST. " GLENVILLE, WV 462-4725 i i Trout " Fishing Supplies Check out our LOW prices ! ! ! Little Cleo .... $.99 Salmon Eggs...$1.99 Power NUggets...$1.99 Kastmaster ..... $.99 Dupers .. $i. 99, Panther Martins. $1.89 Power Bali... $I. 99 We Have Live Bait BUY.SELL.TRADE LARGEST SPORTS SHOP IN CENTRAL W.VA. IIIII - III I Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. ,, III iii , Task Team is a group of foster care Legislative By Hen. Joe Minard, State Senator We have now passed the halfway point of the 2003 Regular Session. The following recent actions may be of interest to you: more than 1350 bills have been introduced in both the Senate and the House. A $10.6 ::= ii~ m i 11 i o n ~iI''! ii~ dollar as- sessment on doctors and hospi- tals was injected into the medical malpractice bill by the Senate Finance Committee to help start up costs for a doctor's healthcare mutual insurance company. The committee also re- moved from the bill a provision to provide income tax credits that could be applied against malpractice insur- ance premiums. The Senate ATV bill is expected to go into a Conferees Committee when it reaches the House Monday. A Serrate amendment failed that would have prevented law enforcement of- ricers from entering private property in pursuit of hehnet law violators. An amendment to House Bill 2122 requires the State Board of Medicine to investigate doctors cited with three malpractice judgments within three yeats. The old law was five settle- ments within five years. Republican delegates may propose legislation to privatize the financially strapped Worker's Compensation sys- tem. The house Minority Leader said he is looking toward legislation that Update Now at the will hold the line on premiums. Senate Bill Senate Bill 136 would allow par- req ents to keep their children from being work at least I! immunized for religious reasons, tocount Under existing law, only West Vir- full-time giniaand Mississippi provide no reli- poses. gious exemptions for immunization. State lawmakers appear ready to cial fuel plunge their hands into a $94 million Bill 431 dollar trust fund established to fi- duced nanceWestVirginians'longtermanti- tax b five smoking campaigns. Under a House proposal, $80 million dollars would help from be diverted from the fund over a four- would year period to address short falls in sales and the Worker's Compensation fund. There is doubt in the Senate Fi- prese nance Committee whether there are Armed ForceS. enough votes to raise the tax on ciga- Senate Billet rettes from 17 cents to 55 cents per who pack. The Committee Chair says a lowing reo reduction may have to be made on the made tax in order to get it passed, and fishing.TM More than 7,000 West Virginia ate. High School students have applied House Bill for the Promise Scholarship, about week, 40%ofthisyear'sseniorclasses. That human beings~ is over 1,000 applications more than Virginia. up to $10 0001 last year. A bill passed in the Senate with an in jail. amendment would exempt barbers, WestVir beauticians and manicurists from con- way tinued education in their profession, grams Originally, the bill only exempted A tax barbers, would The proposal for the state to issue one to ten about $4 billion dollars in pension Virginia obligation bonds to refinance its re- tirement system debts may be intro- meat of duced again this session. If passed, Thank youl the measure would mean that the State could payoff its pension system's un- funded liabilities by 2023, instead of 2034, which is the current goal. Legislative Update Returning to By Delegate Brent Boggs proximately 6,000 students across the As I write this week's column, the state participated in the contest. weather seems to be the main con- Ashley's parents, along with GCHS cern. Principal John Bennett, accompanied Currently, I'm attempting to finish her to the ceremony in the Governor' s the column between brief power out- office. ages due to the inclement weather Passed into law during the 2001 around the area. RegularSession, House Bill 2208 was Friday February 14 marked the the impetus for a recent statewide thirty-eighth day of the legislative Character Education Essay Contest. session. Thus far, 1.568 measures The measure mandatescharacteredu- have been introduced: 1032 in the cation be integrated into the public House of Delegates; 536 in the Sen- school curriculum. While it encom- ate. Both houses completed action on passes six issues, students were asked two bills; one of which - the Medical to: Describe the qualities you feel are Liability legislation - is in a necessary for a person to be a respon- House-Senate Conference Commit- siblecitizen'Cngratulatins'Ashley" tee. Great job.. Legislative on their own seat belt lives. attempt by to turn the mas tree" by linking other com- ponents is the proper way to handle the two issues. We will do what we can to sepa- rate the two issues, but it is OUt. providers, advocates and parents Budget hearings in the House and This week, the House is scheduled working to raise the awareness oI the. ~. Senat,e,Fiaiq).ce Committees have fi- to vote on a bill that, in the opinion of need for foster homes in West Vir- nallyconcihded, withthe flow of leg- many legislators, shotild actually ~e Finally,aS ginia, islation picking up in volume each two separate bills. One is lowering upon us, One of our goals is to increase the day. the legal blood alcohol level from the neighbors awarness of government officials as The ATV bill will go to a Confer- current .I to .08. This ".08" bill hand is always to the needs of foster children, fami- ence Committee sometime this week. lowers the legal limit for a DUI of- Remember lies and providers. The Workers" Compensation bill and fense. Failure to pass the .08 provi- heat are on, Wednesday, February 19 marked the tobaccotax legislation are still in sions will cost West Virginia $2.5 mean that childrens day at the West Virginia Senate Finance. Thus far, HB 2224- million per year in federal highway may be as State Legislator. On Children's Day, the legislation that would close, merge funding. During the the task team presented each legisla- or privatize two colleges by 2007 - is However, the House Judiciary address at the tor with a doll that represented a W. still bottled up in the Senate Educa- Committee decided to link this issue Va. foster child; legislators were then tion Committee. with a bill that would make failure to asked to serve as"Honory Foster Par- Monday, February 17 was the dead- use a seat belt a primary traffic of- you may cent ent" for that child for two weeks, line for bill introduction in the Senate. fense. Currently, law enforcement you may During this time the task team will Friday, February 21 is the deadline cannot cite a driver for failure to use the toll-fre' send information on foster care in our for bills to be introduced in the House. their seat belt unless they are stopped state. First, I want to congratulate Ms. for another traffic offense. Several For those wi~ For furtber information, call;Kelly Ashley Echard on her receipt of a surroundingstateshaveaprimaryseat e-mailaddreSS Thompson/Legislative Doll Project major award last week. Ashley - a belt law. You Coordinator, PO Box 595, Hunting- senior atGilmerCountyHighSchool- I plan to join with several other mation at ton, WV 25710, 304-523-2255 (of- was selected earlier as the twelfth legislators in an attempt to separate fice) ; 304-634-4597 (cell); or grade statewide winner in the Charac- these bills and let each sink or swim Until wvdollproject@yahoo.com, ter Education Essay Contest. 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