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i ;h: Glenville Democrat Glenville Pathfinder Thurs., Mar, 12, 2009 -- Page3A Getting up close and personal with St. Patrick &amp; a festival Most of the hype promoting St. Patrick's Day leads one's mind far away from the real essence of the man whose feast day is being observed. The shamrocks, leprechauns, pots of gold, three-leaf clovers, good luck symbols, and beer commercials traditionally urge on every- one to partlctpate in this annual occasion to party. But, why the parties on this particular feast day? Can we learn anything from the life of St. Patrick that would merit such adulation? ST. PATRICK WITH HIS BISHOP'S STAFF The Corcoran Column By David H. Corcoran Publisher-Editor (" In contrast to the creation of gaiety that the holiday requires of people today, Patrick led a life far from this kind of cheerfulness. In fact. he faced many disappointments, anxieties. suffering, and dangers in his lifetime. Born a nobleman in what may be modern- day Wales in the 4th Century, he led a life of luxury for his first 16 years. Like any nobleman's son of that ancient period, he was pampered by servants, educated by the finest of private tutors, and sought the pleasures of life like any other teenager of any century. That easy life ended abruptly, however. when he was kidnapped by maraudering pi- rates, sold into a life of slavery, and taken against his will to Ireland back then a very dark. heathen and barbarian island. Owing to its distant position from the Heart of the Empire, the Romans even chose not to invade it. but to let it decline, due to its own devices. Thus. the youthful lad. who had known much security of person before, now faced the daily possibility of being beaten, tortured, or even killed by his master. Shockingly, his daily existence became like a lonely and aus- tere grave in comparison with his childhood of fun and without wants for food, clothing, shelter, and familial love. Nevertheless, show- ing a greater diplomacy for his age than most youths, he decided to make the most of these dismal circumstances by cooperating with his master and his fellow slaves, mostly coming from other parts of the Emerald Isle. Showing the content of his character, Patrick did not condemn his plight, cuss out his superiors, or become depressed. To the con- trary, he. being assigned a shepherd's duties and tending the master's flocks, made the most of his enslavement, keeping up his posi- tive spirit. We. today, don't know what sla- very was. but the loss of all personal free- doms. the ability to improve one's self or family, and life under a despotic master all created the worst kind of human living and mental conditions for almost every victim. Watching over the master's flock and walk- ing over those beautiful Irish hills and valleys, Patrick, like Christ in the desert, was pre- sented with an ideal place and condition for contemplating the real meaning of his life. Although he had not been an overly religious soul as a boy, his enslavement provided him with ample opportunities to think of God and to pray. According to historians, and based on Patrick's writings -- the oldest known ones still existing in Christianity, he had dreams of being called by God to spread the gospels of Jesus Christ. Although he doubted his ability to serve God. he didn't let his mind close to that possibility during these bleak years. After six years of servitude, however. God appeared to him in a dream, telling him, "It's now time for you to escape, and to be about Continued on page 5A Guesi State 00e00islatur00 i ! i t Good spring weather & March 23, the last day for introducing Bills By Brent Boggs, State Delegate (Gilmer-Braxton) Over 80 degrees in early March is all it takes for major weekend progress to be accom- plished after a cold and usually muddy win- ter. Digging out stopped culverts and drains, clearing the gutters on the +house, stacking firewood and putting away tools provided time to enjoy the weather and get quite a bit accomplished. But the best part was going out on the front porch early with a cup of coffee and the newspaper committees (unless special meetings are called,). Forty-first Day - March 23, 2009: Last day to introduce bills in the Selate and the House. (Senate Rule 14), (House Rule 91a). Does not apply to originating or supplementary appro- priation bills. Does not apply to Senate or House resolutions or concurrent resolutions. Forty-seventh Day - March 29. 2009: Bills due out of committees in house of origin to ensure three full days for readings. Fiftieth Day - April 1, 2009: Last day to consider bill on third reading in house of ii ++ .......... +i! i!INL-"!,. .,,,+iii!ililiii+ii to watch and listen. Gray origin. Does not include budget or supple- squin-els, turkeys, deer, and+. "*LII men[ary appropriatibn bills. (.Joint Rule 5b) listening to spring song ....... SixtiethDay-April 11. 2009: Adjournment birds made it one of those at Midnight. mornings your mind retains Last Wednesday, the House adopted House as a snapshot. It is what our Resolution 18. which expresses the will of the kids miss and one of the House of Delegates regarding Congress and many reasons that central President Obama's planned taxpayer-spon- West Virginians enjoy a great quality of life. As we near the halfway point of the 60-day 2009 Regular Session, there have been a total of 1.487 bills introduced in the Legislature. Of those, 983 have been House bills, while an- other 504 have been Senate bills. The House of Delegates has now passed 19 bills which the Senate will now consider. Committees are also continuing to work hard and discuss and debate proposed legislation as it is introduced. After the 30th day this Wednesday, the Rules Committee begins the task of determin- ing what bills will come to the floor of the House, and in what order. As the time of the session becomes more compressed and criti- cal, it is important to manage the schedule in a way that provides an orderly and fair method to present bills to the membership after they have passed committees. Here is a reminder of the important dates and deadlines for the remainder of the session: Thirty-sixth Day -.March 18, 2009: Last day for bills to be reported out of minor sored economic recovery package and the spending of economic recovery plan money. The resolution asks that any economic recovery plan spending should, to every ex- tent possible, include a commitment from the State of West Virginia to buy materials, goods and services for projects from companies that are produced within the United States. This will help employ the very workers that help working families and pay taxes for the eco- nomic recovery plan to succeed. The resolution, while not as binding as law. states the will of the House of Delegates to maximize the creation of American jobs, restore economic growth and use every avail- able resource in spending ece nomic recovery plan funds on products and services that both 'create jobs and help keep Americans em- ployed. It also affirms that expenditures of funds provided to the State through the federal economic recovery program should be open and transparent, should be publicized and information made fully accessible to all citi- zens. This is in keeping with the creation and appointment of Speaker Rick Thompson's Select Committee on Stimulus Utilization. Finally this week. I know much has been reported on an unfortunate bill introduced by a well-meaning southern WV legislator, re- garding a certain fashion doll. While each member has to determine the worth and effec- tiveness of introducing legislation, this was obviously one that should never have been written or introduced. However, please know that members of the House view this merely as an unfortunate distraction to the ongoing hard work on the difficult issues at hand. No time will be deVOted tO tliiNll; Further, I'm sure the .reiew ,'anyl + state in the nation's legislative bill introduction list will often contain titles that are equally frivo- lous. In the meantime, we continue to do the work of the citizens to the best of our abilities. Please address your mail to the Capitol office at: Building 1, Room 228-M, Charles- ton. WV 25305. Myc-onstituentservicesnum- ber is 340-3353; office telephone number is 340-3220 or fax to 340-3213. For those with Internet access, my e-mail address is You also may obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and other information from the Legislature's web site at http:// If you write or leave a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional informa- tion. including agency links and state govern- ment phone directory may be found at Remember to thank a veteran for their service to our nation and continue to remem- ber our troops at home and abroad and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers. Until next week. take care! ======================================== :=:::::::L'.:i:.;::!::::::; : . ;:i ' :',i:,: !i::]:'::ii:::::::iiiiiiii :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: :: . ;):;: :::.:::). :::: ::: L::: :::: :#;:: :;::::::;#:::i:: 7 .:::L : ........ ;:.I :i ................................ ...... +iiiii!!iiiiii!i(:il!?:: i:=i&i,!.&::il &!iiiilC:ili!+i/iiii iiiii)iiiTiiiiiTiiiiiiiii: !i iiiiiiii?+iiil +i:iTiTii!!iiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiii:L :iT+ii: :::;+:: : :ii:i! ;,! ,,)ii?ii ii:i +il i I: < ' i!:i #! =ii:: ii ....... i :,,:iiiii:il ..... i ,, =..,= ..................... ::, ................ ::::,: ...... 'Team Toman' T-Shirts are explained to public Dear Editor, I would like to set the record straight: the "For Toman" shirt I wear is in support of Mr. Toman, through his cancer fight. I have worn the shirt not only to work, but to the local stores, as well as basketball games. There were more than 100 shirts purchased for the "Team Toman" cause. Yes, many people throughout the county have purchased one of these shirts. I know firsthand what it is like to have a family member with cancer: my mother and father both have been diagnosed in the past, and other family members, as well. I wish that other families, like Mr. Tomans, had the support that he has received. My family faced ours alone, and it is very hard to handle, to know your loved one could die from this ugly disease. It is hard for any family to face what his family, or any other family, has faced without support. Mr. Toman was actually diagnosed over a year ago and had to sit back and wait for this ugly disease to progress. In November, he was told the time had come to start treatments: he has had six treatments total. In these six treat- ments, he has been very sick and has had a hard time dealing with the sickness and the disease itself. If it were not for the support of the community, family, and friends, this fam- ily would have had to face this alone. The "Team Toman" T-Shirts are in support of his healing. Mrs. Toman, a Cancer Society worker, set up a support care page, so all their family and friends will know how he is doing after each treatment. In reality, this saves time in calling everyone, and it gives the family more time to settle after each treatment. I pray every day for a cure, and I pray every day for the Toman family, as well as other families. When I was addressed about my shirt, I was offended; I was called a "Toman Fan" so that's why I'm writing this letter. If you don't know what something represents, before you make a accusations, I suggest you may want to ask questions. The Team Toman Cancer Cause, Charlene Dulude, Glen ville Letters continued on page 5A being wntten by:re00i ldentffiable::pe0ple.:DHC, St., PubNher-Editori! i Editorials Calm neeaea Audience at BOE mtg's needs to be calm (Editor's Note: As is our practice, this editorial was written over the weekend, so it would ordinarily not have facts about last Mon.. March 9th's BOE meeting. At the same time, the audience at this latest meeting was well mannered and l've tried to insert that into this editorial I'm letting it stand, because it contains certain related newspaper policies that you should become aware of. My later comments are in parentheses.) After last week's (March 5. 2009) article about the Board of Education meeting, we editors will have to call for calm from the general public and school people, once again. From the individuals calling this office and yelling at us, the emotions over the Board meetings are, indeed, running very high. Our newspaper's job is+to present the news of Gilmer County, its people, and agencies, including the BOE. to you, the general public, as accurately as we can. We try to do that in as unbiased manner as possible, even though the news to some may be considered bad, but to others, good. We're human, of course, so subject to making mistakes, which we try to correct, if authenticated, as soon as we're informed of them. The crowds at the recent Gilmer County Board of Education meetings have obviously become very unruly, and that's a great shame (I'm glad to report that the audience at last Mon.. March 9th's BOE meeting was well-mannered and informative in their presenta- tions.) Any public agency, like our court system for another example, should be allowed to carry out its duties in an atmosphere of calm deliberation, so that the correct decisions can be made without interruptions from the onlookers. (The onlookers at the March 9 meeting did not interrupt the board.) Unfortunately, on a related issue, yelling at us editors makes us angry, doesn't speak well for the advocate's point of view. and, ultimately, makes us less likely to endorse the views of the detractors. Their arguments would be better placed and perhaps accepted in our newspaper's "Letters to the Editor" section, where they can be considered by the public at-large, o Also, for the information of our readers, we generally do a short write-up after many School Board or other public agency meetings in order to get the important news that transpired out to the public in a timely fashion. Unfortunately, since the School Board has generally chosen a Tuesday night for its regular meetings, that's also our deadline night, when our goal is to get finished at 5 p.m. and be ready to go press the following morning. Because the Board meeting starts at 7 p.m. and sometimes ends after 11 p.m., that doesn't allow us the time to write the complete story until the next week. Yet. as a courtesy to you readers, this publisher-editor comes back to work when I get a call from our reporter as to the disposition of important business. But. even for not lettin the superintendent's job hiring issue hang for another week, I get several negative phone calls for even mentioning it, without the full story or some other objection. Nevertheless, we will continue our policy of letting our readers know about these important issues ASAP, even though they may be in abbreviated write-ups. As a result, we'd call for calm. once again, from both sides. Your thoughts will mean much more by putting them into writing rather than shouting your likes and dislikes at us, the School Board or anyone else. We'd hope that all sides of this contentious ssue would start working together that's the only way our school system will ever progress ! DHC, Sr., Pub.-Ed Kutlos - Local volunteers attempting to start-up a Gilmer County Humane Society A Gilmer County group is now trying to get a local Humane Society up-and-running. These farsighted, kind-hearted, and determined volunteers are to be commended for their good intentions, and for setting up a bank account for getting the new organization firmly established. Gilmer County has needed a Humane Society for a long time. Every time the issue of stray dogs or cats is brought up at a public meeting, there's a quietness that descends over our elected officials. That pause is caused by the fact that no one during some times of any given year knows who the animal control agent is. With a Humane Society in operation, it will be much easier to hire dog wardens, because he or she will have a place closeby to house the lost animals, not having to go, all the way to Buckhannon or ' some other county's shelter. In addition, the Humane Society offers a vital service in itself, because anim'aicontrol is a health and safety issue. Who wants an adult or child to be bitten by an unknown stray? Moreover. hopefully with a Humane Society Shelter in place, parents can find suitable pets for their children, at only the cost of its shots and veterinarian's care. This will be an ideal option for many parents, especially for the great majority who can't afford $500.00 pedigreed dogs or cats. Finally, besides complimenting the local Humane Society's volunteers, the good deed of eight-year-old Tiffany Cole. of the DeKalb District, should not go unrecognized or unthanked. After seeing the newly-forming Gilmer County Humane Society struggling for funds, she took it upon herself to make Contribution Cans to place in local stores to collect money from the public for this worthy cause. After only a short ume, she had raised $165.00. From that point, she contacted John Gumm. Asst. Vice-President of United Bank-Glenvilte. to set up a Humane Society banking account. The colorfully-decorated ContribUtion Cans are located in the Gilmer County Public Library, U-Pak. Glenville Foodland. and Git-Co Faith Pharmacy. This fund-raiser is continuing, so that everyone will have a chance to donate to this new effort. If you want to give to this noteworthy cause, but can't get into town, you can mail your check to the: Humane Society of Gilmer County, P.O. Box 1055, Glenville, WV, 26351. Tiffany Cole and the many other alert, energetic, and concerned volunteers in Gilmer County are to be strongly commended for their farsightedness and dedication in forming a Humane Society here. DttC, St. Edge of the by George Harper GILMER COUNTY BOARD of Regular Meetings twice monthly (] ( 13port ({O STATING THE MAJORITY'S OPINION? P.O. Box 458 108N. 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