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By U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd Administration is a plan to privatize at federal jobs. Such a referred to sourcing," could cutbacks at federal in West Virginia affect- 3,600 workers. The s policies encourage of dedicated public of whom are being early retirement or the of reduced benefits and a recent letter that from Internal Revenue (Ills) Computing Center in West Virginia, Ten- Michigan expressed m .ern with a privatizing the computer facilities states. The Administra- 10 percent of the orkers at these centers 75 percent of the employees. the new IRS Commis- + stated that "competitive is not an effort to cut Workforce but rather to Increase efficiencies | disagree. West federal workers have be efficient, hardwork- servants. Mountain regularly exceed that they are charged and their dedication and be measured in Mandating that their g Away West Virginia Jobs jobs go to private firms is not based on merit, but rather on politics. Other federal agencies in West Virginia also have announced plans to turn over government jobs to for- profit companies. The FAA wants to contract out air traffic control in Elkins and other critical air safety jobs throughout the state. The Coast Guard is considering privatiz- ing the National Vessel Documenta- tion Center in Falling Waters. Even the General Services Administration is turning over care of federal facili- ties to private contractors. My efforts to locate federal agencies and offices in West Vir- ginia have been much like match- making -- matching the needs of the federal agencies with the attributes offered by West Virginia. When I have learned that federal agencies had particular needs, I have urged them to look at West Virginia and see if there might be a site that would meet their criteria. Our state provides fertile ground for the sound investment of taxpayer dollars. By arbitrarily forcing agencies to downsize without regard to mis- sion or accomplishment, the Bush Administration may spoil that in- vestment and, in turn, cost the tax- payers more in the long term than would be saved in the short term. "Competitive sourcing" is nothing more than an ill-advised budgetary shell game in which the real losers are the American people. !e. cOta Thursday, Aug. 7, 2003 --- The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder -- Page 11 DOH to bid bridges, guardrail, resurfacing Contracts for bridge work, guard- rail installation and resurfacing in various counties are among those ad- vertised for upcoming Division of Highways bid openings, Governor Bob Wise announced recently+ "Maintaining our inlrastructure for the be nefit of West Virginia motorists is an ~mportant part ola 2003 hl~h- way ~:t~nstructit m program that already total-, nearly $174 million and in- clude', contracts for 25 bridges and heart? 438 miles of repaying," the governor said, Scheduled for Aug 26 bidding, a Kanawha County contract call for re- pairing cracks under the northbound Wertz Avenue Overpass Bridge on 1- 77 n~rth of US 60 at the eastern edge of Charleston. A Nicholas Count~ contract will provide the latest in salt storage at Highways' maintenance headquarters site m Summersvillc The 65-brat- diameter dome-shaped facility with sixqoot-high concrete walls topped with pressure-treated wood and shingles will include ventilation and lighting and be capable of storing about 1000 tons of salt and an endloader. Guardra+l will bc installed or re- placed on variou~ routes throughout the countics of the h>llowing High- ,,~ avs distr|cts: Clay - 4.89 mile,, M aysel-Wallback R~ad on WV 36 Doddridge - t) 71 mile Arnolds ('reek Road on C~,unty 11 Gilmer - 2 41 miles Rosedale Road ~n County 23 Lewis - 1.88 mdcs Ireland-Rock ('ave Road on WV 4 M cDc~ well 3.3 5 miles BcartownA~ondalc Road onWV 80 Nicholas 1.5 milcs Pool Road on County 24/6 Roane - 4 15 rm Ic,, Amma Road on County 29. Little l.clt Hand Road on County 58 and ('~,mm-Amma Road on County 58/2 and 36/18. Former Committe denounces anti-women radicals The former chair of the House Health and Human Resources Committe blamed "radical anti- women advocates" Wednesday tbr encouraging the Senate to reject her nomination to the state Board of Medi- cine. "This defeat by my former col- leagues is a slap in the face of every woman in West Virginia, not just me," said ex-Delegate Mary Pearl Compton, D-Monroe. The Senate refused to confirm her nomination Tuesday to the 14-mem- ber board on a vote of 18- 14. Repub- licans argued pro-choice views on abortion were too strong. "As a former chairwoman of the House Health and Human Resources Committee, I have a strong back- ground in health-care issues that would have benefited every woman and many men in this state," Compton said. "Now, that knowledge will not be put to use because of the single- item agenda of those opponents. "Radical, anti-women advocates stirred up the Senate, which failed to provide the public leadership once again that women so desperately need in this state," Compton said. "This choice issue is going to be settled in the courts of the United States, not by the state Board of Medicine. My op- ponents are single-issue people who do not consider the bigger issue of health care." "This is a great loss for everyone in the state," said Chert Heflin, execu- tive director of the West Virginia Nurses Association, "Delegate Compton had a long history of in- volvement in health issues and mak- ing sure women and children were protected. This is just another ex- ample of radicals getting sidetracked from the big picture of having a qual- ity heahh-care system." Compton, who served 14 years in the Legislature, accused anti-a[x)rtion- ists of "character assassination" in dooming her candidacy. She also said she was shocked at the "lack of protocol" by Sen. Shirley Love, D-Fayette, chairman of the Sen- ate Confirmations Committee. He voted for her nomination in commit- tee and then voted against her when the nomination reached the Senate. Retired social worker Betsy Begges of Lewisburg said she was outraged. "Her ethical base and her workman- like views are evidence she did not fall for anybody's fast talk," gegges, tormely of Monroe County, said, "She's a hard and competent worker and a representative to be proud of?' I I [ Americans throw away enough plastic soda bottles in [ [ a year to arcle the earth four times. Nickel Creek added to NewSong The Mountain Stage NewSong Fes- tival has added Grammy-winn mg trio Nickel Creek as a Saturday night head- line act, joining a lineup that features more than 15 acclaimed and up-and-coming performers and groups at the three-day performing songwriter event, now in its second year. Nickel Creek won the the 2ffd3 Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album for its alternately blistering and soulful CD"This Side/The group bega, a~, a bluegrass ~,mlit, bm has push~ d past b~ ~.mdaries md won lans far and wide lhough ~heir soaring popularity and Gramm} award arc in pan tucled b~ tim revival +,f interest in tradi~,+mal and bluegra-s musi~ tof Iowin~ 'O B~,,lhcr, Where Art Thou?' Nickel Creek ba~ shaken up the ,tting band music ~tadition by cralting wholl) c~rigJm,l tunes rzaher than by re-interpreting the style, and themes of that often rcu ~,spectivc genre. Most of the song~ ~,n "This Side" were written by band members Chris Thile and Scan Watkins, genre-spanning music that may call into play air-rock, pop, tolk and even Beatles-flavored psychedelia Nickel Crock joins a power-packed NewSong lineup that also includes Jesse Ham,. winner ot the 2003 Grammy for Sting of the Year for his tune "'Don't Know Why" off Norah Jones muh| platinum smash hit "Come Away With Me" (a CD on which Harris wrote five songs and which won five Grammys, including "Album of the Year" ). Harris bested Bruce Springsteen for Song of the Year, his chief competition coming from Springsteen's "The Rising.'" ltarris will perform at NewSong with his New York City-based band The Ferdinandos. This' year's newsong lineup also features: Multiple Grammy winner Kathy M..atLe.a. as .Fn. +ay .night's h.e_a d- I+nc act: Virtuo,~, Americana multi-instrumentallsl and songwriter "l~m O'Br~cn; pov, crful r~,~,ts and bl ues-inspired performer O wcy Har- r~ s and his band 5X5: h~t song~ nter to the stars and 2002 AS(APSongwriter ot the Year. Darrell Scott; eclectic. multi-genre singer-st,ngwr~tct Terri Hcndrix and famed multi-in strumental~st and producer Lloyd Maines; America's leading African-American folksinger/ songwriter Vance Gilbert; acclaimed composer, songwriter and band leader Paul Reisler of Trapezoid w~th Anna Wolfe; hot up-and-coming melodic roots rockers Last Train Home; the progressive acoustic quartet the scoldees: award-winning, lyrical songwriter Johnsmith; the Voices of West Virginia quartet featuring some of that state's finest singer-songwriters; and 2002 NewSong Grand-prize Song Contest Winner Kate McDonnell. Wise announces flood assistance approved for three additional counties Gov. Bob Wise recently announced that Doddridge, Harrison and Ritchie counties have been added to the li:d- eral disaster declaration for storms and flooding that began on June II. Residents of those counties now can apply tbr a wide range of state and federal disaster assistance programs. "These floods have been very try- ing for West Vieginians, and I appre- ciate the Federal Emergency Man- agement Agency's quick response to our needs," Wise said. "Wc are work- ing very closely with them to help residents on the road to recovery." Berkeley, Boone, Cabell, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Mingo, Monongalia, Nicholas, Putnam, Wayne and Wyoming coun- ties have been declared chgible [or some type of federal disaster relief funding. All counties declared lot individual assistance are eligible lot temporary housing assistance and housing re- pair; U.S. Small Business Adminis- tration (SBA)low-interest loans ~br individuals and businesses t~ repair or replace damaged property; d~saster unemployment assistance; and grants for serious needs and necessary disas- ter expenses not met by other pro- grams. The FqEMA Public Assistance Pro- gram tbr local and state government agencies and certain private nonprofit organizations can include disaster aid in the form of reimbursement Ior de- bris removal; emergency protective measures; and the repair of roads, bridges and public facilities. People who suffered storm or flood damages to their home should call the toll-free FEMA number at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the spcech or hearing impaired, from 8 a.m. to 6' p.m. Monday through Saturday. Each application ts handled on a case-by-case basis. 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