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By U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd :g Away West Virginia Jobs Administration is plan to privatize at federal jobs. Such a y referred to sourcing," could cutbacks at federal West Virginia affect- Ihan 3,600 workers. The s policies encourage of dedicated public of whom are being retirement or the reduced benefits and a recent letter that from Internal Revenue Computing Center West Virginia, Ten- Michigan expressed with a privatizing It the computer facilities The Administra- cut 10 percent of the at these centers 75 percent of the tees. new IRS Commis- ;stated that "competitive is not an effort to cut Workforce but rather to increase efficiencies I disagree. West federal workers have efficient, hardwork- Servants. Mountain regularly exceed that they are charged their dedication and :Cannot be measured in Mandating that their 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 Thursday, Aug. 7, 2003 --- The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder -- Page 11 DOH to bid bridges, guardrail, resurfacing Contracts fcJr 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 f~)r the benefit of West Virgm=a motorists is an important part ~,fa 2003 high- way ,:~nstruct~t;n program that already total,, nearly $174 million and in- clude, contracts for 25 bridges and nearly 438 miles ot repaving," the governor said. Scheduled tk~r Aug 26 bidding, a Kanawha County contract call tor re- pairing cracks under Ihe northb~und Wertz Avenue Overpa~,s Bridge on 1- 77 n~wth of US 60 at the eastern edge of Charleston. A Nicholas Count~ c~mtract will pros~dc the latest in ,,all storage at Highways' maintenance headquarters site in Summersvillc The 65-foot- diameter dome-shapcd tacility with six-loot-high concrete walls topped with pressure-treated wood and shingles wilt include ventilation and lighting and be capable of storing about 1000 tons of salt and an endloader. Guardrail will bc installed or re- placed on various routes throughout the countie~ of the following High ~avs distr|ct~: (_'lay- 4.89 milc~ M aysel- Waltback R~ad on WV 36 Doddridge - () 71 mile Arnolds ('reek Road on C~,unty 11 Gilmer 2 41 miles Rosedale Road t~n County 23 Lewis -- 1.88 miles Ireland-Rock ('ave Road on WV 4 McD~well -3.35miles BeartownAwmdalc Road onWV 80 Nichota,, 1.5 relics Pool Road on County 24/6 Roane - 4.15 rrnlcs Aroma Road on C~mnty 29. t.iule l.clt Hand Road on C~unty 58 and C~,mm-Am|na 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 adw.~cates" Wednesday ti~r 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 Cberi 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 health-care system." Compton, who served 14 years in the Legislature, accused anti-abortion- 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," Begges, formely of Monroe County, said, "She's a hard and competent worker and a representative to be proud of." [ Americans throw away enough plastic soda bottles in [ _ the earth four times. [ a year to (arcle ] Nickel Creek added to NewSong 26-28 The Mountain Stage NewSong Fes- tival has added Grammy-winm ng 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 thxee-day performing songwriter event, now in its second year. Nickel Creek won the the 2(~33 Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album for its alternately blistering and soulful CD"This Side/The group bega~: a,, a hh~cgrass ~,attit, bul has pushed past b~ ~mdarie,, md won I,ms far arid wide lhough Iheir soaring popularity and (;ramm) award arc in part l ucled b', Ihc revival ~,1 interc,t m tradiltonal and bluegra,,, music lol- Iowin~ "'O BI, ~I her, Whc[c Art Th~u," Nickel ('reek h,i,, ,,hakcr~ up the stung band music. ~radition hy crafting wholt} ~rig~n:,l lunes ~ather than by re-interpreting the style,, and themes of thai olien rcl~pectiw genre. Most of the song, ~n "Thi~, Side" were written by band member,, Chris Thile and Sean Wa~kins, genre-spanning music that ma? call into play ah-rock, pop, lolk and even Beatles-flavored psychedelia. Nickel Crock joins a power-packed NewS~mg lineup that also includes Jesse Harri,. winner (~f the 2(103 Grammy for S, mg of the Year tot his tune "Don't Know Why" off Norah Jones' multi-platinum smash hit "'Come Awax 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." tlarris 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.att_e.a. as F.q0a.y .n.igh!'s h.e_ad- I~nc act: Virtm,,~, Amc, icana multi-instrumentalN and s~,ngwriter "l~m O'Br~cn; pov, crful r~,,ts and blues-inspired performer C~wcy Har- rl,, and his band 5X5: h~t songv, merto the stars and 2002 AS('AP Son g writer ot the Year. Darrell Scott; eclectic, multi-genre singer-~,~mgwntc~ Terri Hcndrix and famed multi-in slru|nenlat st and producer Lloyd Maines: America's leading African-American folks~nger/ s~mgwriter Vance Gilbert; acclaimed composer. ~ongwriter and band leader Paul Reisler of Trapezoid w~th Anna Wolfe; hol up-and-c~ming melodic roots rockers Last Train Home; the progress,~e acoust|c quartet the scoldees: award-winning, lyrical songwriter Johnsmith; the Voices Of West Virginiaquartet 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 Ritchic counties have been added to the fed- eral disaster declaration for storms and flooding that began on June I I. Residents of those counties now can apply for a wide range of state and federal disaster assistance programs. "These floods have been very try- mg for West Virginians, and I appre- ciate the Federal Emergency Man- agement Agency's quick response to our needs," Wise said. "We 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 eligible for some type of federal disaster rehef funding. All counties declared f:or in0ividual assistance are eligible Ibr temporary housing assistance and housing re- pair; U.S. Small Business Adminis- tratkm (SBA)low-interest loans for individuals and businesses to repair or replace damaged property; d i saster unemployment assistance: and grants for serious needs and necessary disas- ter expenses not met by other pro- grams. The FEMA Public Assistance Pro- gram for local and state government agencies and certain private nonprofit organizations can include disaster aid in the torm of reimbursement lot de- bris removal; emergency protective measures; and the repair of roads, bridges and public t~cilities. 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 speech or hearing impaired, from 8 a.m. to 6' p.m. Monday through Saturday. Each' application is handled on a' case-by-case basis. 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