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The Glenviile Democrat The Glenviile Pathfinder Thurs., Sept. 24, 2009 u Page 31 Rumors, GCHS, this newspaper, downtown Glenville, and more comments A couple of local, people have approached me about rumors circulating on the internet relative to Gilmer County High School. They surmise that a lot of this criticism is directed not 0nty at the high school, but also at me and this newspaper for not reporting "the correct" news or all of it. In the past, several of my many good read- ers have alerted me to these internet site blogs and ramblings, saying, "Do something about them! You need to defend yourself and the newspaper!" ,I db appreciate these expressions of help- fulness and concern directed toward me and this newspaper -- your bona fide, legally- grounded, and time-tested source for home- town and Gilmer County news since 1892. Honestly, though, I don't care what these in teres t slobs say about me. because any idiot can. get-on a blog or website, and write a preposterous figment of their warped magi- nation. Be assured: Who they are writing about is not I ! You readers know me and who I am. not because of what some nutty people might The Corcoran Column By David H. Corcoran Publisher-Editor imagine me to be. but because you've read me weekly for almost 15 years in this newspaper. In trying to prove his existence, the famous French philosopher, Rene Descartes. stated. "I think: therefore I am." Using that analogy, I'll emphasize to you readers. "I am what I write (and nothing else)." In fact, you may have passed my articles or columns on to friends for their information, enlightenment, or enjoyment. In other words. I'll stand on my record. which is based on solid rules of journalism, a subject that I used to teach at Glenville State College, among others. In contrast to some internet contributors, we journalists must base all of our stories and opinion columns on facts, not fiction. If my detractors had any spines, they'd correctly identify themselves on the internet, or. like some of you in the past. come in to see me to express your sides of the stories or opposite opinions to mine. That works well. too, often prompting a follow-up story to clarify or to expand our original one. It is the scandalous writings that go on the internet today that will eventually bring even stricter libel laws to regulate them than what now applies to us in the Newspaper Industry. So. thanks [or your concern for me and your hometown newspaper: we editors do appreci- ate it We. like you, just ought not to pay any attention to such slander. GCHS announcement Mrs. Nasia Butcher, principal of GCHS. announces that parents now have an "Edline" parental account. Moreover, if you haven't yet accessed it. you will be able to do so with Continued on page 5 Braxton's Armory has to be idled for renovations By Brent Boggs, State Delegate (Gilmer-Braxton) Last Saturday, the family traveled to Hunting- ton to help Justin. Jennifer, and the twins move from Huntington to their new home in the Hur- ricane-Teays Valley area. Since this school year, Justin became the Assistant Principal at Milton Middle School. The move was a good one for their family, and his commute to work will now be minimal. As parents and grandparents, we're pleased they will be 30 minutes closer to home. Because of helping with the move, Jean and I were unable to attend the .......................................................................... POW/MIA Salute to Veter- i ans at Holly Gray Park. This is the first time I have missed this important event, and I ::::::::::;:::::::::N:N::::::::::J::::::N::::::::::::::::i i::i::i::iiiiiii::ili!i::i::ii;iiii!::ii!iiiii!iiiii appreciate my good friend, Lee Fisher, delivering re- marks on my behalf. I also want to thank Braxton County's American Legion Post 33, and all West Vir- ginia American Legion posts for their sponsor- ship of this event to honor POW and MIA veterans. Recently, I noted in this space the imminent renovation plans for the Braxton County Ar- mory. This $3.3 million project will update and expand the facility, while making it the head- quarters lbr the 150th MP Battalion. Since first constructed in the 1960s, the Ar- mory has been a venue for a wide variety of functions and events. Sports, meetings, special church services and events, dinners, and tool shows are but a few of the innumerable and diverse events held at the site. Over the years, it has been maintained in top-notch condition, with federal and state funding, along with first- rate care and maintenance. The upcoming re- modeling and construction will provide even more opportunities for use and convenience for those attending. Because it has become such an integral part of the community and region, it is easily over- looked that the Armory, first and foremost, is a United States Government military site. The entire community, in relying so heavily on the availability of the Armory, has expressed con- cem for the possible limited use that construE- tion could entail. Last week, after speaking with General Burch of the West Virginia National Guard in the Adjutant General's Office, I shared my con- ceres and those of coaches and others that have become accustomed to the Armory being readily available. A short time after my conversation with General Burch and in his later consultation with Col. Suber, it became apparent the renova- tions wilt apparently curtail use of the Armory for several months, as construction is tentatively scheduled to begin within the next 30 days. During much of the initial construction, water service will be shut off'and other utilities re- routed, relocated and upgraded. Certainly, this will be a major inconvenience for athletics, in particular, and for the many other groups, churches and organizations that are accustomed to its use. However, in order to have a more modem, up-to-date facility, includ- ing new bleachers, expanded restrooms, locker rooms, concessions, heating and cooling, etc., this temporary inconvenience will be more than worth the wait. We've become accustomed to the hospitality and availability of the Armory. Moreover, the larger, more important picture is that the millions in renovations and new construction will tlLanor4n, i,t l,Qr  rood; ,- military facility, critical to our national defense, headquartered in central West Virginia. This temporary inconvenience points to a related dilemma. A great need exists in Braxton County for additional fields for football, soccer, baseball, softball, and a track for the middle and high school track and field events. Likewise, there is a shortage of gymnasium space for basketball, volleyball, wrestling and other sports and extracurricular activities required to accom- modate the boys' and girls' athletic programs that continue to grow and prosper. These needs cannot be funded in their entirety by the federal or state government. It will take an effort on everyone's part - local, county, state and federal - to provide for these necessary additions and improvements, just as it is for every other area of the state. For if we are to grow and attract new businesses and residents, these improvements are an investment, now and for generations to come. The last 10-to-15 years have brought water and infrastructure to areas of central WV never envisioned only a few years ago. Many miles of additional improvements are in construction or planning stages. Moving forward with athletic, fitness and sports facilities to meet the needs of our kids and adults will not slow down progress in other critical areas of need. To the contrary, it will provide for growth and economic develop- ment that spurs infrastructure and road improve- ments, a win-win for everyone. How to contact me! Please address your mail to my home office at PO Box 254, Gassaway, WV 26624. My phone number is 364-8411 and fax 364-8711. If you need immediate assistance, call the Capitol of- fice at 340-3220 or Assistant to the Majority Leader, Mr. Tom Bennett, at 340-3262 or fax to 340-3213. If you have an interest in any particu- lar bill or a list of all bills that passed both the House and Senate, please let me know. For those with internet access, my e-mail address is Boggs34@aol.com You also may obtain additional legislative ,information, ipcjuding thq copleso! bills, con- ference reports, daily summaries, interim high- lights, and other information from the Legislature's website at http:// www.legis.state.wv.us/ If you write or leave a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and a state government phone directory, may be found at www.wv.gov. Remember to thank a veteran for their service to our nation and continue to remember our troops at home and abroad -- and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers. Until next week, take care! The GSC Campus is a parking nightmare Dear Editor, I am a parent of two students at GSC, and the parking is a nightmare for all involved. i am the first to be for progress, but not at the expense of poor (financially-needy) kids. I have gathered information from GSC's Public Safety and Student Life Departments, and I am astounded that no one has caught this. They are charging students $40.00 to park on campus, and this can mean commuters park- ing at the Pioneer Village and being shuttled up to the campus. Here are some interesting numbers: there are approximately 1,400 students and 186 faculty; yes, not all students are there at one time, but there are maybe 1,000-plus staff at one time. According to Public Safety, there are ap- proximately 850 spots open, but they still charge most students (if they want to park and not get a ticket) the $40.00 for a parking permit. By my calculations, if only 1,200 students pay for the permits, that is $48,000 dollars. They only have enough spots for 850, and that is $34,000 in permits; so where is the $14,000 in extra revenue they make on per- mits for no spots? Is that PoSsibly fraud, offering services but not providing that ser- vice? Here is one solution to this issue: if the student does not stay in the dorms, I feel they should not charge commuters for permits. They should offer them a tree permit, because they don't have a spot for them. Thank you for letting me rant about this issue that has been a nightmare for all on campus. Submitted, Cindy Koel, Parent, Glenville GSC's street change proposal; citizens' concerns (Editor's Note: These below-enumerated ques- tions are what Dr. Carl Armour, Glenville's 1st Ward Councilperson, worked up from notes made from local citizens' inquiries of him. They wanted him to ask Glenville State College officials these questions at the City Council's September 14 pub- lic meeting. The inquiries came from people from throughout the city, not just his !st Ward. At the meeting in question, the City Council ended up voting to keep Church Street open to the public, even though it would be only one-lane traffic. DHC, Sr.) Dear Editor, These are a listing of the questions asked me by local residents, relative to the traffic flows near the College and related issues during the new dorm's construction. Did GSC's officials approach the City Council at such a late date (the night before demolition was to begin the next morning) to make it appear that there is legitimate public input in the decision- making process, when all arrangements had been made with an expectation for rubber stamping? If the City approves the proposal and a liability is incurred due to the street change, has competent advice been obtained regarding which party would be responsible legally? Have a traffic engineer and other qualified experts been consulted by GSC to determine ira- pacts of the proposed change and to document the best option for getting construction done with the least impact on the City and its citizens? Also, have the City's fire department, emergency services, and law enforcement officials been consulted? With clumping of important public facilities in the area including the Courthouse, what has been done to get an accurate assessment of adverse impacts of the proposed change on parking, an escape route in case of a disaster, access by the fire department and ambulance services? What is the worst case scenario regarding completion time for the project? Do many projects Continued on page 5 f Attention Readers: Our 'Letters to the Editor' Policy We are in need of more letters to the editor. Feel free to send them in to us. Just remember our policy on the letters. Local newspapers have long been the sounding boards for political, personal, and patriotic views and this paper is no exception! Relative to writing responses, please keep in mind our Editorial Policy: we will accept letters on a space available basis only and they will be subject to the Editor's scrutiny as to content relative to libel, good taste and timeliness. A good length is generally one to one-and-a-half standard typing pages, double-spaced. The decision of the Senior Editor will be final. Letters must be signed in order to be published - e- mailed loners must include a phone number where your identity can be verified, but you may still be required to sign the letter via snail mail. Deadlines for letters are Mondays at 10 a.m for that week's paper. After 10 a.m, they can be accepted for that week as paid advertisements. However, it would appear for free in a future edition. Also, for writers who consistently send in Letters week after week, these messages are constantly evaluated as to content and to purpose, so they may be considered as an advertisement, especially if they are weekly, lengthy, and repeats of previous letters. Nevertheless, you will be contacted if the latter is the case and will be charged only our regular advertising rate. For more information, contact either Dave Corcoran, Sr., Charlene, or Cassandra at 304-462-7309. ~ Last Issue Before Election: News, Letters, & Ads ~ The brag-standing policy of this newspaper has always been that if, in the issue before an election, one candidate or citizen makes allegations about another candidate or issue, that the other party be given the right of rebuttal. Readers of this newspaper know that we editors have had this policy in effect lw the past 10 years in order to make certain that the journalistic and ethical principles of fairness and equality be assured on these pages relative to both the news and advertising side. Also, all political letters or news stories submitted in the last month prior to an election are to be paid political adverstisement, Editorials Great Fn00-00ake Ex-President Carter's assess- ment about Mr. Obama flawed In a recent address, former President Jimmy Carter. a Democrat, blamed much of the resistance to current President Barack Obama's national relbrm initiatives, as a backlash to his African-American heritage. To the contrary, most of the major objections to Mr. Obama's policies are not because of his "color," but because of their "content." At the same time. ex-President Carter. whom we editors deeply admire for his efforts to brir, g about world peace through his Carter Center. speaks with first-hand authority when it comes  race. prejudice, and bigotry. After all. he grew up in an era in the Deep South (Georgia), where the segregation of the two races was the law and where discrimination was accepted as commonplace. That history of injustice gratefully began to end. with the Brown vs. The Board of Education's U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1954. thereby integrating the nation's schools, including those in the Deep South. That ground-breaking Civil Rights action was then followed in the early ,960s, with the congressional passage of the Voting Rights Act and several others, thus relegating the South's old "Jim Crow" state segregation laws into illegality. While Mr. Obama is our nation's first elected Black president, that. like with his White predecessors, doesn't mean that he's immune from being criticized by either the media or the people. And, in the main we editors believe that the content of his programs, as we can understand them, is what the public is criticizing, not his color. Of course, the bigots, who are marching in the Anti-Administration demonstration lines with their mean-spirited and racist posters, are to be denounced, and. as far as we are concerned arrested for their blatant racial prejudice. The current episode which has sparked these unruly mob scenes is Mr. Obama's' newly proposed Health Care reforms. Most of his initiatives are. indeed, frightening to the average American. If he puts enough muscle to Congress to mandate a Universal or National Health Care Plan. that's Socialized Medicine an experiment which hasn't worked abroad. If it did work in foreign countries, the n their doctors and surgeons wouldn't be practicing medicine in the USA now, for they'd be back in their home countries making a living. But. to our nation's businesses, requiring almost any form of national health care reform, is going to cost the commercial sector dearly by increasing their taxes, thereby jeopardizing the very continuance of these large, medium, and small businesses the life-blood of our once- thriving American economy. More important than the health care issue, and from a historical perspective. Mr. Obama't Administration's overall record is very pale, compared with that of many of his predecessors. Pointing in particular to the early 1930s, President Franklin Roosevelt, also a Democrat, had to deal with the ravages of the Great Depression a dire economic circumstance not unlike the current worldwide recession. Unlike Mr. Obama, though, Mr. Roosevelt wisely chose to throw his governmental "Stimulus Packages" at the unemployed people, rather than at the giant corporations. In fact, the Democratic Party, as a matter of philosophical principle, has always been for helping the common people over the large multi-national corporations. With Mr. Obama's break from just this one Democratic Party tradition, that's a scary enough development for us. Let's face the facts: America's unemployment rate has jumped in this last year from about 4- to-10 percent. These jobless workers need jobs, but Mr. Obama isn't providing them under his various Stimulus Packages. Why, in Franklin Roosevelt's landmark "First 100 Days" in 1933 he had unemployed Americans going back to work, earning wages, and spending them on goods and services in the private sector-- all outcomes which helped to lessen the Great Depression's bloody grip on the throats of our helpless citizens. Compare that with Mr. Obama's First 100 Days, which had not one echo of hope being sounded from them for the unemployed, including West Virginia's unemployed coal miners, steel workers, and glass manufacturers. We editors appreciate former President Jimmy Carter's attempt to help out Mr. Obama. Simultaneously, we also realize that the dramatic current economic downturn would be a for any president, no matter what the color of his skin happens to be. DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor Rather late??? - Glenville State's request not reasonable/ Come on Glenville State College --get in sync with the city of Glenville's local government ! To bring College representatives to a City Council meeting to explain something important that should have been aired a month before is really bad, either in its planning o r judgment aspects .... ...... :' .'!", ........ ' :: : We editors are referring to last week's MOO;, Sept. 14th's alenville City Couo.i! meeting,. when two College representatives appeared to ask permission to close down Church Street from the highway to North Court Street in order to start the necessary demolition for the new dormitory. What caught the Council by surprise was their, concomitant, announcement that the razing of the three buildings would begin the next morning. Hence, City Government had no time to either think about or study the GSC plan. Granted, the College needs the new, modern dorm in order to" house its students in a comfortable, learning environment. Everyone in Glenville, we editors feel certain, desires that. At the same time, the College's Board of Governors had BBL Carlton, a construction firm from Charleston and others, planning this construction project for, at least, the past year or so. Hence, the resulting citizen outcry of protest to close Church Street for approximately 18 months was to be expected. The opponents of the closing seemed to stand in many different camps, but, in general, they all expressed a need to have that street open, especially during the wintertime. In fact, the Courthouse officials depend on it, for both their own and the public's use. Moreover, the taking away of needed parking places from the Courthouse and College areas was also an argument used to not close the street. The contractor, however, wanted it to be cordoned off as a demolition and construction staging area. When all was said and done;and the debate faded into silence, the Glenville City Council did the right thing by voting, 4-1, to keep Church Street open, even if it is only one lane. More importantly, we'd suggest that GSC come before City Council at least one month before any future construction projects are started up, thereby keeping the good will of the "town and gown" moving strongly forward, as has been the Barr Administration's intent expressed heretofore. DHC Sr. (Editor's Note: See related "Letter to the Editor" from Councilman Carl Armour in this issue.) Edge of the -rr00ee by George Harper [?Art& 0011'l00 ...... PiO Box 458  i08 N. Cou St Glenville; WV 26351 i k except for biographical sketches in an Election Guide or section.