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Corcoran Column cont'd ... Continued from page 3 Rumors, GCHS, this newspaper, downtown Glenville and more Continued from page 3 tile stalTs help from 5-to-6:3l) p.m. on next Man., Sept, 28 in the.Media Center's Computer Lab during the Parent-Teacher Conference. Edline is a method for tile school to keep parents infornled o1 what their children's grades arc, Mrs. Butcher tells me. If you have any questions about this, just call her at 304-462- 7960 (Fax 304-462-8578), and either she or a member of her staff can help you. Letters need signing Our "Letters to the Editor" do need to be signed, even if they come over the internet or arc taxed. This is just our longtime standard policy that is stated elsewhere on this page. The general idea is that if a person feels so strongly about a cer- tain topic I so emotionally involved that writing a letter is compulsive, he or she ought to be willing to affix their names to it. Moreover, they ought to stand behind it. Otherwise, the valid- ity of an unsigned letter can often be called into question by our general readership. Now, we editors realize that this principle is the ideal standard, but like any rule, there may have to be excep- tions in order to protect an innocent, yet public-spirited individual against either violence or harassment. As a result, if a person for a "just reason" wants his or her name with- held, we do take such personal re- quests into consideration. This past week we did receive a very long and purportedly infor- mational letter about a Board of Education or high school concern. It was unsigned. Referring to my initial comments in this column, it might be okay for the internet, but not this newspaper. Now, that initial decision could change, if the writer comes into our 108 North Street Office, signs it as being theirs, and explains to us edi- tors (Lisa Belknap or me) why they want to remain anonymous. That would be our recommendation, if they want their letter to be printed. Also, if it is an e-mail letter sent to us, we suggest that you print off a hard copy, sign it, and mail it to us. Remember to include a phone num- ber where we can reach you to verify any points of confusion. Moreover, I, or News Editor Lisa Belknap, can be telephoned at 304- [urthcr explanation. We editors want to, at least, assure you readers that all of our "Letter to the Editor" writers are real people, and to take our word that they aren't afraid to sign their letters, even though for whatever reason, their names can't be divulged. For your information on my own background, because of the possibility that one letter writer may have been bodily harmed, I've gone to court in the past, stood trial, defended the unnamed source, and won the case. Yes, we editors mean business: we want to print what we consider to be the truth or a legitimate opinion, even though we may have to go out on the limb to do so. Nevertheless, we won't print a letter or story about any certain issue, if we don't understand from whom it's coming, nor for what rea- son it's being written. Furthermore, we editors RETAIN THE RIGHT to edit all copy that comes into us in order to insure that it meets our re- quirements, relative to not being inac- curate, libelous, or in bad taste. Keep on writing those Letters to the Editor and SIGNING THEM! We like them, and so do you readers, as the personal perspective is oft-times a key to understanding the bigger pic- ture. On news stories If you need a news story about an event, please let us know as far in advance as possible. Normally, we'll try to cover all of the public events that we possibly can, given our small staff. If it's a social event, the sponsoring organi- zation may have to appoint a Public- ity Chairman in order to keep the public informed. The 4-H Clubs in Gilmer County do a particularly splen- did job at writing up their meetings and events. I wish that the Lions Club, Country Club, Fire Department, and other groups would do the same. These are good organizations that could be even better, if the general public were informed of their activities on a peri- odic basis. I know that the Country Club is trying some different initiatives to raise money. County Commissioner Brian Kennedy is taking it on him- self to host special dinners there. Good show, Brian; keep up your good vol- unteerism at the Club! Last week, we had a complaint from one of our subjects of a news story, he saying that we hadn't written enough about him. Well, that often happens, if the person is too busy to answer the questions o four reporters. If we go to an event or to an individual for a story, we generally come away with what we're given -- if we're given a little information, we write a little story; if given more, a longer one; etc. One Democrat/Pathfinder rule that's ironclad is that if you want a story, our readers expect to see your picture. If you don't want your picture taken, then don't ask us for a story. Our reasoning is that "a picture is worth 1,000 words," and to have it with a story, makes the piece more newsworthy. Remember, you readers might not recognize a name, but if you see a lace, you say, "I know that person!" You're, therefore, much more likely to read that story more care- fully than if you didn't know the name at all. More on the DOE Since the deteriorating school build- ings are becoming more of a concern to our county than before, why not attend a School Building Authority of West Virginia meeting in Charleston to find out how they view these pro- posed building and renovation projects? The net one will commence at 9 a.m. on Man., Dec. 14 at the SBA's office at 2300 Kanawha Blvd., East, Charleston. Glenville Moving Forward A consensus among community leaders is growing to support the FRN- Congressman Alan Mollohan's plan for the downtown revitalization. I'm nownoticing that several of the committees for creating the down- town park and aiding in the city's revitalization planning are starting to meet regularly. That's a healthy sign, because no one person, or group, can pull off such a gigantic endeavor suc- cessfully. I know that when publishing the Welch (McDowell County) newspa- per, the mayor there thought she could do everything, but tailed miserably. All community organizations needed to be involved for her to succeed. Hence, I'm happy that so many orga- nizations are getting on-board with our proposed downtown beautifica- tion. What this Glenville Moving For- ward initiative is doing is creating a lot of good news coverage for the community. Most importantlyl it looks Thursday, Septeml)er 24, 2009 -- The (;lenville I)emocral I'agc 5 Ill II comments cont'd ... intended improvements and beautifi- cations. Jeff.lames, a Glenville native who now heads up the Charleston-based Create West Virginia, is so impressed with our downtown Street Gang's and FRN's progress that his group will fea- ture us on their website. Likewise, a joint project between our Democrat/Pathfinder newspapers and WVU's School of Journalism is going to do a downtown focus, as well. The WVUjournalism students are plan- ning to come here in October to fihn what's happening downtown and to produce their video story. I'll be able to tell you more about this WVU community service initiative as it develops. Kudos to Donna Waddell, the local FRN's manager and the Mollohan grant's writer, for working up this new, modern, and beautiful vision for the downtown. With the outside groups now interested in giving it more state- wide exposure, the project is now start- ing to take bn a new and bigger life of its own. That's why the community involve- ment, through the various subcommit- tees, is becoming so important. If our decision-making process falters, the community leaders and stakeholders will be the ones who suffer, or be mud in our faces throughout the state if we fail. Conclusion Finally, for this week and weekend, be cheerful and comforting to those friends and family who need your well- wishes the most. And, like always, be good, kind folks! Postscript No. 1 Like with the internet, don't be fooled by some of the current telephone scams, according to some of my friends. Do not dial any 809, 284, or 876 Area Code numbers, or your account may be billed "thousands" of dollars. This seam starts with a recorded message, requesting that the potential client return their call to get "some great news." Of course, it's anything but great, unless you like throwing your money down the drain. Postscript No. 2 The brave city of Glenville's Street Dept. workers continue to trap and dispose of "skunks." Great job city workers, but I'd hate to smell one of them (or either of them)! 462-7309, if this policy needs any to be positive reinforcement for the GSC's street change proposal cont'd ... ..... i of the type proposed end on schedule as originally planned? With narrow streets in the downtown area and difficulty of traffic getting through now, what would the impacts be frorn a new traffic flow pattern on local busi- nesses and citizens in general, particu- larly during rash hours and on the days of heavy traffic influxes into the City7 Because Linn Street is not two-way all the way through, why does GSC want to keep that street asis, without mitigating any of the traffic flow inconveniences which would be imposed on the City's citizens? What would be the impact of the pioposed change on access to the Court- house, parking, and the general conve- nience for citizens who work and do bust- Welcome to the: hess there? Should there be extra expenses in- curred in keeping Court Street passable in the winter and the fact that it may require the City's street crew to be on call to attend to dangerous conditions, would the Col- lege pay the extra expenses? Is there a plan for GSC to take over the Nettles lot to make it a student parking lot to mesh with the proposed street change? Because High Street is one-way and there would be more traffic exiling on it, what is the official plan for preventing accidents near the intersectionofthat street and College Street? Because there are normally adverse impacts associated with projects, what has GSC done to document and to plan to mitigate for those impacts? CareFree Inn Pittsburgh Clean, convenient to the Downtown and Shopping Malls & select rooms priced under s55/night (A Great Bargain For A Big City) Call 412.922.0120 for reservations e-mail: carefreepittsb,rgh@ahoo.com" www.carefreeinnpittsburgh.com ! Why would it be necessary to close off Church Street completely during con- struction instead of closing it for an "as needed" basis? What is GSC's official plan for rout- ing heavy equipment and material to the construction site to minimize adverse impacts on the City and its citizens? With projections from GSC's admin- istrators that the enrolhnent is going to blossom, which would translate into more vehicles in town, what would the impacts be on City citizens regarding traffic man- agement and flows in the future, if the proposal in its present form is imple- mented?" ,How is the construction project being financed, and is there an ironclad legal guarantee that the burden would not be imposed on citizens, should a future pay- ment default occur? Has an official engineering study been conducted at the site to ensure that un- planned expenses would not occur to im- pose unexpected cost increases to pro- long or to terminate the construction project? Should the City's approval [or the proposed project be denied and GSC ob- tain a court order to proceed anyway, would that action be worth the bad will which would be generated among GSC's supporters, including the City's citizens? Compiled by Carl L. Amour, Councilman, Ward No. 1 Now In St0ck! BuY Now To TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE: TAX SAVINGS! Western Auto Important Announcemont GOOD SHEPHERD CATHOLIC CHURCE Mineral Road, Glenville An official representative of the Bishop will be offering Mass on Sun., Sept. 27 in order to assess the viability of keeping a Catholic parish in Gilmer County. We current parishioners urge all Catholics in the county to attend this important Mass, and the social get-together afterwards. The larger our numbers, the better our chances are of obtaining a new parish priest. SERVICES BACK TO NORMAL Due to the untimely death of our beloved Pastor, the late Fr. Edwin Daschbach, SVD, our parish's Sunday's services have been changed several times. 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