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Page 8A --- The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder--Thursday, Oct. m 28, 2004 issloner (Editor's Note: As stated in this newspaper's Editorial Policy for Elec- tions on page 3A, we editors do not allow last minute attacks on local candidates unless the other candidate (or candidates) has the opportunity to respond. So, replying to Mr. Jim James's political advertisement on Letter to the Editor page 5A is Mr. Larry Chapman, aGlenville business- man and resident who is seeking re- election to another term on the Gilmer County Commission.) State Delegate fall activities in By Delegate Brent Boggs As I write this week's column, September interim legislative meetings are in progress at the Capitol. A full slate of committee meetings will continue through Tuesday. Meanwhile, autumn has arrived, both on the calen- dar and with the cooler temperatures. Even now, folks continue to split and stack fire- wood for the colder days just around the corner. I have to say that the high point of my weekend was the unexpected surprise of Jessica, Paul and grandson Collin coming in from Charleston SC Air-Force Base for a weekend visit, and Jus- tin coming home from Marshall. Nice to have everyone at home, even if it was only for a few days. I want to congratulate Principal Linda Sears, the teachers, staff, parents and sfudents at Frametown Elementary School for the presti- gious award received last week from the United States Department ofEducation. Frametown Elemen- tary is one of only three West Vir- ginia schools nationally recognized as a No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School. From across the country, only 142 elementary not argue Mr. Chapman comments, "I don't answer to Mr. Jim James; I answer to the general public which has re-elected me several times over the past 18 years. I make decisions in the best interests of all Gilmer Countians." In replying to arequest of this news- paper to respond to Mr. James's charge that the county has lost population under Mr. Chapman's watch, Mr. Chapman, a Democrat who is running against a Write-In Republican candi- date, Darren Fiet, laments, "Mr. James Boggs looks over Gilmer & Braxton options we can provide our residents and businesses, the more prosperous our counties can become. The pas- sage of HB 4084 during the 2004 legislative session was aimed at con- trolling the rising costs of prescrip- tion drugs. Meanwhile, interim com- mittee work continues on exploring the possibility of linking our phar- maceutical costs to those afforded by "'Problems. As to the specific loss of has habitually complained about any- popNdation issue, be points out that thin. g.associated with the County Com- nussnon for my last 18 yeats. How- ever, not once can I recall Jim James offering a solution to.any of the pur- ported problems he brings up before the commission." Continuing, he maintains that his record shows him a "team player" m one who works with the other com- missioners, govexnment agencies, and the general public to solve the county's Continued in right column Byrd's-Eye View: A skewed U. S. Gov't Tax Policy needs fixing By Hoe Robert C Byrd, U. S. Senator (W. Va.) the whole state has seen a population decline over the past two decades. To address this, he, as a commissioner and citizen, has worked with the Eco- nomic Development people to create an Industrial Park at Stout's Mills, to bring in new industries, such as Lignet- its and the federal prison, and to build a new Senior Center to keep local seniors at home in the county. Finally, he has no regrets about his public service record. "I've served with many concerned citizens in the county, as wall as a great team of commissioners over the years, includ- ing Earl "Tex" Gainer, Adren Jones, Jack Stalnaker, Gene Ellyson, Reta Kight and Dave Hess. We've always worked as a unit to make decisions in the best interests of the county and its people. If re-elected, I will continue to be a team player and work dili- gently for a better life for people in Gilmer County." When George W. Bush cam- paigned for the presidency in 2000, he talked a great deal about tax cuts. Once he took office, he rammed throu~ some of the biggest tax cuts in the nation's history -- tax cuts the federal government under thewhich most benefit the wealthiest of Federal Supply Schedule (FSS). Americans. It is a tax plan that does When we were considering this bill, little to help working West Virginians. rumors surrounded that veterans pre- By focusing on massive tax scription drug costs would be raised under the FSS pricing. This was found cuts for the wealthy first, President to be untrue in fact, itwasdetermined Bush squandered a great oppor- their costs wouldlower substantially tunity to improve America. The I I I I God's Blessings or His Dear Editor, Do we want God's blessing or his judgment? We all know this nation departed from the standards on which it was founded, but do we know why? George Washington said "No nation can be properly governed without the guidance of almighty God." There are two major sins that are legally practiced in our nation, both of which are hated by God and if continued will invoke His judgment. In Genesis 19 and Judges 19, we learn what God's reaction i was toward the sin of homosexuality. Romans I tells us His reaction is the same in the New Testament. The second major sin is recorded for us in 11 Kings 21 : 16, The shedding of innocent blood. In our day the shedding of innocent blood is committed through abortion. About 45 million babies have been murdered since abortion was legalized. There is a lot of controversy over when life really begins in child learning. Doctors can detect a heart beat in 30 days or less; this tells us life has begun. I really thank God I wasn't aborted. How about you? November 2nd is swiftly approaching. Many of us intend to make use of our freedom to vote in this God blessed America. Do you know what your candidates stand for? Remember God will hold you and me responsible for the actions and governing principles of the ones we vote in. Timothy II instructs us all to pray and believe if we are to have free and God blessed nation Robert Anderson Sand Fork I II II I IIII I I --7 There are some facts, taken from WV Dept. Of Education sources, that Gilmer County voters should be aware of prior to voting for the school levy. if these prices were implemented. During this committee, June meet- ing, we heard from the Pharmaceuti-. cal Manufacturers regarding the Rx for WV program " the web-based 1. Gilmer County spends more money per student than all but six other counties. 2. At least 8 counties to my certain knowledge, and probably more, spend less money per student but have a higher teacher to student ratio. 3. A WVHEPC report ranks Gilmer County High School students 44th of 55 counties. 4. Stanford Achievement Test scores have fallen dramatically. 5. Gilmer County ranks 1st of 55 counties in school transportation spending. What does this mean? I suggest it means that Gilmer County students are being shortchanged and taxpayers ,are not getting what they are paying for. The Board of Education, administrators and teachers are unlikely to actively address these problems without some encouragement. Voting NO for the school levy would do that. Sincerely, Paid for by Alan Wolfe, Tanner Alan Wolfe I I I III I II I Education designated Frametown Elementary as a West Virginia School of Excellence. Only 16 WV schools received this honor. Additional congratulations to Su- perintendent Carolyn Long and the Board of Education for their lead- ership and contribution to all the fine schools in Braxton County. Meanwhile, we had a very pro- ductive meeting last week at Glenville State College with the Executive Directors and members of both the Braxton and Gilmer County Economic Development Authorities. Also in attendance was Larry Baker, GSC Vice Presi- dent of Technology and Mr. Elliott Perry from the West Virginia De- velopment Office. Our goal was to work on some joint strategies in implementing marketing for the, new Gilmer, Braxton Technology Research Zone. Earlier in the day, GSC Presi- dent Freeman, Mr. Baker and I met with representatives from Verizon, led by Verizon, WV President Stan Cavendish. At that meeting, Mr. Cavendish confirmed that Verizon would be offering DSL broadband service in several parts of Braxton County before the end of 2004. Coupled with their decision to of- fer DSL service in Glenville ear- her this month, it ts defimtel)~good news for our residents and busi- nesses. Prior to moving the wireless broadband project forward in Gilmer and Braxton Counties through the research zone, Verizon representatives said there were no immediate plans to offer high speed internet service in our two coun- ties. Now that the research zone is a reality and wireless technology is moving forward, I am pleased they decided to move up their implementation plans. The more President came into office with a $5.6 trillion surplus. He is prepar- ing to end this term with a deficit of $2.9 trillion. That incredible clearinghouse program established turnaround wasted the chance to under HB 4084 that allows qualified make significant investments in individuals to become linked to one education, fix Social Security, and of the 250 existing patient assistance strengthen Medicare. Instead of pharmaceutical programs, "which saving for the long-term and rank- cover nearly 1,200 prescription drugs, ing sound investments in America, Some other government-spon- the Bush Administration chose to sored programs are linked to the sys- tem including Medicaid, Medicare, squander the surplus that had been CHIP and the Golden Mountaineer handed to them in good faith. Card, as well as many other discount Recently, the Congressional cards. Budget Office (CBO), whose direc- The program can also be reached - tor served as the top economist in through a toll-free telephone num- the Bush White House, highlighted ber. As of mid-June, more than 14,329 West Virginians completed calls, the disparity of the President's tax 7,935 of whom were able to identify cuts. According to the CBO, one- schooLs,29middleschools,32high a program in which they may qualify third of the tax cuts have been di- schools and three K-12 schools foraparticu!armedicatin- rected to people in the top l percent ~re selected for this distin'ct]t)r~: ' ."During our July meeting, we re- income bracket, who earn an aver- i, This award comes just a"few cived a report regarding pharma- age of $1.2 million annually. The days after the WV Department of ceutical cost containment ideas. A spokesperson from the Departmentreport calculated that house, holds of Health and Human Resources with incomes in that top 1 percent Pharmaceutical Cost Management bracket were receiving an average Council said West Virginia couldtax cut of $78,460 this year. In adopt pricing schedules similar to fact, for this year, the average tax those in Australia. This approach cut for those American households could save the state $13 million a year on its 10 highest prescribed with the highest incomes is more drugs. According to the speaker, us- than seventy times the tax cut for ing the model established by themiddle-income households. Australian government would pro- That kind of disparity places an vide West Virginians with a greater unfair burden on working families. savings than the FSS. Already, the Bush Administration The representative also said thehas slashed funding for programs Council is considering using feder- that are important tO families in ally qualified health clinics in our statetoobtainlowerprescriptiondrug West Virginia: funding for class- prices. However, the Council has not room initiatives has been erased; reached a final decision,"and they _ veterans are forced to wait in long are examining a broad range of op- lines for health care; seniors are tions, told, in essence, that the best Medi- We will continue to review op- care prescription drug coverage that tions for this growing problem," so legislators will be prepared to make the government can afford is a maze accurate decisions during the 2005 of paperwork and a small menu of session. Our collective goal is to take choices. These and other problems steps to ensure that the skyrocketing go without solutions because of the costsofpharmaceuticalsarediverted, skewed tax .policies of this Bush turned around and stabilized for all White House. who depend upon them. Please contact me if I may be of Every politicia/~ likes to vote assistance. As the session is now to cut taxes. But, when the tax concluded, please address your mail cuts are massive and unfair, the to my home office: PO Box 254, flip-side to that vote is less funding Gassaway, WV 26624. By tele- for initiatives like education, health phone, you may contact me at 340- care, transportation, and worker 3137 or 364-8411. For those withsafety, all of which benefit families Internet access, my e-mail address is Boggs34@aol.com. You can obtain and regular Americans. President additional legislative information Bush has his priorities wrong. The from the Legislature's web site at Administration's economic policy http://www.legis.state.wv.us/ is broken. Instead of irresponsible As always, please remember our tax cuts for the privileged that have troops -- at home and abroad -- and resulted in oceans of red ink, we keep them and their families in your ought to invest in the future of this thoughts and prayers. Until next week, take care. nation by promoting policies that benefit all Americans. will work hard for You! ge! Pain for by the candidate Commissioner's Report Gilmer County Commissioner Reta IOght reports that she represented the County at five different public functions in recent weeks. At the Medical Center's Board, she relates that Gilmer Primary Care will rent mote space at the Mineral Road faeihty; At an EDA meeting in Morgantown, she learned how to get more jobs for the region; At FCI-Gilrner, she toured the facility with local and area dignitaries; At the Gilmer RR Dept, she re- viewed possible grants with the volun- teers; and At the Oct 21 Commission meeting, she turned over the street addressing list- ings and CD disc to the county. This election...this life.., is Not about whether we're Democrat, Republican, or Independent. It's abut where we line up with the Word of God. Yes, it is that serious and tha.t simple. This election is not about jobs, education, health care, economy, or war. If every person in the United States had a high level paying job; if the economy were booming unlike any increase in history; if there were no wars, no terrorists, and no crime, I ask you, what would be the point if God were left out or completely removed? FACT- There is current legislation pending that will prohibit the spreading of the truths of the Bible. Christians can be jailed for their beliefs. Preachers can be arrested, even while preaching in the church, and jailed for preaching the truths of the Bible. It's out there folks. Scary? It sure is. Think it can't happen here in the good ole USA? Think again! We need a president that won't separate himself from his faith just to do his job. We need a president that has true religious convictions and won't let it happen. FACT - Partial birth abortions: They're called late pregnancy abortions. This abortion is not the sucking out of a tiny, minute piece of flesh. Partial birth means the body is delivered, but the head stays in the birth canal. Then, scissors are jabbed into the back of the baby's skull, scissors are manipulated to make a hole for the vacuum. Then the baby's brains are sucked out. The dead baby is then delivered. President Bush placed a ban on partial birth abortions. He stopped them. Sen. John Kerry voted against the ban. Kerry voted 6 (six) times against banning partial birth abortions!! SIX TIMES!! What kind of Ihuman being could support this type of gruesome murder? There is absolutely NO excuse for partial birth abortions. FACT - Kerry voted three times against the ban on burning our American Flag. How could anyone who loves our country support him? Kerry's book cover even has our flag placed UPSIDE DOWN! I just don't understand how or why anyone would support a man who has such blatant disrespect for our country. During the debate, Kerry said his faith was against abortion, but he had to separate his faith from his job. President Bush, in an interview, stated that he could not separate aimself from his faith. He said his faith was in him and was a part of everything he does. I ask you, which man is the truly faithful man? Jesus lives on the inside of Christians. He s , not like a piece of clothing that you take off and put on when you want, depending on what situation you're in. I ask you, which explanation would please Jesus? Christians can just sit back and lose again, just like we lost on the separation of church and state in 1947, prayer in schools in 1962, the removal of Bibles and the reading thereof in our schools in 1963, the removal of the 10 Commandments in 1980, and many other important Biblical issues. Or, Christians can say we will NOT compromise the Word of God any longer. We will not sit back and be quiet any longer. Christians must stand up for the truth of the Word of God. Christians must get out and vote - stand up for what's right!! This election is about Holy issues. You must know where your candidate stands on the issues of partial birth abortion, embryonic stem cell research, gay and lesbian rights, marriage, etc. America is at a very critical point. We must elect the man who stands up Ifor the true Word of God; one who acts out of faith. Which man will better represent the Lord, the truths of the Bible, and you? You must look to see which candidate has work d for the truths of the Bible and which has worked against it. The answer is crystal clear. Forget oa y lines! This Christian, who happens to be a Democrat, is voting for Bush. I pray you 11 do the same. Dean a J. Burke , Pald for by Deana J. Burker