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-The Glenville Democrat Hunting, Thanksgiving, plus 'Letters to Santa???' The there inthe woods,baggingthose prize his first loss of the season in the Pre- bucks this Hunting Season. I've heard Corcoran Season NIT Final again Temple in the that several of you will bring in your Ill[JJl~ Column | JJlJJl! Big Apple. The 17th ranked Moan- pictures with those big bucks. Illtlll~ I ByOavidH.Cc*coran 1 IIIII1! taineerswill makeacomeback,though, Or, you can email the pictures, but Pub~sh~-Eator ~"I can sense in my bones. Go Moun- please give yonr name, your city. state ~~~.~l_!i, taineers and Pioneers! and when you took the buck, plus did Black Friday, Small Business Sat- Gearing up for Christmas you see any others during your hunt'? urday and Cyber Monday Sales at As we Gilmer Countians and Cen- Either bring the picture in or email it various store throughout the region, tral West Virginians start becoming to: glenvillenews@gmail.com. Your In fact, I noticed a whole lot of shop- more animated after recovering from proud day will be shared with others, pers out in Glenville on Friday, as I ourlargeThanlcsgiving Dinners,espe- In Gilmer County's proud tradition made my advertising rounds. 1 must cially if we got "our big buck" betbre ofhospitality,weeditors hope that you have overdone it, because on Satur- then, we editors invite you to scribble enjoyedtheCedarvilleDeerHunters day,Ijustgaveout,watchingmanyof down one of your "Best Christmas Dinner on S un. night, Nov. 20 and the the ball games on TV at home. Sadly, Memory." Community Thanksgiving Dinner I mayhave missed some local events Truly every year, we oiler you onlastThurs.,Nov.24at theGlenville that day, but I did not do so on pur- newspaper's readers a "FREE" Presbyterian Church. Both being very pose, just exhaustion. Nevertheless, chaneetoshowoffyourwritingskills. tasty meals created by very civic- 1, along with my staff, will be up to We don't charge like Amazon and minded and kindhearted local folks -- covering the beaucoup of Christmas other self-financed book puNishers do! the Cedarville Community Assoeia- Craft Sales this weekend. Minnich All you have to do is to step away tion and the New Found Freedom Florist and Rustic Treasuresdown- from the nasty TV news, to go back in Baptist Church, respectively. Kudos town at the stoplight also have an time and to share one of your special to these find sponsors who enjoy their abundant stock of crafts, beautiful "Christmases of the Past." Our super missionofmakingstrangers,thelonely onesatthat.Trythem,aswellasthose Shock Correspondent Jeanette and others needing a good meal feel at advertisers on our "Winter Wonder- Riffle does it every year, so why can't • " " O ' home here. land of Sawngs page, startm~ with you? In the main, we truly hope that ev- this issue. Additionally, we request that our eryonehadaHappyThanksgivinghere Sports Saturday area's teachers in the elementary and Gilmer Countians elsewhere, at- Although the GSC basketball schoolshavetheirstudentswrite "Let- though with the unexpected deaths of teams ran into some trouble this week- ters to Santa," including those at the area people, we know that such holi-' end, West Virginia University's. new Gilmer County Elementary and day cheerfulness was not possible in Mountaineers saved the day by Leading Creek Elementary schools. every household, trouncing Iowa State Univ., thereby In the main, we believe that these Asforthis SeniorEditor,l'mappre- assurillgthem ofagood Bowl Game. "writing exercises" can be beneficial ciative of all of the well-wishes we (Regrets to Professor Jim Goll, for- both to the writers and our readers. received over FB, but also the friends' merly of GSC but now at Edgewood Ofteninexpressing ourselves asadults cards from Gary and lva Rogers, of Univ.in Wise., who is an Iowa State by "journaling" our memories into a Georgetown, DE; Barb Willes, the grad.) diary or on a sheet of paper, we can new COO at Stonewall Jackson Me- l'm a Happy Camper, though, as rekindle fond memories of the joyful morial Hospital; Kent LeVan, my my Univ.ofKentucky's basketball Christmases of our past and/or to friend at alma mater, St. Louis (MO) Wildcats are ranked No. 1 and in give closure to the sad ones. In this University, and others to be remem- football, we beat nationally ranked festive holiday seasonof2016,weare, bered later. My best to them and "all! Louisville's Cardinals to secure once again, offering you readers this Shopping & dropping! Kentucky's "bragging rights." U. newspaper space to put down your Many local people were not up to of K. is generally pretty bad in foot- thoughts about Yuletide times of old hunting, except for bargains, we have ball, which is offset by our national been told. Locals took advantage of rankings in basketball. Unfortunately, Continued on page 5 Governor-Elect & legislators prepare for '17 Session By the Honorable Brent Boggs, State Delegate (341h DistricO The Thanksgiving holiday week- end is past, turkey and trimmings en- joyed, and the first week of deer sea- son was successful for thousands of hunters in West Virginia. Most impor- tantly, fami- lies and friends recon- nected and en- joyed the Thanksgiving blessing of being togetber and enjoying the warmth of hearth and home. HON. BRENT BOGGS Like most families with grown kids and grandkids, we cel- ebrated Thanksgiving over several days, knowing that the opportunity of being together with family is not al- ways dictated by the calendar. And what a great day we had on Wednes- day when all the grandkids were at the Bonnie farm for a memorable couple days together. It was also a television, Intemet, and Facebook free time with family. We never even noticed. The new government Over the next several weeks, Gov- ernor-elect Jim Justice and his senior advisors will be crafting a new admin- istrative branch of state government. While there may be some holdovers from the previous administration, there will be many new faces; from cabinet secretary level to department adminis- trators to senior staff positions. Loom- ing over the proceedings of building a new administration will be the consti- tutional requirement of submitting an executive budget to the Legislature, including revenue estimates that will guide legislators for a balanced budget for fiscal year 2018. This is no small task, despite the legislative session convening in early February of next will work to find consensus on rev- year. The coming months will also tell enue adjustments and to assure citi- if the revenue slide that we've been zens that detrimental cuts do not occur experiencing for months has, indeed, aslongaswehaveoptionsforfunding. turned the corner in October for better I'm sure the citizens in Calhoun, Wirt days ahead, and Wetzel counties will be glad to add SP Offices to close their voices to the chorus to affirm that Of note last week was theannounced trying to cut your way to prosperity by closing of three State Police detach'- eliminating state police detachments ments in 2017: Grantsville, Elizabeth is a formula for disaster. and Hundred. 1 have spoken with sev- How to contact me! eral legislators and some residents in In the interim period when not in these areas and this announcement has session, please send your inquiries to raised great.concern in the affected my home office at: 151 Park Street, areas for punic safety. Gassaway, WV 26624; or to the Capi- Itshouldalsoraiseconcemsthrough- toloffice: Building l,Room 258-M, out the State. This is another example Charleston,WV25305.My home hum- of the negative consequences of bud- ber is 304-364-8411; Capitol office get cutting without regard for public number is 304-340-3142. If you have safety, an interest in any particular bill or Budget impasse a problem issue, please let me know. For those Only a few short months ago, legis- with lnternetaccess,my StateCapitol's lative leadership was unable to get a legislative email address is: budget, despite holding a majority in Brent.Boggs@WVhouse.gov both the House and Senate. Now, in a You may also obtain additional leg- non-election year, I'm concerned that islativeinformation,includingthecop- someinthemajoritywilldeclare"open ies of bills, conference reports, daily season" on our citizens by making summaries, interim highlights, and deep cuts in vital services, including leave me a message on the State PEIA, in-home care for senior citi- Legislature's web site at http:// zeus, law enforcement, education and www.legis.state.wv.us/. When leav- other important areas, ing a message, please remember to Likewise,weseethefirsthandneeds include your phone number with your to better ftmd our roads and bridges inquiry and any details you can pro- beyond the levels currently available vide. Additional information, includ- in the road fund. As the new governor ing agency links and the state govern- and legislative leadership begin to de- ment phone directory, may be found at termine how and where they're going n;ww.wv.gov. Also, you may follow toadequatelyfundtheaforementioned, me on Facebook at "Brent Boggs"; long overdue pay relief for active and Twitterat"@DeIBrentBoggs";aswell retired state employees, teachers and asthe WV Legislature'sFacebook page service personnel cannot be ignored at "West Virginia Legislature" or on indefinitely. Last session, itbecamea Twitter at http://twitter.com/ highly partisan process that ultimately wvlegislature. led to a budget crisis: a waste of tax Conclusion dollars;andlegislativeleadershipcost- Remember our troops -- at home ing taxpayers over a half million dol- and abroad -- and keep them and their lars. families in your thoughts and prayers. 1 hope the House and Senate lead- Hope you had Happy Shopping, to! ers.along with the incoming governor, Until next week, take care! Glenville Newspapers Call us for your advertising needs! 304-462-7309 k._ 'Letters to the Editor' now being accepted; political 'Thank You' notices are available as advertisements, Attention Readers: Our 'Letters to the Editor' Policy We are in need of more letters generally one to one-and-a-half to the editor. Feel free to send standard typing pages, double- them in to us. Just remember our spaced. policy on the letters. The decision of the Senior Editor Local newspapers have long will be final. Letters must be signed been the sounding boards for in order to be published - e-mailed political, personal, and patriotic letters must include a phone hum- views and this paper is no ex- ber where your identity can be veri- ception! fled, but you may still be required Relative to writing responses, to sign the letter via snail mail. please keep in mind our Edito- Deadlinesf°rLetterst°theEdi" rim Policy: we will accept let- tor" are Mondays at 10:00 a.m. ters on a space available basis for that week's paper. After lO only and they will be subject to a.m., they can be accepted for that the Editor's scrutiny as to con- week aspaidadvertisements. How- tent relative to libel, good taste ever, it would appear for free in a and tinwliness. A good length is future edition. Also, for writers who consis- tently send in Letters to the Edi- tor week after week, these mes- sages 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 on this newspaper's editorial page policy, contact Dave Corcoran, Sr., Ph.D., Publisher-Senior Edi- tor-owner, at 304-462-7309. J Price of natural gas is rising After about two years, the price of natural gas has been rising of late from its lows of $ 1.90 per BTU, or so, up to over $3.00 per BTU today. This is good news for Gilmer County and all of Central West Virginia! But, how could higher prices be a "good thing?" A benefit: State and Local Governments, which have been faltering under the burden of shrinking natural resources' severance tax revenues, should now be perking up, once again, thereby giving some relief to those govern- mental agencies, including the state's educational sector. Indeed, closing State Police Detachments isn't a preferred way of reducing expenses. Back to economics: When prices of a product rise, the companies will start to produce more in order to take advantage of the potential profits and to satisfy new orders. In the case of natural gas, its price over the past two years has been so low that it hasn't been economical for the local companies to extract it. This disheartening condition has led to many of the smaller and larger oil and gas firms dosing their offices here and laying off all but essential personnel. Nobody likes to be out of a job and the state and local governments say, "Ouch!," to losing those income taxes to fund public services! Of course, with the improvement in natural gas pricing, that will -- at a slow pace at first -- put some laid offemployees back to work. This is great news for not only jobless individuals,but alsothe area's small businesses.The heart of any community is its small businesses, but when workers are laid off these finns suffer. Hopefully, such monetary hurting will soon end in the New Year of 2016. Here are other positive signs for us: • The Energy Corporation of America, w hich has offices in Gilmer County, as well as in other Central West Virginia counties, has increased drilling in other areas of the country. So eventually, this reactivation of extracting natural gas reserves will make its way' back to the Glenville area. In fact, the company's uptick in gas production to meet its customers' needs in the deep South has merited the increase of its dividend to stockholders. A positive sign! • Mr. Bob Dudley, British Petroleum's Chief Executive Officer, has joined with a growing number ofoil industry leaders predicting the historic lows in crude prices are nearing an end. Oil's price drop has been as dramatic as that of natural gas. Two years ago oil was selling at $100.00 per barrel, but, of late, it has been hovering around a $42.00 per barrel low. Mr. Dudley, an American, backs up his prediction of higher oil prices, citing the rising oil demand in China, North America and Europe. He is quoted as saying, "Global supply and demand recently have moved toward a better balance, and we expect this trend to continue (through) 2016 and probably reaching a balance by the end of the year on a daily basis," As to the near future,Mr. Dudley foresees an oil price of $50.00-to-$60.00 per barrel. On the other hand, he concedes, "We're not expecting the days of $100.00 oil to return anytime soon, so we must maintain our discipline and continue to improve our productivity or we won't survive." • In addition to the above, several of the nations in OPEC, the Arab Oil Cartel, have been destroying themselves by their ferocious internecine religious warfare. This political instability has prevented them from drilling for the oil and natural gas as they'd normally do. As a result, the stockpiles of these minerals over there have been dwindling. With such declines in reserves, this restdts in price upswings of these precious but reduced re- sources elsewhere, thus sparking our West Virginia producers' interest in reactivating daily operations. Looking all over the Mountain State, these Oil & Gas Industry prices, which are moving up, also affect the other natural resource prices, like coal which is experiencing an upturn, too. In fact, two declining southern West Virginia communities have seen their onetime vibrant but closed coal mines reopened, once again, within the past month. And, that's good news for those out-of-work coal miners! Unfortunately, with so many other players in the oil, gas and coal markets in the world that are government subsidized, our American industries, which are based on free enterprise and paying the working people living wages, can be.harassed, hampered and harmed ... sometimes for long periods of time. In spite of such foreign competition, as t he economists see it, the natural resource business is now coming back our way. How nice! Maybe just in time for Christmas! David H. Corcoran, Sr., Publisher-Editor DO0 The Dakota Access Pipeline needs to be completed ASAP! Hey, time out, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe! Yes,you've been hard done by in years past by the American Government. but now you're living off of our Federal Government's generosity on reservations which you -- yourselves -- govern. Look at those other Americans who suffer! Having lived in West Virginia's Southern Coalfields, this Editor knows what suffering is like -- how joblessness rips apart families, creates drug addicts, promotes school dropouts, lengthens food lines, fosters homeless- ness, increases suicides, kills small communities and ends people's hopes of ever achieving the "American Dreana." That's what happened in our state's South during the Reagan Recession of the 1980s, and it continues to plague the six coalfield counties even up to this very day. We West Virginians, consequently, know what hurting is all about; it's not fun. So, back off Sioux, and let the laborers get back-to-work! Here are the facts about the Dakota Access Pipeline,as researched by Fact Checker on the internet. • The Dakota Access is part of a nearly completed 1,172 mile pipeline from the North Dakota's oil sands through two other states down to Illinois, where it hooks into an existing line. As to the contested North Dakota segment of 1 I miles, it crosses no Native American properties and the actual landowners have already signed easements to cross their soil. Moreover, pipelines are the most economical, safest and environmentally protective method of convey- ing energy liquids and gases in order to heat the homes of us Americans and to provide us with electric power so that we can work in large industries and small businesses nationwide. In addition, the Dakota Access Pipeline was routed in the most environmentally sound and culturally protective way. As a result, we editors recommend that you Standing Rock Sioux get off your warpath and permit many thousands of your brother and sister Ameri- cans to live in peace and comfort with our lives protected by electric lights, automotive fuel and less expensive energy. DHC, Sr of the