17 April 2014, Vol.1, No.34 > DEBATE? WHAT DEBATE? THERE’S LITTLE TO DEBATE!
The POCAHONTAS CRIER
‘When the Righteous succeed the people rejoice,
But when the bad govern, men groan!’ – Proverbs 29:2
DEBATE? WHAT DEBATE?
THERE’S LITTLE TO DEBATE!
On 30 April 2014, at 6:30 pm, Allegheny Mountain Radio FM – 103.3 – together with The Pocahontas Times will host what they are now calling a ‘candidates forum’ in which the four (4) Democrat Candidates for County Commission, Northern District, will be asked questions from both the radio-station and the weekly-newspaper. Following this program, at 7:30 pm, the three (3) Democrat Candidates from the Southern District will follow the same format.
We here at The Pocahontas Crier are wondering if anyone at either WVMR or Times even remembers just what a ‘Debate’ is supposed to be like! Usually when candidates for public office appear together – it is to have a ‘Debate’ – as in the Presidential Debate-Forum – which simply means each candidate is given 2 – 3 minutes for an ‘Opening Statement’, then followed by a ‘Question’ in which each gets to ‘Answer’, then a 1 minute follow-up, then rotate to the next & so forth until all candidates can be heard, before each makes a ‘Closing Statement’ of 2 – 3 minutes, etc.
BUT NOT SO HERE! Here on 30 April, there will be no ‘Opening Statement’, just going into ‘Questions’ that are not known to any candidate (at this point as far as we know) and then each candidate has 2 minutes for a ‘Closing Statement’! The irony is that, as seen below, only a couple of candidates have set forth any kind of viable ‘proposed agenda’ – let alone any opinions, programs or policies – that would really make a difference for the county! That’s why we say, ‘There’s little to Debate!’
Since the Republicans only have one-candidate for the Northern District, Charles Wilfong, and one-candidate for the Southern District, NORMAN LEE ALDERMAN*, there will be no radio-appearance for either. So that leaves us with the task of considering the Democrat Candidates as follows, AND THEIR PROMISED AGENDA, if elected:
FOUR (4) in the NORTHERN DISTICT:
PATTI HEINEMANN* > has set forth a ‘joint-promised-agenda’ along with Norman Lee Alderman, as published at this website via their ‘joint-endorsement’ by the Editorial Staff of The Pocahontas Crier, as follows:
1. FIRE ED RILEY! Demand a full accounting! Reorganize the Pocahontas County Solid Waste Authority (PCSWA) by appointing ALL NEW MEMBERS that will follow the law – End all Lawsuits & Expunge all Judgments & Liens – and Exempt all persons on fixed-incomes pursuant to State Law!
2. FIRE THE GVEDC! End the ‘Poverty Preservation Society’ – replace the self-serving ‘Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation’ (GVEDC) with a new ‘Pocahontas County Development Authority’ (PCDA) comprised of rank & file Citizens who want good clean businesses and will put THE COMMON GOOD BEFORE SELF OR ANY SELF-SERVING SPECIAL INTERESTS!
3. REBUILD FORT WARRICK! Turn the Public Land in Green Bank into a Tourist Park – NOT into ‘open-pits & tanks’ filled with raw-human-toxic-sewage – our environment is too valuable to waste!
4. FIRE DONALD TRUMP! Reject a Snowshoe Resort Area District (SRAD) – for lack of any ‘checks & balances’ to protect existing ‘homeowners’ & ‘employees’ from the Trump & Intrawest current massive $1.5 Billion debt – the Best Solution is to let the State of West Virginia revoke their charter, take over ‘Receivership’ and turn all day to day operations over to this county to administer accordingly in a ‘Workers CO-OP’ – we have more than enough folks already trained in this county to operate Snowshoe & Silver Creek for the mutual benefit of all!
5. Establish ‘Cell Phone’ service for the entire county, so ‘Medical-Life Alert’ systems can become available; and obtain other communication companies to end the monopoly of Frontier Communications!
6. Establish renewable ‘Wind Turbine’ electricity-service for the entire county – produce new jobs & increase the tax-base to the county with Clean Energy – ‘forever’!
7. Order an annual Audit & Certified Budget from all government agencies in the county – pursuant to Federal Law – it’s a requirement ignored by the current county commission!
8. Order a listing & certified accounting for all county-owned land – so all Citizens will know the true status thereof for proper county wealth & development – and provide areas for those caught in the Flood Plain to relocate to higher level ground!
9. Establish a Referendum – for providing county funds to county organizations that are not county agencies!
10. Establish ‘Public Works’ projects where & when
feasible for the mutual benefit of all concerned –
comprised of all available carpenters, plumbers,
electricians, cement-masons, roofers, and similarly
talented persons – including persons willing to assist
Senior Citizens inside their homes with cleaning &
personal care – using an industry ‘Living-Wage’ pay-
scale for each profession – Projects include:
♦ Completion of Durbin Library;
♦ Covered Pavilion for Farmers CO-OP;
♦ Relocating residents out-of-floodplain;
♦ Rebuilding businesses who wish to stay in
Marlinton to make an ‘Industrial/Retail Park’;
♦ Removal of leaking storage tanks & all tanks
within a floodplain; and
♦ Repair & replacement for county infrastructures!
– and all can be done for just the ‘Cost-of-Materials’
& the ‘Cost-of-Labor’, without having to pay any
interest / usury to any bank or financial predatory-lender!
11. Establish an Inventory List of all underground
Storage Tanks – for their structural integrity,
location & removal away from all streams, ponds,
river banks & flood plains accordingly – our collective
health & safety is too important than risking
contaminations & toxins into our common
12. Provide a legal analysis for each elected & appointed person working for the county pursuant to their statutory duties & responsibilities – for all that fall under the oversight of the County Commission so that no one will ever have an excuse not to follow the law and carry out their duties from this point forward!
13. NO ‘FRACKING’ in this County – EVER! Pure, Clean Water is too precious to ever risk polluting with toxic-chemicals – especially in a county which boasts to being the ‘Headwater’ for ‘Eight-Rivers’ – bottling pure, clean water should become the #1 business within Pocahontas County – therefore all persons with natural spring water will be invited to join the Pocahontas Pure Water CO-OP to bottle & sell pure water – SHARE IN THE PROSPERITY and live happily-ever-after!
14. Full support for the Pocahontas County Humane Society – a ‘NO KILL’ – animal shelter – that also subsidizes persons on fixed-incomes by sharing the expense for neutering or spaying of all household pets – therefore as a county agency, they deserve the full support of the county commission!
15. NO ‘BIRTHPLACE OF RIVERS NATIONAL MONUMENT’ PARK NEEDED HERE! – such a ‘designation’ would eliminate almost 40% of the federally-owned public land that we now all have access to use – unless we are willing to pay a ‘toll’ to use the same campsites and drive the same Scenic
Highway – and be occupied by a new ‘federal-police-
force’ wanting to see ‘our papers & permits’, etc.!
DAVID McLAUGHLIN > Nothing is listed as of this date, no opinions, programs, policies, or proposed agenda.
DAVID FLEMING > No issues have been posted as of this date, no opinions, programs, policies, or proposed agenda, just notice of a ‘pancake dinner’ in Arbovale, and attending the annual diner of the Chamber of Commerce.
KENNETH ‘BUSTER’ VARNER > Nothing is listed as of this date, no opinions, programs, policies, or proposed agenda.
THREE (3) in the SOUTHERN DISTICT:
WILLIAM S. ‘BILL’ BEARD, JR > Nothing is listed as of this date, no opinions, programs, policies, or proposed agenda except, ‘Please like me and show me your support’.
SHAY HUFFMAN > she has set forth the following issues, summarized as follows:
● A Vision for Our County > Everything is connected. Terms like Economic Development, Education, Internet Access and Water Quality can't be addressed separately, but together they are parts of a holistic approach to create what we want our County to be like.
● Children and Seniors > Our children and seniors are
the most vulnerable parts of our population and this
has been Shay's work all her adult life. First we
need to create and maintain a County-Wide
Directory online (and in print) of all services
available to help our families.
● Economic Development:
Local Agriculture > We have a long history of
strong, resilient, homesteader type small farmers.
We still have a small farm agricultural base. How
can we build on this base to encourage small farms
to thrive? How do we connect quality local foods to
consumers in a profitable way? There is movement
in this direction from our farmer markets and Grow
Tourism > Snowshoe and tourism throughout the
County account for a significant part of our local
economy. The County Commission is responsible for
the distribution of funds from the Hotel/Motel Tax
and we need to distribute these funds where they can
do the most good within the mandate of the law. We
should continue to work with Snowshoe to promote
our mutual interest
Broadband Internet > Quality broadband internet
access is essential to overcoming the geographical
challenge our mountains pose. People need to be
able to work from their offices and homes. We need
to have access to the best online college and
Education > We need to work in partnership with
the Board of Education to do everything in our
power to make our schools the best they can be.
● Natural Resources:
Water Quality and Access > Pocahontas County is
the Birthplace of Rivers. Eight rivers have their
origin here and we have an obligation to ourselves,
our children, those who are downstream and all
wildlife to be good stewards of this gift.
The Birthplace of Rivers National Monument >
The proposed National Monument has created a lot
of division within our county.
Landfill and Recycling > We also need to be aware
of how we deal with the waste in our County. We are
opposed to taking waste from other Counties in our
Affordable Housing > Good quality housing is an
important factor in the health, safety and stability of
our families. We need to partner with non-profits
and governmental agencies to create more
affordable, energy efficient housing in our County.
This is not only about building new housing, but
repairing and weatherizing existing housing.
SARAH (BURT-KINDERMAN) RILEY > she has set forth the following issues, summarized as follows:
· TECHNOLOGY. Pocahontas County, like West Virginia, is a wild and wonderful place, which means we may never have good access to the outside world by conventional highways. Therefore, having real, reliable high-speed internet is an absolute necessity for our economic growth.
· ADVOCACY. Our Senators have done a lot for us over the years and we've been very fortunate to have them. But with this being Senator Rockefeller’s last year, we have to advocate for ourselves in Charleston and in Washington.
· LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT. Many young adults want to live and thrive in Pocahontas County. Still, local employers, including me, report that it is challenging to hire and keep high-quality employees. There’s a disconnect there, and we can all be part of the solution.
· PARTNERSHIP & COLLABORATION. We all need to work together on tough issues like jobs, education, and water quality in order to protect our traditions and way of life here in Pocahontas County.
There you have it in a ‘nutshell’ – and as you can see some of the issues presented fall more within the category of ‘Social Services’ and issues for a ‘School Board’ election rather than POTICIAL ISSUES to be considered at the local level to be dealt with by a County Commission. The county commission has no control over any school board issues or funding since the School Board is a separate governmental entity whereby Members of the School Board are ELECTED in nonpartisan elections! All issues falling under the county commission are those that concern OVERSIGHT of all governmental-agencies within the county whereby persons are APPOINTED to their public-service, and NOT ELECTED – such as the county solid waste authority or a county economic development authority, etc.
As can be seen by the above-comparisons,
only NORMAN LEE ALDERMAN (Rep-SD) and
PATTI HEINEMANN (Dem-ND) have voiced their opinion, taken a stand, offer a program & policies for a proposed agenda to actually bring about POSITIVE CHANGE to Pocahontas County! That’s why…
THIS TIME…there’s no excuse…
IT’S YOUR CHOICE…
TO CHANGE FOR THE BETTER!
Just say ‘NO’ to those who want to keep this county in Poverty & Pauperism
– and –
Just say ‘YES’ to real Progress & Prosperity for the future!
On Primary Day – YOU have a chance to elect two persons that will always put YOU first! They know that:
THE GREATER COMMON GOOD ALWAYS COMES BEFORE SELF OR ANY SELF-SERVING SPECIAL INTERESTS!
Keep up to Date – Stay tuned to these Websites:
► IF YOU are registered to vote as a Republican, you can
Vote for Norman Lee Alderman in the Primary Election
on 13 May 2014;
► IF YOU are registered to vote as a Democrat, you can
Vote for Patti Heinemann in the primary election on
13 May 2014;
► If you are not registered to vote, then you must register
to vote on or before 22 April 2014;
► If you are registered to vote, but with no party
affiliation, then you must request Loud & Clear either
a Republican or Democrat ballot on Primary Day when
you go to the polls; &
► Since Norman is unopposed, he recommends that you
request a Democrat ballot to vote for Patti so that this
county can again have an Honest & Just county
► Early Voting is from 30 April 2014 to 10 May 2014 – so
Vote Early & avoid the rush!
* The Pocahontas Crier is an independent Internet News Service that has so far endorsed two candidates for County Commission
– one a Republican (NORMAN LEE ALDERMAN - SD) & the other a Democrat (PATTI HEINEMANN - ND) –
in addition to providing in depth news reporting on important issues directly affecting the Citizens of Pocahontas County!
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