Friday, April 4, 2014



‘When the Righteous succeed the people rejoice,
But when the bad govern, men groan!’ – Proverbs 29:2
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A lot of folks have talked about it, a lot of older-folks may even remember when it was first initiated in this country during the ‘Great Depression’ – but it all boils down to this question: 



At the present time there are close to 100,000 once prosperous manufacturing plants now in a state of rust & decay that are actually being stripped of all their metal by folks in the inner-cities and sold for scrap so those folks can earn a living!  Where is the scrap-metal being sold?  IN CHINA where the Chinese are building all the factories for their citizens that were once operating here in America!  Is it their fault?  No, it’s the fault of the U.S. government for the past three decades for allowing and even subsidizing corporations to move overseas and take American-manufacturing plants with them.  Why?  So countries like China can ‘loan’ money to the USA to wage wars in foreign lands!  The factories from the USA are payback for the loans!  Yeah, it sounds crazy – and it is crazy politics, but whoever said that the various ruling-regimes in the White House in the last generation acted with any degree of Common Sense or on behalf of ‘We the People’?

Now let’s apply that scenario to this county.  Currently we have the lowest number of full-time residences since before the two-dams were built across the mountain in Bath County, Virginia.  And while politicians like former State Senator Walt Helmick promised in each of his re-election campaigns ‘jobs, Jobs, JOBS’ his political legacy shows a loss of jobs into the thousands & then some!  Remember when Denmar closed?  Hanover Shoe?  Howes Leather? Well those loses have just kept coming and what do we have left?  Snowshoe & roadside gas station convenience stores each pay a whopping ‘Minimum-Wage’ or thereabouts with little to no benefits!   

Meanwhile the county commission got a raise, gave one to county employees, gave one to law enforcement, and even plans to create ‘one-new-job’ for something called a “Water Resources Task Force Coordinator”.  Gee-whiz, didn’t someone in the Forest Service keep track of streams, rivers, ponds & such at one time?  And if this ‘new coordinator’ is anything like what former State Senator Walt Helmick turned out to be when he was the ‘Economic Coordinator’ for Pocahontas County – then we are really in trouble!  Walt was the one who released 13 Million gallons of toxic-waste from the Howes Leather ‘ponds’ into the Greenbrier River – and now he’s Commissioner of Agriculture!  Who would have thought?

At any rate, driving through Durbin or Marlinton these days can give anyone a quick-glance at poverty & depression first hand with more places boarded up than open!  Yeah, we can blame it on the fire – but is that really what is taking place?  Since Marlinton is no longer protected with any degree of ‘flood-insurance’ – what really will happen the next time the river rises and comes rolling down at 30-Million gallons per/minute?  Before that inevitable catastrophe occurs, wouldn’t it make sense to relocate all residential persons still in the Flood Plain to higher ground NOW?  There’s Brush Country, Edray, Beard Heights with a golf-course ‘Village Green’ – and these are just suggestions – since the reality is anywhere but remaining in the Marlinton Flood Plain!

Now for those who wish to keep their businesses in Marlinton, downtown can obtain a new designation as an ‘Industrial & Retail Park’, where folks can shop but not live in the path-of-danger – so there are options galore.  But putting carpenters, plumbers, electricians, cement-masons, roofers, and similarly talented persons to work at ‘Living-Wages’ for those trades instead of ‘Minimum-Wages’ would go a long way to lifting a lot of folks out of ‘poverty & pauperism’ and into ‘progress & prosperity’! 

How can something like this take place, you might ask?  Well, if NORMAN LEE ALDERMAN (Rep-SD) & PATTI HEINEMANN (Dem-ND) are elected to the county commission, let’s consider the following:

1.     There is still an accounting of all county-owned land that is necessary so we all can know just how much county wealth we still have available that has not been transferred to the GVEDC – and that which has been taken can be ordered given back!  Maybe, just maybe there is enough level land for folks to relocate onto!

2.   Also there are the hundreds-of-thousands of dollars that the GVEDC has taken from this county in violation of State Law – and that will come back upon demand!

3.   And let’s not forget the illegal activity taking place within the Pocahontas County Solid Waste Authority (PCSWA) whereby hundreds-of-thousands of dollars has been illegally taken from county residents by an unauthorized collections-agency – that too can come back in the form of TENS OF MILLIONS via a RICO / Civil Rights Citizen-Taxpayer lawsuit!

4.   Finally there are the tens-of-thousands of dollars that come into the county via the Hotel/Motel Tax provided from Snowshoe, Silver Creek, and all the other motels & bed & breakfast locations within the county!

5.    Why shouldn’t the general public benefit from Public Works Projects such as:

                Completion of the Durbin Library;
      Covered Pavilion for Farmers CO-OP;
        Relocating residents out-of-floodplain;
        Rebuilding businesses who wish to stay in
        Removal of leaking storage tanks & all tanks
          within a floodplain;
        Removal of all dilapidated buildings to beautify
          the county;
        The general beautification of the entire county; 
        Repair & replacement of county infrastructures!

6.   And let us not forget that public works projects can also include assisting Senior Citizens both inside and outside their homes like the Community Benevolent Societies once did for those who were sick or whose spouse had recently died!  Its time once again for a community of ‘People Helping People’!

All of these PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS can be done for just the ‘Cost-of-Materials’ & the ‘Cost-of-Labor’, without having to pay any interest/usury to any predatory banks or lending companies.  It’s the public’s money – and it can be spent for public projects that assist the general public!  That’s why we need to FIRE THE GVEDC (Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation) and replace it with a lawful Pocahontas County Development Authority (PCDA) of rank & file Citizens who will also place ‘The Common Good before Self or any Self-serving Special Interests’!

You take these Public Works Projects and add them to a Pure Water CO-OP where every landowner that has a Natural Fresh Water Spring on their property can SHARE THE WEALTH so as to make bottling pure, clean water the #1 business in this county – THEN you have a County that you can be Proud to Live in where poverty & pauperism are replaced with PROGRESS & PROSPERITY!  It’s time to elect those that have the know-how, education, experience, and abilities to serve all the people all the time! 

THIS TIME…there’s no excuse…

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:


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  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!

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