29 JULY 2014, Vol.1, No.64 > PART X – SNOWSHOE-RAD: SURPRISE, SURPRISE!
The POCAHONTAS CRIER
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PART X – SNOWSHOE-RAD: SURPRISE, SURPRISE!
Did anyone REALLY think that the proposed ‘Snowshoe Resort Area District’ (SRAD) was not going to be approved once the corporate-predators set things in motion? Snowshoe Mountain, Inc. (SMI), aka, ‘Donald Trump Fortress Hedge Fund’, has been lobbying for this potential disaster for more than a decade or so by now to bring ‘CORPORATE FASCISM’ to Pocahontas County so as to add ‘tourism’ to the other ‘corporate fascists’ in charge of the oil, gas, coal, timber & other Natural Resources of West Virginia under private-corporation control! Like it or not, we are all living in a state that puts PROFITS before PEOPLE!
In fact, for those that can remember, back in 1976 when John D. ‘Jay’ Rockefeller, IV, was elected governor, shortly thereafter ALL of the Natural Resources of West Virginia ended up in the hands of approximately ten (10) foreign- corporate-predators that profited at the expense & blood, sweat & tears of the working people of West Virginia! Had the government (i.e., State Legislature) done what has been done in Western-Canada & Alaska whereby ALL NATURAL RESOURCES belong to the people, so that EVERY CITIZEN in Alaska gets a dividend-check from $3000 - $5000 EVERY YEAR for all the Natural Resources sold by public corporations to private-corporations, etc. – then truly West Virginia would have prospered as does Western-Canada & Alaska in a system known as, ‘SOCIAL CREDIT’! But instead, the per/capita income of West Virginia consistently comes in either last place or next to last place, along with Mississippi out of all 50 States!
But ironic as it may seem, West Virginia does have a similar system to Alaska whereby all Natural Resources exploited by private-corporations within West Virginia pays a ‘SEVERANCE-TAX’, i.e., oil, gas, coal, timber, etc. ‘depletion-tax’ and all those funds go to the respective local school regimes of each county! The original idea was to keep property-taxes low in exchange for financing public education – but within the past quarter of a century, the reality is that the local school regime simply raises its respective SALARIES at the expense of teachers, staff, and student programs! Just look at how many ‘salaries’ Alice Irvine collected in the past three decades claiming to assume various ‘positions’, etc. – and raising her salaries by almost 10% per/year while laying off teachers, staff & programs for alleged lack-of-funds! Now the BOE would like all of us to pay higher-property-taxes via a school-bond come the November election while they enjoy their collective-riches & pay-raises at our expense!
But getting back to the SNOWSHOE – RAD, at the First Public Hearing it was announced that 521 signatures OPPOSED the RAD while only 471 was necessary! Then we were told that a mysterious ‘SOMEBODY’ miscounted and that NOW there were only 443 OPPOSED and that 458 was necessary – or 15 less than necessary to OPPOSE the RAD for another year! Wow! What a turnaround in less than two weeks!
Prior to the First Public Meeting, CEO Frank DeBerry said,
“The last total, that I saw two weeks ago, that I had verified and validated, there were 238 petitions against, at the time, and about 185 petitions for.” Now for this final vote, they needed to acquire the services of a professional accountant, who probably used the ‘new math system’, and BEHOLD, a whole new total comes into play! Meanwhile out of 1829 qualified property-owner-voters, only about 200 voted in favor of the RAD, while more than twice that number voted AGAINST the RAD – but since those voting against the RAD fell ‘just below’ the 25% required (at 24.2% -- just eight/tens of a person short!) – BINGO, the RAD can now be approved by the ‘THREE STOOGES’ on the county commission!
Does anyone wish to guess just how the ‘THREE STOOGES’ on the county commission will vote at the 19 August meeting? IF they had any brains or guts, they would vote NO for at least a year to see just how things develop between now & then since there is much confusion at this point – BUT – Don’t guess, it’s a foregone fact, lame-duck David Fleming needs a job come January so he has already positioned himself on his knees ‘bootlicking’ SMI while praising the new ‘corporate-fascist-RAD’! And since Bill Beard, Jr. only knows the derrière of cows, he too will grovel next to Fleming! And as for dear-ole Jamie Walker, if he’s told that Snowshoe-RAD ‘might’, just ‘might’, let him chase little black bears around the mountain – then he too will grovel and kiss as many collective- derrières as necessary along with Fleming & Beard!
On 04 NOVEMBER…there’s no excuse…
IT’S YOUR CHOICE…
TO CHANGE THINGS 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!
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