Sunday, August 9, 2009

A new Direction !

New direction is uncomfortable, many of us are settled in our niche and have made our personal lives as we believe comfortable.Only those with vision for the benefit for all are willing to move out of the mainstream and begin the movement in that new direction.

So many have made statements for change but are unwilling to suffer the pain of the work and sometimes the criticism of those opposed to that reform.It has become common knowledge that West Virginia needs to abandon the government of the past, you only need to listen to the voices from all directions.

Where are those that will brave the voices of opposition and criticism to begin the labor for that new direction? I hear those that lend their voice of opposition with out offering the required effort to move past the vocal.Step forward, speak out, volunteer, contribute, and offer your assets for the required transformation to take West Virginia in that New Direction!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Happy Birthday America

We must always strive to protect that which was given to us by the many that sacrificed beyond what so few would offer.

“God Bless America”

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Progress in West Virginia???

As the crowd gathered to watch to implosion of the Union Carbide Building 82 on Saturday morning I wondered if they were there to celebrate the beginning or the end of a time remembered in the Kanawha Valley.
I looked on and saw the end of a better time in the Kanawha Valley and West Virginia.
We must realize that chemicals are to this day being manufactured in greater quantities than in any time in history. What was once the chemical center of the world was witnessing the end of an integral part of that past making its exit in a most depressing way? We were not witnessing the beginning of an expansion of the industry but the end of that industry for the Kanawha Valley.
The question is why that industry has decided that the Kanawha Valley, West Virginia is not the location for the continued production of necessary chemicals.
I believe the answer can be found in the government of our state. I believe it is the results of over taxation, over regulation, over litigation and the general attitude that the citizens made no effort to change those conditions.
We may have another opportunity some day to witness the construction instead of the destruction of an industry, I wonder if the citizens have the desire to make the necessary changes??

Monday, June 30, 2008

Outrageous !!!

Outrageous !

I would like to express my thoughts about the recent Governors Special Session, about the UNBELIEVABLE seriocomic session that just occurred. How important was the Legislation relating to greyhound racing generally and the West Virginia Greyhound Breeding Development Fund. Should I mention that the special session addressed Legislation relating to the terms of office for members of library boards of directors?
I believe the sole motive for the Governors special session was to pass Legislation relating generally to the control of elections; denying the West Virginia citizens a free and open election.
If the people of West Virginia do not recognize the blatant disrespect for the citizens of this state then we deserve the results of our stupidity.
The total disrespect and disregard for the citizens of WV by the Legislature and the ??? Governor should be of grave concern to all voters.
If we truly care, the outrage will be shown at the ballot box in November.
All of the jeremiad will be a waste should we not make a change from the top to the bottom of our state government.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Tax Rebate Program

This is a great explanation of a tax rebate program recently debated in the West Virginia legislature.

If you don't understand the Democrats' version of tax refunds, maybe this will help explain it: 20,000 people went to a baseball game, but the game was rained out. A refund was then due. The baseball club's front office was about to mail refunds when a group of Democrats stopped them and suggested they send out the ticket refunds based on the Democrat interpretation of fairness. Originally the refunds were to be paid based on the price each person had actually paid for their tickets. Unfortunately that meant most of the refund money would be going to those ticket holders who had purchased the most expensive tickets. This was considered totally unfair. A decision was then made to pay out the refunds in this manner: People in the $10 seats will get back $15. After all, they have less money to spend on tickets to begin with. Call it an "Earned Income Ticket Credit." Persons "earn" it by having few skills, poor work habits, and low ambition, thus keeping them at entry-level wages. People in the $25 seats will get back $25, because it "seems fair." People in the $50 seats will get back $1, because they already make a lot of money and don't need a refund. After all, if they can afford a $50 ticket, they must not be paying enough taxes. People in the $75 luxury box seats will each have to pay an additional $25 because it's the "right thing to do". People walking past the stadium who couldn't afford to buy a ticket for the game each will get a $10 refund, even though they didn't pay anything for the tickets in the first place. They need the most help. Sometimes this is known as Affirmative Action. Now do you understand? If not, contact your local Legislative delegate for assistance.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Sub-Prime Market!

I wondered how the problem with the sub-prime market developed.
An old geezer friend in Florida finally explained it to me.

Once upon a time in a village, a man appeared and announced to the villagers that he would buy monkeys for $10 each. The villagers seeing that there were many monkeys around, went out to the forest, and started catching them. The man bought thousands at $10 and as supply started to diminish, the villagers stopped their effort. He further announced that he would now buy at $20. This renewed the efforts of the villagers and they started catching monkeys again. Soon the supply diminished even further and people started going back to their farms. The offer increased to $25 each and the supply of monkeys became so little that it was an effort to even see a monkey, l et alone catch it! The man now announced that he would buy monkeys at $50 ! However, since he had to go to the city on some business, his assistant would now buy on behalf of him. In the absence of the man, the assistant told the villagers. "Look at all these monkeys in the big cage that the man has collected. I will sell them to you at $35 and when the man returns from the city, you can sell them to him for $50 each." The villagers rounded up with all their savings and bought all the monkeys. Then they never saw the man nor his assistant, only monkeys everywhere! Now you have a better understanding of how the market works

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Following the action!

With great fanfare the legislature has begun the session for the year of 2008. We have heard the State of the State speech of the Governor and now we wait, holding our breath for the resulting actions.
I have noted that just a few days into the session and our legislators have introduced over 900 Bills for consideration, with many more to follow for sure. Never to be considered a group without imagination, they have introduced such bills as unemployment compensation benefits when a person misses work due to domestic violence, (H.B. 2809).
Here is a link to the most interesting reading you will find, the link to all the bills noted above.