Trump watch — Week 4—’Smooth running machine?’

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In watching and reviewing new President Donald Trump’s Press Conference last week, it appeared to be more of an “anti-press rally,” as he constantly hurled barbs at the media as providing “fake news.” At the same time, it seemed hard for him to refute any of the news stories coming out about his administration ... with facts.

For example, the President loudly affirmed that his administration was a “smooth running machine” when questioned about the turmoil in getting his Cabinet members and high level White House advisors confirmed by the Senate. Well, I suspect when stating it was a “smooth running machine” he was thinking of West Virginia, referring to all of our old and worn-out klunkers operating on the highways. Yes, they are still moving, but just sputter along and could give out at any moment.

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In Gilmer — Good news during this time of yr.

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Hurrah, for our Gilmer County’s low unemployment rate of 6.2 percent, thereby meaning that 91.8 percent of our labor pool is working, this jobs rate puts us superior to all of the surrounding counties, except for Doddridge which has a 4.5 percent rate. We editors heard people in other counties commenting on this low figure, because, generally, in the winter hiring slows down, especially in the construction trades and in logging.

Talking about our Timber Industry, County Commission President Larry Chapman usually has his ear close to the ground in order to hear what our economic development needs are. For example, he promoted the establishment of the Farmers Market, which has done quite well in this county — allowing farmers and gardeners a place to sell their produce close to home. Now, he is eager to see a Log Yard founded, so that county logging companies can place their cut trees here safely, before being shipped off to secondary industrial processing, like planning, etc. Such a good idea deserves the public and GCEDA’s support!                                   

DHC, Sr.

Trump watch — Week 3—Mending political fences?

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As most presidents in the past, new President Donald Trump is having his own way in appointing and getting confirmed his cabinet nominees.

The most controversial one, Ms. Betsy DeVos for U.S. Dept. of Education Secretary, was confirmed by one vote, the tie-breaker given by Vice-President Mike Pence. The Senate vote on confirmation was deadlocked at 50 for, 50 against, including two Republican Senators crossing the aisle to vote with the 48 Democratic minority. The DeVos appointment would be one of the few presidential cabinet members in history who knows very little about public education. The millionaire attended private schools in her formative years and favors Charter Schools and a tax voucher system for parents who want their children to go to non-public schools. These latter two initiatives, which have been adopted in a few other states, mainly benefit the wealthy who can send their children to private schools and get tax deductions for doing so. Moreover, the siphoning off of students from public to private schools decreases the enrollments and concomitant governmental revenues that public schools depend upon for their existence and academic quality.

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R) wrote to us that her vote for Ms. DeVos, she felt, would be good for education in this state. How, we wonder? She her letter to the left. Senator Joe Manchin (D) voted against Ms. DeVos for top educator, fearing its harm to our public and rural school system.

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At GSC — Good news for high school pupils

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Congratulations to college President Dr. Peter Barr and the Hidden Promise Scholars program for Glenville State College’s commendation by the state’s Association of Regional Colleges & Universities! Happily, Glenville State was singled out as the only college in West Virginia to allow qualified students access to federal financial aid when taking college credit classes before high school graduation. This valuable program allows financially strapped students not only an early start to a college diploma, but also encourages them to pursue their college educations here and their dreams of future success.

Indeed, all of our state’s colleges and universities offer certain strengths in the advancement of higher education. These academic assets are crucial to providing the educated workforce that the state needs to build up future strength in digging us out of the pit’s bottom among other states. Thus, we trust that Governor Jim Justice will not cut college budgets like the previous governor did. Success can only come through education, not stupidity. DHC, Sr.

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