September 2017 Letters To The Publisher

Letters to the Publisher

“The People’s Voice” – September, 2017 Edition
If You Are Satisfied With The Status Quo,
You Will Usually Get It!!!



Praising President Trump Over Patriotism

I rise today to applaud President Trump for his comments last week which criticized the few NFL players who have chosen to kneel during our National Anthem in an act of disrespect to our flag and nation. While we can disagree on policies, we should not denigrate our flag and anthem.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and some owners, coaches and players are showing an unfortunate lack of respect for our nation and its military who gives them the freedom to play football. As the men and women of our Armed Forces face challenges at home or abroad, we should put our differences aside and unite around our flag as a beacon of hope and understanding.

Professional athletes in this nation, whether they like it or not, are an example for our young people. We should stop injecting radical anti-American politics into sports.

Congressman Alex X. Mooney, (R-2nd)
Washington, D.C.

Graham-Cassidy Health Care Repeal Is DEAD

You’ve done it! The Senate will not vote on the Republican Health Care Repeal and the bill is essentially DEAD.
This is another win for millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of West Virginians because of your hard work. Now, we need to focus on improving health care and really ramping up the discussion on good quality health care for everyone.
#Graham-Cassidy would have taken away $554 million from West Virginia & end Medicare as we know it. The bill would have charged older West Virginians $18,462 per year.
The health care repeal would have taken away: critical addiction treatments, life-saving cancer treatments, affordable out-of-pocket costs, Planned Parenthood, maternity care, guaranteed protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions, and so much more.
West Virginians and all Americans are indebted to you for your work to stop dangerous, cruel bills like this one. For seven years the GOP has been pushing to repeal health care leaving millions without coverage.
This doesn’t mean we have any less work to do, but this does show the power of what you do when you stand up for yourself and others.
We will continue to stand up for all West Virginians and we hope that you will please join us moving forward so that we can continue to fight against the Republican attacks that we face every day.
West Virginia Democratic Party

Don’t Trust The West Virginia Courts

Corporate West Virginia Officials won’t do anything. I made Several Complaints against CPS, Attorneys, Judges, Prosecutors and Guardian Ad Litems. I sent overwhelming Evidence to Office of Inspector General Fraud Management and Lawyer Disciplinary Counsel. Both OIG and LDC did a year investigation. OIG said they could not find anything and LDC said I had Insufficient Evidence? had why did either of them conduct a year long Investigation? OID and LDC only conduct Investigations when there is sufficient Evidence, proves I had the evidence. Lawyers Judges are making heavy kickbacks on Abused Children and Case Rigging.

Never hire a Attorney. Refuse Court Appointed Counsel who do nothing except sit in Court like a Mannequin and embezzle money from clients allowing Children to be Severely Abused and Neglected.

Judges, in West Virginia, should be in Prison for the rest of their lives.

Richard Provost
Family Civil Liberties Union
West Virginia Chapter


Players Want To Make A Difference

Our country needs unifying leadership right now, not more divisiveness. We need to seek to understand each other and have civil discourse instead of condemnation and sound bites. I know our players who kneeled for the anthem and these are smart young men of character who want to make our world a better place for everyone. They wanted to start a conversation and are making a difference in our community, including working with law enforcement to bring people together. We all can benefit from learning, listening and respecting each other. Sports is a common denominator in our world. We all have the responsibility to use this platform to promote understanding, respect and equality.

Stephen Ross
Miami Dolphins

Congratulations Mike Baylous

West Virginia State Police Lt. Michael Baylous recently was chosen by President Trump to be the new United States Marshal for the Southern West Virginia District.

I know Mike, and his law enforcement skills truly are complemented by his compassion. 

Mike and I first met when he befriended me, when my car stalled on I-64 in the West Virginia State Capitol and during the evening rush hour traffic. He was off duty and on his way home to dinner with his family. Nevertheless, he stayed with me until AAA emergency road service arrived, took me in his vehicle to a repair shop , and then even took me back to my legislative lodging. 

He did not know that I was a citizen state legislator when he stopped to help me in my time of need. 

As a resident of Falling Waters, here in the West Virginia Eastern Panhandle, I had no idea where to go for emergency car repairs in the West Virginia State Capitol area.

On his part, Mike did not know that I was a state legislator, and his compassionate service would have been given to anyone in their hour of need.
He is a modern example of a good Samaritan. 
Larry D. Kump, former West Virginia State Legislator
West Virginia House of Delegates (2010-2014 )

Falling Waters

Celebrating Labor Day

Today we celebrate Labor Day and we honor our brothers and sisters of labor who fought for fair wages, nondiscrimination, workplace safety conditions, earned benefits and so much more. We at the West Virginia Democratic Party are proud to stand with West Virginia workers and their families and we will continue every single day.
We have labor unions to thank for so much such as the 40 hour workweek, weekends and minimum wage. Today, the Republican majority in the state of West Virginia has stripped us of the prevailing wage and implemented the right to work for less.They only want to take us back and we won’t let them.
Thank you to our brothers and sisters of labor for standing up and fighting for West Virginia working families. 
As you celebrate with your family and friends today let’s not forget what we’re celebrating. 
West Virginia Democratic Party

Labor Day Is About American Workers

Labor Day isn’t just about cookouts and mattress sales, it’s about American workers—like you, your colleagues and me—who serve our communities every day, who make up the middle class, and who just want a chance at the American dream. 

We’re living in a time of great anxiety. Just last month, the violence in Charlottesville, Va., raised real concerns about our commitment to fighting hatred and bigotry, while the response to Hurricane Harvey’s devastation—the work of the first responders and volunteers working around the clock to keep people safe—has shown the true character of America.    

And in the last few years, as Wall Street has soared, so have health costs, while wages and bargaining power have plummeted. We’re constantly fighting for resources for our public schools, our colleges, our hospitals and other healthcare facilities, and the public services we deliver, against corporations, politicians and wealthy interests who, for decades, have rigged our economy and our politics against working people.

Amid these challenges, the AFT has grown steadily, adding more than a quarter-million members over the past decade. Nurses and healthcare professionals, adjunct faculty, charter school teachers, thousands of teachers in Puerto Rico and many others have responded to the AFT’s guiding values. I’m proud today that, this summer, the AFT surpassed the 1.7 million-members milestone. 

When working people have the freedom to come together as a union, and they use that freedom in greater numbers, it gives us the power to negotiate a fair return on our work. We raise wages, support students, make improvements on the job, and win the services our communities need to be safe and to prosper.

Unions use our collective voice to fight for policies that benefit all working people, lifting workers out of poverty and creating a stable middle class, affordable healthcare and great public schools.

These are the things to celebrate on Labor Day.

Belonging to a union helps working people gain the freedom to prosper. This freedom comes not only from making a good living, but also from work-life balance, the ability to take a loved one to the doctor or attend a parent-teacher conference without fear of losing your job, and the ability—after a lifetime of work—to retire with dignity.

That is why unions are gaining in popularity. A new Gallup poll released last week has Americans supporting unions and a strong labor movement at 61 percent—the highest it’s been in more than two decades. American people want good jobs, good benefits, a secure retirement, and a voice and respect in the workplace. 

Even so, the fight is as fierce today as ever. Dishonestly named “right-to-work” laws are in place in 28 states, tilting the power balance toward employers and weakening workers’ freedom to join together to secure better wages, working conditions and benefits.

For years, wealthy interests have sought to make such legislation the law of the land. This fall, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to agree to hear the case of Janus v. AFSCME, which seeks to overrule decades of precedent that says if a union represents a person, that person should pay a fair share for that representation. The goal is to cripple labor unions, weaken workers’ rights, and further exacerbate the imbalance of power in our economic, political and social systems.

We’re not going to let that happen.

The AFT’s growth is a testament to the fact that working people yearn to achieve better lives for ourselves, our families and our communities, and we view unions as the vehicle to do so.

And while we fight for a fair economy, great public schools, and affordable college and healthcare, we will also take on hate and bigotry. President Trump’s refusal to unequivocally condemn white supremacists and neo-Nazi groups was dead wrong, but the response from Americans was inspiring. Across the country, peaceful demonstrations condemning bigotry and hate sent a powerful message to our fellow Americans of every color and creed.

And last week, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Americans showed our best side. Throughout our union, our hearts have been with Texas. Our leaders and members stepped up to help, and none helped more than our leaders and members in Texas.  

We have spoken to thousands of our members individually to see how they are and what they need. Between the AFT disaster relief fund and the Texas AFT disaster relief fund, we raised almost $100,000 in a matter of days, all of which will be devoted to alleviating hardship caused by the hurricane. That is what we do for each other. And, with First Book, we have made thousands of dollars available through the First Book marketplace so educators have access to books and classroom resources they and their students will need when they are able to return to their schools. You can still donate to the AFT disaster relief fund, our members would greatly appreciate it. 

So, I hope you enjoy some time with family and friends this Labor Day, but let’s be sure we don’t become complacent about the fights ahead.

Since January, Americans have been resisting the attacks on our rights and our democracy, and reclaiming our future—the potential and promise of America. Our union is the vehicle for gaining voice and for achieving economic fairness. It’s the vehicle for helping resist hate and for reclaiming the promise of public education and a fair and just democracy. These fights are far from over, and we’re going to need your help.

Randi Weingarten
AFT President 

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