Gilmer Free Press

WV Legislative Update

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At this writing on Sunday night, we’re less than 48 hours away from the closing of the polls and finding out who will represent us in various county, state and federal offices.  Regardless of your choices, I truly hope you voted.  With our nation becoming mired in political polarization, gridlock and division, we need office holders that will begin to heal this dangerous political rift by working together for the citizens instead of attempting to gain political advantage.  When voters decide to reject negative messages, lies, fear mongering and mud-slinging in favor of a tough, but honest and positive messages, we will be a stronger, more united country.

Contrast that with those individuals we, as Americans, hold in high esteem – our Veterans.  As Veterans Day is next Sunday, November 11, I’ve already participated in several Veterans Day ceremonies and observances, with others planned through next week. 

West Virginia has sent more men and women to the military than any other state, as a percentage of our population.  While they served, their families supported their efforts by keeping the home fires burning in their absence.  Most returned home to joyous reunions; some returned with deep scars from their wartime experiences.  Many gave their lives.  Others were held captive.  Still others remain missing to this day.  All are absolutely deserving and entitled to our appreciation and support.  That support includes making certain that their healthcare is of the highest quality and never in question.

Throughout the years in all my conversations and visits with veterans, I’ve never encountered any veterans or active duty military personnel that were asked when taking the enlistment oath if they were from a red state, blue state or purple state.  Each and every one, from every corner of our nation, is an American – red white and blue.  In times of war and peace; stationed in our nation or deployed around the world; they serve at great personal risk for a higher cause – the freedoms we enjoy as Americans and freedom and safety for those around the world that depend on our power and commitment to liberty.

Here in central West Virginia, veterans were honored last Thursday at the Gilmer County Senior Center.  It was a great honor to be in the company of a host of veterans and their families for the annual observance.  Having all the veterans sit together and recognizing each is a very special and moving part of the event, along with the awarding of handmade quilts to several veterans was quite moving and much appreciated by the veterans.  Thanks to all for the music, inspirational readings and great food and fellowship.

On Saturday morning, we gathered for a brief, but memorable ceremony at the park in downtown Glenville and then walked to the Gilmer County Historical Society for recognition of our veterans and remarks by guests.  Thanks to all that worked to make it a great success.

Coming up, the annual parade and reception for Veterans in Braxton County is scheduled for Monday, November 12, with the parade in Gassaway and reception following at the National Guard Armory. I look forward to participating and honoring our veterans and their families at these events.

Let’s work to make every day Veteran’s Day.  They’ve earned that respect and they are deserving of our support and appreciation.

Finally, once again, I’ll be working on election evening and throughout the night taking down signs and finishing up the following day.  Should you see one of my signs that I’ve missed, please call and let me know so I can retrieve it promptly.  I urge all candidates to respect our citizens and do the same, especially the statewide candidates.  If you authorize having your signs placed, you should likewise be responsible for having them removed, too.

Please send your inquiries to my home office:  151 Park Street, Gassaway, WV 26624.  My home number is 304.364.8411; the Capitol office number is 304.340.3142.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my legislative e-mail address is:

You may also obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and leave me a message on the Legislature’s web site at www.legis.state.wv.us/.  When leaving a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and the state government phone directory, may be found at www.wv.gov. Also, you may follow me on Facebook at “Brent Boggs”, Twitter at “@DelBrentBoggs” , as well as the WV Legislature’s Facebook page at “West Virginia Legislature” or on Twitter at twitter.com/wvlegislature.

Continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week – take care.

--> Tuesday, November 06, 2018
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