G-OpEd™: To Editor of The Weston Democrat and Our Fellow Voters and Citizens of West Virginia
It appears that our elected delegates and senators in our WV legislature, in their support of our Second Amendment rights, are poised to pass the “Constitutional Carry Act”, giving all law abiding adult citizens the right to carry concealed weapons without need for any kind of permit. Nor, for that matter, will we citizens be required to undergo any sort of training or to demonstrate any level of competence or proficiency with our deadly weapons. Nor, perhaps more importantly, will we be required to demonstrate that we have any understanding of the important responsibilities attached to the ability to wield lethal force or of the legal, moral, and ethical considerations and constraints on the use of lethal force. The bill seems certain to pass again this session. It seems equally certain that our legislators will override any possible gubernatorial veto.
Leaving aside for now the question of what our founding fathers had in mind when they spoke of a “well-regulated Militia”, one has to wonder about how this legislation contributes to the maintaining of said “well-regulated Militia” or how it will make us safer from National Government Tyranny, terrorism, or foreign aggression. One must also wonder how it will make us all safer from criminals. Indeed, one has to wonder if this legislation makes any common sense or fills any real need at all – other than the need for politicians to demonstrate their conservative credentials and pay off a debt to the NRA.
Supposedly somebody can make a good argument for the need to be able to hide loaded handguns in our pockets and purses as we head out for an evening of drinking at the local bar, head out to pick up the kids from day care, head out to buy groceries, or head off to work, unrestrained by any training, testing, and permitting. Perhaps an argument can be made that it is really not necessary for a citizen armed with a deadly weapon to demonstrate some mature understanding of the responsibilities, the value choices, and ethical judgement that should go along with being able to end the life of another human being with the squeeze of a trigger. If such arguments exist, we would like to hear them.
Be that as it may, we expect that the vast majority of those reading this, if being honest, can think of at least one or two individuals in our community, who have never been convicted of a felony, never been charged with or convicted of domestic violence, nor adjudicated mentally incompetent, yet whom we would rather not see walking around with loaded weapons in their pockets and purses, let alone standing behind us at in the checkout line at the local department store, sitting beside us at the local tavern, or meeting us in a fender bender at a busy four way stop.
Please contact our legislators and ask them to exercise some common sense and mature judgement when considering this legislation.
~~ Tom and Becky Berlin - Weston, WV ~~
G-OpEd™: A War on Labor
To West Virginia Voters and Workers:
In an action that should be of no surprise to anybody, our WV State Senate started off the 2016 session with another attack on workers with the introduction of Senate Bill 1, the so called, “WV Workplace Freedom Act”, also known as Right to Work.
This is another thinly disguised attack on labor and labor unions, based on the insane idea that labor is the problem and that labor is somehow parasitic on capital and is taking too much of the wealth from the owners of capital. It is part and parcel of the four decade long war on labor that has been waged by the wealthy and powerful against those who actually work for a living. This is a war that has not seen a trickle down of wealth to the working classes, or a flow of wealth from the top down, but a flow of wealth from labor to capital, resulting in an immoral and unsustainable inequity in the distribution of wealth in the United States and in WV, and a relative diminution of the rewards of working for a living.
Here are two truths to keep in mind:
- Capital produces nothing and capitalists, owners of capital, produce nothing. Trees do not saw themselves into lumber and lumber does not build itself into homes, steel does not organize itself into automobiles, and consumer goods do not stock themselves on shelves or sell themselves to customers. One might own a huge manufacturing facility, but without labor that facility produces nothing of value.
- Wealth is only produced by labor when capital is utilized to produce marketable and valuable goods and services. Workers utilize capital to produce things that have value and thus multiply the value of capital and create wealth. In the bargain, we expect the producers of wealth to be given a fair portion of the wealth they have created. Capital is totally dependent on labor for growth of wealth. Wealth flows from labor to capital, not the other way around.
A big problem is that our economic system and our government value and favor capital (stuff) and disvalue and disfavor labor, (the producers, Human Beings). When labor is not valued, human lives are disvalued and cheapened.
If we do not take care of our creators of wealth and see that the producer class is strong and healthy, we risk having the whole system fall apart. The greed of the wealthy owners of capital, who are dependent upon and parasitic upon the producer class, cannot be fed forever without damaging the base of the system (producers or labor).
Let your WV Delegates and Senators know that you are fed up with this ongoing attack on the working people of this state. Insist that they vote against the “WV Workplace Freedom Act” and all other legislation that further erodes the standing of the actual producers of wealth in our economy, labor.
~~ Tom and Becky Berlin - Weston, WV ~~
Glenville State College President’s Honor List for Fall 2015
GLENVILLE, WV – Glenville State College has announced the names of GSC students who attained the President’s Honor List for the Fall 2015 semester. To be named to the President’s Honor List, a student must have a 4.0 grade point average on a minimum of 12 semester hours.
The students making the President’s Honor List are listed as follows according to their county of residence:
Berkeley County: Lawrence C. Wolf
Braxton County: Gabriela Y. Bonazzo, Bridget D. Carr, Tyler K. Cunningham, Jordan T. Cutlip, Ashlee N. James, Erica D. Perdue, Teddy J. Richardson, Erica L Whitney
Calhoun County: Samantha B. Fulks, Danielle N. Kendall, Emily L. Snyder
Clay County: Dalton M. Holcomb, Caitlyn M. Rogers, Lauren K. Stover
Doddridge County: Joshua L. Smith
Fayette County: Breanna N. Bennett, Kennedy M. Cochran
Gilmer County: Samantha J. Brookover, Jonathan E. Clark, Elisabeth A. Coombs, Jazmin C. Gordon, Jaylin K. Johnson, Hannah M. McCune, Emily E. Ramezan, Wesley A. Self, Kimberly A. Smith, Hilari E. Sprouse, Gregory T. Steele, Timothy G. Wine, Carrissa M. Wood, Trevor D. Wright
Harrison County: Hannah J. Barron, Abraham J. Hummel, Kelsey B. Palmer, Megan E. Ruppert
Jackson County: Evan D. Merical
Kanawha County: Courtney L. Cutlip, Jerrica D. Hilbert
Lewis County: Brenna A. Gibbons, J’Aime L. Shearer
Marion County: Paige M. Tuttle
Marshall County: Toni L. Doman
Mason County: Kaylee M. Howard
Morgan County: Michael I. Pracht
Nicholas County: Carrie G. Huffman, Melissa J. Jones, Nathan M. Kincaid, Kaitlyn Murphy, Benjamin J. Neal, Eric W. Peyatt, Kathryn G. Waddell
Pocahontas County: Steven L. Casto
Raleigh County: Luke D. Carpenter
Randolph County: Loyle T. Fortney, Derrick A. Woods
Roane County: Georgia B. Bing, Bonita J. Schreckengost
Tucker County: Dawn M. Gravelle
Upshur County: Kristen E. Cosner, Skylar A. Fulton, Sarah A. Gillespie, Belinda L. Lewis, Benjamin T. Stingo, Melvin A. Tyler
Webster County: Dancey E. Howes, Jordan M. Sandifer
Wood County: Micah Z. Boles
Wyoming County: Hunter S. Simmons
Out of State: Devin E. Cain, Carly B. Cairns, , Cassidy L. Clark, James T. Cooper, Raven P. Fatool, Samuel A. Hanke, Ivee M. Kaye, Allison A. Parski, Victoria L. Peterson, Marlon D. Reese, Madison L. Shoff, Emily A. Walker, Samantha M. Weaver, Brian S. Williams
Glenville State College Vice President’s Honor List for Fall 2015
GLENVILLE, WV – Glenville State College has announced the names of GSC students who attained the Vice President’s Honor List for the Fall 2015 semester. To be named to the Vice President’s Honor List, students must have a 3.5 grade point average while enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours.
The students making the Vice President’s Honor List are listed as follows according to their county of residence:
Barbour County: Edward L. Parsons, II, Olivia V. Snyder
Berkeley County: Brianna D. Caison, Tia M. LeMaster, Desiree R. Payne, Sarah K. Swearingen
Boone County: Ally K. Brown, Tiffany D. Muller
Braxton County: Jordan D. Batton, Robert C. Cline, Bryan K. Foster, Jr., Elizabeth A. Jackson, Caleb D. Long, Clifton W. Long, Tonya L. Lyons, Erica N. Toler, Kelsie R. Tonkin, Michael F. Wasylyk, Elania N. White, Shanna S. Wine
Calhoun County: Tiffany A. Brannon, Moriah J. Creelfox, Sr., Stewart L. Fitzwater, Levi M. Gordon, Kevin W. Hardbarger, Chelsea R. Hicks, Kelsey E. Jett, Erica N. Jones
Clay County: Casey A. Burdette, Jacob L. Hopkins, Nathan W. Mullins, Kaitlyn J. Samples, Carlee R. Scott, Adam M. Taylor, Allison P. Taylor
Doddridge County: Ryan M. Mizia, Lindsey G. Travis
Gilmer County: Katelyn S. Benson, Ezekiel G. Bonnett, Andrew B. Butcher, Tara S. Evans, Larisa D. Gordon, Landon P. Gumm, Michaela L. Gumm, Autumn J. Harkins, Christina L. Jenkins, Jeremy D. Jenkins, Amanda R. Lamb, Wenjie Liu, Corri C. Phillips, Hannah L. Roberts, Valeri M. Sprouse, Mistie R. Starcher, Curtis R. Sutphin, Kyle M. Troutman
Hancock County: Danielle L. Shepherd
Jackson County: Lindsey R. Acree, Chelsey Hager, Clayton Swisher
Kanawha County: Jesse A. Broussard, Aaron N. Calvert, McKenzie M. Edmonds, Kayli N. Hudson, Maura R. James, Charles E. Lynch, Jonathan Z. Massey, Bailey M. Rabel, Bethany N. Spelock, Amanda S. Thurm
Lewis County: Haley R. Biller, James Z. Browning, Anissa R. Cox, Mariah L. Daniels, Chelsea L. Hines, Abigail E. Jerden, Kelsey M. Luke, Amber M. MacLoughlin, Daniel M. Pascasio, Courtney P. Putnam, Kayla B. Rose, Devon B. Southall, Kelly L. Weaver
Logan County: Kaitlyn A. Bircheat, Derrick O. Lowe, Justin R. Oney
Marshall County: Logen M. Lemasters
Mason County: Anthony J. Howard
Monongalia County: Brian L. Hayhurst
Monroe County: Joseph S. Elmore
Nicholas County: Jeffrey S. Anderson, Sarah J. Cody, Ashley N. Hamilton, Ashley N. Mangold, Elizabeth M. Messer, Daniel M. Proctor, Rebecca S. Segal
Pendleton County: Virginia L. Bruce, Dorothy A. Daughtry, Albert L. Martin, II,
Pocahontas County: Lyndsee L. Gay, Kelly D. Hendrick, Isaac C. Hise, Brooke A. Riffe
Preston County: Madison H. Null, Josiah D. Nuse
Putnam County: Cody A. Carnefix, Jessica A. Layne
Raleigh County: Christian S. Bryant, William T. Harper, Michael A. Layne, Briannah C. Todd
Randolph County: Kathlyne L. Simmons, Christopher D. Varner, Scott C. Wentz
Ritchie County: Devon C. Cunningham, Trinity R. Muschweck, Brianna N. Ratliff
Roane County: William D. Alderman, Kathy J. Childers, Savannah C. Harper, James D. Williams
Taylor County: Hunter A. Given
Tucker County: Catherine Chambers, Heather M. Chambers, Wiley T. Raines
Tyler County: Miranda M. Taylor
Upshur County: Julie A. Anderson
Wayne County: James M. Egnor
Webster County: Samuel A. Canfield, Amber N. King, Brendan M. Rumney
Wirt County: Jacob T. Braniff, James L. Lynch
Wood County: Ryan A. Fieler, Jack H. Varndell
Wyoming County: Kaitlyn Day, Darren R. Gibson, Travis D. Gibson, Andrew W. Mattox
Out of State: Randal E. Baugher, Marvon M. Brooks, Chandler R. Carrera, Erica T. Damone, Jacqueline T. Deary, Jonathan C. Dupree, Kenneth W. Finzel, Alex E. Gilmore, Noah R. Green, Maya B. Horne, Justin T. Lewis, Momi P. Lievan, Anthony W. McPoyle, Stephen G. Mickle, Joseph I. Neal, Zoe A. Nicastro, Mackenzie J. Plehn, Katrina M. Salinas, Isaiah R. Sattelmaier, Rashaun T. Searles, Samuel A. Thomas, Hayley M. Wadsworth, Esharra A. Walton, Nicole Ward