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As I write this week, this and many families are preparing for the opening week of deer season and Thanksgiving.  Tens of thousands of West Virginians will join in this Thanksgiving week tradition, along with thousands of non-residents that will have the fields and woodlands teeming with hunters.  While I don’t hunt with the same intensity as I did forty years ago, I enjoy it more than ever.  Like most hunters, I have more stories of “the one that got away” than those involving a trophy buck.  But the memories I’ve made with my Dad, Justin, Carson, Kenzie, and a multitude of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends could fill a bookshelf. 

Regardless of your level of hunting skills, hunter safety is first and foremost the top priority.  Remember that if you’re hunting on private property that is not your own, you’ll need written permission to hunt from the landowner, in addition to all applicable licenses and stamps.

Getting permission; keeping the woods clean from trash; respecting fences, gates, farm building and livestock; these are some of the best ways to gain permission to hunt on private property year after year and build some lifetime friendships.  While hunting is a valuable wildlife management tool, it is one of the best opportunities to make memories with family and friends.  Be safe and responsible so all your hunting experiences are those you’ll want to remember and share for years to come.

I’m looking forward to spending Thanksgiving Day with Jessica and Greg this week as they travel from South Carolina for a few days.  However, I’m going to miss Collin and Gavin, as they’re spending the week with their dad and will miss staying at the farm and deer hunting.  Justin and his family will be up later in the week.

This Saturday, November 24 is designated as Small Business Saturday.  This day is to remind shoppers to prioritize and shop your local small business retailers as the holiday shopping season begins.  Most important is to remember where the support comes from in our communities: school sponsorships, sports teams, community projects and quality of life initiatives.  When local businesses thrive, our communities thrive.  The dollars spent here stay in the community.  I’d rather spend dollars to help local workers instead of sending it out of state to pay for another vacation home for an overpaid CEO with an eight-figure salary.

Small businesses are the backbone of our national and state economy.  Remember to shop them this holiday season and all year long.  If they do well, so will our communities and citizens.

I think I can predict what will be a major topic of discussion at next month’s December interim meetings.  The State just paid over $6.5 million to an out-of-state consultant that pretty much duped the Department of Commerce regarding the botched 2016 flood relief efforts.  Then, millions in settlement payments to former employees of a constitutional officer that were terminated illegally.  Couple this with the Frontier debacle of a few years ago that did nothing for expanding broadband to unserved areas but enriched the corporate coffers at taxpayer expense.  This is unacceptable and the legislative leadership needs to address this issue.

There must be accountability and meaningful consequences for those that take advantage of a disaster; provide an inferior products or services; defraud taxpayers and/or workers with wages, and benefits.  Natural resource corporations must be held accountable for fixing our roads that are being heavily damaged by overweight equipment and loads.  Contractors must be held accountable for shoddy materials and services; kickbacks and bidding irregularities should be ferreted out and those responsible held accountable or terminated.  Administration officials must ensure that qualified persons are in place to oversee the above and demand taxpayers get the best value and service for what they’re paying.

Finally, I want to provide a note of appreciation to all the volunteers across central West Virginia that are donning reflective vests and gloves to bag a portion of the mountain of litter that is spoiling our landscape and communities.  Locally, I’ve had discussions with Herb Cogar and Robyn Stewart about the problem between Sutton and Gassaway.  They and several other civic-minded volunteers are putting their concerns into action, filling hundreds of orange bags with bottles, wrappers, cans and other assorted paraphernalia.

Sadly, all this is totally preventable if people would simply keep your trash in the car until you are at home or in a location that has a trash can or container.  This is hard work and dangerous, too, as they have to keep an eye out for passing motorists while gathering litter.  Just a few days ago, a Girl Scout troop in Wisconsin was picking up litter when an intoxicated driver killed three girls and an adult supervisor.  That’s a terrible tragedy we do not want repeated.  Ever.

Thanks to all those that are working to make our area a better, more inviting place for residents and visitors.  You are making a noticeable difference that is greatly appreciated.  Meanwhile, when you see them working roadside, SLOW DOWN and keep them safe.  All assistance is welcome and appreciated.

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.

How about the “BIG WV WINDFALL”....?

For 3 or 4 months now we keep hearing about the millions of dollars of tax revenue collected.

Millions and millions above ‘estimates’.  Were those ‘estimates’ honest, or fudged to begin with, so as to request higher tax rates?

Well, Justice and the Legislature now have our dollars, what will become of this windfall? Will we see tax rates lowered?  Doubt full, but we should.

Likely this windfall, created by “over-taxation”, will simply create a “party atmosphere” of legislative spending. Watch the Charleston ‘gangsters’ get their wish lists ready this coming session.

Comment by taxpayers always lose  on  11.21.2018
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