letters to the editor 4/18

April 18, 2002

Primary isn't secondary

To the editor:

The primary elections are as important or more important in many cases as the general election. Particularly in West Virginia, since all independent voters are only acknowledged by the Republican Party. The Democrat Party does not accept independent voter registration and they are therefore not allowed to vote in the primary election for a Democrat candidate even if they so desire. However, the Republican Party allows those who are independent voters to vote on the Republican ballot. In this upcoming election the independent voters must request a Republican ballot because the poll workers will not automatically give one to you. Your support for the new candidates will be greatly appreciated in many races.

The Eastern Panhandle has many new candidates on the Republican ballot and they need your full support in order to bring change in this area. While many strong Democrats support many of the Republican candidates in the general election it is crucial that the candidates they desire to support become the winners in the primary election first.


I encourage everyone to take an interest in our future and go to the primary polls and elect men and women with a vision for the Eastern Panhandle who are business-friendly as well as consumer-friendly. Make use of the new voting districts and vote the Republican or Democrat who is best suited for the future plans of the Eastern Panhandle. The vote is up to you. This is a crucial year and we have the opportunity to make a change for the better for all three counties in the Eastern Panhandle. Thank you in advance for your vital part in this process the most valuable asset of each candidate.

In Morgan County there are three Republicans seeking the office of County Commissioner. George Didawick is the candidate for whom I ask you to cast your vote and move Morgan County forward with new economic development coupled with a balance in our tourism trade. Thanks to all for your help on May 14, 2002.

Ron Payne

Hedgesville, W.Va.

Thanks to all

To the editor:

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped make our annual dinner party a great success. Your generosity of time, gifts, and food provided a special evening for families, friends and consumers.

The dinner was made extra special with the help of the following: Burger King, Giant Eagle, Hardee's, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Kerch's, Martins Grocery, Roy Rogers, Weis Markets, Emmanuel United Methodist Church and Mount Bethel United Methodist Church.

A special thank-you goes to Turning Point of Washington County and the Mental Health Center for their generous contributions.

To Danny, Debbie and Ben - thank you for your special musical presentation. To the consumers and their families, once again, it was a pleasure to spend the evening with each and every one of you. God bless you.

Connie Pauley


NAMI of Washington County


Good schools

To the editor:

As a parent of two sons who have graduated from Washington County public high schools in the last five years I would like to commend the system for a job well done. My oldest son is employed by a highly respected firm in the county and my youngest son is receiving high grades at a college well known for outstanding instruction.

I know my experience is not unique. I know many families experiencing similar situations. Washington County public schools are excelling in preparing young people for placement into today's society. Teachers, principals and support staff are partners in making quality education a reality. I would like to publicly t hank all employees of the Washington County public schools who work hard every day they come to work.

Meredith Fouche


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