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Letter to the Editor - April 12

April 12, 2012

W.Va. voters should examine candidates’ records


To the editor:

As we go to the polls to cast ballots this year, there are many issues to consider about each candidate. One of the greatest values we have in West Virginia is that all of our counties, with the exception of Jefferson in the Eastern Panhandle, are free from zoning. Some candidates on the ballot this year intend to zone your county as their own personal agenda rather than what the people’s wishes are for their land use. Be careful as you vote to examine the records of the candidates’ voting patterns.

County officials have to balance their duties that will be of the greatest benefit to all of the county residents and not just align themselves with groups with hidden agendas to control property and people in this area.

While our assessor has reduced the rates of assessment in Morgan County, the Board of Education has increased the levy percentage. It seems like we are in a no-win situation as property owners. Trimming the budget is one of the hardest things for government to do, but my, what waste we often see in our government from time to time.

So, as you vote this year, examine the records and vote for the candidate that best represents the greater percentage of your countrymen. I believe we need a strong government backed by the people and not one forced upon the people. Voting is a privilege; this year, let your voices be heard. If you fail to vote, please stop the complaining. Many times the folks who complain the loudest do not even participate in the process of electing the officials who make the decisions that affect their personal lives.


Ron Payne
Hedgesville, W.Va.

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