Rockefeller Fights to Close Corporate Tax Loopholes
Legislation that Saves Taxpayers $260 Million
Senator Jay Rockefeller has introduced legislation to close the “Reverse Morris Trust” corporate tax loophole. This tax shelter has been used by corporations seeking to sell unwanted assets without paying taxes on the money they make. Senator Rockefeller’s legislation would close this corporate tax loophole, saving taxpayers $260 million over ten years according to the nonpartisan congressional Joint Committee on Taxation.
“Corporate tax loopholes need to be shut down – plain and simple,” said Senator Rockefeller, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over this issue. “This harmful loophole allows businesses to take advantage of the law at the expense of hard-working taxpayers. By insisting that companies pay their fair share of taxes, we are promoting common-sense tax policy and good business practices.”
Under a “Reverse Morris Trust” transaction, a parent company can spin-off a subsidiary that merges into the acquiring company tax-free, as long as the shareholders of the parent company control more than 50 percent of the voting rights of the resulting merged company.
Under current law, parent companies must pay taxes on gains from their subsidiaries if they receive cash payments, but not if they receive payments in the form of debt securities.
The Rockefeller legislation fixes this problem by making debt securities paid to a parent company taxable income (as if it were cash payments).
This removes the tax incentive to leave a subsidiary and the merged company saddled with high levels of debt, which can harm workers and hinder future business investments.
Consumer Price Index
On a seasonally adjusted basis, the CPI-U declined 0.1% in April after rising 0.1% in March.
The index for all items less food and energy was unchanged in both March and April.
Real average hourly earnings for all employees rose 0.1% from March to April, seasonally adjusted.
This increase stems from a 0.1% decrease in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), while average hourly earnings remained unchanged.
Real average weekly earnings rose 0.4% over the month.
Producer Price Index
The Producer Price Index for Finished Goods declined 0.1% in April, seasonally adjusted.
This decrease followed a 0.7% advance in March and a 0.6% decrease in February.
Prices for finished goods less foods and energy rose 0.2%.
Quarterly Data Series on Business Employment Dynamics
From June to September 2009, the number of gross job gains from opening and expanding private sector establishments was 6.3 million, a decrease of 124,000 jobs compared to the previous quarter.
The number of gross job losses from closing and contracting establishments fell to 7.3 million, a decline of 739,000.
Mass Layoffs (Monthly)
In April, employers took 1,856 mass layoff actions involving 200,870 workers.
The number of mass layoff events increased by 228 over the month, and associated initial claims increased by 50,006. Sixteen of the 19 major industry sectors reported over-the-year decreases in average weekly initial claims.
Gracious God, my heart is ready to burst with joy.
Like a flower, I want to push through the cold winter soil and share my gladness with the world.
I want everyone to experience the wonder of life that I feel right now.
Let my joy shine forth so that those cloaked by sadness may find their sorrow lifted, if only for a moment.
I ask this for the sake of your love.
Jackson “Jack” Conrad
Age 86 of Conrad Court, Glenville departed this life Wednesday, May 19, 2010 following an extended illness.
He was born June 12, 1923 at Dusk Camp, Gilmer County a son of the late Leland F. and Hallie Furr Conrad.
Born, raised and educated in Gilmer County, Jack began to make his mark on the community and state.
During the 1940-41 school year Glenville High School won the state basketball tournament in Morgantown. During the final game Jack scored 49 points. That record still stands for the old WVU Field House.
During the 1941-42 basketball season, Glenville State College won the state tournament with senior Bob Armstrong and four freshmen, Jack being one of them.
In the fall of 1942 he worked in a war industries plant in Charleston.
A veteran of WW II, Jack served in the US Army 79th Division. He served in France was wounded twice and medically discharged with Purple Heart and Cluster. Honorably discharged with rank of Sergeant he was awarded PH (Military Order of the Purple Heart); PUC (Presidential Unit Citation); AAM (Army Achievement Medal); ASR (Army Service Ribbon) and CDCON (Good Conduct Medal).
He worked in the Conrad family restaurant and motel business in Glenville from 1945-48.
Jack received his AB in secondary education from Glenville State College in 1951.
He attended WVU 1950-53 and earned an MA in Guidance. Then attending part-time earned a Secondary Principal’s certificate and then a full Public Administration certification. While a student at WVU he began teaching at Morgantown High School later becoming Assistant Principal.
He was employed in Student Services at Fairmont State College from 1961 until 1973. In July 1973 he took a leave of absence from Fairmont to return to the family business in Glenville.
He worked at Potomac State College of WVU first in Administrative Research, then Registrar and Director of Admissions. In 1985 he retired with Emeritus status from Potomac State and WVU and took over management of Conrad Motel in Glenville.
He became legally blind in 1986 due to Macular Degeneration.
July 2008 he sold the Conrad Motel to Glenville State College with an agreement that it would remain his home and he finally retired.
Jack was inducted into the Fairmont State College Student Affairs Hall of Fame February 2007; Glenville High School Alumnus of the Year 2005; received Glenville State College Alumni Service Award February 22, 1995; and this Saturday, May 22, 2010 was to have been inducted into the Curtis Elam Athletic Hall of Fame at Glenville State College.
He was a very active member of the Glenville Presbyterian Church.
On September 05, 1942 Jack was united in marriage to M. Jo Bush Conrad who preceded him in death April 20, 2003.
Of this marriage there were three children, two of which survive: Stephanie Conrad Evans and husband Jim of Danville, VA and Charles R. “Charlie” Conrad and wife Kathy of Richmond, VA. One daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Conrad of Morgantown wife of the late Hunter Jackson “Jack Jr.” Conrad (DOD February 06, 2007) survives.
Four grandchildren survive: Jay Evans and wife Karina of Tampa, FL; Kristen Evans Vickers and husband Patrick of Washington Courthouse, OH; Tami Evans Bolden and husband Robbie of Chesapeake, VA and Ted Conrad of Atlanta, GA. Five great-grandchildren survive: Benjamin Evans, Isabella Evans, Andrew Vickers, Reagan Jo Vickers and Ethan Jackson Bolden. One niece survives Madelyn Sue (Suzie Kidd) Shipe-Hart and husband Brian of Niskayuna, NY. One sister-in-law survives Dottie Bush Shea and husband Jack of Alpharetta, GA. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and friends.
A special group of survivors who gave exceptional care and friendship: Peggy Losh, Nancy Greenlief, Roberta Smith; Avonne Nichols; Millie Beall, Alycia Wolfe, and “Fran Schmetzer, Lori Plummer, Pedro Montgomery and Thelma Norman,” his loving church family.
Jack was the last surviving member of his immediate family having been preceded by one sister Madelyn Conrad Kidd.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 22, 2010 at Glenville Presbyterian Church, Glenville, WV with Rev. David Krum officiating.
Burial will follow in the Meadow Lane Cemetery, Glenville (with full military honors).
Friends may call 5:00-8:00 PM, Friday, at the Glenville Presbyterian Church on Rt. 5 West in Glenville and one hour prior to services at the church.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Glenville Presbyterian Church Sunday School Wing Building Fund, c/o Glenville Presbyterian Church, PO Box 187, Glenville, WV 26351.
Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville is assisting the family of H.J. “Jack” Conrad with arrangements.
Today is Friday, May 21, the 141st day of 2010. There are 224 days left in the year.
Thought for Today: “Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny.“ - Carl Schurz, American politician (1829-1906).
Today’s Highlight in History:
On May 21, 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh landed his Spirit of St. Louis near Paris, completing the first solo airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 33 1/2 hours.
On this date:
In 1542, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto died while searching for gold along the Mississippi River.
In 1832, the first Democratic National Convention got under way, in Baltimore.
In 1881, Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross.
In 1892, the opera “Pagliacci,“ by Ruggero Leoncavallo, was first performed, in Milan, Italy.
In 1910, a year-old Jewish settlement near the port city of Jaffa adopted the name Tel Aviv (Hebrew for “Hill of Spring”).
In 1924, 14-year-old Bobby Franks was murdered in a “thrill killing” committed by Nathan Leopold Jr. and Richard Loeb, two students at the University of Chicago.
In 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean as she landed in Northern Ireland, about 15 hours after leaving Newfoundland.
In 1956, the United States exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.
In 1979, former San Francisco City Supervisor Dan White was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the slayings of Mayor George Moscone (mahs-KOH’-nee) and openly gay Supervisor Harvey Milk; outrage over the verdict sparked rioting. (White was sentenced to seven years and eight months in prison; he ended up serving five years and committed suicide in 1985.)
In 1980, Ensign Jean Marie Butler became the first woman to graduate from a U.S. service academy as she accepted her degree and commission from the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.
Ten years ago:
• Nineteen people were killed when a charter plane crashed in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania.
• “Dancer in the Dark” won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival; the Grand Prize went to “Devils on the Doorstep.“
• Death claimed actor Sir John Gielgud at age 96 and author Dame Barbara Cartland at age 98.
Five years ago:
• Afleet Alex regained his footing and his drive after being cut off by Scrappy T in a frightening collision and breezed home to win the Preakness Stakes; Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo finished third.
• The Belgian film “The Child” won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
• Comedic actor Howard Morris died in Hollywood at age 85.
One year ago:
• President Barack Obama made his case for closing the Guantanamo prison camp, denouncing what he called “fear-mongering” by political opponents; Obama made his case moments before former Vice President Dick Cheney delivered his own address defending the Bush administration’s creation of the facility.
• Former Pfc. Steven Dale Green, convicted of raping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and killing her and her family, was spared the death penalty after jurors in Paducah, Ky. couldn’t agree unanimously on a punishment.
• A 66-year-old woman with terminal cancer became the first person to die under Washington state’s new assisted suicide law.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Ron Isley (The Isley Brothers) is 69
Rock musician Hilton Valentine (The Animals) is 67
Actor Richard Hatch (“Battlestar Galactica”) is 65
Musician Bill Champlin is 63
Singer Leo Sayer is 62
Actress Carol Potter is 62
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is 59
Actor Mr. T is 58
Music producer Stan Lynch is 55
Actor Judge Reinhold is 53
Actor-director Nick Cassavetes is 51
Actor Brent Briscoe is 49
Actress Lisa Edelstein is 42
Actress Fairuza Balk is 36
Rapper Havoc (Mobb Deep) is 36
Actress Ashlie Brillault is 23
Actor Scott Leavenworth is 20
Actress Sarah Ramos is 19
Dr. Sherry Jones Recipient of the GSC’s Faculty Award of Excellence
Dr. Sherry Jones, Glenville State College Department of Business Chair, was awarded the Faculty Award of Excellence at the 2010 Glenville State College Commencement Ceremony on May 08, 2010.
She has taught over twenty years at GSC.
Many of her family are GSC Alumni, namely - husband, David Jones, sons Chris and Casey Jones, daughter-in law Amy, mother Betty Woofter, brother Kent Woofter -all graduates of GSC.
Sherry’s grandfather, Claude Woofter, worked in maintenance at GSC and her aunt, Judy Woofter Jones and uncle, Lyndall Jones, are also GSC graduates.
Sherry’s grandmother, Irene Shiflet Langford was a cook in the old Verona Maple Hall; her great uncle, Beryl Langford was a former registrar.
Sherry taught mathematics at Gilmer County High from 1981 to January of 1988.
She was named Gilmer County teacher of the Year in 1987.
In January 1988, she left her position at GCHS to begin her present career at GSC.
She was named Curtis Elam Professor of Teaching Excellence from 2005-2008.
In 2008 she began serving at the GSC Business Department Chair and continues in that position at present.
Some of Sherry’s past accomplishments include Co-Valedictorian of the GCHS Class of ‘72; GSC Magna Cum Laude graduate in 1975; MA in Education from WVU in 1984; PhD in Education from University of Tennessee in August 2008; and she has completed 184 hours of graduate work over the course of her career.
Sherry has presented at State, Regional and National Associations.
She has also been the author of several publications.
Department of Business peers nominated Sherry with this recommendation: “...she has proven herself to be a dedicated educator who takes a personal interest in her students and the quality of education they receive. Dr. Jones has the rare quality of being able to blend her professionalism with sincere personal concern for her students and colleagues.”
Glenville State College President’s Honor List for Spring 2010
Glenville State College has announced the names of GSC students who attained the President’s Honor List for the Spring 2010 semester.
To be named to the President’s Honor List, a student must have a 4.0 grade point average.
The students making the President’s Honor List are listed as follows for the area counties:
• Manuel V. Arambula
• Casey D. Posey
• Megan L. Rollins
• Jennifer L. Young
• Shaina R. Cain
• Andrew R. Metheney
• Kristina G. Beron
• Jessica E. Blake
• Rebecca J. Chesser
• Brittany D. Conrad
• Dustin M. Dent
• Mary V. Dickey
• Dustin W. Freshour
• Aaron Frymier
• Rachel D. Sprouse
• Stephanie D. Sumner
The 2010 State High School Track Meet will be held Friday and Saturday, May 20-21, 2010 at Laidley Field - University of Charleston Stadium in Charleston.
State Track Meet Director’s Dottie Gandee and Richard Messenger have set the start time for 2:00 PM on Friday and 9:00 AM on Saturday.
Gilmer County Track and Field Athletes will be participating in this event.
Since the first state track meet in 1918, the former Charleston High School holds the record for the most state boy’s track titles with 17, followed very closely by Huntington High with 16.
The record for consecutive boy’s state track titles belongs to the former Stonewall Jackson High School of Charleston as the Generals won 8 straight titles between 1948 and 1955.
The first girl’s state track meet was held in 1975 and since then Parkersburg holds the record for most titles with 11, followed very closely by the Class A track stars from Doddridge County with 10, including five in a row between 2003 and 2007.
Tickets for the 2010 State High School Track Meet are priced at $8.00 for adults and $7.00 for students.
They also have an “all session” pass available for $15.00 for adults and $12.00 for students.
Opens Friday, May 21, 2010 | Runtime: 1 hr. 33 min. PG - Brief language, mild action and some rude humor
After challenging an evil dragon, rescuing a beautiful princess and saving your in-laws’ kingdom, what’s an ogre to do? Well, if you’re Shrek, you suddenly wind up a domesticated family man. Instead of scaring villagers away like he used to, a reluctant Shrek now agrees to autograph pitch forks. What’s happened to this ogre’s roar? Longing for the days when he felt like a “real ogre,” Shrek is duped into signing a pact with the smooth-talking dealmaker, Rumpelstiltskin. Shrek suddenly finds himself in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumpelstiltskin is king and Shrek and Fiona have never met. Now, it’s up to Shrek to undo all he’s done in the hopes of saving his friends, restoring his world and reclaiming his one True Love.
Cast: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz Director: Mike Mitchell Genres: Animated, Comedy, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Opens Friday, May 21, 2010 | Runtime: 1 hr. 39 min. R - Strong crude and sexual content, violence, language and some nudity
Only one American hero has earned the rank of Green Beret, Navy SEAL and Army Ranger. Just one operative has been awarded 16 purple hearts, 3 Congressional Medals of Honor and 7 presidential medals of bravery. And only one guy is man enough to still sport a mullet. In the 10 years since his fiancée was killed, special op MacGruber has sworn off a life of fighting crime with his bare hands. But when he learns that his country needs him to find a nuclear warhead that’s been stolen by his sworn enemy, Dieter Von Cunth, MacGruber figures he’s the only one tough enough for the job. Assembling an elite team of experts—Lt. Dixon Piper and Vicki St. Elmo—MacGruber will navigate an army of assassins to hunt down Cunth and bring him to justice. His methods may be unorthodox. His crime scenes may get messy. But if you want the world saved right, you call in MacGruber.
Cast: Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe, Val Kilmer, Powers Boothe, Maya Rudolph Director: Jorma Taccone Genres: Action Comedy, Parody/Spoof, Comedy
UPCOMING RELEASES (Dates Subject to Change) May 28: Prince of Persia Sands of Time, Sex and the City II June 04: Marmaduke, Get Him To The Greek, Killers June 11: The A Team, Karate Kid June 18: Jonah Hex, Toy Story III June 25: Grown Ups, Knight & Day June 30: Twilight Saga: Eclipse July 02: Last Airbender July 09: Despicable Me, Predators July 16: Inception, Sorcerer’s Apprentice July 23: Dimmer For Schmucks, Ramona And Beezus, Salt July 30: Beastly, Cats & Dogs Revenge Of Kitty Galore, Charlie St. Cloud August 06: The Other Guys, Step Up 3D August 13: Eat Pray Love, Expendables, Scott Pilgrim V. The World August 20: Lottery Ticket, Nanny Mcphee Returns, Takers August 27: Piranha 3D, The Last Exorcism, Going The Distance September 01: The American September 03: Born To Be A Star, Machete September 10: Resident Evil Afterlife 3D September 17: Adjustment Bureau, Easy A, The Town September 24: Eagle Of The Ninth, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, You Again, Legend Of The Guardians October 01: Alpha And Omega, Let Me In, Social Network October 08: Life As We Know It, Secretariat October 15: Jackass 3-D, Red October 22: Paranormal Activity II, Saw VII 3D October 29: My Soul To Take November 05: Due Date, Megamind November 12: Unstoppable November 19: Harry Potter And Deathly Hallows (Part One In 3D); Next Three Days November 24: Burlesque, Faster, Love And Other Drugs, Red Dawn December 10: Chronicles Of Narnia: Voyage Of The Drawn Treader December 17: How Do You Know, Tron: Legacy, Yogi Bear December 24: Gulliver’s Travels, Little Fockers, True Grit
Jesse M. and Kristen M. Cates of Weston announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, Eden June Cates, on May 04, 2010, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.
She weighed 5 pounds 6 ounces.
Her mother is the former Kristen Garrett and is a nurse.
Her father is an engineer.
Maternal grandparents are Terry and Lorna Garrett of Athens, TN.
Paternal grandparents are Joe and Melba Cates of Chattanooga, TN.
Annabella Kaylee Tenney was the name chosen for the third child born to George and Nicole Tenney Jr. of French Creek.
The little girl was born May 04, 2010, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.
She weighed 7 pounds 9.5 ounces.
Her mother is the former Nicole Heater.
Her father is a timber cutter.
Maternal grandparents are Gary and Debi Heater of Weston and Bea McQuain and Aaron Bender of Heaters.
Paternal grandparents are George and Patty Tenney of French Creek.
Tenly Paige Weaver was the name chosen for the daughter born to Tiffany Beckner and Rodney Weaver of Weston.
The little girl was born April 30, 2010, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.
She weighed 5 pounds 11 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.
She has one brother, Zane Patrick Weaver.
Her father is employed by Prince Petroleum.
Maternal grandparents are Tim and Diana Beckner of Weston.
Paternal grandparents are Rodney and Cindy Weaver of Weston.
Steven and Tarra Sherrard of Weston announce the birth of their little girl, Savanna Renee Sherrard, on May 08, 2010, at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
She weighed 8 pounds 4 ounces.
Maternal grandparents are Randy Smith and Cathy and Bob Jones.
Paternal grandparents are Richard and Mary Lou Bonnett.
Alek Michael Bragg was the name chosen for the baby boy born to Mike Bragg and Becky Ratliff, both of Weston.
Alek was born on May 01, 2010, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.
He weighed 5 pounds 15 ounces and was 19 inches long.
Alek has three sisters, Darien, Paige and Tenley Bragg, all of Roanoke.
Mike is employed at Superior Well Service in Jane Lew and Becky is employed at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Gracious God, fill my heart with the delight and abandon that is so palpable in children at Christmas time.
Give me the desire to stare wide-eyed and curious at the miracle of life, the power of love, and the profound awe of mystery.
Remind me to be child-like in my joy as I look expectantly for the blessings that saturate my life.
I ask this for the sake of your love.
Ervin M. Yeager
Age 80 of Troy, WV passed away on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at his home.
He was born at Index, Gilmer County, a son of the late Granville and Florinda Yeager.
Surviving are his six sons, Charlie (Karen) Yeager of Troy, Robert (Ola) Yeager of Weston WV, Roger Yeager of Gassaway WV, Reggie Yeager of Ashby WV, Arthur (Shirley) Yeager of Sand Fork WV, and Lane (Mary) Yeager of Jane Lew WV; six daughters, Judy (Bruce) Fisher of Weston, Annette (Charlie) Ledbetter of Ohio, Wanda Yeager and Connie (Ralph) Tinney all of Fairmont WV, Brenda (Ronnie) Thompson and Patty (Jimmy) Stump all of Stouts Mills WV; 40 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Cleo “Stell” Yeager; three brothers, Outt, Junior and Buck Yeager; two sisters, Rachael Plant and Merril Frederick; two sons, Dwayne and Steven; and two grandsons, Bruce Fisher and David Taylor.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM on Friday, May 21, 2010 at Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville. Rev. Phillip Wilson will officiate. Interment will be in the Yeager-Taylor Cemetery on Dusk Camp.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00 AM on Friday until time of services.
Age 84, of Pennsboro, WV died Tuesday, May 18, 2010, at Belmont, WV.
She was born on May 02, 1926, at Glendale, WV, a daughter of the late Jonathan F. and Sylvia Dawson Gilmore.
Jeanette was retired from the Colin Anderson Center, St. Marys, WV as a nurse’s aide, and a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Ellenboro, WV.
She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Richard “Dicky” and Linda Blouir of Pennsboro; daughter, Carolyn Sheets of Pennsboro; brother, Frank Gilmore of Langsville, Ohio; sisters, Betty Moneypenny of Ellenboro, Violet Quebedeaux of Opelousas, La., and Faye Utter of Moundsville; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by daughter, Sharon Blouir; son, David Blouir; brothers, Russ Gilmore and Rich Gilmore; and sisters, Helen Rhoushausen and Donna Hinton.
Funeral services will be held 11 AM Friday at McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Pastor Dan Martin and Pastor Bud Corbin officiating. Burial will follow in the Ellenboro Masonic Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home today from 4-8 PM.
Connie Lynn Alderman
Age 53, of Ireland, passed away on Saturday, May 15, 2010, at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown following a sudden illness.
She was born on December 22, 1956; daughter of the late William Alderman and Margaret Louise (Posey) Alderman of Jacksons Mill.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by four children: Dianna, Breanna, Kia and Steven; five grandchildren; one brother: William Alderman of Jacksons Mill; and two sisters: Judith Buckhannon of Flatwoods and Rebecca Lowther of Walkersville.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by one grandson; and two brothers: Randy Alderman and Rick Alderman.
Connie was a glassworker with several local glass factories and glass cutting shops. She enjoyed crocheting, music, playing on the computer, watching birds, and all animals.
Family received friends at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home, Weston, on Tuesday, May 18, from 11 AM to 1:00 PM Funeral services were held on Tuesday at 1:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mike Riffle officiating. Interment followed in the Orlando Cemetery, Orlando.
The election just past, indicates the voters of West Virginia want change.
The best target to identify as needing change is the State Department of Education. They and the State Board of Education all ready are in the mind and sights of the Legislature.
By all means, contacting your elected political representatives NOW, will get your voice heard when the Legislature is in session.
Someone could create an organized effort for Gilmer County as well as other intervention counties to attempt to make your plight heard.
Too many cooks spoil the pie.
Too many crooks spoil our schools.
New Pie Ingredient Now Available.
Gilmer Free Press You Tube Videos.
Been watching the number of views increasing daily.
State Board of Ed Cat getting
Someone mentioned Saturday Night Live in a previous post.
It really is looking like that.
Its only too obvious the state board have no idea how inept the continue to appear, or they would be trying to remedy the situation.
The state replaces a bad superintendent with one who is even worse.
The local board gets stuck with a board president what thinks he works for the elite on the state board.
Doesn’t have any idea he is to work for the citizens who elected him.
You bet your boots that in coffee shops and throughout Gilmer County citizens with good common have this list memorized.
@ You don’t buy more land than needed at a cost more than four times the worth like the State did at Cedar Creek with Gilmer County’s money.
@ When you spend money watch to prevent over spending and a loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars like the State did to Gilmer County at Cedar Creek.
@ If you want to get along with others don’t treat them with disrespect, contempt, and the attitude that they are stupid like the State does with Gilmer County.
@ You had better treat others like you would like to be treated and the State rejects this concept judging from the way it has treated Gilmer County.
@ Right triumphs over wrong and regardless of the State’s abuse of power and overreach this too shall pass.
@ Truth getting out to the masses always has more favorable outcomes than brute force and overreach as the State has applied against Gilmer County.
@ When you do something wrong admit it quickly, apologize, and never continue with more of the same type of conduct while blaming sticky messes on others as the State does in dealing with Gilmer County.
@ Individual Gilmer County families may fight among themselves and they may occasionally snipe at others outside their families, but when the entire Gilmer County family is attacked by outsiders we close ranks as a unified force to fight for justice. That is happening now with our struggle against the State.
@ We don’t have impressive sounding degrees, paid vacations with other valuable job benefits like health insurance and paid vacations, six figure salaries, and we don’t throw big terms (e.g., OEPA) around like the State does in trying to intimidate us. We do use computers and other modern communication devices to keep ourselves and others informed about the State’s wrongdoing after its politically motivated seizure of Gilmer County’s schools.
Intercepts from various places including the board office are there to prove without any doubt that the State tries to turn our board members against each other to shift attention from the State Board of Education. The total emphasis is on deliberate turmoil within the County with no effort being expended whatsoever by the State to get everyone at all levels working together for the common good of our neglected children.
What about the State’s spending close to $250,000 of the County’s money on a new telephone system for our schools and Mr. Devono saying that problems still exist? Why was that high expense necessary? Were there other options to get the job done more cheaply, was there competitive bidding, does a clearly written purchases order exist to define exactly what was being purchased, and is there an invoice to precisely document what the vendor delivered? Related to this issue what is the basis for the State claiming that our telephone system problems tied to broadband? Do we have to spend additional money to fix the problems, and did Mr. Devono spent money on the work after his arrival? Mrs. Starkey and sitting board members have asked questions about spending on the telephone system to fail to get clear answers. Mr. Devono could clear this up. Charleston are you listening?
By State Justified In Spending 250K To Fix Telephones on 11.27.2014
The State Board of Education wants to turn our elected board members against the central office staff, that staff against our board, the citizens against our board and the central office staff, and citizens against themselves. The purpose of the turmoil by design is to take heat off the State Board of Education. What can we do? Our best option is for Gilmer County to stick together and to take our case to newly elected members of the State Legislature. The other part is to continue to mount stiff resistance by getting the truth on the Internet including the social media. Have we seen any evidence of genuine attempts by the State Board of Education to prevent and to resolve conflicts in Gilmer County? No, its mission seems to be to spread mounds of money around to benefit a select few, maybe money laundering, while claiming with a straight face that its mission is to benefit WV’s poverty stricken children.
By State Board Perfect With Machiavellian Principals on 11.27.2014
This is directed to Mr. Charles Heinlein, Mrs. Manchin, and Governor Tomblin. Mr. Gabriel Devono is on record in saying that he could not locate complete CEFP records and other important information related to school site decisions. Individuals close to what happens in the County’s central office allege that prior to Mr. Devono’s arrival a former full-time central office employee was engaged to purge certain CEFP records. This either happened or it didn’t. If it did State laws may have been broken. The State could get to the bottom of this issue quickly to show good intent if an independent investigator were to be brought here for fact finding. If the State Board of Education is innocent proof should be released. If there is guilt formal charges should be made to prosecute responsible parties to the fullest extent of the law. Is this posting appropriate while we are constantly assured that the WV State Board of Education always operates under the rule of law?
By State Board Record Destruction Cover Up? on 11.27.2014
There is no doubt after careful consideration of evidence from intervention time up to now the State intentionally plots to manipulate Gilmer County people, and school system employees under its direct control are forced to quietly go along to survive. The harsh treatment is definitely State misuse and abuse. The negative results which happen are not intentional on the part of our used people and they don’t like it. The question is what happens from now on? Is it possible for the State to change its spots?
When a individual knows an ‘action’ is wrong…..and says or does ‘nothing’..... that person discredits him or her self.
A lot of this going around in Gilmer County.
That’s why Gilmer County-ians are not free!
Jeff L., You need not apologize.
And thank you for speaking up. There are more coffee shop conversations about the state board of education actions here in Gilmer than most people are aware of. The political party that has put this in place will be dealt again with, in future elections.
West Virginians are not stupid. We are a trusting folk, until we have been shown our trust is misplaced. Can the Manchin faction be trusted?
However, the citizens of Gilmer County are due an apology from the state board of education for the havoc wreaked in the Gilmer County school system.
A vendetta created by the elite power base has left Gilmer School system decimated. The list of failures is endless. Those failures are NOT a result of our Gilmer employees, but a result of the Charleston order givers.
Holding the Westest Scores is further proof of the state board of education’s failure. Does anyone *ever* with hold good news?
At least their mismanagement of the school system is being seen by many. The number of Gilmer Free Press readers continues to increase. Thank you Mr. Ramazan!
By Charleston can no longer hide themselves. on 11.26.2014
One of the hardest things to hear is the one board member who brags he has talked to people all over this county and they are on board with this one school. Unless at a public function few of the people he speaks of hear or have heard anything from him since his election.That wasn’t what he was talking then.
Another of his famous sayings is he is fine with, and agrees with the way education is going yet few working under the system say that in private.
This is what the important ones in Charleston want to hear. It is not widely representative of our communities. It is supporting the state agenda and it needs to stop. Would anyone care to wager he still goes down to the state pushing this Superintendents agenda in our name. The way this last election went they should figure out this man doesn’t speak for us all.
CEFP’s belief about the State Board making its decision to purchase the Cedar Creek land before a required public hearing sounds right. Gilmer County knew weeks before the State Board had its public meeting to supposedly decide on hiring Mr. Devono to come here that the decision had been made in advance with pretense that the open meeting law was being followed. So much for WV’s open meeting law for more evidence that Mrs. Manchin and her State Board use double standards to do anything they please while declaring that Gilmer County is dysfunctional. They think that we are too dumb to be onto them. Marple is onto them too so expect her to win her court case against the State Board to receive damages and payment of legal fees.
**What information was provided to CEFP members regarding total costs for the Cedar Creek School? Where members led to believe that enough money was there to complete the school, and who provided the financial information to the CEFP? (NONE. BLANKENSHIP WITH HIS INTIMIDATING ATTITUDE NEVER PROVIDED ANY DATA)
**Who chaired CEFP meetings on the State’s behalf and who provided technical assistance and other information to the CEFP during all its work? (BLANKENSHIP THEN, DEVANO NOW. SEVERAL MEETINGS WERE CHAIRED BY TED SHRIVER AND HIS CREW)
**Did committee members approve minutes for all CEFP meetings, did they get copies, or do copies exist for public access? (WHAT MINUTES? WE WERE NEVER GIVEN ANYTHING EXCEPT THE AGENDA AT EACH MEETING)
**Did all CEFP meetings comply fully with WV’s open meeting laws? (HECK NO)
**Who was the individual responsible for failing to detect that enough money was not there to build the school after so much money was spent and parties were paid off? If a name can’t be given, in which office in the WV Department of Education was the financial tracking done? (ONLY THOSE WHO HAD THE FINANCIAL INFORMATION : SUPERINTENDENT, TREASURER, AND STATE. DEFINITELY NOT US)
**Isn’t it true that staff in our County’s central office and our local board members were completely in the dark about the finances and they were caught off guard when the deficit was announced by the State? Our CEFP members were in the same situation too, right? (I DONOT KNOW ABOUT STAFF IN CENTRAL OFFICE, BUT WE WERE KEPT IN DARK WHEN IT CAME TO FINANCES)
**Will anyone be held accountable for the State’s gross mismanagement of the project’s finances? (SHOULD)
**Because Mrs.Hurley and Dr. Simmons spoke before the State Board in opposition to paying close to $500,000 for the Cedar Creek land and the State Board approved the purchase anyway to have to sell the land later at a loss, what is the State Board’s justification for its decision to purchase the land in the first place? (I BELIEVE DECISION WAS ALREADY MADE BY GAYLE MANCHIN AND STATE BOARD)
**Because the State made final decisions about Cedar Creek to cause our money to be lost, what is being done to repay the County’s losses? (IF THERE IS ANY JUSTICE, THE COUNTY SHOULD BE PAID BACK SINCE THE STATE BOE MADE THE DECISIONS OR ALLOWED THEM TO BE MADE)
Jeff, thank you for having the courage to express your opinions. Maybe your coming forward will set an example for others. Our hard struggle against the State depends on members of the public like you to speak out. Many of us have questions in need of answering by the State. A few are below.
**What information was provided to CEFP members regarding total costs for the Cedar Creek School? Where members led to believe that enough money was there to complete the school, and who provided the financial information to the CEFP?
**Who chaired CEFP meetings on the State’s behalf and who provided technical assistance and other information to the CEFP during all its work?
**Did committee members approve minutes for all CEFP meetings, did they get copies, or do copies exist for public access?
**Did all CEFP meetings comply fully with WV’s open meeting laws?
**Who was the individual responsible for failing to detect that enough money was not there to build the school after so much money was spent and parties were paid off? If a name can’t be given, in which office in the WV Department of Education was the financial tracking done?
**Isn’t it true that staff in our County’s central office and our local board members were completely in the dark about the finances and they were caught off guard when the deficit was announced by the State? Our CEFP members were in the same situation too, right?
**Will anyone be held accountable for the State’s gross mismanagement of the project’s finances?
**Because Mrs.Hurley and Dr. Simmons spoke before the State Board in opposition to paying close to $500,000 for the Cedar Creek land and the State Board approved the purchase anyway to have to sell the land later at a loss, what is the State Board’s justification for its decision to purchase the land in the first place?
**Because the State made final decisions about Cedar Creek to cause our money to be lost, what is being done to repay the County’s losses?
By Information Blockage By State Board on 11.26.2014
Good question about “unintentionally misused”. The intent was to convey that honest citizens wanting to contribute to the common good want to do the best they can to do what is right, but they can be misused. The State’s tactics can include important information is purposely withheld, citizens can erroneously assume that so-called experts brought in have done their homework objectively to project that what they say is gospel truth in the best interests of a community, there can be slick persuasive manipulation in various forms by those supporting the State’s agenda to lead citizens into accepting a predetermined outcome in the State’s best interest, when meeting are called advance information can be withheld to make it difficult for citizens to have adequate time to think about an issue at hand, meeting leaders and their plants can use phraseology similar to “this is what everyone thinks”, “we have consensus” and “this is a no brainer” “this site is obviously our only choice” to strive to attain predetermined decision outcomes, there can be a pretense of open debate and consideration of options when in fact information is carefully packaged and controlled to get what the State has already made its mind up to get, a meeting can be seeded with powerful individuals known to support the State and its politicians making it difficult for good citizens to freely take dissenting stands and to express honest opinions out of fear of reprisal, the local press becomes discouraged from covering meetings thoroughly to fail to get details to the public to play into the State’s intent for secrecy to diminish chances for honest public debate and questioning of decisions, meeting participants can be handled as if there is great urgency to act immediately without much time for thought to ramrod what the State promotes, there can be poor record keeping by the State so what occurs at meetings can be impossible to verify including records of voting, who attended, what citizens said, etc. All the above and more can be strategy used by those skilled in manipulating the public with appearances that the process is done openly, objectively, and in a democratic setting. Don’t misinterpret that citizens don’t see through it. They do, but they can feel that there is not much they can do about the way the State operates with its aggressive agenda for controlling WV’s school systems.
You don’t need to apologize, because you did not do anything wrong. Taxpayers such as yourself need to know what exactly is going on. Somebody said it right, we are just escape goats. We like to thank you for your letter. Your concerns are very valid. btw, I have quit reading Glenville Democrat for keeping the citizens in the dark. So they think.
I apologize for my poor writing. I have to write different because I cannot afford to lose my job.
Please explain “unintentionally misused”. There’s the stench of more political promises in the air and we have had enough of those go unfulfilled.The people are using their right to free speech as a public method of peaceful resistance. Diversion of subject matter doesn’t make the mistreatment of Gilmer County children,families and communities disappear. When the people we elect start working for the citizens they represent without sticking their own personal agenda in the mix we will have seen true change. Jeff, keep expressing your opinion. The truth is recognized by many.
What Dave Ramezan didn’t disclose is that I sent this to the editor of the Democrat/Pathfinder. Some nice woman there emailed back to verify that I had written the piece and wished to have it printed. I replied that I did write it and I did wish to have it printed, but they did not publish my letter. I wrote the Democrat again a few days later and ask why they hadn’t printed
my letter. They didn’t even have the courtesy to reply.
If I owe the CEFP members an apology, then I do apologize, but why not take this opportunity to tell us who the members are. If you think this is a good or bad site tell the public. Who is the secretary? When did you last meet? If your not up to anything evil then you have nothing to hide.
let’s not forget, it is not the local board making the decisions, it is the state board and their superintendent. They are the one owing us explanation on all the mishaps. we need to make sure not to pee on the wrong tree.
to sign yourself - Gilmer Schools Coalition
You make a bit of sense with your writing.
Please do not mislead Gilmer Free Press readers by giving the false impression you speak for the Gilmer School Coalition. You do not.
This is intended to be constructive.
Can’t go into detail to risk disclosure of activities at various levels. Indeed “patsies” is the appropriate conclusion. That happens when good people with honorable intentions are unintentionally misused. Clever detractors enjoy instigating Gilmer County infighting to cloud focus on the State. They are those who arrogantly misjudge that people in your County are not intelligent enough to understand damage done to their school system. The detractors are in for an awakening surprise if your people will stick together in peaceful resistance.
Let us not forget the Cedar Creek site was brought to a handful of the CEFP. All they had to do was nod for the prior Superintendent to have what he called a “consensus” vote. Of course these people are being used as scape goats deliberately by the State but it is their choice to participate.The office employees are used to sit in front of computers as a distraction or as art easels if you watch the “community” video. The state has no respect and will use all they can. As to who takes the blame. Holding someone accountable means they have to take responsibility for their own actions.
That’s not going to happen. Mistakes will never be admitted to or corrected. Not by anyone in a politicians pocket.
What I am saying is this: CEFP committee members can only talk about and debate what is brought up at the meetings to them. The agenda items are only brought to CEFP either by the superintendent or the architects. Again, selection of land and purchasing was not brought to the CEFP committee for the Leading Creek Elementary, Cedar Creek Elementary, and now the Gilmer County Elementary School.
The only property which was brought to CEFP committee was the land at Auction Barn, which the CEFP committee rejected it. That is it.
It is not fair for the CEFP members to get the blame when they have only been used as escape goat.
Mr. Ramezan. Correct me if I have not understood your comment correctly.
You are saying that the “State Appointed” individuals on the CEFP committee have had absolutely no input?
So, in effect, those individuals on that committee have “been duped” and used by the WV State Board of Education as State “patsies”?
Personal attacks are transparent cruel vendettas when verifiable facts for proof of wrong doing are unavailable. The indisputable fact is that the State Board of Education was ultimately in control of everything bad that happened to us. The overwhelming majority of citizens support local Gilmer County people and attempts to destroy them with personal agendas draw us closer to the assailed. We know fully about the agendas and individuals pushing them. The State’s wrongdoing is what we must band against to get justice instead of participating in evil initiatives designed to destroy lives of our fellow citizens.
This is a law enforcement analogy. Suppose someone stole several hundred thousand dollars and another
person stepped in to pay it off. Would the culprit be given a home free pass or would they be prosecuted? We can’t say at this time that the Cedar Creek debacle involved law breaking, but what about accountability for those who managed the failed project? Because a person paid $400,000 to repurchase the site does that mean that the State should not be held accountable for its incompetence for approving purchase of the overpriced and over sized site only to close the project down after certain people got paid and adequate money was not left to complete the project? The important question to answer is who is going to be held responsible for the disgrace for full accountability in State government? Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and WV Legislature members where do you stand? Positive action to do what is morally right for West Virginia people or typical bureaucratic head turning?
Must be some confusion, isn’t it the Planning Committee that chooses the name, mascot, color, etc? Over at Leading Creek they did it. How they were picked and who never came out in public. Have not heard when the Cedar Creek Elementary or the Gilmer Elementary planning committee were picked either. No one seems to know when the new Leading Creek Advisory council was selected and why those meetings are not made public by Gilmer County Superintendent.
Is it fair to say that if the CEFP were informed about the site change it would be to get some kind of approval on record for the states legal needs? Probably signed by the State Superintendent in their place? Did enough go to take a legal quorum vote? That committee is legally supposed to make recommendations to the board that has no power so it would be a conflict for any board member.
There was a comment about information from board meetings not going public. The report from a member of the public who left a recent meeting is that when Mr. Devono called an executive session to fail to get the board’s support for the Hays City school site persons of questionable need were there. He made some of his staff attend and Ted Shriver from Williamson and Shriver was there too to back him up as if Devono wanted to overwhelm the board members. With all those persons who were not board members there, how can the State defend that their participation was legitimate and necessary for an executive session that did not involve a personnel action or a potential land purchase by the State? Mr. Devono had all the information he needed. Aren’t executive sessions supposed to limit participants to maintain confidentiality?
The CEFP Committee has been blamed for these bad decisions. I think it is fair to say the only decisions this committee has been asked to make is the choice of school name and mascot as well as opinions from teacher members about the options and suggestion in the classrooms of future school.
All the decisions concerning the choice of properties, spending the funds, core drilling, surveying, purchase and sale of properties HAS NOT been made by the CEFP Committee. In one meeting the Committee was told about choices (JUST TOLD), and in the next meeting the architect presented the plans for the school (PROPERTY DECIDED ON AND PURCHASED BEHIND THE SCENE).
Those decisions to choose AND purchase the property as well as the price of it were made by the Superintendent in charge (supposedly talking to board president), architects, etc., and presented to State for their OK.
Publically, none of the board members were involved in decision making. Whether they were involved or not behind the scene I challenge them to tell us the facts themselves.