May 2, 2012
Greencastle library fundraiser was a success
To the editor:
The Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library’s Spring Fling was a true success. A fun evening was shared by the more than 230 ticketholders who attended the Greencastle library’s March 15 event at Green Grove Gardens.
I would like to thank Green Grove Gardens and their staff who, again this year, donated the use of their facility. It is always a pleasure to work with Keith, Sandy and all the others. Tickets were again sold out a week in advance and the donations from individuals and businesses exceeded our expectations.
We were able to raise $19,800 for the capital campaign through the sale of tickets and the silent and live auctions.Thank you, Matt Hurley, for donating your talents for the live auction portion of the evening, giving the end of the event a lively finish.
The trolley services, donated by L & L Trolley, were appreciated by those who needed transportation to the main building.
Thank you doesn’t seem enough to say to our local restaurants which donated their food, time and talents to make our evening such a success. The tastes of Greencastle came from Highline Coffeehouse and Café, John Allison Public House, Mikie’s Ice Cream, Mountain Gate Family Restaurant, Mrs. Gibble’s Restaurant, Pure & Simple, Sweet Pea Dessert, The Café at Antrim Way Honda and Trickling Springs Creamery. Thanks are also extended to Tuscarora Mt. Winery for the samples of their new spring wines and the support from the Friends of the Library for the donation table.
With the continued support of the community, it is my hope that the renovation/building project of the library will get under way yet this year.
Thank you to one and all for your participation, contributions and donations to the Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library’s Capital Campaign.
Patricia Divelbiss, capital campaign chair
Values being lost through government intervention
To the editor:
Human behavior and values are established through an evolutionary process. Just like a chameleon which has evolved to the point to where it is able to mimic its surroundings, human behavior, which is shaped by humanity’s values, has evolved.
Human beings must act in order to survive. If one does not act to acquire the basic necessities of life, one is not likely to survive for long; this forces out bad actions. This raises the question of what drives a human being to act? Values. I am not just speaking of valuing ends, I am also speaking of humanity valuing the means of acquiring ends.
Some important values that humanity has discovered are work ethic, honesty, self-reliance and determination. An entrepreneur, for example, does not work 18-hour days as a result of instinct or merely to earn an income; there is something else at work here. Talk to a business owner, educator or medical professional. They are proud of what they do and how they do it.
A free-market economy rewards people for holding these values, which results in general prosperity. Unfortunately, we do not live in a free market anymore and we are starting to feel the impact of 80 years of government regulation on humanity’s values. The values that the marketplace would naturally eliminate, like laziness, dependency and irresponsibility, are being kept alive through direct government underwriting via Section 8 housing, welfare, HARP, food stamps, etc.
Why is this important? The world has not always been this wealthy or civilized. It took centuries of natural selection of values to shape human behavior to innovate, love life and prosper. These values that took so long to discover are being lost through government intervention. What will happen to our standard of living when we have more people who value living via government payments than living by working hard?
Vote to re-elect Gary Kable to school board
To the editor:
I am writing this letter in support of Gary Kable, who is seeking re-election to the Jefferson County Board of Education. Gary is the board’s liaison to the Vo Ag Advisory Committee and, in the absence of Scott Sudduth, is also liaison to the Jefferson County Development Authority. He also makes himself available whenever schools request him to serve as a judge at various fairs and field days.
Gary serves tirelessly in an effort to maintain a superior learning system that must be operated within budgetary and legal constraints. The funding each year is dependent upon previous year student enrollment and revenue from local and state sources, all of which are affected by economic conditions. Although 66 employees received reduction-in-force letters in February 2012, 57 of those employees are in line to be retained as a result of retirements and normal attrition, and the other nine are in the process.
The board is presently working as a cohesive group, listening to the opinion of each member, coming to a common conclusion and leaving the board meeting as a single unit determined to meet the needs of students and employees. This is not to say there are no disagreements, but there is no fracture in the overall goal of efficient procedure. The board and the administration are working together, each with respect for the role of the other and the system’s employees. Please keep our schools functioning in amiable fashion, not returning to the conflict of six to 10 years ago.
Gary is presently serving as vice president of the West Virginia School Boards Association. If elected here in Jefferson County on May 8, he will move into the position of president elect of WVSBA for the upcoming term. What better way to have the concerns of the Jefferson County school system heard in Charleston? Elect Gary Kable!
Charles Town, W.Va.
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