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  1. Letters to the Editor: March 8, 2012 edition

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    March 15, 2012 by wcobserver

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    Different Neighborly Values To the Editor: As much as I would rather be outside working in my garden , I could not keep myself out there with a story from your paper rolling around in my head. Every ounce of my being requested that I give my opinion on the story. The story deals with Mr. Landa and his desire to change West Forks zoning laws to suit his self-appointed important self! I find it hard to believe that when he bought his property, that he did not have his plans already in mind. I assume, since he is the chairman of the “planning com- mission,” he must have felt that he could get around those silly laws that he is sup- pose to enforce. We here in the Boston Mountains have an unspoken code where we each try to respect each other’s rights. We try not to do anything that would cause your neighbor to become displeased with being your neighbor. To me, it seems as though wherever Mr. Landa came from was a place where those values were not important! What a shame he had to settle in West Fork. To his neighbor, I would suggest building the …

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  2. Election Customs Change

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    February 24, 2012 by wcobserver

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    To the Editor, We have been taught in public schools that one of the important features of freedom is the “secret ballot.” The United States did not start out with a “secret ballot.” What we had was an open ballet and everyone was counted in front of the rest of the people who had gathered to vote. From this process came the saying that a person was a “stand-up man.” Literally, if a man said that he was for someone and voted accordingly, standing for his choice as the votes were counted, he was indeed a “stand up man.” Virginia was the last of the original states to adopt a “secret bal- lot.” Another change in the election process occurred in 1911. Prior to 1911 United States Senators were not elected by popular vote. Instead, Senators were elected by their respective State Legislators. If they did not adhere to the Constitution and States rights etc., they could be recalled / fired by the same legislators. The President and Vice President did not necessarily come from the same faction or party. The one who got the most votes was named President and the one who garnered the second most votes be- …

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  3. Letters to the Editor in Vol. 34, Issue 1

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    January 20, 2012 by wcobserver

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    More Shenanigans in the Water Dept? To the Editor, I am inspired by the previous issue’s Let- ter to the Editor, “Policies, Followed or Broken,” Dec. 29, 2011. I am wondering why a transfer of an em- ployee from the Water Commission Department to the City Budget was apparently done by the Head of the Water Department without the approval of Mayor Hime and/or the City Council: Mr. Charlie Rossetti, Mr. Rodney Drymon, Mrs. Anita Lowry, Mr. John Foster, Mr. Ed Stout, Mrs. Misty Caudle, Mrs. Julie Shafer, and Ms. Joan Wright. Doesn’t such a large transfer of salary and benefits greatly affect the City of West Fork’s Annual Budget? Won’t other departments in the City of West Fork be negatively affected by the addition of $50,000 annual salary and benefits? I, for one, would like to know that our city council has become aware of the sacrifices that other departments will make BEFORE a $50,000 per year decision is made. Doesn’t the city treasurer and city clerk need to notify the mayor and city council of this decision? Or, isn’t this decision one for our ELECTED LEADERS to make in the sunshine of a regular West Fork City Council …

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  4. Letters to the Editor Vol. 2, Issue 52

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    January 8, 2012 by wcobserver

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    Country in a Big Mess To the Editor At this time in United States’ history, we the people are in the worst combination of disasters ever. The economy is teetering. We are involved in at least three shooting wars, maybe more. (The recently so called withdrawal from Iraq notwithstanding.) The President has given himself and his successors the license to execute United States citizens without trial. (Judge, Jury, and Executioner.) The Patriot Act, which allows warrantless searches, wiretaps, etc., etc., has been extended time after time by members of Congress, who swore to uphold the Constitution. Federal, state, county and city officials are busily implementing facets of “Agenda 21,” control by ordinance legislation, while at the same time shouldering up to the slop chute of “Grants” from an indebted and broke Federal Government that is thirteen trillion dollars in debt mostly to Communist China. Our borders are almost nonexistent while our military, as mentioned before, is stationed in a least 26 other countries to “stabilize” them. Locally, we as citizens stand idly by while our so called “Representatives” impose more taxes; implement more restrictive “feel good” laws and ordinances in the name of keeping us safe. Vladimir Lenin, the father of Russian …

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