Braxton Citizens' News, Opinion

Early Voting Starts Wednesday…

Early voting for the November General Election starts Wednesday, October 26th through November 5th. The special polling place is the Fire Department Annex, (The Old Fisher Building) across from the Courthouse on Main Street, Sutton. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. Of course, Election Day is Tuesday, November 8. Make your voice heard… go vote!

I want to talk about the amendments but first let me say that I did not present as much information to the readers as I had hoped. As I did my research, I developed strong feelings and therefore did not feel I could present a truly objective article.

So, here is my 2 cents worth. I intend to vote NO on 3 of the 4 proposals. I will vote FOR Amendment 3. West Virginia is the only state in the union that doesn’t allow churches to incorporate. All 49 states can’t be wrong.

Amendment 1 would eliminate any appeal of Senate and House actions dealing with impeachment. In my opinion, there needs to be an appeal process. Everyone can’t be right, all of the time. Any public servant to be deprived of their right to serve in a position that he or she was duly elected to, should have the right to make sure the steps taken conform to the letter of the law. I will vote AGAINST Amendment 1

You have probably already guessed that I am adamantly opposed to Amendment 2. The Legislature is saying trust me… They want to create a big hole in our state budget that funds education and other vital services. Their defense is that we have a budget surplus. The legislature, the Senate in particular, want to give big tax breaks to large corporations and WV’s top earners. They sweeten the pot by throwing in the removal of taxes on personal vehicle. They say “trust us” we have a plan to replace those funds, but they won’t tell us what it is. I didn’t fall off the turnip truck yesterday and I simply don’t trust them. Their aim is to exercise more control over the educational system in retaliation for the teachers’ strike. They obviously want to do that by financially gutting public education. They are well on their way with the HOPE Scholarship Program. This amendment offers a little good, but presents a looming cloud and a mountain of gloom for our children, and future generations. I ask every parent and grandparent to join me in voting AGAINST Amendment 2!

And… don’t forget Amendment 4. By the way it is the only thing that is on the back of the Braxton ballot so it could easily be overlooked. This proposal will give the legislature the final word on all rules and policies set forth by the State Board of Education. Folks, allowing this degree of political involvement in our educational system is downright scary. The legislature, under this amendment, would review, approve, amend, or reject, what is taught in our educational system, what textbooks are used, how and when teachers work. As far as I am concerned this is simply crazy. This would be a huge step backwards when we need giant strides forward. Join me in voting AGAINST Amendment 4. Here again, we do not need political agendas involved in the education of our children. 

Regardless of whether you agree with me or not… go vote! Don’t let someone else make the decisions for you!