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Ron Gregory ronjgregory@gmail.com



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With the primary election a week away, we could discuss pro-life candidates who vote pro-choice, or pro-business candidates who promote phantom “business developments” during each election cycle, or those who claim to be “pro coal miner” while being bought and paid for by the coal barons, or family value officials who pose in campaign brochures with their devoted wives while keeping their mistresses hidden on the side.


We could do any of that but I’ve decided to change my approach after attending the Mingo County National Day of Prayer. I will only write positive things in this space from now on.


Wait. Is that the sound of discarded newspapers all across Southern West Virgnia? I was just joking. Who wants to read positive news anyway?


I will say this, though: I thoroughly enjoyed the Ignite Conference I attended Saturday evening with my friend at the Williamson Fieldhouse. The musical entertainment was fantastic, with special accolades to Janelle Martin, the lead female singer. The ministers were passionate, the crowd was very much alive, and I am confident most were totally sincere. I appreciate Pastor Mitchell Bias’ invitation to attend.


… There is no further need to note the coalfield Democrats who voted pro-choice on the protect-the-unborn-baby bill. There is no point telling you numerous Republicans who claim to be pro-life wouldn’t dare demand a special legislative session to reconsider the bill. Voters can look at coalfield Democrat Jeff Eldridge as the only true pro-life candidate of the whole crew of incumbents. The lives of unborn babies is not an issue to play around with politically.


… It was a grand time Friday evening at Logan Elementary School as House of Delegates candidate David Graham packed about 200 people into the gymnasium for a rally. Glen “Houn’dog” Adkins’ pig roast always draws a crowd but there was much enthusiasm for Graham, too. I predict former Delegate Ralph Rodigherio will finish first in that race to elect three. The other three candidates are in a real battle for second and third.


… That House race is the one that features incumbent Democrat Rupie Phillips. Phillips has said on Facebook that I “never have a kind word” for him. There are few kind words to find about someone who has clearly sold his soul to special interest groups and does their bidding when it comes time to vote.


Included in that category are massive contributions from coal companies that have literally put the screws to miners and retired miners in the region. I will examine his financial reports more carefully for you, but suffice it to say the man cannot be representing working coal miners with the list of “friends” he has. And his votes prove it.


… Meanwhile, in MingoCounty, there’s a school board member running for re-election who can’t spell and has trouble producing a coherent sentence. Cheetah Marcum issued a string of posts on Facebook recently, where there is clearly a tendency to use horrible grammar and spelling. But Marcum likely took the cake when he posted a challenge to Benjamin Cisco.


After a couple of senseless sentences, Marcum gets to his point by saying Cisco has threatened him, an incumbent board member. “I think when u threaten someone in office that’s mist a meanor so quess who is in trouble?” Mist a meanor? I’d say the “trouble” is any hope of getting control of Mingo County schools back in local hands as long as Marcum is on the elected board.


… I am not a proponent of any of the negative advertising going on in Mingo County, but it seems the height of hypocrisy for incumbent county Commissioner Greg “Hootie” Smith to attack Lonnie Hannah about freezing children. A mailed piece by Smith shows children virtually freezing and blames Hannah for it. In fact, Smith’s mailer includes a small portion of a 2010 Williamson Daily News article.


While Smith’s heading says, “Sheriff Lonnie Hannah wanted his heaters back” while children were freezing, the story tells of Hannah’s request, as sheriff in mid-March, to receive an accounting of heaters, generators, etc. that the commission had “loaned” people during a cold weather crisis.


Unlike the picture Smith draws, Hannah did not try to take heaters away from frozen children. He simply did his job as sheriff and requested an accounting of equipment paid for by taxpayers.


Smith knows better than to think Hannah tried to take the heaters back. His mailing is pure propaganda from an elected official who claims to be fair and just with all citizens. He isn’t being fair with Hannah, and he isn’t being just with the people of Mingo County. The mailing is simply untrue.


… Now about the elected officials and their mistresses … to be continued.


… Your comments, rumors, story ideas and gossip (the more scandalous the better) are always welcome. Call my cell, 304-533-5185, or use my email address. Happy voting!


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