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A6 Wednesday, January 9, 2019 your vaews With the Legislature start- ing its 60-day session today, citizens can get in touch with Jefferson County's elected representatives in Charles- ton to weigh in on the issues that matter most. Here are some ways to let your voice be heard- HOUSE OF DELEGATES Republican Paul Espinosa Capitol phone: 304-340-3265 Democrat Sammi Brown Capitol phone: 304-340-3366 Democrat John Doyle (304) 340- 3248 STATE SENATE Republican Patricia Rucker Capitol phone: 304-357-7957 Democrat John Unger Capitol phone: 304-357-7933 GOVERNOR Republican Jim Justice 304-558-2000 There's a form here to send comments online - governor. Paul Espinosa Sammi Brown John Doyle menttotheGovernor.aspx Beyond contacting your elected officials in Charleston, we at the Spirit of Jefferson would love to hear what you' re thinking about the big issues of the day. Email letters to editor@ Please keep your submissions to 400 words or so, and include your first and last name, the town or city where you reside and Patricia Rucker John Unger Jim Justice a phone number. (We need your phone number for verification but we will not publish it.) The Spirit reserves the fight to edit letters for clarity and to conform to AP Style, and to reject letters that do not meet our standards of decency, that attack others or that include information know to be false. Any questions? Send an email to Christine Snyder at editor@ Is Mayor Rogers representing Charles Town, or Shepherdstown? After attending Monday night's meeting risk and no-cost financing opportunity to line capable of servicing Rockwool, the compa- Town, or the citizens of Shepherdstown? The of the Charles Town City Council, I am left CTUB. The financing will allow the CTUB ny has no obligation to provide a line that will voters have a fight to know. to wonder how long the citizens of Charles to complete projects other than the Rockwool facilitate future needs for other customers. While it may be difficult for Charles Town's Town will continue to tolerate their elected project. While members of the public spoke against mayor and Councilman Brittingham to pro- leaders failing to do their jobs. If the financing is not accepted Rockwool the Rockwool project at Monday's meeting, cess, Rockwool will be built and Rockwool is Legal counsel for the Charles Town Util- can still (and will) build its own sewer line, not a single person who spoke lives in Charles here to stay - perhaps for longer than Mayor ity Board ("CTUB") has informed the City while leaving Charles Town's ratepayers Town. So the question is, who does the City Rogers (who has publicly indicated he intends Council that the CTUB has an obligation to holding the bag for the other projects and fu- Council - particularly Mayor Scott Rogers to move away at the end of his term). extend sewer service to Rockwool. ture upgrades, and Councilman Mike Brittingham - repre- Tile state of West Virginia is offering a no- Further, Rockwool will only build a sewer sent? Do they represent the citizens of Charles DAN CASTO Charles Town questions in response to Last week's editorial page of thearound. By the way, right now is the spew those chemicals fight near cal pollution? a mini-volcano constantly burning Spirit of Jefferson include a ' Worth lowest unemployment the state has North Jefferson Elementary School, 4) Despite the opposition, you and spewing ash and toxins. Noting" containing a few thoughts ever seen, and it is doubtful if these a Title One, disadvantaged elemen- still desire to pour concrete and My suggestion to Mr. Birgers- of the Rockwool International Pres- 5,000 people need the jobs that bad- tary school, as well as several oth- build the plant. This may not be a son is for your to abandon your ident and CEO, Jens Birgersson. ly. The Northport Station has the er public schools close to the Rock- particularly good idea. Why don't plant in Kearneysville and move to After reading his remarks, I believe potential to create more and better wool site. Is this what you think the you look elsewhere to a place you Ohio or Kanawha counties or some- Mr. Birgersson has raised more jobs than the Rockwool plant at the county wants? would be welcomed, a place where where else in West Virginia, possi- questions than he answers, same location. 3) What taxes are you referring natural gas could be brought to bly where you wouldn't receive so My questions: 2) Why do you have to come into when you state you "we'll start your plant. As it is, the roads and much ' noise." Please cancel your 1) How are 5,000 people going to here with a chimney when it is my to pay taxes and we'll start to con- other infrastructure probably can- concrete order and look elsewhere share the 150 jobs that Rockwool understanding the technology ex- tribute to this community?" Are not support your plant in Jefferson for your plant site. If you must stay, will bring to Kearneysville? Or are ists to build a zero emissions facil- you willing to voluntarily relin- County and the community opposi- please pay your fair share of taxes ,ou saying you are going to create ity? As it is, that chimney will spew quish the PILOT agreement that tion will remain fierce, and build a plant without a stack and 5,000 jobs? And why don't the peo- out particles too small to be filtered forgives your taxes for the next 10 5) Although the end product one that does not pollute. ple you mentioned have Facebook? (under 2.5 microns) and also many years? And what sort of contribu- Rockwool manufactures may be If they have a cell phone they prob- .tons of formaldehyde and other tox- tion are you talking about? Traffic green, manufacturing that product is ROBERT BARRAT ably can get on Facebook and click ins every year. Additionally it will as well as light, noise and chemi- a very brown prospect, sort of like Shenandoah Junction Big questions about the EPA state Department of Environmental Protection I recently had a long conversation with Del- ley Environmental Coalition's new organiz- than they were when I left. I believed them. mobiles. It lodged in the carpet in the hallway egate Paul Espinosa. At the end, he asked me: er, is fight when he says that no one alive to- Then I noticed the fiver looked the same. of the building where I lived. "If you can't count on the EPA and the [state] day even remembers when the Kanawha was My sense of smell told me the effluent from Why can't we count on the EPA and the Department of Environmental Protection, clean and free flowing, the chemical plants was not being discharged DEP to watch out for our best interest? When then who do you count on?" I took that ques- Today the Kanawha looks the same as it did into our air at high noon. One sleepless night I look at the environmental destruction, the tion home with me and pondered it in light of in the 40s. We know that the PCBs.lodged in I on my porch at 2 a.m. and I learned poisonous effluent, the permanently de- all I know about the poisoning of the place the mud of the riverbed can never be removed why DuPont was not pumping their effluent stroyed Kanawha River and the cancer clus- where I was born, the Kanawha Valley, better unless you stop the water flow and dredge the at noontime. They were waiting till 2 a.m. ters in Southern West Virginia, I am forced to known as the Chemical Valley. whole length of the riverbed. Then where do I checked on other nights and learned you acknowledge that we can't depend on the EPA I grew up in Charleston along the Kanawha' you put the PCB-laden waste? When I retired could set your watch by the stench in the air. and the DEP. Let's hope the state's 84th leg- River in the 1940s. At that time the fiver was a in 1998 I moved back to Kanawha Valley, the After that came a chemical effluent mistake islative session that starts this week will shed dark, turgid, festering sewer that you wouldn't familiar rock outcrops and hills I loved and re- that made everything in the valley stink. It some light on this subject. even put your toe in. Alex Cole, Ohio Val- membered. People told me things were cleaner permeated into the upholstery of closed auto- REGINA HENDRIX Charles Town Potato Hill Reunion group thankful for support Last year proved to be a great success for the Potato Hill Reunion Committee. Not only did we host a gospel extrava- ganza, our "12-Month Dinner," and a picnic for family and friends, we had our biggest accomplishment in the "Coats for Kids" project. Thanks to everyone's generous support and a big boost from the Star Lodge No. 1 masons in Charles Town, we were able to provide 163 coats for children in Jefferson and Berke- ley counties - double what we accomplished in 2017. We look forward to a successful year in 20t9. Thanks again for your support. Have a prosperous ond happy new'year. DEBORAH LAYTON Charles Town 6 9 Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church we have been cultivating for at least 20 also help keep an eye out, as we seek has recently experienced two incidents years, through intensive study of scrip- to preserve the safety of our commu- of vandalism in the removal of rain- ture, theology, science, history and hu- nity. bow flag decals from our front sign. man experience, along with countless In this new year of hope, peace, love Over the last couple of years, in fact, conversations with one another about and joy, let's keep reminding each oth- vandals have destroyed numerous de- our own personal views and experi- er: Goodness is stronger than evil, love cals and flags. At SPC, we see our rain- ences. It has not always been easy, but is stronger than hate, and there is a light bows as not just nice decorations, but our community has deepened and flour- in this darkness that no darkness can as a visible expression of our commit- ished along the way. overcome. ment to welcome, love and celebrate all We also know that rainbows, like of God's beloved children. They serve love, exist whether we see them right ETHEL HORNBECK as a symbol of our corporate identity as now or not. Our commitments remain Shepherdstown a diverse and diversity seeking progres- unchanged and our rainbows have re- - Ethel Hornbeck is the director of sive spiritual community, turned! At the same time, we invite Spiritual Formation and Campus Our particular commitment to the everyone to display your own rain- Ministry at Shepherdstown LGBTQIA+ community is something bow signs of any shape or form, and Presbyterian Church