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ADVOCATE A6 Wednesday, January 24, 2018 ERIC PRITCHARD The chronic Lyme disease effort led by me and my wife, Linda Pritchard, has entered its second step. More than a thou- sand signatures were collected for a petition to force insurance companies to pay for the extended therapy needed by Chronic victims. State Sen. Charles Trump will be presenting this position to the West Virginia state Senate. Further, he is using the Massa- chusetts legislation as a guide to force insurance companies to pay for the extended therapy needed by West Virginia chronic Lyme victims. This is needed because Lyme disease has arrived in West Vir- ginia. The Eastern Panhandle counties - Jefferson, Berkeley and Morgan - are ranked 1,2 and 3 for reported tick bites with i two-thirds of all reported tick bites in this state. It is spreading from the northeast to the southwest. It is also in neighboring states - Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and Virginia. Rhode Island and Massachusetts already have such forced payment legislation in place. Maryland is promoting Massa- chusetts-style legislation. Charles Trump's legislation has received a Texas-sized in- jection of righteousness. The manmade increase in the horrors of debilitating chronic Lyme disease is the recent interstate complaint against the Infectious Disease Society of America and various insurance companies by a Texas law firm, Shrader & Associates, in federal court. However powerful this lawsuit may be and become, imme- diate help is needed by chronic Lyme disease victims as they will not realize its benefits for a decade or more. These vic- tims need help now. These defendants allegedly increased the debilitating effects of Lyme disease by creating a false reality of the disease over the past 28 years and acting on it. The IDSA Lyme disease medical practice guidelines show us this false reality - Lyme disease is hard to catch and easy to cure. In reality, it can be caught readily by blood exchanges that carry the bacteria. Signs, symptoms and diagnostics may not reveal the Lyme and associated disease infection. The Lyme bacteria, unlike its cousin, syphilis, have the ability to protect itself from antibi- otics and immune system attack cells by a protective cloak- ing biologic film. Like syphilis, it attacks and harms all bodily systems. Insurance has been here for four millennia to spread risks. . These defendants changed that for Lyme patients. To reward themselves, they allegedly financially and medically abused chronic Lyme patients. Please help give greed its just rewards. Write your state representative or call us at 304-258-4075. - Eric Pritchard lives in Berkeley Springs The state Department of Health and Human Resources late last year issued a health advisory to care providers, hospitals and other healthcare facilities warning of the "dramatic Increase" in Lyme disease cases. Dr. RahuI Gupta, state health officer and commissioner for the state DHHR's Bureau for Public Health, said there have been hundreds of more cases since 2012. RICH LOWRY The world fell on Donald Trump's head - yet again - when he said in a White House meeting that we should be trying to get immigrants from Nor- way rather than sh--hole countries in the Third World. The media has treated Trump's re- marks, made in a heated exchange with senators over a proposed immigration deal, as an explicit confession of rac- ism. Why else would he scorn immi- grants from places like Haiti and Soma- lia, while yearning for those from lily- white Scandinavia? He was almost surely trying to say that we should pick immigrants for skills (he reportedly mentioned Asia as well as Norway), but typically stated his posi- tion in the crudest terms possible. The ensuing controversy has created a cottage industry of TV and newspa- per commentators declaring proudly that they came from sh--hole countries, and implying that as long as we are welcom- ing enough people from distressed coun- tries, our immigration policy is on track. This discussion is largely informed by a romantic view of the experience of the early 20th century, which is, unsur- prisingly, not applicable 100 years lat- er. The economy has changed. We no longer can toss low-skilled immigrants into the maw of an insatiable manu- facturing sector. The fact is that immi- grants from rich countries tend to do better here than immigrants from poor countries, and level of education is a According to the Center for Immigration Studies, more than half of Salva- doran immigrants don't have a high-school de- gree, and half are living in poverty or near it. This doesn't mean they don't work hard, or deserve to be insulted, but they are struggling. key factor. According to the Migration Policy In- stitute, nearly half of Asian immigrants are employed in management, business, science or the arts, higher than the pro- portion of the native born. The median income of households headed by Asian immigrants is $70,000, higher than that of the native born. The median income of a household headed by an Indian immigrant is an as- tonishing $105,000. This is largely be- cause their level of education is off the charts. Three-quarters of Indian immi- grants have a college degree or more. The Indian immigrants don't reflect the norm back home, where the average person has less than six years of school- ing, but we are skimming off a more skilled element of the population. Critics of Trump's comments rightly point out that immigrants from sub-Sa- haran Africa, reportedly part of the sh- -hole argument, are doing pretty well here. But it depends on the country. About 60 percent of Nigerian immi- grants have a college degree, and more than 50 percent work in management positions. In contrast, only 11 percent of Somalis have a college degree, and half are in poverty. The numbers for immigrants from E1 Salvador, to pick a country also re- portedly part of the White House dis- cussion, are less encouraging. Accord- ing to the Center for Immigration Stud- ies, more than half of Salvadoran immi- grants don't have a high-school degree, and half are living in poverty or near it. This doesn't mean they don't work hard, or deserve to be insulted, but they are struggling. We are blessed to live in a country that many millions around the world want to move to. This affords us the luxury to be more selective in our im- migration policy and, like Canada or Australia, establish a system empha- sizing skills suited to a 21st-century economy. Some might be from Nor- way, some might be from sh--holes - all should be prepared to thrive. Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review. This syndicated column appears through King Features On Jan. 15, the national holiday com' plaque commemorating Union soldiers, memorating the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther although both Confederate and Union King Jr there was a "wave" in front troops were drawn from the population of the Jefferson County Courthouse, of Jefferson County. with demonstrators waving to passers- The courthouse history includes two by while holding "Remove the Plaque" treason trials that of John Brown signs, and also of Bill Gleason, the leader of I was happy that my friends Betsy miners accused of treason for resisting Bainbridge, Ellen May, Heather Olson troops sent in to Southem West Virginia and Susan Pipes were among those pres- to force striking miners to work - which ent. Susan was able to film a man con- makes it unique in the United States. fronting the largely female group and In 2017, the Jefferson County Corn- calling them "idiots." mission, ignoring the indications of the Although, clearly, his feelings were current members of the United Daugh- strong, he was unwilling to show his face, ters of the Confederacy that it was ac- concealed by a balaclava-style brownish ceptable to place the plaque elsewhere, mask when he accepted the invitation of and also ignoring strong public indica- the demonstrators to come closer and talk tion that the majority of residents would to them about his objections, prefer to see the plaque removed, vot- Confederate soldiers are commemo- ed 3-2 that the plaque should remain to rated by a plaque mounted in 1986 by the left of the front door of the court- the United Daughters of the Confeder- house. (Two members, Patsy Noland acy at the county courthouse in Charles and Jane Tabb, say they want to have it Town, a courthouse that was nearly, removed.) completely destroyed by the Confeder- It seems not only ironic, but ignorant acy during the Civil War there's a cer- of other meaningful historical events to tain irony in that fact. There is no similar have a plaque mounted on the wall hon- oring troops whose brethren reduced that significant building nearly to a skel- eton. Linda Ballard and five other women of African-American heritage asked of the Jefferson County Commission in August that the plaque be quietly removed. No history of how the plaque was placed there was ever determined. There are no records of the County Commis- sion approving its placement. (Possibly a previous county clerk simply agreed to its placement when the ladles of the United Daughters of the Confederacy asked that it be placed in 1986.) People exercising peacefully their First Amendment rights of peaceful as- sembly may expect that peaceful coun- ter-demonstrations, also part of freedom of speech in this country, may greet their efforts. However, if one is going to make a stand, it is possible to do so without concealing one's identity, and without name-calling. GEORGIA C. DuBOSE Charles Town PSD is 'making the most sensible progress' On what planet is it is a bad idea to have reasonable wa- ter and sewer services? Where concerned citizens are at- tacked, complete with mugshots in the local paper? It hap- pens in a place where there are power brokers that have been using a select few ratepayers in the county to fund future growth. Jefferson County's Public Service District customers are those few, and now have the sad reputation for having the highest sewer rates in the entire state, and we are done. But those who have been getting the freebies for their personal development interests are not happy. They have hired at- torneys to fight the most common sense plan to make utili- ties affordable in this county through consolidation of ser- vices. It makes no sense to have three small water and sewer utilities that share the same lines, that share the same treat- ment facility of Charles Town Utilities, to not work togeth- er. But because the power brokers of this county will lose their power, they fight it. They are even trying to make it a political issue. And, by reading the paper, you would think that the world is coming to an end, when it is in fact, making the most sensible progress in 30 years. If you want the other side of the story, it can be found on "Jefferson County Sew- er Watch (Official Page)" on Facebook. HEIDI PARKER Shenandoah Junction