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SPIRIT of JEFFERSON and EM- MER'S ADVOCATE NEWS PAGE A7 Wednesda~ February 7, 2018 One idea for improving the courthouse exterior During Thursday's meeting of the Jeffer- What is the statement the plaque on the son County Commission, there was a dis- Jefferson County Courthouse is making? cussion about improving the appearance What does it mean when the women who of the Jefferson County Courthouse. Top- made the request did not feel respected and ics included ways to keep pigeons off the were referred to as a "racial minority." If ledges and removing their poop, the peeling a small group, of whites wanted the plaque paint on the bricks on the front of the build- moved, would they be a "non-racial rul- ing, and repainring the doors. Commission nority"? What does it say about the county President Josh Compton spoke passionately when the only black person speaking during about the importance of the appearance of the public comment period on Nov. 2 is or- the courthouse, dered to leave the room by then-Commis- I, however, was thinking about what I feel sion President Peter Onoszko and someone is equally or even more important than the says, "Taze her!"? physical appearance of the courthouse, and Would it really destroy history to move the that is the message of our values conveyed plaque to another less "in your face" place? by the plaque placed beside the main en- If we want to talk about honoring soldiers trance to the courthouse, giving it high vis- who fought, shouldn't we honor soldiers ibility and importance, from both sides of the conflict? Or, rather, The plaque by the door honors only one shouldn't we honor all our soldiers? group, Confederate soldiers - a group some What if we moved the controversial plaque will argue were not only fighting for slavery to another location and replaced it with a but also engaging in an act of treason against plaque honoring all our soldiers? That might the United States of America. Whether indi- solve several issues: our black community vidual soldiers were fighting for those rea- members would not have to be reminded of sons or for the protection of home and fam- the Confederate's fight to continue keeping ily, or because it was the "fight thing to do" their ancestors in slavery; visitors would not is not the point, think we are a racist, backward county; the My question is: What does having a "hall of justice" would not be tarnished by plaque honoring Confederate soldiers as the appearance of our one-sided view; and "the" statement to all entering the court- there would be a statement of honor for all house say about our county and our citi- veterans and the soldiers who gave their life zens? A small group of black women asked for what they were commanded to do or that it be moved without fanfare. That did what they thought was the fight thing. not happen. As Detective Columbo would say, howev- During a public comment period at the er, "just one more thing" - I do not presume Nov. 2 commission meeting, over 20 people to speak for those black women who felt the spoke in favor of moving the plaque for rea- plaque should be moved. I've never walked softs that included its representation of the in their shoes. However, my feeling is: If I :heritage of white supremacy, its divisiveness, were in their position, I would find the plaque and its message of inhospitality to a variety and the lack of its removal a disturbing re- of people. As a member of a white marginal- minder that there are many who apparent- ized group, one woman noted it caused her to ly still believe in white supremacy and that question whether she would get a fair trial in black lives and opinions really do not matter. a lawsuit. The courthouse is a seat of justice and that justice should be impartial. CHERYL PULLEN Shepherdstown For more information, please contact us at 304-725-2055 view our calendar online t() register for any of these events. 'Coats for Kids' a success The Potato Hill Reunion Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank the Spirit of Jefferson and all the community that helped make our Coats for Kids drive the success it was proven to be. We had a goal of 50 coats and we exceeded that goal by distributing 84 coats in the Jef- ferson and Berkeley county schools. Just before the cold front hit in December, we were busy getting coats to different locations. In addition we provided a hat and gloves with each coat. . Our hope is to make this project an annual thing. Special thanks to the businesses, family and friends that really came through for us. We could not have done so much without your support. Please know how much your help is appreciated. DEBORAH K. LAYTON Charles Town Does the JCC see our library's value? I have been a frequent patron of the Bo- they'll watch together. I see families grow- livar-Harpers Ferry Public Library since ing closer. moving here in 1999. I have spent countless I see children lean forward eagerly and hours browsing in the stacks, accompanying listen as a book is read. I hear their laughter. my daughters to many wonderful children's I see their curiosity. programs, attending interesting presenta- I see a family reunite every weekend as tions, volunteering, serving on the board, parents and their adult children meet at the and now working there part-time, library, catch up and play board games. I see I understand that a prevailing opinion on caring parents and devoted children. the Jefferson County Commission is that li- I see people filled with excitement for a braries are obsolete. Perhaps you need to new title, saying they can hardly wait to get visit our library and see what I see? home. I see avid readers. I see parents of young children returning I see friends made .at book club laughing large bags of children's books every week, together, discussing books and their lives, then refilling those bags to the brim with and gathering around to give support to each more books. I see nurturing parents instill- other in difficult times. I see compassion. ing a love of reading. I see schoolchildren, safe and warm, wait- I see children playing at the train table or ing for their parents to pick them up after talking to the stuffed animals, then snug- school. I see a haven. gling up for a story. I see children learn- I see people at many excellent presenta- ing how to read, how to think, how to ex- tions, learning from the speaker - and each press themselves, how to make sense of the other. I see education and communication. world. I see children talking about books, the I see people without home computer ac- ones that are their favorites, and if they can cess searching for jobs, writing resumes, re- please check them out again? I see school searching home projects, and reading the readiness. news. I see them working to succeed despite I see parents with strollers, neighborhood setbacks, children, Appalachian Trail through-hikers, I see people who live alone lingering over and people without vehicles who can walk conversation, warm with human contact. I to their local library with all that it offers. I see fellowship, see equal access. I see students researching topics, writing I see a community. I see all that could be essays, finalizing projects, printing out text lost. I see something irreplaceable - our li- and pictures, and completing layouts on the brary. work tables. I see academic success.LUCILE ALLEN I see families discussing which movie Bolivar W.Va. needs its newspaper watchdogs First thought on waking from fitful sleep, very early on a recent morning: The Charleston Gazette-Mail is going under. I can't tell you how very sad this makes me. One of the biggest problems in West Virginia has been its general lack of a robust, criti- cal press. The Charleston Gazette was an exception. For many years I could brag that West Virginia's capitol city had two lively newspapers that expressed opposing political views. I accepted the inevitability in 2015 of the merge of the Daily Mail with the Gazette. Now it appears that the newspaper will become just another acquisition by a chain of small town newspapers not distinguished for their investigative rigor or courage. The Gazette has a history that goes back to 1873, making it only slightly younger than the state itself. For at least the past 60 years, it has been a tough-minded, watchful guard- ian, exposing stupidity and criminal activity in government and business, and speaking out for social justice. The loss of the Charleston Gazette-Mail's voice will be cause for great rejoicing among the political and industrial tyrants in this state. REBECCA KIMMONS Charleston I ining, I support EXCITING HAPPENINGS FOR 20181 Feb. 13 Chamber Mixer 5 to 6:30 p.m. Long & Foster Charles Town office PROUDLY SERVING JEFFERSON COUNTY FOR OVER $6 YEARS Feb. 15 Chamber Business Seminar 9 to 11:30 a.m. The Inn at Charles Town Jefferson County Property Transactions Jan. 29-Feb. 2, 2018 Ronald Keith Parlette toJeffrey Alan Reynolds II Donald J. Orser; LTS 37,Property to Fuzzy Tail LLC; Gina M. Biller to Daniel R. 39, 41, 43, 136 and 138;LT 298, PH VI-A, Trust BK Chiotos; LT31, CT 0.2315 SEC C; Harpers Ferry Dis- 2038/349; Ranson Corpora- ACS; Charles Town District; trict; $200.00 tion; $113,881.00 $225,000.00 I Janie Deluca to Bryan H. Joshua A. Hagan and Nata- Seneca Trustees Inc. Sub Wacker, Connie S. Wack- lie R. Hagan to Brent C.TR and Stephanie A. Smith er, William R. Wacker Yost and Heather K. Yost; Property to Top Dollar Sr. and Amanda Renee LT 22, CT 1.403 ACS, SECInvestments LLC; LT 34, Wacker; LT 279, PH VI-A; II-A; CharlesTown District; Trust BK 1644/527; Middle- Ranson Corporation; $328,500.00 way District; $87,000.00 $154,000.00 Kyle Leadmon and Linday Mohammed Hanif Zurmati Michael R. Haggerty and Leadmon to Paul J. Abbott to Lynn M. Guntner; LT 192, Susan J. Haggerty to and Laura G. Abbott; LT PH IV; Ranson Corporation; Kristin E. Buda and Joshua 123, SEC 2, PH 2; Middle- $226,500.00 J. Wert; LT 97, SEC 2, way District; $334,960.00 PH 2; Middleway District; Thomas J. Woodford $400,000.00 Courtney N. McCauley to co-conservator, Robert J. Courtney McCauley and Woodford co-conservator, Kate Weatherby to Craig S. William S. Viands; PCL Thomas J. Woodford AIF, Drexel and Jackie A. Drex- CT 16.706 ACS, West Robert J. Woodford AIF, el; PCL CT 0.13 AC; Bolivar Virginia Secondary RouteSarah Katheryn Goff FKA Corporation; $144,000.00 No 1/5; Middleway District; and S. Kathryn Windmyer $1,250.00 to Mark E. Walker; LT 5, Charles Martin Parlette, BLK B; Charles Town Dis- Stephen Lee Parlette and Pill and Pill PLLC and trict; $310,000.00 Sponsored by: REALTY , James Nelson has a background in propertT manag- menet in Northern Virginia and has spent years in the trades with a deep background in the property manag- James Nelson ment world. James is a natural fit at Blackwell! Property Manager For more abouti James and IJhe Blackwell Realtig Advantmge, see www.BlackwellRealbgSevices.com 113 W. Washington Street Charles Town, WV 25414 Office: 304.885.0772 Liz McDonald, Broker 31 S. Braddock Street #206 Winchester, VA 22601 Office: 540.931.9366 Patrick Blood, Broker Bridal Expo, including caterers, florists, wedding photographers + many more. Preview Guide, coming out in the bn March 7, For details on package deals, contact Mary Bums (304,725-2046, ext. 223 or Admisalon Is $2 -.wi h all monies raised donatedto mary@spiritot]efferson.com). Sign up by noon Feb, 231 Shenandoah Womd, n's Center