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ADVOCATE A8 Wednesday, April 18, 2018 ROBERT MILLER 6 9 The other day I ran across a cam- ing, because wealthy people real- izens, and even the majority of gun economic liberty should be theirs tently, corruptly, chaotically and paign email from Jack Hefestay, ly like country clubs, even though owners, are in favor of some sorts alone. The rules should be like they unresponsively - as it is being run who is running for Jefferson Coun- those clubs require them to pay of protections, like universal back- were in the old plantation days. The fight now. ty Commissioner in the Republican fees to keep the place in good ground checks and limits on large wealthy owners should be able to There was a promise of "Pre- primary, against Jane Tabb. Jack shape. Those same people don't magazines and perhaps some lim- pay their workers (enslaved people serving our historical landmarks is very indignant that voters are so seem to care that, as citizens of the its on assault weapons. Most citi- back then) as little as they please, and heritage." This appears to be alarmed at his candidacy that some United States, they are also mem- zens do not want to get rid of the and keep the profits for themselves, related to the controversy over folks are switching their party affili- bers of the most desirable club in Second Amendment and take away without those pesky taxes getting the 1986 plaque on the Jefferson ation so they can vote against him the world - the club of "U.S. cit- your guns. in the way. In the tradeoff between County Courthouse that honors in the Republican primary. Jack's izens." And just like their favor- To understand all this, it is help- economic liberty and political liber- only those who fought in the Con- email was just chock full of far-right, ite golf course, the "U.S. Citizens" ful to know that "Liberty PAC Jack" ty, the owners must always win out. federate Army, even though West authoritarian-follower dog whistles, club has to charge fees in order to aligns himself with the radicalLiber- That is what Republicans have been Virginia was not a Confederate Let's unpack some of them: keep this country - and its people - ty PoliticalAction Committee -- that steadily advancing for the past 30 state. The plaque sends a message Them's his promise to "restore in good shape, far fight Liberty PAC that you've years: "Taxes are inherently evil" to people of color that their day in a moral and fiscally conservative There were references to "Pro- been hearing about. When the word - unless, of course, someone else court is not likely to be a fair one. County Government." This dog tecting your 2nd Amendment, "Liberty" gets thrown around, you pays them. Even the organization that origi- whistle here is about supposed"mor- Constitutional and Private Proper- should always ask "Whose liberty Jack's email also contained that nally put it up, the local chapter of al bounds of government," inwhich ty Rights." Now there has already are we talking about?" old bromide promising to "reduce United Daughters of the Confed- far fight adherents claim that taxes been a lot in the news these days The biggest dog whistle in that government to make each of us a eracy, agrees that it should be tak- are inherently immoral, because the about those "2nd Amendment" phrase is "Private Property Rights." little more free." It's equivalent to en down or moved. taxes take your money without your rights, and the fact that school-age This is similar to that "moral bounds saying "Government can't do any- consent, like a robber would, children are getting pretty tired of of government" concept. Wealthy thing right." Government is only the - Robert Miller writes from his This has always been confus- getting shot up in school. Most cit- far fight donors really think that the problem when it is run as incompe- home in Shepherdstown to vote 8 If past history of voting participation al candidates in several races in each of the holding a number of candidate forums. in midterm elections is a forecaster, this parties vying to hold the Party ticket for They are all listed on the League website: year's May 8, midterm 2018 primary elec- the November general election. You have lwv-jcwv.org. We encourage you to come tion is a place where your individual vote the power to decide which candidates will out, meet the candidates, ask questions, can truly make a difference, appear on that ballot, and educate yourself about their platforms According to the West Virginia Secm- Also on May 8 several of the races are ac- and their views on the important issues tary of State's records, Jefferson County tually the final elections themselves. These facing our county. had a very low voter participation rate in are the nonpartisan races for Board of Edu- Get to know the new voting machines the 2014 midterms with only 13.4 percent cation, Circuit Court Judges Divisions 2 & and the new Voter ID rules. Then get out of registered voters voting. Contrast the 4, and the Conservation District Supervisor. and vote! Your vote and your participation 2014 participation rate to the 2016 prima- The candidate with the majority in these count! Early voting at the courthouse is ry participation rate of 34.7 percent (a year races becomes the elected official on May from April 25 to May 5. in which there was a presidential election) 9. The Board of Education race is depen- and know that your vote will make a dif- dent on your district. For a full explanation, DEBBIE ROYALTY ference in this midterm primary election, check the League Facebook page. - Debbie Royalty is the president Participation in this year's May 8 pri- The League of Women Voters of Jef- of the nonpartisan League of mary is important because there are sever- ferson County and other local groups are Women Voters of Jefferson County Legal expert David Camilletti shines in role as judge I have known David Camil- always felt at ease with David. for him to transition to the role role, because there is a distinct letti for over two decades. He I would imagine many of his of judge, especially fight here transition required. No other was our family attorney when clients felt the same way. He's in his home state. He reveres candidate running for judge has we needed one, but also became just a regular guy who doesn't this responsibility and it's a his length of service or diver- a treasured family friend along try to present himself any dif- role I can only see him shin- sity in their experience. So for the way. In 2015, when he was femntly than who or what he is. ing in. He not only has the fight me, this election is not about appointed to family court judge When we met, he had long hair temperament for it but all those friendship; it's about what's for the 24th Family Court Cir- that he often kept in a ponytail years he spent handling crimi- best for the region. And I'm go- cult, I was truly happy for him while in court - a very uncom- nal, civil and administrative ing with the guy who not only (although sad to lose a lawyer mon look for a litigator. You cases-- the enormous variety has a level head and reasonable I trust), knowing he was well couple that refreshing "what alone -- makes him the perfect persona - because our friend- suited for such a responsibili- you see is what you get" per- candidate for hearing and pre- ship has shown me his true na- ty. I felt privileged to be among sona with his vast legal experi- siding over the tricky and seri- ture - but the guy who is 100 those who witnessed his robing ence and knowledge, and it was ous criminal and civil cases af- percent qualified to take on this ceremony, easy to appreciate his method fecting our three counties here I think what I've always ap- of resolving situations and get- in the Eastern Panhandle. In weighty and honorable role. preciated about David is his re- ting things done. addition, his nearly three years latability. I've met many attor- Because we are friends, I as a family court judge has pre-KATHERINE COBB neys who were off-putting but I know how much it has meantpared him for this significant Charles Town Jane Tabb 'knowledgeable, fair-minded, committed' to county Jane Tabb, one of the Jefferson County Commis- sioners who is up for re-election, has been the victim of negative, misleading and misguided campaign- ing by her opponent, Jack Hefestay. He has attacked her character and accused her of "ethics violations." Since honesty is important, I decided to look into his allegations to find out the truth about Tabb. Tabb was County Commissioner from 2001 to 2006 and again since 2013. She lives and works on a family farm in Jefferson County. Her resume includes extensive business experience, youth in- volvement and community activities. A County Commissioner's role is to manage the budget, ordinances and land use. Tabb strives to help make Jefferson County a great place to live, work, go to school, play and raise children. Recog- nizing that 50 percent of working people commute out of the county eastbound, she wants to help make the county more attractive to businesses so residents and their children are able to stay here and lead pro- ductive lives. Tabb differs with Hefestay when he speaks of the "progress made by Commissioners [Josh] Compton, [Peter] Onoszko and [Caleb] Hudson." x They voted to have an extra audit of the Pub- lic Service District while she stated the annual audit was sufficient. Nothing troubling was found and the audit cost taxpayers $15,000. xThey voted to lower the yearly ambulance tax from $40 to $35 per household while she voted to keep it the same. When lowered, the $100,000 loss was taken from the county's general revenue fund, which took away from county services. x They voted to keep the Confederate plaque at the courthouse while she ultimately preferred it be moved to a Veterans Memorial site that would in- clude veterans of all wars. When I asked why she decided that moving the plaque was preferable, she said listening to what people had to say at the hear- ings convinced her it was the fight thing to do. Hefestay has stated that Tabb is being investigated for possible ethics violations. The Jefferson Coun- ty Republican Executive Committee did file a com- plaint of violation of fair campaign practices with the state simply because Tabb has answered citi- zens' questions about how voters registered as in- dependents can ask for a GOP ballot on May 8 and vote for her! Though he did abstain from that spe- cific vote, Hefestay is a member of that committee! Nothing has come of this complaint. Stating some- thing misleading doesn't make it true. Tabb emphasizes that county commissioners need to compromise for the greater good of the commu- nity. "Although decreasing taxes is a great idea, it's not always realistic," she said. "Look what happened when the ambulance tax was decreased." Then she asked, "Might Confederate soldiers still be honored by moving the plaque to a different location sen- sitive to all constituents?" The United Daughters of the Confederacy, the group that sponsored the plaque in 1986, agrees.Another area where compro- mise benefits the community is zoning; civil liber- ties and a thriving community need not be at odds, Tabb feels. In talking to Tabb, one finds her knowledgeable, fair-minded, responsible and committed to Jefferson County residents. She believes in honesty and re- spect and campaigns on her positions - not on dis- crediting her opponent. I believe those nmning for office need to help citizens make well-informed, un- biased decisions at the polls. Tabb aims to do just that. ELEANOR HANOLD Shepherdstown I