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SPIRIT of JEFFERSON and b -kRMER'S ADVOCATE NEWS/OPINION PA(IE A9 Wednesday, April 18, 2018 DR. ZAKEE McGILL I remember being 17. We got a lot wrong, but we got some things right We were right about Vietnam. If you were growing up in a major city, you may also remem- ber marching out of high school" No. More. War." Four White House ad- ministrations sustained the lies, while the name-call- ing persisted. They wanted to silence us. They want- ed to save face. We wanted to save lives. We would be heard. Because enough was finally enough. We many of us now are the grandparents of 17- year-olds. And because of them and other young ac- tivists, our democracy nev- er looked as salvageable as on March 24 in D.C. and across the nation Teen- agers - and even younger people - have amassed a coalition across racial and ethnic communities not seen since Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Wash- ington The anti-war protests were comprised mainly of white students, but these young Florida organizers embrace Black Lives Mat- ter as allies, despite the lat- ter being labeled terrorists. Thirty miles from Parkland they held a town hall in a poorer congressional dis- trict to establish unity be- tween students who are gunned down in suburban schools and those shot dead in urban centers, killed while walking to and from school and in their homes. One Parkland student acknowledged, "Since 2011 you have experienced 17 Parklands because of gun violence." Earlier this month we marked the 50th anniversary of MLK's as- sassination and we heard historians report the depth of King's depres- sion in the final year of his life. Maligned as a communist sympa- thizer for speaking out against the Vietnam War and American milita- rism, he was actually echoing President Eisenhower's warning of the military industrial complex and its excesses. President Nixon went on to get credit for end- ing the war, though he ac- tuaUy delayed its end for five years by secretly sab- otaging LBJ's peace over- ture to Hanoi. This delay cost thousands of Ameri- can boys' lives. Moreover, Kennedy and Johnson had hidden the futility of the war from Americans. Much as the NRA and the billion- dollar gun lobby hide and distort the facts about gun violence, even thwarting research and development of safer guns and smart guns. Some in White America have awakened to the dis- proportionate deaths of un- armed young black men at the hands of police. But White America had awak- ened before, back when the nightly news of the 1960s showedAfrican-Americans seeking basic civil rights met with dogs and brutal- ity, and later when Viet- nam's deaths and bombs came into our living rooms night after night. At some point, we reach a critical mass. During the peace movement we had this concept of chang- ing hearts and minds - if a critical mass of hearts and minds could be changed to oppose the war, then it would end. And it did. Can we hope beyond hope that this mrlange of urban and suburban, privileged and disad- vantaged, teens and their grandparents, mark a tipping point? Enough is enough. Some dis- eases skip a generation; maybe enlightenment does as well. - Dr. Zakee McGill is the president of the Berkeley County branch of the NAACP. He writes from his home in Martinsburg d ffOt ii :haye a:: urrection of the bus'mess s :/racism, sy -- THE REV. DR. i BARBER II, a North : address civil 3 stand out in Jefferson County school board race As a mother of two children duth over the years on various with, I strongly support Arth- needs. I have also worked with who were educated in the Jef- educational issues, I have always ena Roper and James Watkins. James Watkins and can attest to ferson County public school sys- been met with professionalism Through her work at the school the fact that he will make a fine tem and as a long-time employ- and kindness. Mr. Sudduth has board office,Arthena has demon- addition to the school board as ee of Jefferson County schools always been responsive when I strated to me a positive "can-do" well. Mr. Watkins has repeated- who has worked as both a home- contacted him--including quick attitude and an ability to work ly demonstrated his caring com- bound teacher and as a substitute to return phone calls and to in- well with others. She also has mitment to students and is wide- teacher, I am writing to express vestigate in a knowledgeable deep ties to the community, with ly respected and liked by both my support for the following in- fashion the matters of concern a campaign commitment to focus his students and peers. I strongly dividuals who are running for the that I raised, on educational excellence in Jef- support Scott Sudduth, Arthena Jefferson County Board of Edu- As for the new candidates run- ferson County schools and a cul- Roper and James Watkins. cation on May 8. ning for school board, most of ture of respect. Arthena is just theSYLVIA GEIMAN In my dealings with Scott Sud- whom I know or have worked kind of person the school board Harpers Ferry Hefestay's campaign full of 'unprincipled emotional appeal' The recent email from Jack Hefestay, who lessly" doing? I asked Jane Tabb how a non- ber, filed a complaint of violation of fair cam- is running against Jane Tabb for Jefferson Republican can vote for her and she informed paign practices related to her giving the same County Commission, is concerning at best. me with information and without coercion or information about voting for her to others as Since I am not one of the "thousands of vot- even encouragement, she gave me. Is this falsehood what he means ers" who he contacted to "listen to their con- The list of inflammatory and mislead-about being "honest and open in my princi- cerns," I will state them here. ing statements goes on: Jane Tabb wants to pies and never compromise them away"? Mr. Hefestay described his idea of gov- "maintain her power over you." It makes her He writes "But no matter what dirty tricks eming as "moral and just." These emotional sound ominous and implies that people are she has up her sleeve, I promise never to en- words are irrelevant without definition since easily controlled and can't think for them- gage in such unethical tactics" yet his letter citizens define moral and just differently selves. Whomever gets elected, naturally, has is full of unprincipled emotional appeal that He aligned himself with Commissionersthe "power" to make decisions, is meant to mislead the public and misrepre- Josh Compton, Peter Onoszko and CalebHe says she is running to "increase her sent Jane Tabb. Wayne Hudson - the same three commis-pension." How is he privy to her motives? Personally, I am tired of negative campaign- sioners who voted to have an extra audit of What is most concerning is that Jack Hefes- ing. I want representatives to win on their own the Public Service District for irregularities, tay wrote that Jane Tabb "is being investigat- merit by presentation of facts and positions, None were found but the audit cost taxpay- ed for possible ethics violations." This is a and not by trying to make his or her opponent ers $15,000. Is this what he considers being a lie and misleading. According to the legal look bad by presenting inflammatory remarks "fiscal conservative"? counsel at the Secretary of State Elections and lies. We deserve to be treated like intelli- Jack Hefestay accused Jane Tabb of"work- Committee, there is no investigation on an gent human beings who can make up our own ing tirelessly" to encourage Democrats to ethics violation or an election law violation, minds about who will best serve us. switch parties in order to vote for her. How The Jefferson County Republican Executive does he really know what she works "tire- Committee, of which Mr. Hefestay is a mem-NANCY GREGORY Charles Town By JUSTIN GRIFFIN Special to the Spirit K E A R NEYSVILLE - The tripling of drug over- dose deaths, due in large part to opioid addiction, has offi- cials at the Jefferson County Department Dr. Dave Dldden of Health concerned. The health department at 1948 Wdtshire Road in Kearneysville will host a naloxone training at 6 pan. Monday. The session is free to the public. Naloxone is a drug, that when used prop- erly, can save the life of some who has over- dosed on opioids, including prescription drugs or heroin. Dr. Dave Didden, the physician direc- tor and health officer at Jefferson's health department, said the opioid problem here is a crisis. "We are in a public health emergency" he said. "If we saw the same kind of numbers with any other illness, there will be a mas- sive mobilization to attack the problem. But right now we're we're just not seeing it." Perhaps one of the biggest reasons why the action that Didden feels is nec- essary isn't being taken has a lot to do with class. "Many of the people who are suffering from this crisis are low- er-income residents and are not deemed to be first-class citi- zens and that's trag- ic, Didden said. : Didden said that in 2014, the rate of drug overdose deaths in Jefferson County was at 20 per 100,000 people. In 2016, that number rose to 57 per 100,000. The national rate is 17 per 100,000 people. Didden explained that during that same time period, fentanyl, an extraordinarily cheap and powerful opioid, has become a serious problem with drug dealers using it to cut heroin, which is leading to more over- doses among heroin users. At Monday's class, participants will learn how to administer naloxone to an overdose victim. Everyone attending will get a free Naloxone rescue kit. To attend Monday's class, call the health department at 304-728-8416 or sign up at the health department's Facebook page. In 2017, there were 909 drug overdose deaths in West V'trginia, an all-time record. The previous record was 887 deaths, which was set in 2016. Carden F.o, PAaE "If we increase traffic on that road then that 2030 projection is going to come a lot sooner," he said. Carden said he's proud of his work in Harpers Ferry in helping to get passed an overlay ordinance to help move forward an effort to redevelop the site of the Hilltop House Hotel, which sits on a bluff overlook- ing the Potomac River. He said disagree- ments over what type of hotel should be al- lowed on the property -- which was pur- chased by Leesburg, Va.-investor SWaN and Legend Ventures LLC in 2008 -- has split the town down the middle and resulted in a decade of inactivity on the property. The Town Council voted unanimous- ly to approve its promontory ordinance in 2017 and SWaN Managing Director Fred Schaufeld presented a new concept plan just last week to build a 122-room hotel and con- ference center on the property by 2021. "We hashed out the issues and crafted a compromise and then everything changed and everybody was in support," Carden said. "That's what allowed this process to get going and I was a part of that. And I'm pretty proud of that." For more information about Carden, go to kevincarden.us. I