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~)p[r[t of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE Opinion Wednesday, October 3, 2012 A7 )he of them thitms that all we elmg to are and guns. The other us lazy mo0chers. Neither of themknows us at all. Miller DHHR's inspector general issued FROM PAGE A6 a search warrant alleging that Perry, Taylor and Law were try- secretary for legal affairs; Jenni- ing to "favor" the Arnold Agency fer Taylor, who serves as gener- of Charleston, which submitted al counsel for DHHR; and Assis- the lowest bid but lost this mul- tant Secretary John Law, who is timillion dollar contract to Ohio- in charge of public relations for based Fahlgren Mortine in mid- the agency, have all been on paid July. That warrant claimed that leave since mid-July. Shortly at- Brian Rosen, who heads up the ter that move, the contract was purchasing division, and Taylor awarded to Fahlgren. didn't agree on this decision. The dispute accelerated when Rosen has Warren Keefer, a A SESQUICENTENNIAL *************** MOMENT SEPT. 28-OCT. 4, 1862 between Gilmer and Doddridge counties "just preparing to eat supper," the letter says. "Our boys were so fast upon them that none but the pickets had time to fire a gun. Lieut. Hart says that he never witnes- sed such 'skedaddling' as was done at this 'battle'" Aletter to the editor published in the Wheeling Intelligencer on Oct. 2, 1862, and signed by "W" says "the usual quiemess" of Glenville was somewhat disturbed on Sept. 28,, 1862, when about 100 well-armed rebel cavalry stole Union horses and cattle.. Two Union regiments sent after the rebels found them on Bone Creek near the county line The writer also noted that Confederate troops had stolen Union horses near Philippi the weekbefore. "It appears to be a part of the programme of the bush, whackers in this section of country to steal all the horses they can possibly get hold offer the purpose of sending them offto Secessia,' a term used to describe the Confederacy: This sesquicentennial moment is brought to you by the West Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission and the West Virginia Division of Culture and Historys Archives and History Section. deputy secretary in DHHR, on his side in this dispute with Tay- lor and Perry, who now have in- dicated they plan to file a whis- tleblower action against DHHR. Pity new acting DHHR Secre- tary Rocco Fucillo who took over leadership of this key state agency after Lewis stepped down June 30 and has to referee this' in- house dispute between some of his key staff members. Meanwhile, according to the most recent estimates, West Vir- ginia could more than triple its use of windmills to generate electricity that currently consists of five projects with a combined capacity of 582 megawatts. This modest beginning provides only 1.4 percent of this state's elec- tricity. Some experts in the field be- lieve West Virginia could more than three times that amount if it fully develops this source of power. But an important feder- al tax credit of about $1 billion a year equal to about half of the wholesale cost of this electric- ity -- is due to expire Dec. 31, 2012. According to an official of the West Virginia Public Service Commission, there are no appli- cations pending for new wind en- ergy projects in West Virginia. Jeff Herholdt, director of the state's Division of Energy, said a continuation of the federal tax credit is essential to any further expansion of wind energy proj- ects in this state. This new form of producing electricity is also still contro- versial here. And the wind that is so necessary to the process is intermittent because it typically blows harder at night -- which is after demand for energy peaks -- so companies can charge higher rates. But the PSC has approved two new wind projects that are yet to be built. PATIENCE WAIT What learned in the fight On Aug. 24, just over four in Freder- years after I first heard the ick County, phrase "Potomac Appalachian. Maryland. SO the PATH fight has at Transmission Highline," or We worked least one enduring legal PATH, for short, the project c 1 o s e 1 y was.canceled because it wasn't with citi- legacy; there won't be as needed - the very argument zens' groups many landowners who feel that more than a thousand pen- throughout pie in three states had been that entire ambushed in the future. making since the beginning, region. We I'm not going to go through went to each other's hearings and You know the companies will get the lengthy saga of the fight, spoke out; we tracked the appli- their way." The outcome of the though there are a lot of inter- cation process in all three states; PATH case proves this isn"t true. esting stories. More important, we shared information and ideas We often said to the doubters I learned a great-deal about how about next steps. In other words, that we knew our chances were a grassroots movement can we made a lot of noise with a slim, but that if we didn't try, our take qn established interests, unified voice. Here in Jefferson chances would be zero! whether corporate or political, County, we built two groups of You've got to have fun! This and succeed. Here are what I supporters -- landowners who has been aJong, hard slog that in- consider some of the most im- would be directly affected, and valved hundreds of hours of time portant lessons learned.' concerned citizens who listened and thousands of dollars to law- Always start with the facts! to our arguments and looked at our yers and experts, while trying to When PATH first was present- facts and decided they agreed with keep up the morale of dozens of ed to citizens at "town hall us. We tried to keep all of them in- volunteers. So we did everything we could to make it fun! We meetings" hosted by the pew- valved every step of the way. er companies in August 2008, Tangential victories are impor- had floats in Christmas parades; we showed up at every one. tant. We asked our state legis!a- we took a booth at the Jefferson We went in with lists of ques- tars to introduce a bill requiring County Fair two years in a row; tions, and used each meeting utility companies to send letters we invited folks to clean out their to ask new ones. None of us to landowners before the compa- garages and donate things to our knew anything about transmis- nies file an application with the yard sales. We took road trips - sion lines, or energy policies, PSC to build long distance trans- I sure know my way to Charles- or how to participate at the mission lines, and requiring that ton now, but groups of us went to West Virginia Public Service all affected parties be given the Baltimore, Richmond, Wilming- Commission, but we learned, opportunity to participate in the ton, and numerous other places We talked to experts. We read agency's process. We asked all where we thought our presence congressional testimony. We our supporters throughout much would make a difference. We had shared what we learned with of the state to call and email their parties when something positive as'many people as possible,' delegations, and the bill passed happened, and we celebrated on some of whom suggested more easily and was signed into law. our biog. We made friends. research. It changed the fight; So the PATH fight has at least There are way too many people the power companies couldn't one enduring legal legacy; there to thank; I know I'd accidentally just label their opponents as won't be as many landownersleave someone out, but I would NIMBYs. who feel ambushed in the future, like to say just how amazing ev- Reach out to as many pea- It may be intimidating to take eryone has been. They believe as pie as possible. Many big pro)- on big companies, but they're not I do, that nothing is inevitable if ects cut across different juris- all powerful. Alot of citizens dis- you stand up for yourselves. dictions. 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