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SPIRIT of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE NEWS PAGE A3 Wednesda3,: N(wember 14, 2018 "Vd SHEPHERDSTOWN -- RIGHT: A book discussion A longtime educator will be with David R. Craig, the co- author of "Greetings from here Thursday to talk about Gettysburg," is set forThurs- the new book he co-authored, day at the War Memorial "Greetings from Gettysburg." Building in Shepherdstown. David R. Craig's presen- tation is hosted by Shepherd ed positions in Maryland - University's George Tyler on the Havre de Grace City Moore Center for the Study Council, as the town's mayor, of the Civil War. as a Maryland state delegate The book discussion and and state senator, and as Har- signing -7free and open to ford County executive. He served as secretary of the public "begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at Shepherdstown's the Maryland Department of War Memorial Building atPlanning and is currently ex- 102 E. German St. ecutive director of the Mary- Craig will discuss the book" land World War I Centennial that includes 160 historic im- Commission, which was es- ages from the Gettysburgtablished by the governor in Battlefield. 2015 to give the state's resi- Craig was an educator for dents and its visitors a way 34 years in Maryland's Har- to remember, commemorate ford County Public Schools, and learn about the meaning where he taught middle school of World War I and the role of social studies and served as Marylanders during that time. an assistant principal. For more on Thursday's He has served in six elect- event, call 304-876-5429. endured since the controver- Wilkins started his workhave the proper 'vision of Jef- r[ eats FROM PAGE A1 sy erupted in July. with the JCDA in 2002, when ferson County." One of those who resigned, he was serving as executive Patsy Noland, who is serv- running in 2020 and then Harry Wilkins, who had been vice president and chief fi- ing her second six-year term blaming"terrorists" and then a the JCDA secretary, said he's nancial officer at American on the Jefferson County woman's comments to an em- seen similar controversies in Public University Systems. Commission, said she's never ployee at the Rockwool open the county over the year. "Over the last two decades, seen the kind of personal at- house in August that were in- "I have lived through Jet- the JCDA- led by Eric [Lew- tacks lobbed at her, the JCDA terpreted as threatening, ferson County residents be- is], the board and great staff members and others who are "It's the person who post- ing violently opposed to the members - has worked tire- not part of the anti-Rockwool ed the threat, the people who development in Huntfield, lessly and successfully in movement. participated in the discussion, only to see their fears unre- creating a vibrant, diverse "I've lived in the county all the people who saw it - our alized and many opponents and healthy economy in this my life and it's sad to see the resources get tied upin track- of that project now residing county. The JCDA is one of direction we've taken," she ing down all of that," Roper there," he said. "I have seen the main reasons Jefferson said."It's so divisive. I've been said. "But we will investigate extreme opposition to table County doesn't look like the called a horrible person, some- each and every one reported games at the casino out of other 54 counties in the state, one unfit for public office, de- to us. Just because you're sit- fears of rampant prostitution One would think such suc- spicable, so much else. ring behind a computer does and social evils that would cess would be rewarded with "It's difficult to hear that, not mean you don't have to follow, yet somehow none of gratitude about the past and but I know I've done my re- follow the law." those fears materialized, trust in the future. Sadly, it search and what I've seen is After Jefferson County De- "Now we have opposition has not." that Rockwool is not going to velopment Authority board to Rockwool. The same un- Wilkins said he's gottenbe threat to life here at all." chairman Eric Lewis and 11 founded fears are causing anonymous hate mail left in Noland said she regular- JCDA board members re- uncivil responses in this in- his mailbox. "I have been ly hears from citizens who signed Friday, some spoke stance. Emotional responses subject to public ridicule, do not want to be known as about name-calling, baseless are prevailing over civility and mostly from people who have "Rockwool advocates" who allegations of corruption and common sense. Progress stops no history of accomplishment privately tell her they're glad other unpleasantness they'd when ignorance prevails." in the county yet believe they she's not fighting the factory. "They say they know Rock- wool is not going to be bad for the county, that they're sad and upset to see this hyste- ria, that we need these jobs in To each of the approximately 7,500 people who voted in the 67th Delegate District on Nov.6. I deeply appreciate you selecting me to represent you in the House of Delegates. John Authorized by Doyle for Delegate, Rod Snyder, Treasurer. the county. They don't want to publicly say any of that because they see how those who are opposed to the anti- Rockwool crowd are treat- ed and they don't want that. They hate to see the way peo- ple are being treated." Last week's election results show that there is plenty of support for Rockwool, said Noland, a Democrat. Though Ralph Lorenzetti, John Doyle and others who oppose the project did win, there was no "anti-Rockwool wave," Noland said. She pointed to the Jeffer- son County Commission race where Robert Barrat, who made Rockwool opposition the centerpiece of his cam- paign, lost to Jane Tabb, the Republican who had visited the Rockwool plant in Mis- sissippi and initially praised it before later raising ques- tions about the project after citizens began protesting. Peter Onoszko, the Repub- lican who lost in the race for the other open seat on the JCC, supports the Rockwool project, but had other issues that may have made him a vulnerable candidate. - - He was appointed to the JCC in 2016 and had never i L won an election. Other vot- ers rejected Onoszko for his, support for the Confeder-. ate plaque on the Jefferson County Courthouse. Photos,-. of him sleeping at JCC meet-, ings also circulated on Face- book in the weeks before the. :'7 Nov. 6 election. Sammi Brown, a Rockwool : opponent, beat incumbent % House of Delegates member and Rockwool supporter Jill Upson but Upson's ties to a , Republican group that cre- ated a controversial radio ad prompted the state NAACP to call for her resignation. , Noland also pointed to the House race in the 66th dis trict. "Paul Espinosa didn't oppose Rockwool and it's in. the district he represents," , she said, "and he won." Noland said she hopes the , threats and hateful language will stop soon. .- "We have to find a way to i get back to civil discourse," she said. Especially Rosie, my family and the Democrat Headquarter workers. A salute to David and Peter for a spirited campaign. No tall stacks!!! BY THE CANDIDATE To Whom It Concerns: I would like to thank all the people I met during the campaign that supported me, when I was out canvassing, making calls, at the debates and meeting and greeting at different locations. Further I would like to thank Leigh Koonce and the Jefferson County Democrats for their hard work and support. It is my hope my opponent and the sitting Jefferson County Commission is able to now go forward and keep Rockwool from doing business in Jefferson County. Sincerely, ROBERT BARRAT former Jefferson County Commission Candidate, Democrat PAID FOR BY THE CANDIDATE HFI WEALTH MANAGEMENT A DIVISION OF UNITED CAPITAL FINANCIAL ADVISERS 304-876-2619 ] United Capital Financial Advisers, LLC provides advice and makes recommendations based on the specific needs and circumstances of each client. Investing in securities involves dsk, please contact your financial adviser with questions about your specific needs end circumstances. 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