Dedication

This website is devoutly dedicated to all of Larry's friends and associates, both early and late, who have influenced and mentored him. However, it also should be noted that, being who they are, a majority of them have been late most of the time.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Mark your calendars, save the date, and join Cheryl & me!

Mark your calendar, save the date, because you're invited! 😀
The "marvelous work and a wonder" (Isaiah, Chapter 29, Verse 14) of the marriage of Cheryl Lynn Hess-Saliba and Larry D. Kump will be celebrated in wedding receptions in three different locations and on separate Saturdays. 😍
The first of these three receptions will be @ 7:00 PM, Saturday, August 11th in the Cultural Hall of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 93 Langston Boulevard, Spring Mills, West Virginia (Spring Mills is a northern suburb of Martinsburg. West Virginia, just off I-81 North).
Another wedding reception shortly will follow in Westlake, Ohio (Cleveland area), with another, yet to be announced, elsewhere in the Charleston, West Virginia area (Sissonville?).
All are invited to come meet and greet the newlyweds, but, since they are combining two households and are not in need of any housekeeping items, it is requested that there be no wedding gifts .
However. those who wish to contribute, whether modestly or magnanimously, to the election campaign of Larry D. Kump for the West Virginia House of Delegates District #59 (Berkeley-Morgan Counties) may do so at their wedding reception or @
Friends of Larry D. Kump
P.O. Box 1131
Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131
Truly, God has blessed Larry and Cheryl, far exceeding their most anxious lifetime hopes and expectations
May God also bless you real good!

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Kump again returns to public service!

Falling Waters, West Virginia – Former two term West Virginia Delegate Larry D. Kump (2010-2014, Berkeley-Morgan Counties) announced, “After a strong and steady stream of personal pleadings urged me to return to public office, and prolonged pondering and personal prayer, I have decided to yet again come out of retirement and answer this call to return to duty. And so, I now am a Republican candidate for election to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2018 (District #59)."

"For me, this decision was and is not about any other candidate or that candidate's record or position on the issues. Instead, 'Protanto quid retribuamus?' (What shall we give in return for so much?) is the reason for my answer to the call to return to duty."

“When previously elected in 2010, it was my sincere promise and firm conviction to always stand up and speak out on behalf of more taxpayer friendly and less intrusive government. That has not changed, nor will it ever!"

"During my last tour of duty, Seventy-five (75) different Republican and Democrat legislators, in the one hundred (100) member West Virginia House of Delegates, cosponsored legislation with me. Even so, I never have been and never will be someone who goes along, just to get along. Simply doing what’s right is the best of all rewards.

“While continuing to carefully listen to the whole gamut of citizen concerns, my grass-roots championing has been and always will be in compliance with our divinely inspired Constitution, the well-spring of our American Excellence."

"To that end, I also denounce and decry all derisive and destructive 'Identity Politics'. Instead, I earnestly seek after and support the shared culture and values of our Constitutional Republic, including a diverse citizenry, but united in support of the principles of liberty and equal justice."

"Accordingly, I will continue to strive to pursue and protect our individual liberty, personal accountability, and personal empowerment. It is the pursuit of these principles of good governance that will give us meaningful tax reform, protect retired senior citizens and working Mountaineers, defend our personal right to bear arms, provide for the local accountability of our schools, better treatment of our school teachers and state employees, and to safeguard our personal property rights and pro-life family values."

"Additionally, more needs to be done about the drug and alcohol abuse that rages throughout West Virginia. And so, our West Virginia legislators, in addition to enacting other prudent measures, should lead by personal example. That's why I'm proposing mandatory drug abuse testing for all West Virginia legislators."

"Also, the destructive and discouraging aftermath of drug and alcohol abuse could and should be reduced by further reforming our sometimes ill advised laws, which still make it too difficult for the repentant and redeemed to re-enter the workplace, thereby becoming self-sufficient and tax-paying members of our communities."

"Meanwhile, West Virginia still faces challenges. Times still are too hard for far too many Mountaineers. That's why we need tax reform, but not more tax burdens.

"A better way is to restructure our already ample state budget, by reforming our tax system and state government programs. Among other things, this could and should lead to improved highways, reduced (not increased) gasoline prices at the pump, better broadband and cell phone access, and the elimination of state taxes on our social security benefits and all pensions.

"Finally, the persistent problem of West Virginia's aging and declining population adversely affects all of us, even including our representation in the United States Congress. In reviewing our state government policies and tax structure, a serious study of how to reverse this decline also should be undertaken, and I have been working on some ideas to turn around this problem."

"Of course, much more government transparency and accountability also are essential for all of this to happen."

"And so, I pledge to continue my own personal and public practice of integrity, accountability, and transparency."

"As always in elected office and in every other aspect of our lives, character counts!

Mr. Kump has over forty (40) years of extensive experience and skills in public policy and administration. He also is a kinsman of founding father Patrick Henry, Town of Hedgesville founder Josiah Hedges, and former West Virginia Governor Herman Guy Kump.

Further, for over the past twenty-five (25) years, former Delegate Kump has lived at the same location and within the current West Virginia House of Delegates District #59. West Virginia House of Delegates District #59 includes the northwestern area of Berkeley County and the eastern area of Morgan County.

Please join the Mountaineer League of Extraordinary Citizens!, and make a difference!

"Send your personal contribution ($100 to $250 is suggested, but whatever you can afford will be appreciated and helpful) to:

“Friends of Larry D. Kump”
P.O. Box 1131
Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131.

For further information about Larry: Read the "Kump Biography" and more at this website, as well as the posts @ www.LarryKump.com.

Contact Larry in person at (304) 274-3104 or email him at kumpster@mailstation.com.

Footnote:

Cash contributions will not be accepted. Also, West Virginia law does not allow the solicitation of campaign contributions from West Virginia public employees, and it is not intention of this campaign to do so. Any known contribution received from a West Virginia public employee will be returned. All contributions over $250 must include your home and mailing address, occupation, and the name of your employer. No Primary election contributions over $1,000 per person are allowed.

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Authorized by "Friends of Larry D. Kump"

Kump Biography

Larry D. Kump came out of retirement and was first elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2010, serving two terms in office(until the end of 2014).

He also has over forty years of prior legislative and public administration skills and experience.

These skills and experience includes management expertise in managing large budgets and meeting payrolls. This expertise is on both the management and employees' side of the table in multiple jurisdictions throughout our nation. He also has drafted and gotten legislation passed into law, often against formidable opposition.

Larry is no stranger to hard work. He began work at age twelve (managing two newspaper routes at the same time), worked at a local shoe store at age 16 (every day after school and on Saturdays), and then continued working at a number of full and part-time jobs to pay for his college tuition. He even found time to be a local radio personality.

This proud father of David & Sarah graduated from Frostburg State University with a Political Science Major and a Minor in Economics.  Other areas of concentration included Social Science, Business Administration, Economics, Philosophy, and Geography. He later returned to Hagerstown Community College to receive an Associate's degree, which included a concentration  in Criminal Justice.

He worked in bank management, trained as a CPA, was the Legislative Aide for the Pennsylvania Senate Republican Leader, and even was accepted as a candidate for MENSA membership.

This grass roots leader and Constitutional scholar then went on to be a Labor Relations Specialist for the Maryland Classified Employees Association (MCEA), an independent public employee advocate organization.

After working for MCEA, Larry accepted the position as the Executive Director of the Indiana State Employees Association (ISEA), another independent public employee advocate group. He reorganized ISEA's structure and budget, frequently lecturing at Indiana University and Purdue University post graduate classes on public administration practices and principles.

This kinsman to founding father Patrick Henry and former West Virginia Governor Herman Guy Kump (1932 term) also is related to Town of Hedgesville founder Josiah Hedges.

He also previously served as Regional President of the Assembly of Governmental Employees (AGE), overseeing public policy advocacy issues from Illinois to West Virginia.

His other activities included serving as a leader of the Foundation for Advancement for Industrial research (FAIR), the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), and many other public service organizations.

Moving to West Virginia in 1989, he graduated at the top of his class from the Maryland Correctional Professional Staff Academy as a Maryland Prison Case Manager and also then served as a court expert witness, employee training coordinator, cognitive development trainer, employee critical incident stress counselor, and certified mediator.

He also worked part-time during the evenings as a sex offender group therapy facilitator.

Serving in numerous MCEA elected offices, Larry drafted legislative proposals for the Maryland Legislature and testified before various Legislative Committees.

In 1991, he also successfully organized a coalition of Berkeley County neighbors to block plans for sewage effluent discharge across their privately owned properties by an out-of-state developer.

After witnessing the overwhelmed facilities and woefully inadequate parking at the local Falling Waters Post Office, he contacted and persuaded the national postal authorities to build a new Post Office in 1993.

Larry has been an Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and the Better Business Bureau.

A cancer survivor, this independent thinker and advocate of citizen empowerment also is an ordained minister within the Hedgesville Ward (congregation) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

Larry is a strong believer in rock solid fiscal discipline, enhancing family values, and strengthening individual liberty and personal responsibilities.

Gravely concerned about those who are elected to represent us, Larry continues reminds friends and associates that our government belongs solely to the citizens, and that too many forget that one of the major sources of our nation's greatness simply is its citizens.

Meanwhile, former Delegate Kump has answered the call to return to duty, and now again is a candidate for election to the West Virginia House of Delegates District #59 (Berkeley-Morgan Counties).

Please support his candidacy and contribute to his election @

Friends of Larry D. Kump
P.O. Box 1131
Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131

Also, please share this post with friends and family, asking them to go and do likewise.

Please visit the other posts on this website and also www.LarryKump.com for more about his views on the issues.

And may God bless you all real good!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Local Lady Leader Likes Larry!

I have known Larry D. Kump for four years, and in those four years, I have known Larry to be truthfully honest and a conservative who cares for the citizens of West Virginia. I believe Larry will serve his district as delegate to West Virginia with the wishes of conservative voters to lead this state with good upstanding values. Larry is running for the House of Delegates in the Republican May 8 Primary Election, District #59, Morgan-Berkeley Counties.

Visit www.LarryKump.us and www.LarryKump.com for more information about Larry.

Larry served two terms as delegate from 2010 – 2014. His desire to re-enter public service comes from the voters who know him, and after lots of praying, has decided to run again. Larry has always stood up and spoken out on behalf of less intrusive government, and his stand is no different than before.

Larry doesn’t go along with what makes him popular with those who want him to just go along with it. He doesn’t stand up and look around at what the crowd is doing and then sit down. He doesn’t mimic what the crowd is doing. He stands up for We the People, the good-upstanding citizens of this state and what they want – by his actions. He stands up for what he believes in – our Constitution.

Larry is a true Constitutionalist who believes in the articles of the State and Federal Constitutions who stands and salutes our flag.

As a Christian, Larry believes in the gift of life, being endorsed by West Virginians for Life. The West Virginia Farm Bureau Political Action Committee has endorsed Larry in the West Virginia House of Delegates Republican in the Primary Election. He believes in God, family and country. He believes we should support our unborn, our military, our right to bear arms (our First and Second Amendments).

Larry wants to keep spending down in Charleston and not increase our taxes, and he does not believe in big government. Larry will ask accountability for our schools, better treatment of our teachers and state employees and safeguard our pro-life family values.

He is aware of the opioid epidemic and proposes mandatory drug abuse testing for all state legislators, and reforming ill-advised laws, making it too difficult for the repentant and redeemed to re-enter the workplace, to become self-sufficient and tax-paying members of our communities. Larry wants to improve our highways, reduce gasoline prices, have better broadband and cell phone access, and eliminate state taxes on our social security benefits pensions.

Larry believes the persistent problem of West Virginia's aging and declining population adversely affects all of us, even including our representation in the U.S. Congress. In reviewing our state government policies and tax structure, a serious study of how to reverse this decline also should be undertaken, and he has been working on some ideas to turn around this problem.

Contact Larry at (304) 274-3104 or email him at kumpster@mailstation.com. It’s like talking with your best friend.

Vote for LKWV – Larry Kump West Virginia.

Sincerely,

Betty DeHaven
Martinsburg, WV

Footnote: Send your campaign contributions, whether modest or magnanimous to -

Friends of Larry D. Kump
P. O. Box 1131
Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131

Also, please share this message with others, asking them to go and do likewise with even more others.

And may God bless you all real good!

Monday, June 25, 2018

"Of Mice & Men" (and also Women)

The "Mouseland" fable originally was written in the 1940's by Clarence Gillis, and then later narrated by the late Tommy Douglas and subsequently made into a slide show presentation.

It was in the late 1960's when I first saw a film of the slide show version, when I was a political science undergraduate student at Frostburg State College in Western Maryland.

It since then has been remade into an animated video version.

Regardless of the politics and Canadian nationality of Tommy Douglas, Mouseland's message rises above fractious and feckless political partisanship, both then and now, with a cry for each and every one of us to stand up and be responsible for our own personal accountability and empowerment.

Click here to watch the video, and decide for yourself if these principles make as much sense to you as they do for me.

Also, pass this along to all of your friends, family, and associates by clicking on the envelope icon at the end of this entry. Even better: Ask them all to go and do likewise!

Regardless of where you live, do your part to support the quest for "Jobs & Prosperity", "Personal Liberty & Family Values", and "Returning Government Back to the People".


Until then, may God bless you all real good!

Working together to Stay Independent,

Larry D. Kump


Postscript: Visit the other posts on this website and also www.facebook.com/LarryDKump for more of this about that!

Addendum: Send your contributions for my election to:

Friends of Larry D. Kump
P. O. Box 1131
Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Martin Niemoller & Us

Offering the invocation at a West Virginia Legislative Session

The ongoing firearms phobia and also the current obsession with hateful and divisive "Identity Politics" by much of our national mainstream media and even some of our elected representatives continues to alarm and worry me.

These perverse perspectives of social justice endanger all of our collective and individual liberties.

Many of these folks seem confusedly convinced that undermining our "American Excellence", by trampling upon our sacred Constitutional rights, somehow will eliminate the dreadful depredations of those who are morally corrupt, malevolent, or even mentally ill.

And so it went that I continued to pray and ponder about this instant assault upon all of our citizen rights and liberties, especially those provided by those amendments that comprise our Constitution's "Bill of Rights".

Then, I remembered my days long ago, as the student editor of "The Night Crier" campus newspaper at Hagerstown Junior College, and how I was inspired by a wall poster about Martin Niemoller.

Martin knew first hand why it's so important for each and every one of us to stand up and be counted in our collective pursuit of liberty and individual rights for each and every one of us, regardless of our differences.

He was a German and a Protestant pastor, who spent the last seven years of World War II as a prisoner in various Nazi concentration camps.

Martin spoke contemporaneously, and different versions abound about what he said, but it went something like this:

"First, they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out -- Because I was not a Socialist.

Then, they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out -- Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then, they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out -- Because I was not a Jew.

Then, they came for the Catholics, and I did not speak out -- Because I was not a Catholic.

Then, they came for me -- and there was no one left to speak for me."


For more of this about that, see my other posts at this site, and also visit www.facebook.com/LarryDKump.

Please share this message with others, and ask them to go and do likewise with even more others!

Also, please send your campaign contribution, whether modest or magnanimous, to:

Friends of Larry D. Kump
P.O. Box 1131
Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131

And may God bless you all real good!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Farm Bureau endorses Kump!

The West Virginia Farm Bureau Political Action Committee has endorsed Larry D. Kump in the West Virginia House of Delegates Republican May 8th Primary Election, District #59, Morgan-Berkeley Counties.

For more information about this endorsement, contact West Virginia Farm Bureau President Charles Wilfong or Secretary-Treasurer Stephen Butler @ (304) 472-2080.

Visit www.LarryKump.us and www.LarryKump.com for more about Larry D. Kump.

Please share this message with others, also asking them to go and do likewise with even more others.

Also, please send your election contributions, whether modest or magnanimous, to:

Friends of Larry D. Kump
P. O. Box 1131
Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131

And may God bless you all real good!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Character & Performance Count!

As published in "The Journal" daily newspaper, by Ed Singhas:

Some of the social changes we’ve had to endure over the last couple of decades have made life increasingly frustrating, but we can turn things around if we want to.
We do this by looking past the political rhetoric, and focus on real American values, as opposed to perverted values being sold to us by politicians vying for the vote of each well defined group they themselves created.
We can restore America if we vote for the right people. People who hold to values that made this a great Country to live in.
Those we send to represent us must have impeccable character and integrity as testified by people who know them best, people with know-how, and a proven record of success.
Larry Kump, candidate for the West Virginia House of Delegates, Dist. 59, has demonstrated that he is sensitive to injustices, and has taken them on at every turn, but never has he used them to incite unrest for political gain.
Larry is a commonsense, Christian man who will keep our individual rights front and center. A man of principle and high moral values, dedicated to doing what’s right for West Virginians. A Constitutional Conservative, with a proven record of accomplishment in the WV House, but more importantly, a man we can trust.
As a long time friend of Larry’s I can tell you , he didn’t just start caring when he entered politics. His entering politics was a result of his genuine concern, and confidence in his ability to get things done.
After a brief time away, his desire to reenter public service comes at the urging of those who know him best, and are confident there’s no one better for the job.
I urge the people of the 59th District to support Larry Kump in the upcoming West Virginia election. You’ve never had anyone fight harder for you, and as someone who lives outside of your district, I know our State can only benefit from his strong presence in Charleston.
I know I share this confidence with many people across our State, putting Larry Kump back in the House of Delegates is a big step in the right direction for West Virginians.

Footnote: If you also believe that character and performance count, then vote for and send your campaign contribution, whether modest or magnanimous, to

Friends of Larry D. Kump
P. O. Box 1131
Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131

Postscript: Visit www.LarryKump.com and www.LarryKump.us for more about the issues, and please share this message with others, asking them to go and do likewise. Finally, and may God bless you all real good!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

West Virginians for Life endorse Larry D. Kump!

The West Virginians for Life Political Action Committee (WVL-PAC) has endorsed the election of Larry D. Kump to the West Virginia House of Delegates (Berkeley-Morgan Counties) in the Republican May 8th Primary.

According to Dr. Wanda Franz, President of WVL-PAC, West Virginians for Life "commend Larry D. Kump for his commitment to the pro-life cause, especially to the unborn, the elderly and those with disabilities."

WVL-PAC is the internal political action committee for West Virginians for Life (WVFL), the state pro-life organization. WVFL is affiliated with the National Right to Life Committee and through education, legislation and political action is working to build a society where all human life is respected, from conception until natural death.

For further information about WVFL and their endorsement of the election of Larry D. Kump to the West Virginia State Legislature, contact Mary Anne Buchanan, WVFL Communications Director, @ (304) 594-9845.

Contributions to the election campaign of Larry D. Kump should be mailed to:

Friends of Larry D. Kump

P. O. Box 1131

Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131

More information of Larry's views is available at this website and also at www.LarryKump.us.

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And May God bless you all real good!

Monday, March 19, 2018

I will never compromise on the 2nd Amendment!

Vote Kump on May 8th!

Even better, also send your campaign contributions to:

Friends of Larry D. Kump
P. O. Box 1131
Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131


Finally, please share this post with all of your friends and family, asking them to go and do likewise with still others.

And may God bless you real good!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

No to Taxes!

Our Founding Fathers never intended that you would pay more to government than you do for housing, clothing and food combined.

I am proud of my record of never voting for any new or increased taxes, and I pledge to you I never will.

Vote Kump on May 8th!

Better yet, also send your campaign contributions to:

Friends of Larry D. Kump
P. O. Box 1131
Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131


Please share this post with others, and may God bless you all real good!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Who supports life for the innocent and unborn?

I always have and always will be proud to stand up and protect the innocent and vulnerable unborn!

As the Primary Election nears on May 8th, which candidates supports life?

Larry D. Kump (R-59) is running for the House of Delegates in the Berkeley-Morgan County area. He has long been a supporter of Pro-Life legislation.

If you support the right to Life, please vote for and support Larry D. Kump!

Send your campaign contributions to:

Friends of Larry D. Kump
P. O. Box 1131
Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131

Finally, please share this post with others, asking them to go and do likewise with still more others!

And may God bless you all real good!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Greg on Good Governance!

"I have known Larry for well over a decade now and have a great respect for him and for his ideas, his patience, his lack of finger-pointing, and his willingness to get off his backside and do something!
Thank you for running again, Larry!
Greg Jones"

Contributions for Larry D. Kump's campaign for election to the West Virginia Legislature should be sent to:

Friends of Larry D. Kump
P. O. Box 1131
Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131


For more of this about that, visit www.LarryKump.com and the other posts at this website.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Did you know & will you help?

According to statistics published by the Frasier Institute (Economic Freedom in North America 2017, see map above), West Virginia (as well as New York and California) ranks among the least free in economic freedom and opportunity.

Even worse, West Virginia now ranks as the lowest of all states in the percentage of our population who actually are part of the work force.

Also, the ongoing exodus of West Virginia's best and brightest has led to our declining and aging population.

Do you share my concerns about the need for more individual liberty, personal accountability, and personal empowerment in West Virginia?

If so, please share this message with others, and also send a contribution to my campaign for election to the West Virginia State Legislature to:

Friends of Larry D. Kump
P. O. Box 1131
Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131


For more of this about that, visit my other posts at this website and also www.LarryKump.com.

And may God bless you all real good!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Reenforcement from Russ

I have known Larry D. Kump for close to 30 years and have never known him to be anything but upright, honest, full of integrity, loyal, moral, and compassionate.

Even in times of trial on a personal front, Larry never complained or felt sorry for himself. Instead, he went out of his way to make sure the needs and feelings of others were taken care of.

Spend an hour with him and you will walk away feeling like you have known him your entire life.

His dedication to his profession, his fellow co-workers and friends is just the qualities I look for in a leader. He will not bow down to outside pressure when he believes in something. He will fight to the finish to ensure fairness and equity for everyone is accomplished.

Russ Hess

Footnote: Campaign contributions to "Friends of Larry D. Kump" (P.O. Box 1131, Falling Waters, WV 25419) will be put to prudent use in support of good governance.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Singhas Sings Out

The following letter to the editor was published in the Martinsburg Journal newspaper on Saturday, January 4th, 2014:

Not long ago, I couldn't get enough of politics. I loved the idea of our system of government. I tried to get people engaged in the issues. I was so proud of the idea that in this country, everyone had the right to be involved with the election of our local, as well as our national, leadership.

I hate to admit it, but for a while, I all but checked-out. The idea that someone like Barack Obama with a world view so much different than what I thought was most Americans, and a campaign promise to "fundamentally change" our country to reflect that view, that he could be elected to the highest office in land not only once, but twice, was beyond comprehension to me. After he was elected to a second term, I truly felt there was little hope for this nation going forward. Not because of him, but because the people of this nation would elect him.

But there is hope, one hope. But only if we replace career politicians that have a record of pandering to special interests. Those who pick out certain groups and say anything that will get them excited enough to win their vote. Those that would censor (or try to) any opposing, or objective views of their record or their true character. Those who disregard our Constitution as if they have a better idea. Those who are so politically motivated that votes are more important than the general health of our country. We need to know who these politicians are. We need to know their record, who their friends are and where there heart is.

I've known Delegate Larry Kump for close to 20 years and I can attest that this is a man with absolute integrity. An independent thinker. A man who loves people, the Lord, this state and this country. He is a man of action, who has the courage to stand on his convictions and a record to back it up.

Someone once said "all politics is local." If that's the case, then I hope we will start cleaning up the mess we have by recognizing local leaders like Delegate Larry Kump for the honorable service he's given the 59th District and the State of West Virginia. With people like Larry Kump representing West Virginians, we can rest assured we have someone fighting for our Constitutional rights.

With primary elections coming up this coming May, It's so important for thinking people to stand behind elected leaders with a proven record of personal and constitutional integrity. When you know someone you can count on to do the right thing, you stand behind them. The people of the 59th district need to re-elect Delegate Larry Kump, a man with a record of fighting for the rights of all West Virginians.

Ed Singhas
Martinsburg, West Virginia

Monday, December 11, 2017

Faith & Politics: My Personal Pilgrimage

Alexis de Tocqueville, French author (1805-1859), once pointed out, "America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great".

So, as we and our nation now move forward, under a new President and Congress, the following previous post of mine struck me as even more relevant now than when I originally posted it, over a year or more ago.

May we all prayerfully work together, earnestly seeking the blessings of Providence and good governance, for ourselves and our posterity
:

Federal Judge Thomas B. Griffith* previously delivered an address, "A Mormon Approach to Politics" **, at the Brigham Young University Milton A. Barlow Center, and his perspective struck a resonating chord within my heart and mind , so much so that it prompted me to summarize my own perspective herein.

To me, the principles of my faith and my political views mostly are parallel, each supporting and defining the other, perhaps much in some ways akin to how the Book of Mormon supports and further defines the Bible.

Although first elected in 2010 as a Republican in the mostly Democrat West Virginia House of Delegates, my political affiliation is not the only driving force empowering my views about governance.

Indeed, I agree with our nation's founding father, George Washington, who disparaged the fractious and feckless political partisanship that so sadly distracts and diverts us from good governance.

And so it was that, when I initially and somewhat reluctantly ran for election, I considered myself mostly as an independent and liberty minded "Constitutional" and even "Populist" candidate.

I continue to strive to act upon and follow those guiding principles.

I stoutly believe that our United States Constitution and "Bill of Rights" is a sacred and dynamic document that succors liberty and individual accountability, as well as fosters economic prosperity.

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), my faith reinforces my belief that our United States Constitution was drafted "...by the hands of wise men whom (God) raised up into this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood." (LDS Doctrine & Covenants, Section 101, Verse 80)

I also believe that our Constitutional rights should and must be preserved, "That every man may act in doctrine and principle pertaining to futurity, according to the moral agency which (God has) given unto him, that every man may be accountable...". (LDS Doctrine & Covenants, Section 101, Verse 78)

Our Latter-day Saint mantra of individual accountability and "agency" (freedom of choice) parallels my political philosophy of individual liberty and economic freedom.

Also, as a Latter-day Saint and follower of Christ, I believe and continue to strive to practice the principle of charity (the pure love of Christ) toward others and tolerance of them and their various lifestyles.

However, it is, to me, a perversion of these principles, when we attempt to force our fellow citizens and rob them of their personal accountability and freedom by government fiat. Divisive "Identity Politics" further compounds this tragedy, by eroding these principles even more.

My heart truly does bleed for the less fortunate, but it is a puzzlement to me when others use their sympathy for the less fortunate to justify expanding initiative destroying government entitlement programs and creating even more of them (more of both the programs and the less fortunate).

In my view, these expanding government dependency programs and policies weaken the foundation of our families. They create a sense of expectation that the government somehow is responsible for our welfare and happiness. In doing so, the strength of our families and the health of our nation increasingly crumbles, to the peril of all of us and our children.

Indeed, former social worker and United States Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-New York) previously warned us that our rush to increase government control over our lives would lead to the breakdown of our families and an increasingly large and permanent caste system of the underprivileged. His prediction was prophetic, and we now have third and fourth generations of people becoming prey to government entitlements. Increasingly, they now mistakenly look to the government for their well-being and even their happiness.

Nowhere has this been more dramatically demonstrated to me than when I previously worked as a prison case manager, dealing with inmates, many of whom had come to expect and even demand "lock-up welfare".

Our prisons are overflowing, our freedoms are eroding, and our taxes are increasing - all because we are prostituting our sacred birthrights to the government for "pottage". (Genesis, Chapter 25, Verses 29-34)

Moreover, my Latter-day Saint view of good governance is that God "holds man accountable for their acts in relation to them, both in making laws and administering them, for the good and safety of society", and that "...no government can exist in peace, except such laws are framed and held inviolate as will secure to each individual the free exercise of conscience, the right and control of property, and the protection of life." (LDS Doctrine & Covenants. Section 134, Verses 1-2)

Further, "...all men are justified in defending themselves, their friends, and property...from the unlawful assaults and encroachments of all persons in times of exigency...". (LDS Doctrine & Covenants, Section 134, Verse 11. See also the 2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution)

In essence, my faith mirrors that of a Pre-Columbian American prophet, who proclaimed, "My soul standeth fast in that liberty in the which God has made us free." (Book of Mormon, Alma, Chapter 61, Verse 9)

Although not born or raised in the LDS faith, I now cannot discern much, if any, difference between my faith and my political views. The origin of my current viewpoint on government is somewhat akin to the old riddle about which came first (the chicken or the egg?). It now is all the same to me.

And so it goes.

*Judge Griffith currently serves as a circuit judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Washington, D.C. (District of Columbia) Circuit.

**"A Mormon Approach to Politics" was published in the Brigham Young University (BYU) Studies Quarterly, Volume 52, Number 1 (2013).

Note: Former West Virginia Delegate Larry D. Kump (2010-2014, twice served two year terms of office in the West Virginia House of Delegates (2010-2014), is a High Priest in the Hedgesville, West Virginia Ward and the Martinsburg, West Virginia Stake. He previously worked as a prison case manager, lobbyist, public administrator, labor relations & ethics expert and advocate, group therapist for sex offenders, and certified arbitrator and mediator. He currently has agreed to come out of retirement and to again seek election to the West Virginia House of Delegates. Send campaign contributions to

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P. O. Box 1131

Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131
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Friday, December 8, 2017

The Genesis of West Virginia

God was nowhere to be seen for six days.

Finally, Michael, the Archangel, found him resting on the seventh day.

Michael asked God, "Where have you been?".

God smiled with deep satisfaction and pointed downward through the clouds, saying, "Michael, look what I created!".

Puzzled, Michael asked, "What is it?".

"It's a planet", replied God, "and I'm going to call it Earth, and it has balance."

"Balance?", said Michael, "What's that?".

God then explained, pointing out the different areas of Earth.

"For example, this area is a place of great forests, but this other area is covered with rocky mountains. Over there is a region of many lakes and streams, but over here is a broad grassland.".

He continued, "This area is hot and humid, but over here it is cold and covered with ice.".

Michael, impressed with God's handiwork, then pointed to one particular spot and said, "What about that area?".

"That's West Virginia, the most glorious spot on earth. There are beautiful mountains, rivers and streams, lakes, forests, hills, and plains. The people I've placed there are good looking, modest, intelligent, and humorous. They are sociable, hard-working, high achievers, peaceable, and producers of good things.".

Gasping in awe and wonder, Michael then asked, But what about balance? You said that there would be balance.".

God ruefully smiled and explained, "Over there, just East of West Virginia is Washington, D.C.. Wait until you see those people and that place!".

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Montani Semper Liberi & More!

Here are just a few fascinating facts about West Virginia:

*Montani Semper Liberi!” (“Mountaineers are Always Free!”) is our official State Motto. Oft times, our elected officials struggle to understand and preserve this precious liberty. Also, my friend Tom Price, while lamenting the efforts of our West Virginia elected officials to impose even more taxes upon us, recently exclaimed, "Montani Semper Impensa!" (Mountaineers Always Pay the Fee!)

*“Vandalia” was the first name suggested for West Virginia, as part of a proposed 14th colony, which also included Eastern Kentucky and Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. The first name proposed for the current State of West Virginia was “Kanawha”, although that proposal did not include the current Eastern Panhandle as part of West Virginia.

*The West Virginia “State Fruit” is not our elected public officials. It is the Golden Delicious Apple.

*Romney (Hampshire County) and Shepherdstown (Jefferson County) fiercely contest which was the first incorporated municipality in West Virgina, but Hedgesville (Berkeley County) was third.

*Civil War General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was born in West Virginia.

*The Grandparents of famous frontiersman and hero of the Alamo, Davy Crockett, lived in Spring Mills (Berkeley County). Their home still stands, just a few scant miles from my home in Falling Waters.

*“Pepperoni Rolls” were created by West Virginia coal miners, as a handy meal to take with them into the depths of coal mines. West Virginia Delegate Joshua Nelson authored a resolution naming pepperoni rolls as the official West Virginia State Food in the 2013 session of the West Virginia Legislature.

*The smallest state park in the United States is “Berkeley Springs State Park”, which is right smack downtown in the West Virginia town of “Bath”. Nope, the name of the town of Bath is not Berkeley Springs. Berkeley Springs only is the name of the Post Office which serves the town of Bath.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Firearms Safety?

It is unusual for me to be a proponent of additional government involvement in our lives.
Far too often, otherwise well meaning elected officials end up restricting our God given rights and also impede our paths to prosperity.
However, this is a proposal that our West Virginia State Legislature and school boards would do well to adopt.
A generation or so ago, many West Virginia school students were given firearms safety training as part of their education. It is my understanding that this training was conducted by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Police.
Let's bring that back!

Larry D. Kump
Former West Virginia State Legislator (2010 - 2014)
Falling Waters, West Virginia

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

About God & Governance

After wondering and worrying about the issues and those who seek our election validation and votes in 2018, especially after my previous Facebook page posts about good governance, a prayerful poem by Meade McGuire came into my thoughts:

"Father, where shall I work today?"

And my love flowed warm and free.

Then He pointed out a tiny spot

And said, "Tend that for me".

I answered quickly, "Oh no; not that!

Why, no one would ever see,

No matter how well my work was done;

Not that little place for me."

And the word He spake, it was not stern;

He answered me tenderly:

"Ah, little one, search that heart of thine.

Art thou working for them or for me?

Nazareth was a little place,

And so was Galilee."

And so, this 2018 election season, as we grapple with the issues and the candidates, let us do so prayerfully, that Providence may chart our choices.

And may God bless you all real good!

Larry D. Kump,

Falling Waters, West Virginia

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Friday, November 3, 2017

"Footloose"?

A previous editorial in our local "The Journal" daily newspaper, which lamented "loose spending" by West Virginia legislators and inaccurate guesstimates regarding the unintended consequences of new laws, was and is right on target.

This is a major problem, and I pledge to continue to press forward to demand independent cost analyses of all legislative proposals.

It's only right, and Mountaineers deserve better.

After all, "Footloose" should only be a movie, and not a means to defraud West Virginia citizens.

Larry D. Kump
Former West Virginia State Legislator (2010 - 2014)
Falling Waters, West Virginia

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

From My Green Beret Friends

Dear Larry,
This is the humble letter that we put together. We Green Berets have seen many countries that have been dominated by tyranny by the lack of power of the people to defend themselves from despots. I'll let the letter speak for itself...
Tom


29 Jan 2013

Protecting the Second Amendment – Why all Americans Should Be Concerned

We are current or former Army Reserve, National Guard, and active duty US Army Special Forces soldiers (Green Berets). We have all taken an oath to "...support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same.…" The Constitution of the United States is without a doubt the single greatest document in the history of mankind, codifying the fundamental principle of governmental power and authority being derived from and granted through the consent of the governed. Our Constitution established a system of governance that preserves, protects, and holds sacrosanct the individual rights and primacy of the governed as well as providing for the explicit protection of the governed from governmental tyranny and/or oppression. We have witnessed the insidious and iniquitous effects of tyranny and oppression on people all over the world. We and our forebears have embodied and personified our organizational motto, De Oppresso Liber [To Free the Oppressed], for more than a half century as we have fought, shed blood, and died in the pursuit of freedom for the oppressed.

Like you, we are also loving and caring fathers and grandfathers. Like you, we have been stunned, horrified, and angered by the tragedies of Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Fort Hood, and Sandy Hook; and like you, we are searching for solutions to the problem of gun-related crimes in our society. Many of us are educators in our second careers and have a special interest to find a solution to this problem. However, unlike much of the current vox populi reactions to this tragedy, we offer a different perspective.

First, we need to set the record straight on a few things. The current debate is over so-called "assault weapons" and high capacity magazines. The terms "assault weapon" and "assault rifle" are often confused. According to Bruce H. Kobayashi and Joseph E. Olson, writing in the Stanford Law and Policy Review, "Prior to 1989, the term 'assault weapon' did not exist in the lexicon of firearms. It is a political term, developed by anti-gun publicists to expand the category of assault rifles."

The M4A1 carbine is a U.S. military service rifle - it is an assault rifle. The AR-15 is not an assault rifle. The "AR" in its name does not stand for "Assault Rifle" - it is the designation from the first two letters of the manufacturer's name – ArmaLite Corporation. The AR-15 is designed so that it cosmetically looks like the M4A1 carbine assault rifle, but it is impossible to configure the AR-15 to be a fully automatic assault rifle. It is a single shot semi-automatic rifle that can fire between 45 and 60 rounds per minute depending on the skill of the operator. The M4A1 can fire up to 950 rounds per minute. In 1986, the federal government banned the import or manufacture of new fully automatic firearms for sale to civilians. Therefore, the sale of assault rifles are already banned or heavily restricted!

The second part of the current debate is over "high capacity magazines" capable of holding more than 10 rounds in the magazine. As experts in military weapons of all types, it is our considered opinion that reducing magazine capacity from 30 rounds to 10 rounds will only require an additional 6 -8 seconds to change two empty 10 round magazines with full magazines. Would an increase of 6 –8 seconds make any real difference to the outcome in a mass shooting incident? In our opinion it would not. Outlawing such "high capacity magazines" would, however, outlaw a class of firearms that are "in common use". As such this would be in contravention to the opinion expressed by the U.S. Supreme Court recent decisions.

Moreover, when the Federal Assault Weapons Ban became law in 1994, manufacturers began retooling to produce firearms and magazines that were compliant. One of those ban-compliant firearms was the Hi-Point 995, which was sold with ten-round magazines. In 1999, five years into the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, the Columbine High School massacre occurred. One of the perpetrators, Eric Harris, was armed with a Hi-Point 995. Undeterred by the ten-round capacity of his magazines, Harris simply brought more of them: thirteen magazines would be found in the massacre's aftermath. Harris fired 96 rounds before killing himself.

Now that we have those facts straight, in our opinion, it is too easy to conclude that the problem is guns and that the solution to the problem is more and stricter gun control laws. For politicians, it is politically expedient to take that position and pass more gun control laws and then claim to constituents that they have done the right thing in the interest of protecting our children. Who can argue with that? Of course we all want to find a solution. But, is the problem really guns? Would increasing gun regulation solve the problem? Did we outlaw cars to combat drunk driving?

What can we learn from experiences with this issue elsewhere? We cite the experience in Great Britain. Despite the absence of a "gun culture", Great Britain, with one-fifth the population of the U.S., has experienced mass shootings that are eerily similar to those we have experienced in recent years. In 1987 a lone gunman killed 18 people in Hungerford. What followed was the Firearms Act of 1988 making registration mandatory and banning semi-automatic guns and pump-action shotguns. Despite this ban, on March 13, 1996 a disturbed 43-year old former scout leader, Thomas Hamilton, murdered 16 school children aged five and six and a teacher at a primary school in Dunblane, Scotland. Within a year and a half the Firearms Act was amended to ban all private ownership of hand guns. After both shootings there were amnesty periods resulting in the surrender of thousands of firearms and ammunition. Despite having the toughest gun control laws in the world, gun related crimes increased in 2003 by 35% over the previous year with firearms used in 9,974 recorded crimes in the preceding 12 months. Gun related homicides were up 32% over the same period. Overall, gun related crime had increased 65% since the Dunblane massacre and implementation of the toughest gun control laws in the developed world. In contrast, in 2009 (5 years after the Federal Assault Weapons Ban expired) total firearm related homicides in the U.S. declined by 9% from the 2005 high (Source: "FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Master File, Table 310, Murder Victims – Circumstances and Weapons Used or Cause of Death: 2000-2009").

Are there unintended consequences to stricter gun control laws and the politically expedient path that we have started down?

In a recent op-ed piece in the San Francisco Chronicle, Brett Joshpe stated that "Gun advocates will be hard-pressed to explain why the average American citizen needs an assault weapon with a high-capacity magazine other than for recreational purposes."We agree with Kevin D. Williamson (National Review Online, December 28, 2012): "The problem with this argument is that there is no legitimate exception to the Second Amendment right that excludes military-style weapons, because military-style weapons are precisely what the Second Amendment guarantees our right to keep and bear."

"The purpose of the Second Amendment is to secure our ability to oppose enemies foreign and domestic, a guarantee against disorder and tyranny. Consider the words of Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story": 'The importance of this article will scarcely be doubted by any persons, who have duly reflected upon the subject. The militia is the natural defense of a free country against sudden foreign invasions, domestic insurrections, and domestic usurpations of power by rulers. It is against sound policy for a free people to keep up large military establishments and standing armies in time of peace, both from the enormous expenses, with which they are attended, and the facile means, which they afford to ambitious and unprincipled rulers, to subvert the government, or trample upon the rights of the people. The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.'

The Second Amendment has been ruled to specifically extend to firearms "in common use" by the military by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in U.S. v Miller (1939). In Printz v U.S. (1997) Justice Thomas wrote: "In Miller we determined that the Second Amendment did not guarantee a citizen's right to possess a sawed-off shot gun because that weapon had not been shown to be "ordinary military equipment" that could "could contribute to the common defense".

A citizen's right to keep and bear arms for personal defense unconnected with service in a militia has been reaffirmed in the U.S. Supreme Court decision (District of Columbia, et al. v Heller, 2008). The Court Justice Scalia wrote in the majority opinion: "The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.". Justice Scalia went on to define a militia as "… comprised all males physically capable of acting in concert for the common defense …."

"The Anti-Federalists feared that the Federal Government would disarm the people in order to disable this citizens' militia, enabling a politicized standing army or a select militia to rule. The response was to deny Congress power to abridge the ancient right of individuals to keep and bear arms, so that the ideal of a citizens' militia would be preserved." he explained.

On September 13, 1994, the Federal Assault Weapons Ban went into effect. A Washington Post editorial published two days later was candid about the ban's real purpose:"[N]o one should have any illusions about what was accomplished [by the ban]. Assault weapons play a part in only a small percentage of crime. The provision is mainly symbolic; its virtue will be if it turns out to be, as hoped, a stepping stone to broader gun control."

In a challenge to the authority of the Federal government to require State and Local Law Enforcement to enforce Federal Law (Printz v United States) the U.S. Supreme Court rendered a decision in 1997. For the majority opinion Justice Scalia wrote: "…. this Court never has sanctioned explicitly a federal command to the States to promulgate and enforce laws and regulations When we were at last confronted squarely with a federal statute that unambiguously required the States to enact or administer a federal regulatory program, our decision should have come as no surprise….. It is an essential attribute of the States' retained sovereignty that they remain independent and autonomous within their proper sphere of authority."

So why should non-gun owners, a majority of Americans, care about maintaining the 2nd Amendment right for citizens to bear arms of any kind?

The answer is "The Battle of Athens, TN". The Cantrell family had controlled the economy and politics of McMinn County, Tennessee since the 1930s. Paul Cantrell had been Sheriff from 1936 -1940 and in 1942 was elected to the State Senate. His chief deputy, Paul Mansfield, was subsequently elected to two terms as Sheriff. In 1946 returning WWII veterans put up a popular candidate for Sheriff. On August 1 Sheriff Mansfield and 200 "deputies" stormed the post office polling place to take control of the ballot boxes wounding an objecting observer in the process. The veterans bearing military style weapons, laid siege to the Sheriff's office demanding return of the ballot boxes for public counting of the votes as prescribed in Tennessee law. After exchange of gun fire and blowing open the locked doors, the veterans secured the ballot boxes thereby protecting the integrity of the election. And this is precisely why all Americans should be concerned about protecting all of our right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment!

Throughout history, disarming the populace has always preceded tyrants' accession of power. Hitler, Stalin, and Mao all disarmed their citizens prior to installing their murderous regimes. At the beginning of our own nation's revolution, one of the first moves made by the British government was an attempt to disarm our citizens. When our Founding Fathers ensured that the 2nd Amendment was made a part of our Constitution, they were not just wasting ink. They were acting to ensure our present security was never forcibly endangered by tyrants, foreign or domestic.

If there is a staggering legal precedent to protect our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms and if stricter gun control laws are not likely to reduce gun related crime, why are we having this debate? Other than making us and our elected representatives feel better because we think that we are doing something to protect our children, these actions will have no effect and will only provide us with a false sense of security.

So, what do we believe will be effective? First, it is important that we recognize that this is not a gun control problem; it is a complex sociological problem. No single course of action will solve the problem. Therefore, it is our recommendation that a series of diverse steps be undertaken, the implementation of which will require patience and diligence to realize an effect. These are as follows:

1. First and foremost we support our Second Amendment right in that "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed".

2. We support State and Local School Boards in their efforts to establish security protocols in whatever manner and form that they deem necessary and adequate. One of the great strengths of our Republic is that State and Local governments can be creative in solving problems. Things that work can be shared. Our point is that no one knows what will work and there is no one single solution, so let's allow the State and Local governments with the input of the citizens to make the decisions. Most recently the Cleburne Independent School District will become the first district in North Texas to consider allowing some teachers to carry concealed guns. We do not opine as to the appropriateness of this decision, but we do support their right to make this decision for themselves.

3. We recommend that Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) laws be passed in every State. AOT is formerly known as Involuntary Outpatient Commitment (IOC) and allows the courts to order certain individuals with mental disorders to comply with treatment while living in the community. In each of the mass shooting incidents the perpetrator was mentally unstable. We also believe that people who have been adjudicated as incompetent should be simultaneously examined to determine whether they should be allowed the right to retain/purchase firearms.

4. We support the return of firearm safety programs to schools along the lines of the successful "Eddie the Eagle" program, which can be taught in schools by Peace Officers or other trained professionals.

5. Recent social psychology research clearly indicates that there is a direct relationship between gratuitously violent movies/video games and desensitization to real violence and increased aggressive behavior particularly in children and young adults (See Nicholas L. Carnagey, et al. 2007. "The effect of video game violence on physiological desensitization to real-life violence" and the references therein. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 43:489-496). Therefore, we strongly recommend that gratuitous violence in movies and video games be discouraged. War and war-like behavior should not be glorified. Hollywood and video game producers are exploiting something they know nothing about. General Sherman famously said "War is Hell!" Leave war to the Professionals. War is not a game and should not be "sold" as entertainment to our children.

6. We support repeal of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990. This may sound counter-intuitive, but it obviously isn't working. It is our opinion that "Gun-Free Zones" anywhere are too tempting of an environment for the mentally disturbed individual to inflict their brand of horror with little fear of interference. While governmental and non-governmental organizations, businesses, and individuals should be free to implement a Gun-Free Zone if they so choose, they should also assume Tort liability for that decision.

7. We believe that border states should take responsibility for implementation of border control laws to prevent illegal shipments of firearms and drugs. Drugs have been illegal in this country for a long, long time yet the Federal Government manages to seize only an estimated 10% of this contraband at our borders. Given this dismal performance record that is misguided and inept ("Fast and Furious"), we believe that border States will be far more competent at this mission.

8. This is our country, these are our rights. We believe that it is time that we take personal responsibility for our choices and actions rather than abdicate that responsibility to someone else under the illusion that we have done something that will make us all safer. We have a responsibility to stand by our principles and act in accordance with them. Our children are watching and they will follow the example we set.

The undersigned Quiet Professionals hereby humbly stand ever present, ever ready, and ever vigilant.

1100 Green Berets Signed this *Letter

*We have a list of all their names and unlike any MSM outlets we can confirm that over 1100 Green Berets did sign. The list includes Special Forces Major Generals & Special Forces Command Sergeants Major down to the lowest ranking "Green Beret".

A link to another source of the above letter:
http://www.professionalsoldiers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=40772

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Update: Please Read & Respond to this Post's Postscript via Facebook!

Regardless of the merits of the recently approved West Virginia Constitutional Amendment, wherein Mountaineer voters approved the borrowing of $1.6 billion for our road system, there was a deep and disturbing dynamic that also was manifest in that election.

 Alas, voter turnout (about 10% of registered voters, and less than 2% in some areas) was even worse than my previous pessimistic prediction (Please see my September 20th facebook post).

 Was this lack of voter interest and participation yet another indicator of an ongoing and growing lack of voter confidence in and even dismay with the elected leadership of both major political parties?

 Were the upstart 2016 presidential campaigns of Donald J. Trump and Bernard Sanders early barometers of a swirling and spreading storm of citizen calumny about this leadership?

 Are the majority of our citizens not only voting with their feet and walking away from our political leaders, but also now disdaining and disregarding our representative form of governance?

 Where were you on election day?

 I don't know.

 I'm just askin'.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Support & Prayers from Tim

The previously received (in 2014) and following email message has been reposted with the permission of the author:

" Delegate Kump,
I have looked forward to the information you put out to the people you represent.
I have looked forward to the correspondence, back and forth, with you.
I have come to know you on simple terms as down-to-earth, straight forward, and sincere towards the area and people you represent.
All of these are very rare qualities for someone in your position, by far.
In today's society, it is almost unheard of for anyone to care at all about much.
For one person to care so much, about so many, is more than commendable.
I only hope the residents for whom you worked so hard for are lucky enough to have another representative of your caliber.
You will be missed!!! Greatly!!!
Please don't quit writing.
The information you share with me and the friends I talk with are of great importance to all of us.
It would be a shame not to have your wisdom and experience anymore.
As retired law enforcement, we have had to deal with so much loss throughout our lives. Constants are few and far between.
Like the North star, you are a constant to me and the few friends still left around.
Always, always be safe in future journeys and please don't ever stop your communications.
Support and Prayers Always,
Tim"

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Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131

Thursday, September 21, 2017

More unsolicited "hands-on" support

"Larry,

There is only a handful of people, both current and past, who have truly "served" as honorable employees of the people of our State and not simply marched to the tune of the "exploiters".

You sir, know who those people are, and I count you among them.

I hope to soon see you in the ranks of "current" again.

Thanks for your service.

Ray Glover"

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Hedgesville Mayor Endorses Kump

Wow!
The leadership and people of Hedgesville are dear to me.
Accordingly, Hedgesville Mayor Mary Keller-Pile's personal paean of September 7th on my behalf (www.facebook.com/mkellerpile) deeply touched my heart:

"Larry D. Kump has decided to run for WV House of delegates 2018. Formerly a two term WV delegate #59.

You can read his biography at www.LarryKump.us. (@ This website)

Contributions can be made:

"Friends of Larry D. Kump
P.O. Box 1131
Falling Waters WV 25419

I wish him luck, for he will do great things for WV! "

Footnote: The photo in this post is of Hedgesvile's historic Mt. Clifton hotel (no longer in existence).

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Previous Forum Feedback from a Friend

Larry,

I am so proud of you; I could just bust a button.

I was telling some of my co-workers how you are just a breath of fresh air!

You are definitely not the typical politician. Please consider this is an extremely high compliment!

But also know that I appreciate those who sacrifice and serve, because I know it is not an easy job.

First, your intro of the 3 B's was perfect--Be Sincere, Be Short, Be Seated--that got everyone's attention.

But then, when you said "Thank God for Mississippi!" (referring to the only State who's worse off than West Virginia), I nearly fell off my chair!

You spoke the truth!

Why don't some of these career politicians get it?

Why aren't they listening?

We do have many problems to resolve.

We need more sensible and honest people like you in office!

Your life-long friend!

Dorothy

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Beep Beep?

August 4, 2017

by Larry D. Kump - Guest Columnist, Shepherdstown Chronicle

            Although there are some state and local lawmakers who are advocating the use of even more speed cameras, here are just a few of the reasons recently shared with me that points out why this is a really bad idea:

The right to face your accuser in court and cross examine witnesses is guaranteed by the our Constitution's "Bill of Rights."

Speed cameras deny you this right, because the accuser is a machine.

Speed cameras are a form of mass surveillance over ordinary drivers. The government is forbidden from engaging in sweeping surveillance systems without warrants. Only DRIVERS, rather than career criminals, are currently considered bad enough by some lawmakers to justify such a system. It is possible that the cameras, or the data they collect, could one day be used for purposes other than speed enforcement, which may already be happening in some jurisdictions.

The lack of human oversight means that no one person will be held accountable if there are widespread errors or misconduct by officials. Since tickets are received weeks later, the accused has a very limited ability to gather evidence in their defense. This is particularly true of mobile cameras, which may no longer be in the same location, or "workzone" cameras, where the location may have been substantially changed by the time the defendant becomes aware of the alleged offense.

Tickets are issued to the owner of the vehicle, even if they are not the driver. Fully a third of speed camera tickets go to people who did not commit the offense, because someone else was driving. This is of even more concern now that courts in Maryland have declared paying a citation to be an "admission of speeding".

Ticket Recipients who challenge citations commonly have their cases heard in an unfair court proceeding, that is commonly known as the Court's "Speed Camera Day", where dozens of defendants have their cases heard in an assembly line manner. Because the burden of proof for speed camera tickets has been lowered below that of a criminal case, and below that for even ordinary traffic violations, defendants essentially are "guilty until proven innocent". Judges have in some cases made statements to the effect that the only acceptable "not guilty" plea is that someone else was driving their car at the time the ticket was issued, and to present "that driver". At Speed Camera Day hearings, the government is free to present evidence without supporting witnesses, something which would normally be a violation of the standard court rules of evidence.

In some cases, defendants have been found guilty, even when they have proven that required operating procedures were not followed. In many cases, even when a defendant requests the "operator" of the camera to appear, in the manner described on the citations, judges have instructed that those operators need not testify, something which goes against several Supreme Court rulings regarding our Constitutional right to confront our accuser. Not only does this set a horrible legal precedent and risk finding innocent people guilty, but it gives a disincentive for the government agencies, which are enforcing the law, to obey the law.

The safety benefits of automated traffic enforcement systems have been mixed. Red light cameras have actually been proven to INCREASE accidents. One study in Great Britain has shown that other forms of speed control, such as speed bumps and speed indicator signs are much more effective at reducing accidents. Another British study demonstrated that speed cameras did not reduce accident rates in highway work zones, concluding "No significant difference was observed in the PIA [Personal Injury Accident] rate for sites with and without cameras". In one case in Maryland, a Montgomery County town was found to have made claims about reductions in accidents which were found to be false, when compared to their own monthly police reports. In another Maryland County (Baltimore County), the police reported no reduction in accidents near speed camera sites. Baltimore City saw accidents rise from 2009 to 2012 while they were adding speed cameras.

There are other ways to reduce speeds, such as the use of radar speed signs, that are every bit as effective, if not more so, than speed cameras. Sadly, the citizen pocket emptying profit motive of speed cameras encourages the government to ignore reasonable alternatives.

Speed cameras do not remove the worst drivers from the roads the way a police officer can. Drunk drivers or a reckless criminal in a stolen vehicle, who might pose an immediate risk to pedestrians and other motorists, could ignore a speed camera completely. Also, since the current system issues no points for citations, a wealthy but extremely bad driver can receive dozens of speed camera tickets without losing their license, if they simply pay the fines.

Speed cameras encourage erratic driving behavior. Drivers slow down as they approach the camera sites, then accelerate after they pass them. Cameras make some already safe drivers nervous. And enforcement which is too strict could have unintended consequences such as causing drivers to spend too much time looking at their speedometers rather than at the road.

The platitude, "If you don't speed, you won't get a ticket from a speed camera!" is manifestly UNTRUE because there have been many proven cases of speed cameras issuing tickets in error. Recent events in the City of Baltimore proved that systematic errors by that city's cameras were only the latest. There have been many other instances of proven errors elsewhere in the State of Maryland. Even if driver believes they are innocent, they need to spend days fighting one $40 ticket in court, and would probably not find it worthwhile to do so, except as a matter of principle. In some extremely sad cases, even a well prepared defendant might find themselves before the judge who has decided in advance that he will not allow any defense challenging the accuracy of the cameras: a scenario which is a total perversion of the principals of our justice system. A commercial driver could potentially be fired over an erroneous camera ticket issued to an employer-owned vehicle.

The speed cameras are NOT operated by sworn police officers. Instead this is outsourced to a private company. For example, under Maryland's Montgomery County camera program, their contractor receives a per ticket commission from these cameras, despite the fact that this violates a provision of state law intended to forbid paying contractors based on the number of citations issued or paid. This practice is now common throughout Maryland, despite past promises that it would not be done. Essentially, the contractor which generates the evidence used in court cases gets paid only if the defendant is found guilty, a clear conflict of interest. Moreover, the fact that local governments have circumvented this part of the law simply to guarantee a revenue stream brings into question whether ANY limitations on cameras will be respected. The US Public Interest Research Group issued a study, cautioning on numerous dangers of privatizing law enforcement, including contingent fees and other contract arrangements that give contractors a motive to ticket safe drivers. Maryland has become a perfect example of this worry.

These cameras are about REVENUE. Some local governments see them as a way to make big money off of passing motorists who do not know the camera locations the way local drivers do. Speed cameras are now a $77 million industry in Maryland. Washington D.C.'s speed and red light camera systems have issued 2,952,333 tickets worth $224 million as of July 31 2007. Most of that money has come from Maryland residents. Another prime example: the town of Forest Heights budgeted to bring in more gross revenue from speed camera tickets in FY2011 than the town's entire pre-speed camera budget in FY2010. At least one county executive openly admitted that the cameras are "a tax", and one Chevy Chase Village council member once referred to speed camera money as "the crack cocaine of local government", as the town was searching for creative bookkeeping techniques to circumvent restrictions on speed camera money.

Speed Cameras are magnets for political corruption. Speed Camera Contractors in Maryland lobbied heavily for statewide speed cameras, even buying lawmakers lavish steak dinners. In Prince George's County, the county's speed camera contract was awarded to a company with questionable technology, which had made substantial contributions to the county executive. Local governments have written funds into their budgets before camera locations were even selected. One town was found to have written their contract in such a way as to require the contractor to generate a profit. Other localities have bypassed restrictions on the use of funds. Many towns and cities in Maryland have even started creating new school zones solely for the purpose of deploying speed cameras, in one case even trying to lower speed limits just so they could issue more tickets. The desire for more public funds at any cost ignores the fact that using law enforcement for revenue generation is harmful to our justice system, creating a conflict of interest by the state against the accused. Some jurisdictions may be tempted to use overbearing tactics to increase revenues - such as concealed cameras, deliberately lowering speed limits, deceptive or inadequate signs, or cameras placed immediately after the sign reducing the speed limit.

Because of their revenue potential, speed cameras are used as a heavy handed substitute for sound engineering approaches which can be more effective than speed cameras at reducing driver's speeds.

Speed cameras tend to encourage local governments to set speed limits artificially low to increase revenues INSTEAD OF basing them on the standard traffic engineering practices. Setting them too low turns law abiding citizens into lawbreakers and does not benefit safety.

Speed cameras can contribute to traffic congestion. Cameras are typically placed without first performing a traffic study intended to confirm the speed limit and determine the effect on traffic patterns. The only study performed typically is done by camera vendors, who get a cut of each ticket, to determine whether or not the site will make money. The fact that cameras are used to enforce speed limits much lower than standard traffic engineering practices would dictate creates a situation where drivers to slow down to well below the speed limit for the 100 yards near speed camera sites before speeding up again, a fact which is easily observable at many camera sites.

Speed Camera Companies who profit from cameras are continuously lobbying to raise fines, remove restrictions, and introduce new types cameras for common "technical violations", which have little or nothing to do with safety. There seems to be no limit as to how far some would go to restrict your driving freedom and your legal rights in order to more easily steal money form your already empty pockets.

Me?

I'm just grateful that our West Virginia lawmakers have much more sense than their cousins in Maryland, and have wisely prohibited the use of speed cameras in the Mountaineer State, at least for now.

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