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.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

West Virginia Car endorses Kump!

The West Virginia Automotive & Truck Dealers Association has endorsed the election of Larry D. Kump to the West Virginia House of Delegates District #59 (Berkeley-Morgan counties).
They applaud Larry D. Kump's past and future efforts toward improving West Virginia's economic and jobs climate.
Join the West Virginia League of Extraordinary Citizens, by placing a "Kump!" sign in your yard.🤗
Also, send your election contributions, whether modest or magnanimous, to:
Friends of Larry D. Kump
P. O. Box 1131
Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131
May God bless you all real good!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Pro- Life groups endorse Kump

I am honored to have the endorsement of the West Virginia Christian Conservatives.
Here is their endorsement:
"As the Election nears, we will noting which candidates for State Office support Life at Conception.
Larry D. Kump (R-59) is running for the House of Delegates in the Berkeley - Morgan County area and has long been a supporter of Pro-Life legislation.
If you support the Right to Life, please support Larry D.Kump."

West Virginians for Life  also have endorsed the election of Larry D. Kump.
May God bless you all real good!

WV Citizens Defense League endorses Kump!

As previously announced and also included on my campaign brochure, I also am pleased and proud to also have the endorsement of the West Virginia Citizens Defense League for my election to the West Virginia House of Delegates District #59 (Berkeley-Morgan counties). 🤗
My stalwart support of our 2nd Amendment and all other Constitutional rights and responsibilities will never waver.
That's for sure and for certain.
Please contact Patty "Patch" Adams, to volunteer to help of my election campaign, or even just to request a "Kump!" sign for your yard.
Moreover, please send your campaign contributions, whether modest or magnanimous, to:
Friends of Larry D. Kump
P. O. Box 1131
Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131

May God bless you all real good!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Eastern Panhandle Business Association endorses Kump!

The Blue Ridge Patriots of Berkeley County, West Virginia have unanimously endorsed the election of Larry D. Kump to the West Virginia House of Delegates District # 59 (Berkeley-Morgan counties).🤗
The Blue Ridge Patriots is a non-profit group of patriotic citizens.
They seek effective and viable solutions on the issues of economic and job development, fiscal responsibility, responsible government, education, and legal reform. 🤔
Please place a "Kump!" election sign in your yard.
Also, send your campaign contributions, whether modest or magnanimous, to:
Friends of Larry D. Kump
P. O. Box 1131
Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131
May God bless you all real good!

Blue Ridge Patriots endorse Kump!

The Blue Ridge Patriots of Berkeley County, West Virginia have unanimously endorsed the election of Larry D. Kump to the West Virginia House of Delegates District # 59 (Berkeley-Morgan counties).🤗
The Blue Ridge Patriots is a non-profit group of patriotic citizens.
They seek effective and viable solutions on the issues of economic and job development, fiscal responsibility, responsible government, education, and legal reform. 🤔
Please place a "Kump!" election sign in your yard.
Also, send your campaign contributions, whether modest or magnanimous, to:
Friends of Larry D. Kump
P. O. Box 1131
Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131
May God bless you all real good!

Thursday, September 13, 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, whether modest or magnanimous, 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"

NRA endorses Kump!

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has endorsed the election of Larry D. Kump to the West Virginia House of Delegates District #59 (Morgan-Berkeley counties).
This NRA election endorsement was based on Larry's previous citizen legislator voting record in the West Virginia House of Delegates (2010-2014) and his ongoing support of our 2nd Amendment rights, as outlined in our United States and West Virginia constitutions.

Send your campaign contributions on behalf of Larry D. Kump to:
Friends of Larry D. Kump
P. O. Box 1131
Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131
May God bless you all real good!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

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

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And may God bless you all real good!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Working together for more accountability and transparency

West Virginia State Auditor John McCuskey and Larry D. Kump, at the Berkeley County Council meeting.
John and Larry were discussing increasing the transparency of county and town governments, as well as streamlining and cost effective audit requirement improvements.🤔
Larry strongly supports John's efforts on these issues.🤗
For more about good governance issues, visit  www.LarryKump.com.
May God bless you all real good!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

What do you think about Automated Camera Traffic Fines?

Beep! Beep!
My presentation to the Mayor and Council of Hedgesville, West Virginia:
Thank you for the opportunity to present this personal written petition and oral testimony to the Wednesday evening, September 5th, 2018 meeting of the Mayor & Council of Hedgesville, West Virginia.
Just before last month's Mayor & Council meeting, it took me somewhat by surprise, to be asked if I would support, as a candidate for election to the West Virginia House of Delegates, repealing West Virginia's law, which prohibits the use of automated camera traffic fines.
I also was told at that time, that repealing this law is a priority for Hedgesville.
As this was an issue very familiar to me and one about which I have great concern and often spoke and written about, my immediate and firm answer was that I would not and will not support the repeal of that good law.
Then, immediately afterwards and during the following Mayor & Council meeting, it also was announced that I would not support repeal.
Afterwards and upon further reflection, it became clear to me that a more full-throated response to this query was necessary, in order to further clarify the reasons for my long held and long advocated position against repeal.
While the Mayor & Council has not made this issue an action agenda item, I understand the sincere concerns and good intentions that prompted this proposal.
Truly, Hedgesville has an ongoing and worsening problem with inadequate street parking, traffic congestion, speeding, and reckless driving.
However, my purpose here tonight is not to suggest remedies for those problems, but only to explain why "Orwellian" mass surveillance is not an effective or prudent remedy. (George Orwell is the author of the grim "1984" novel about intrusive and abusive government).
While other state and local jurisdictions have been running away from the bad practice of automated traffic camera fines, it also is true that our neighboring State of Maryland is expanding their use, causing some well-intentioned Mountaineers to want to go and do likewise, with a West Virginia version.
Sadly, the" law of unintended consequences" from otherwise good intentions" is a lesson yet to be learned by Maryland and some others.
Fortunately, there is little or no interest by the West Virginia State Legislature, to repeal our Mountaineer prohibition of automated traffic camera fines.
While the United States Supreme Court has yet to make a definitive ruling about the Constitutionality of automated traffic camera fines, other jurisdictions have done so.
For example, the Supreme Court of the State of Ohio has declared that automated traffic camera fines are unconstitutional. (By the way, my wife Cheryl, who was a resident of Ohio until just last month, has told me that the citizens of Ohio were in an uproar about this horrendous practice.)
You can check out even more information about automated traffic camera fines via "Google".
Meanwhile, let's lay this proposal to rest and avoid the spectacle of automated traffic camera fines being the "Welcome to Hedgesville" message and greeting.
Read my August 4th, 2017 guest column below, for more of this about that:

"Beep, Beep?
August 4, 2017
Larry D. Kump - Guest Columnist , Shepherdstown Chronicle
Although there are some Maryland 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 (6th Amendment)". 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.
Beep Beep?"
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Saturday, September 1, 2018

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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Friday, August 31, 2018

A Marvelous Work & a Wonder!

Isaiah Chapter 29, Verse 14 ("a marvelous work and a wonder") surely described that glorious day when Cheryl became my wife and partner, on Saturday, August 11th, 2018.
My tongue cannot begin to tell how much she has blessed me and has continued to bless me since then.

"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

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."


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Thursday, August 30, 2018

The View from Our Front Porch


This was photographed earlier this morning, from our front porch and by my wife Cheryl.

I love our "sacred grove " home, but not as much as I love my wife Cheryl.

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

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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.

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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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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


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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


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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

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And may God bless you all real good!