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.

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Dark Side of West Virginia

The forthcoming Macy's distribution center in Berkeley County, West Virginia is a success story.

This new 1900 employee job source also is a coup for the Berkeley County Development Authority and a testament to their persuasive skills, expertise, and perseverance.

This is especially true since West Virginia usually sends potential employers, as well as 50% of our Berkeley County working adults, running into the arms of other states.

And therein is the dark side of this story.

Employers mean jobs for you and me, but West Virginia's anti-job growth taxation of personal property and equipment makes it a hard sell to convince businesses to come to and grow in West Virginia, hence the need for a "special" agreement to persuade Macy's to open their distribution center in Berkeley County.

Adding to this travesty is West Virginia's current ranking as the third worst legal system in the United States.

Simply put: major reform is needed of West Virginia's laws and Constitution to provide more jobs and prosperity for all of us in West Virginia.

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An edited version of the above appeared as a letter-to-the-editor in the Dec 21, 2010 edition of the Hagerstown Herald-Mail.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The League of Extraordinary Citizens

Dear Fellow Citizens,

Across our nation, career politicians wondered why the ball was getting bigger.

Then, on election night, it hit many of them in the face.

More significantly and especially here in West Virginia, the need for folks to face up to holding government accountable to the people continues.

Meanwhile, a heartfelt thank you goes out to all of those valiant members of "The League of Extraordinary Citizens" who voted for and supported me as a candidate for the West Virginia Legislature.

As a result of this wondrous support, voters chose me to serve as their citizen legislator in West Virginia's House of Delegates District #52.

I pledge to all that I will faithfully and independently continue to serve to further the cause of good governance, and remain always,

Working Together to Stay Independent,
Larry D. Kump

May God bless you all real good!

An edited version of the above appeared as a letter to the editor of the Hagerstown Herald Mail, November 7th, 2010. (November 8, 2010 print edition.)

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Issues

Here is what motivated me to stand up and be counted for election to the West Virginia House of Delegates in District #52.

There must be less government taxation and intrusion into the lives of us and our families, and here are the three major issues:
  • Jobs & Prosperity,
  • Personal Liberty & Family Values, and
  • Returning Government Back to the People.

Jobs & Prosperity

West Virginia is rich in natural resources and talent, but also the poorest amidst all our surrounding States. Even worse, West Virginia ranks last or close to last in the United States regarding just about every indicator of jobs and prosperity. Sadly, we also are near the top in the amount of per capita taxation and government intrusion into all of our lives. West Virginia's wrong-headed taxation of groceries and home heating fuel are just two examples of regressive and wrong tax policies. The West Virginia personal property taxes on family cars and the lower gasoline taxes by our neighbors Virginia and Maryland are two more examples of how West Virginia drives folks to "vote with their feet" and flee across our borders. For a detailed and further analysis of why West Virginia taxes should both be restructured and reduced, read "Unleashing Capitalism: Why Prosperity Stops at the West Virginia Border and How to Fix It". You can order a copy at Amazon.

Personal Liberty & Family Values

West Virginia ranks near the top among States with excessive government oversight over our personal lives. This also contributes to our rancid record on jobs and prosperity. Morality should not be dictated by the whims of government fiat. West Virginians should seek out and elect leaders who aggressively pursue the protection of both individual and family rights. By definition, that protection also must include our personal property rights. To that end, a return to more closely following the simply stated values and principles of our United States Constitution & Bill of Rights (especially our rights under the 2nd & 10th amendments) would go a long way to toward protecting ourselves and our families.

Returning Government Back to the People


Our West Virginia government leadership far too often seeks out their own self-aggrandizement and more control over the lives of us and our families.

They think they know better than we do about what's best for the rest of us.

Term Limits, the right of Recall of Elected Officials, Voter Referendum, and the right of Voter Initiative would go far to help curb West Virginia government excesses.

Another West Virginia initiative to persistently pursue is to mandate a choice of "None of the Above" in elections for every office. This would put an end to all "uncontested" elections, give voters much more of an opportunity to "throw the rascals out", and even increase voter participation at the polls.

Contributions to Larry's campaign will be used prudently in support of good governance. Please send your contributions to "Friends of Larry D. Kump", c/o Treasurer Robert B. Griffith, P.O. Box 1322, Hedgesville, WV 25427.

Singhas Sings Out

Letter to the editor in the October 25, 2010, edition of The Journal newspaper of Martinsburg WV.

The Wisdom of Sullivan

Dear Editor,

I am writing to urge your readers to consider voting for Larry Kump, who is running for election to the West Virginia House of Delegates District #52.

I have known Larry for several years and find him to be refreshingly honest and unassuming.

He is able to discuss differences of opinion with people without making politics personal and I feel he would do a lot to lessen the acerbic tone of political discourse in the Eastern Panhandle and the state as a whole.

He has a broad knowledge of West Virginia history and current affairs and is careful and honest in his deliberations about the issues which face this state and the nation.

I feel he is a candidate well worth your vote.

Jane Sullivan
Hedgesville, West Virginia

Sunday, October 24, 2010

From a Dear Friend and Brother

Larry,

I wish you "bon chance" in the election tomorrow.

You have labored tirelessly (from what I've read) in the cause of freedom and limited government.

You have held to your key values rather than being swept up by
the prevailing winds of politics (say whatever, do whatever, trash your opponent's character, honor and family if necessary) to run a wonderful issues oriented campaign.

I trust the people of your district will recognize your qualifications and your quality as a human being and send you to the State Legislature to represent them. It will be a wise choice.

I'm just sorry you are not running in Indiana where I could vote for you, too!

Best wishes from your friend and brother,

Jim Utterback

Maryland Senate Candidate Lauds Larry

Larry D. Kump would make a wonderful addition to the West Virginia House of Delegates, and I would like to add my voice to the chorus of individuals who have chimed in to support his candidacy.

I have known and worked with Larry for a number of years. His passion and advocacy on behalf of state employees is legendary. His history and institutional knowledge related to this subject will serve him well in the Legislature.

In recent days, I have also become more familiar with Larry's stances on the economic and budget issues.

As a fellow pro-growth conservative, Larry and I see eye to eye on
the important issue that our respective Legislatures are going to face in the coming years.

I wish him well in these pursuits. The people of West Virginia are lucky to have him.

Sincerely,

Christopher B. Shank
Maryland House of Delegates, Washington County, District 2B
Candidate for the Maryland Senate from Washington County

Shazaam! (from the son of Captain Marvil)

I don't endorse anyone easily.

My values and principles are rooted in the Founding and the Judeo/Christian principles and values that the Founders gleaned from the Scriptures and incorporated into our Constitution.

As the time narrows for West Virginians to vote, you have a critical decision to make.

You will have to decide whether you will vote for the "progressive" movement or vote to maintain and regain your liberties which the Founders established and entrusted for and to you.

The choice is yours, West Virginians.

That was part of their legacy to you.

A vote for Larry D. Kump will help insure that you maintain that legacy.

Charles H. Marvil

Postscript: My family has close ties and roots in West Virginia and is proud of ancestors who were among its' original settlers in the 1700's (my mother's side from Sistersville).

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Ed Wilson Experience

I have been amused lately by some candidates who state that the way to break the Democrat logjam in the West Virginia Legislature in Charleston is to send more Democrats to the Legislature. Somehow, the logic of this suggestion escapes me.

Fortunately for the residents of the Eastern Panhandle, we have an alternative to the “we’ve always done it this way” mentality that dominates our legislative body in the capitol.

Larry D. Kump of Falling Waters, W.Va., is a candidate for the 52nd District seat being vacated by Del. Craig Blair. I have known Larry since I first moved to Berkeley County more than 11 years ago. I know him to be a thoughtful, creative and dedicated public servant who, given the opportunity to serve, will bring a breath of fresh air to our delegation.

Larry has experience as a legislative staffer in the Pennsylvania state Senate, has assisted in drafting legislation and has lobbied in both Indiana’s and Maryland’s state capitols. During his many years of employment in the Maryland correctional system, Larry served as a trainer, mediator, facilitator, mentor and therapist. All of these skills, polished during his career of public service, will well-serve Larry and the citizens of our district in Charleston.

I am thankful that Larry is willing to make the commitment of time and talent necessary to be of further service to the community and our state. I urge my fellow citizens to support Larry’s candidacy for the West Virginia Legislature. We need his clear-thinking ideas, incorruptible ideals, and persuasive manner to tackle the many challenges facing the Eastern Panhandle in the years to come.

Edward Wilson
Falling Waters, W.Va.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Building a Better West Virginia

The Contractors Association of West Virginia (CAWV) has endorsed Larry D. Kump for election to the West Virginia House of Delegates, District #52 (portions of Morgan and Berkeley Counties).

Representing 475 members and employing over 20,000 West Virginians, CAWV's "goal is to provide an adequate infrastructure of roads, bridges, schools, airports, and water and sewer facilities that will provide for future economic development in West Virginia", according to CAWV Executive Director Mike Clowser.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

No Finger Wagging, Please

The following appeared as a letter to the editor in the October 13, 2010, edition of the Martinsburg Journal.

Delegate should not wag finger and judge voters
October 13, 2010 - By Sarah Daniels:

I had the opportunity to listen to the discussion on WEPM Radio 1340 AM between delegate candidates for the 52nd District, Mike Roberts and Larry Kump. As a liberal Democrat and young professional woman, I was not only offended but insulted repeatedly and on various levels.

Mike Roberts' balance of mudslinging and patting himself on the back was quite the achievement of acrobatic skill. His description of family values as "having meals together daily, preferably in the evening and attending church every Sunday" is out of touch and archaic. Many of us do not have the luxury of making or choosing our work schedules, and that does not equate to not having family values.

It is not the role of our delegate to wag their finger at us in judgment without knowing the plight of the single or working parent. Furthermore, I am not interested in continuing the "good ol' boy" system of who knows whom and ignoring the concerns of working- class citizens. Playground tactics and juvenile verbal assaults are not the characteristics that I seek in a candidate.

I commend Mr. Kump for not participating in such off-putting behavior and maintaining the integrity one should have while addressing those of opposition. I'll be more specific ... I was impressed with Mr. Kump's determination to ignore the ongoing jabs from Mike Roberts while addressing actual issues.

A Soldier for You

To Whom It May Concern,

Having known Larry D. Kump, who is running for the West Virginia House of Delegates for portions of Morgan and Berkeley Counties in West Virginia, for many years - I offer this personal testimonial on his behalf:

Larry Kump is offering his good governance and knowledge to the people of Morgan and Berkeley Counties, West Virginia.

He is the type of man who will always stand up for what is right-a soldier for the working man who possesses honesty and integrity and who will not let you down.

I personally can attest to his perseverance for doing what is right-never bowing to pressure from anyone.

If elected, he will work to better the life of the people in these counties.

Larry Kump, no lies, no BS.

Please vote for Larry D. Kump in the next election.


Sincerely,

Lana Welch

An edited version of the above appeared as a letter to the editor in the October 20, 2010, edition of The Journal newspaper of Martinsburg, WV; and in the October 22, 2010, edition of the Hagerstown, MD, Herald-Mail.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Election News Update.

Recent newspaper articles:

In the Hagerstown Herald-Mail "Challengers in W.Va. 52nd District race would push for tax reform", dated October 11, 2010; appearing in the print edition of October 12, 2010, page B1, Tri-State Section.

In the Martinsburg Journal: "Candidates to face off in W.Va. House of Delegates races," dated October 12, 2010.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Counting the Votes

There's an old pun that tells us that, "In a Democracy, your vote counts, but, in Feudalism, it's the Count that votes.".

So, what about the representation (or lack of it) that we receive in our national and state capitols?

Is ours a Democratic Republic or simply modern day political feudalism?

All of which much reminds me of another entry herein, "Mouseland, a Fable for Our Times".

(The above appeared in edited form as a letter to the editor in the October 13th, 2010, edition of the Martinsburg Journal newspaper.)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Mom's the Word

As a person who probably knows Larry D. Kump best, I fully endorse his candidacy for election to the West Virginia House of Delegates.

I know that he puts the interests of the people he would represent first before his own interests.

He is hard working and highly qualified to represent the people of the Eastern Panhandle.

Respecfully,
Betty A. Kump
(Larry's Mom)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Ann, without a Doubt

I have known Larry D. Kump for 13 years, first as a co-worker and then as one who quickly became a friend.

During our years of working together, I have seen Larry persevere on issues not only important to him but to his co-workers as well.

Larry is an intelligent, dedicated, and honest individual.

I believe, without a doubt, that he will fight for what is important to the residents of West Virginia, holding his head high and proud, and not giving up until he has achieved his goal.

West Virginians will not regret voting for Mr. Larry D. Kump, West Virginia House of Delegates, 52nd District.

Ann Seyle
Hedgesville, West Virginia

Friday, October 8, 2010

Roger That!

I have had the honor and privilege of knowing Larry D. Kump for over 30 years, and in that time I have never seen him do anything that wasn't above and beyond what I consider to be Honorable.

I retired from the Department of Defense after 36 years service and also was responsible for millions of dollars of government funds.

I take my approval of any person running for office very seriously.
I think a vote for Larry is a vote for Honesty, Integrity and a New Way for dealing with today's problems.

Give West Virginia new hope. VOTE FOR LARRY D. KUMP!

Roger Crawford

Thursday, October 7, 2010

A Coworker's Confession

Letter-to-the-editor printed in the March 18, 2010, edition of the Hagerstown, MD, Herald-Mail, and in the March 28, 2010, edition of the Martinsburg, WV, The Journal.

W.Va. candidate is not about politics as usual


To the editor:

This year, West Virginia voters have a wonderful opportunity to elect a delegate who is more concerned for the citizens than politics as usual.

His name is Larry D. Kump.

Larry has been a longtime friend and a former Maryland co-worker who has lived in West Virginia since 1989. He has always been available to his friends for help and advice.

Larry's quest for workplace justice and the protection of citizen rights has always been his longtime priority.

In these trying times, the country desperately needs a representative who is directed by moral and ethical values. As a Maryland citizen, it is unfortunate that Larry refused my invitation to move across the Potomac and run for a seat in the Maryland House of Delegates. Nevertheless, I continue to be thankful that Larry remains dedicated to good governance and that I can still consider him my good and faithful friend.

My hope is that West Virginia voters, concerned for their future, will take advantage of Larry's expertise with the knowledge that he will always be available for good advice and leadership.

West Virginia voters, please support and vote for Larry D. Kump for election to West Virginia House of Delegates District 52.

Roy Gilleo
Hagerstown

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

WV Chamber of Commerce Endorses Kump

The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee has endorsed Larry D. Kump for election to the West Virginia House of Delegates District #52 (Berkeley and Morgan Counties).

According to Chamber President Steve Roberts, "Chamber members employ over half of the state's workers."

Kump Weighs in on Taxes & Economics

Larry D. Kump, candidate for election to the West Virginia House of Delegates (District #52), has signed the "Americans for Tax Reform" pledge to taxpayers that he will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes in West Virginia.

Kump pointed out that, although the current "job-less recovery" and massive deficit spending is a national problem, West Virginia has experienced an on-going problem since 1932.

Further, during the last two decades, West Virginians' average personal income has been ranked near or at the bottom in comparison to the folks in all other states. This is especially true when our personal incomes in West Virginia's border counties are compared to the personal incomes of folks in the counties just across our state line on the other side of our border.

Simply put: In these challenging times, West Virginia's bad tax laws and misdirected government regulation stifle our personal prosperity and individual freedoms.

Not only should West Virginians be protected from further tax hikes, but the current tax structure must be reformed.

Among other tax issues, the West Virginia groceries tax, home heating fuel tax, and the personal property tax on vehicles must be eliminated.

Also, West Virginia's destructively partisan legal system adds to our stagnation in productivity and wages. The American Tort Reform Association describes West Virginia as a "Legal Hellhole". Medical Malpractice, Tort, Venue Shopping, and Eminent Domain reform in West Virginia is necessary to help all West Virginians have a better tomorrow.

West Virginia might have a balanced budget and even a transitory budget surplus, but the citizens of West Virginia need major tax and policy reform to provide for meaningful jobs growth and the preservation of our personal liberties.

Visit www.atr.org for more about the pledge to vote against all tax increases.

Would You? David Woods!

To all West Virginia voters fortunate enough to be able to vote for Larry D. Kump for state delegate:

Just do it!

Voting for Larry is neither illegal, immoral, nor fattening!

Yet Larry offers a rather rare opportunity to support a candidate who is far more interested in the rights & welfare of his fellow citizens than in serving as a professional politician.

Larry knows and understands government at the state level from a lifetime of being a working part of it.

He notes "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" as one of his favorite films. It is a fine choice; also one of mine!

I can see Larry starring in a re-make we could call "Mr. Kump Goes to Charleston."

Unlike Mr. Smith (whom you may have forgotten was appointed, not elected), Larry, like Smith, also believes in all principles he advocates, and like Mr. Smith -- Mr. Kump lives by these self-same principles!

I'm convinced Larry will do a similar job for all of us as the fictional youth leader, Mr. Smith, did for his constituents.

But Larry also has two critical strengths Mr. Smith lacked: Larry is not naive about politics nor about politicians, and Larry listens to his fellow citizens!

There can be no clearer guide to Larry's aims than his stand on the Martinsburg City Library.

A bill was proposed to re-name this fine site as the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Library, and also broaden its directorial board to include the entire base it serves. More importantly, this large base pays for most of what keeps this library going.

All Larry asked was that ALL county citizens (not just city residents) be credited, & given an opportunity to help direct this vital county-wide institution!

A review of Larry's stands on past & current issues makes clear this is a typical stance from an atypical guy.

For Larry D. Kump is not only a great individual, but a man who all his life has made good things happen!

And the Lord only knows, we out here in West (by God) Virginia need all the good things to happen to us that are possible.

So let's elect a man who can help us live better lives in the future, a man with open-minded judgement on all public issues, and a man who can make this happen!

A vote for Larry D. Kump appears to this Navy Department retiree, retired USN captain, & holder of both an MBA & Phd plus serving as an adjunct university professor more than 40 years (Marshall the last 16) as a vote for progress, prosperity, & progress!

Some folks watch what happens, others wonder what is happening -- but Larry D. Kump makes it happen!

David L. Woods, of "The Woods"
A proud supporter of Kump for West Virginia Delegate


An edited version of the above appeared as a letter-to-the-editor in the October 6, 2010 edition of The Journal newspaper of Martinsburg WV.

Footnote: Campaign contributions will be put to prudent use, and should be sent to "Friends of Larry D. Kump", c/o Treasurer Robert B. Griffith, P.O. Box 1322, Hedgesville, WV 25427.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sick & Tired, but Now Elated

I'd like to voice my opinion to encourage the people in the West Virginia House of Delegates 52nd district to vote for Mr. Larry D. Kump.

I'm sick and tired of all the politicians. I'm fed up with over-taxation, lies, and a blatant over-bearing of the government in general.

Anyways, when I heard that Mr. Kump was running, I was elated.

I've known Larry for many years as a friend and neighbor. He's a man of good moral values. He's not rich nor does he seek after riches as most. He only is out to make a difference.

But don 't take my word only, visit his website (www.LarryKump.us), and do your own homework.

Finally, someone worth voting for!

- Greg

Monday, October 4, 2010

A True Patriot

Don't let this guy get away!

I have discovered a nugget in the raw in Falling Waters, West Virginia.

Thanks to my niece Dorothy (Flagg) Keys of Martinsburg, West Virginia, I have watched the 2010 campaign of Larry D. Kump for District #52 Delegate to the West Virginia Legislature, and I am encouraged and overawed by his honesty and dogged determination.

While I can't vote in West Virginia (I am a former Martinsburg, WV resident and current US Army retiree living in Texas), I am impressed by the positions Larry has taken in his campaign for Delegate to the West Virginia Legislature.

His promise to reduce taxes, legislate for smaller government, and the steadfast efforts he has espoused to represent his future constituents is highly unusual.

I think he is a dedicated and superbly qualified candidate to represent the electorate of Berkeley and Morgan Counties, District #52.

Finding an unselfish and well qualified person willing to serve the voters is a rare occurrence.

I offer my encouragement to qualified voters in District #52 and extend my best wishes to Larry for a successful term in office.


James H. Flagg
San Antonio, Texas
Lt. Col. US Army Retired

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Roger on Larry

An Open Letter to West Virginia Voters:

I encourage you to vote for Larry D. Kump to serve in the West Virginia House of Delegates.

I've known Larry for many years and know him to be a man who, above all else, carries the courage of his convictions.

In his previous years of public service (1978-1989) in Indiana, he was a credible and effective voice with the Indiana Legislature.

He never was afraid to tackle difficult problems.

In today's political environment, it's always easier to do the popular thing.

That's why it's so refreshing to have someone like Larry, who will provide leadership grounded in core beliefs.

He's not another political "follower", who makes decisions based on current political winds.

As an Indiana resident, why do I even care about an election in West Virginia?

I truly believe that our country is facing a period no less daunting than previously faced by Abraham Lincoln, and I pray that our country now is waking up.

We need LEADERS, not only at the Federal level, but in all fifty states. This will require a tremendous amount of courage of principle.

We can do this together, one leader at a time.

May God bless Larry and all of you.

Please vote for Larry D. Kump on election day.

Roger McNeill, Larry's "Hoosier" Friend in Fort Wayne, Indiana

A Personal Postscript from Larry-
Regardless of where you live, your individual campaign contribution will help further the cause of increasing jobs and prosperity, enhancing personal liberty and family values, and returning government back to the people.

Send your contribution to:
Friends of Larry D. Kump
c/o Robert B. Griffith, Treasurer
P.O. Box 1322
Hedgesville, West Virginia 25427

Riding Jesse James' Horse

West Virginians already pay more gasoline taxes than do our friends and neighbors in surrounding states, even though our highways reflect little good effect from this tax burden.

Many of us here in the Eastern Panhandle cope with this highway robbery by fleeing across the border to Maryland and Virginia to fill up our gas tanks.

But now, in addition to pushing for even more taxes via toll roads, our West Virginia Bureaucrats in Charleston are clamoring for an even bigger bite out of our already empty pockets by pushing for an additional five percent (5%) surtax on all of us for patronizing fast food drive-ins.

These highwaymen all must be riding Jesse James' horse.

For more of this about that, visit The State Journal editorial "DOH Gone Wild: Cheeseburger Tax" (September 17th, 2010).

An edited version of the above also appeared as a letter to the editor in the September 28, 2010 edition of the Hagerstown Herald-Mail newspaper.

Standing Up for Liberty

Friends and Fellow Citizens,

In the 13 years I've known Larry D. Kump, I've always known him to champion the oppressed, the disempowered, and the voiceless.

He fought for the rights of those who couldn't fight for themselves.

I was one of those, coming to this country as an Asian immigrant.

He fought for me several times. He is like that with people who need his help.

Larry understands the plight of ordinary people, working people, single parents, family men and women, the older generation and the young ones, the disenfranchised, and also the well to do.

He is that versatile, but has remained unaffected by fame, fortune, and misfortune.

He simply is a genuine and sincere human being.

West Virginians have a "True Champion" in Larry.

Hello, everyone. This is a real person, speaking from her heart. I mean it. Larry has a heart of gold, but he also is a formidable opponent against injustice(s) and unfairness.

Vote for him to serve in the West Virginia House of Delegates and you won't regret it!!! I promise you that.


Minerva Rosenthal

Monday, September 6, 2010

The List of 7 Virtues

It is fantastic news that Larry D. Kump is running as a candidate for re-election to the West Virginia Legislature.

I've been a friend and colleague of Larry for over twenty years. For many of those years we served together in our union for professional employees.

Larry was an untiring advocate for Maryland's state employees, and I am sure that he will put his advocacy skills to good use as a representative of his West Virginia House of Delegates District #52.

With that being said, here are my top reasons for folks to vote for Larry D. Kump:

1. Larry is unselfish and honest.
2. Larry is all about helping others.
3. Larry will put his constituents' interests ahead of the special interest lobbying groups.
4. Larry is a fiscal conservative, lives prudently in his private life, and takes those skills and attitudes with him when he goes to serve others in the Legislature.
5. Larry believes in less government interference in our lives.
6. Larry recognizes that government has become increasingly bloated and expensive.
7. Larry believes that we are over taxed, and he makes every effort to reduce taxes on already cash strapped West Virginians.

Ward Clem



Postscript:Regardless of where you live, help the cause of good governance and send your campaign contributions to-

"Friends of Larry D. Kump"
PO Box 1131
Falling Waters, WV 25419-1131


Please also pass this along to your friends, family, and other associates and ask them to go and do likewise.

A Special Sidebar Note about Ward: Ward Clem is a kind and good man, who has been Larry's faithful friend as well as a former colleague. He's also a devout Quaker, but he doesn't look a bit like the guy on the Oatmeal cereal box. ;)

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Government Monkey Business

This astute behavioral analysis recently was shared with me by a friend:

Start with a large cage containing five monkeys.

Inside the cage, place a set of steps and hang a banana on a string above the top of the steps.

A monkey soon will start up the steps to grab the banana.

As soon as the monkey touches the steps, spray all the other monkeys with cold water.

When the other monkeys make the same attempt, spray each of them with cold water.

Afterwards, when a monkey tries to climb the steps, the other monkeys will attack him.

Now take away the cold water and remove one monkey from the cage, replacing him with a new one.

The new monkey sees the banana and starts to climb the steps, but all of the other monkeys attack him.

He quickly learns that, if he tries to climb the steps, he will be attacked.

Continue to remove each of the original five monkeys and replace them, one by one, with new monkeys.

Each new monkey is attacked when he goes toward the steps, and the previous newcomers enthusiastically take part in the group mugging.

None of the new monkeys have any idea why they are not permitted to climb the steps or why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.

No monkey ever again trys to go up the steps to get the banana.

Why not?

Because, and as far as they know, that is the way it has always been done.

And that, my friends and fellow citizens, is how our government operates.

Footnote: Contributions for better governance will be put to prudent use by "Friends of Larry D. Kump", P.O. Box 1322, Hedgesville, WV 25427.

Stop, Look, Listen, & Know!

Larry D. Kump is an exceptional man.

It is doubtful you would find a man more dedicated to the common weal than Larry.

He has a history of devotion to the cause and uplift of others.

He listens to the vox populi and takes action.

A vote for Larry D. Kump is a vote for the citizens of West Virginia.

-From who has stopped, looked, listened to, and knows Larry
(Job 4:12)

Footnote: Contributions to "Friends of Larry D. Kump" (c/o Treasurer Robert B. Griffith, P.O. Box 1322, Hedgesville, WV 25427) will be put to prudent use in support of good governance.

Posted

I have known Larry for many years, and know that, if elected, he will be an honest voice for the people he represents in West Virginia...

One thing is for certain...he will always be truthful and will not paint a rosey picture unless it is an honest one.

David Post

Straight from the Heart

I have been asked by friends of Larry to enter some positive comments regarding Larry. I have resisted, not because of any doubts about Larry, but because I am not a West Virginian.

Also I am very cynical of politics and politicos. Honestly, in my opinion and be it red or blue, politics is crap and all crap stinks. So at the risk of offending a person that I consider a good friend, I must question his sanity for desiring to enter this foray.

With that being said, I have known Larry for 16 years and from those years of working with, and sometimes even working against Larry, I can say for certainty that Larry would be one of the very few people that would represent his constituents with absolute integrity.

I know that Larry believes in a minimal intrusion type of government and constantly seeks ways to use the remaining "necessary evil" that government is in a most efficient manner.

Quite simply and for what it is worth, if I could vote for Larry I would.

John Reamy


Footnote: Campaign contributions will be put to prudent use in support of good governance. Send your contributions to "Friends of Larry D. Kump", c/o Treasurer Robert B. Griffith, P.O. Box 1322, Hedgesville, WV 25427.

Monday, August 30, 2010

A Voice from Washington County, MD

I have had the privilege and honor of getting to know Larry D. Kump over the last couple of years, staying in touch with him via Email and other means.

Larry is a very honorable and honest man who believes that the people of his legislative district comes first.

A true patriot and voice of the people, Larry will always be there when called upon to do the people's work.

Larry has been very influential.

Larry is not just concerned about his own legislative district, but Larry is concerned about all that surrounds him.

Larry is very concerned about Family and Children first and foremost, and has been a very supportive voice for newly elected Senator in Maryland, Christopher Shank, and his plights to get laws passed to protect our Children from Child Predators and Domestic Violence.

Larry is the People's Voice, and he is in touch with today's society,
understanding and knowing the issues that need to be addressed. He does not waiver and he is not afraid to tackle the issues.

West Virginia is very lucky and honored to have such a respectable man running for House of Delegates, and he is a voice the People need.

He is what West Virginians need.

Larry knows what his constituents need and what they want. He will not leave them standing at the altar.

I implore all of those voters from Larry's district to get behind this truly honorable and honest man and support him.

You will not be disappointed.

Thank you,

Jeff Werner

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Charlie's Choice

I now live in Knoxville, Tennessee, and regretfully cannot vote for Larry D. Kump, but I have emphatically & enthusiastically have endorsed Larry to my brother, who lives in West Virginia.

I also encourage others to vote for Larry D. Kump for election to the West Virginia House of Delegates.

My endorsement is based on Larry's commitment to conservative government, his integrity, moral turpitude, and deep sense of his Godly purpose in life.

Larry's Old Friend and Former Colleague,
Charles Santa
Maryland Prison Boot Camp Assistant Commander (Ret.)

Footnote: Campaign contributions will be put to prudent use in support of good governance. Send your contribution to "Friends of Larry D. Kump", c/o Treasurer Robert B. Griffith, P.O. Box 1322, Hedgesville, WV 25427.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

And Johanna Endorses...

Having known Larry D. Kump for years, I highly recommend him for election to the West Virginia House of Delegates.

His honesty and integrity are above reproach.

He always will choose the best path for all of us, even if it's not in his personal best interests.

The good of West Virginia, the good of the people, and the good of the nation constantly will be paramount in his every decision.

Voting for Larry D. Kump is the smartest and best choice you can make for the betterment of West Virginia.

Johanna

(An edited version of this appeared as a letter to the Editor in the October 1, 2010 edition of the Hagerstown Maryland Herald-Mail newspaper.)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Another Nod for Larry

Most everyone with a mind, and who still knows the difference between good and stupid, just sadly shake their heads regarding people in politics.

But when it comes to Larry in politics, I see a whole lot of good folks nodding their heads in support of Larry D. Kump.

Larry has my "Nod" for election to the West Virginia House of Delegates.

R.P.G.

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" (c/o Treasurer Robert B. Griffith, P.O. Box 1322, Hedgesville, WV 25427) will be put to prudent use in support of good governance.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Keys of Good Governance

It is not uncommon in these political times to hear folks say, "Politics as usual". We've almost become accustomed to poor behavior from those we've voted into office.

Why do so many public servants forget the very fact that they are public servants? They were elected to represent their constituents and should act always with their best interests in mind.

If you are looking for a true public servant, and not the run of the mill politician, then I urge you to cast your vote for Larry D. Kump.

I have known Larry for more than 20 years and can attest to his moral integrity, honesty, and genuine love and concern for our state and country. He is a true patriot.

At a time when he could be enjoying retirement, he has chosen to serve the citizens of West Virginia.

Larry D. Kump will be an excellent Delegate in the WV legislature. If you are tired of "politics as usual", then Larry is your candidate.

Dorothy F. Keys


(The above appeared as a letter to the editor in the August 31st, 2010, edition of the Hagerstown Herald-Mail, and the September 2, 2010 edition of the Martinsburg Journal.)

Footnote: Your contributions on behalf of good governance will be put to prudent use. Send them to "Friends of Larry D. Kump", c/o Treasurer Robert B. Griffith, P.O. Box 1322, Hedgesville, WV 25427.

A Letter from Lana

Dear Larry,
Personal testimonials are a true sign of what type of politician you will be.

Having worked with you for several years, I can add that you are honest, trustworthy and you refuse to sugar-coat anything. These attributes are a plus at this time when most politicians prove to be scoundrels whose only desire is to pad their own pockets and not respect the wishes of their constituents.

Very sad when you reflect back to earlier days when our politicians actually voted for the working family and helped keep taxes down so they could own a home and eat.

Lana Welch

Footnote:Campaign contributions will be put to prudent use and should be sent to "Friends of Larry D. Kump", c/o Treasurer Robert B. Griffith, P.O. Box 1322, Hedgesville, WV 25427.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

"Krow" Knows

Like many others, I consider Larry D. Kump a friend.

If you need anything brought to the right persons attention, call Larry.

Larry definitely knows how government works.

He was instrumental in getting me several political endorsements when I was referred to the Governor's office to be part of the Gang Violence Task Force.

Larry will be a great asset as a Delegate in the West Virginia Legislature.

Larry's friend and another former Prison Case Manager colleague,

John Kroschinsky


Footnote: Campaign contributions will be put to prudent use in support of good governance. Send them to "Friends of Larry D. Kump", c/o Treasurer Robert B. Griffith, P. O. Box 1322, Hedgesville, WV 25427.

Kump & the Second Amendment

Mr. Larry D. Kump, candidate for election to the West Virginia House of Delegates District #52, was one of the speakers at a luncheon forum hosted by the West Virginia Citizens Defense League (WVCDL).

He spoke on our sacred Constitutional rights and liberties, with special focus on our individual rights the Second Amendment.

Footnote:Prudent use will be made of all contributions made to "Friends of Larry D. Kump", c/o Treasurer Robert B. Griffith, P.O. Box 1322, Hedgesville, WV 25427.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Count on Kump

Dear Vicky,

Your letter to the editor this morning in today's edition (Friday, August 20th, 2010) of the Martinsburg Journal was a wonderful morning surprise for me.

"Kump is a candidate on whom you can count" brought back those memories of when you and I were testifying before the Maryland House of Delegates Appropriations Committee and you first urged me to be a candidate for election. That's when I laughed and said that my residence and heart belongs to West Virginia.

Your friendship and loyal advocacy on my behalf still means a great deal to me.

Larry


Footnote: Campaign contributions will be put to prudent use. Send your contributions to "Friends of Larry D. Kump", c/o Treasurer Robert B. Griffith, P.O. Box 1322, Hedgesville, WV 25427

Monday, August 16, 2010

Gwen's Guarantee

I highly recommend Larry D. Kump for election to the West Virginia House of Delegates.

He is honorable and truthful in his dealings with people as well as in his business.

He is respected and honored by all who know him.

His Friend,
Gwen Clarke


(The above appeared as a letter to the editor in Martinsburg's The Journal, August 17, 2010.)

Footnote: Your contributions to good governance will be put to prudent use. Send them to "Friends of Larry D. Kump", c/o Treasurer Robert B. Griffith, P.O. Box 1322, Hedgesville, WV 25427.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Another Voice from Indiana

Larry D. Kump and I have been friends for many, many years.

When he lived in Indiana (1978-1989), I was working for the State of Indiana.

I encountered a few problems, and he helped me with some wise advice.

His advice always was based on proper, sound principles.

He has been an outstanding friend through the years.

As long as I have known Larry, he has been a champion of the Constitution of the United States.

He is sorely missed by many in Indiana.

Beverly Merrill

Footnote: Prudent use will be made of all contributions sent to "Friends of Larry D. Kump", c/o Treasurer Robert B. Griffith, P.O. Box 1322, Hedgesville, WV 25427.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Listening, Working, and Getting the Job Done

Larry D. Kump has been both a friend and teacher for me.

He taught me how government works.

I had a personal problem with my retirement eligibility, and the only way to fix it was by having legislation written and introduced in both the Maryland House of Delegates and Senate.

We did that with Larry's assistance.

The legislation was passed, signed into law, and my retirement eligibility problem was fixed.

I consider Larry to be my true friend.

He will be a great asset as a Delegate in the West Virginia Legislature.

He listens!

He works!

He gets the job done!


Larry's Friend and Former MD Prison Case Manager Colleague,

Jodie Arnold

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Stamps of Approval

I appreciate the comments made by Dick & Jane in their www.LarryKump.us entry and ditto their endorsement encouraging all to get out and vote for Larry Kump.

I would like to add that as a seven year resident of the Panhandle, I first noted the name "Larry D. Kump" in letters to the editor in West Virginia's Martinsburg Journal, that I found on point and inspirational.

Then a few years ago, when I met Larry in person, I found an intelligent, insightful, and often humorous individual who does not hesitate to speak out about what is right, backing up what he says with facts.

And, then he goes beyond his words and follows up with his actions.

I am proud of him for being willing to accept this challenge and to be willing to serve the residents of the district and all of West Virginia.

Larry Stamps
(The above, in edited form, appears as a Letter to the Editor in the August 15, 2010 edition of the Herald-Mail, and the August 18, 2010 edition of the Martinsburg Journal.)

Footnote: Please help promote good governance by sending your personal contribution to "Friends of Larry D. Kump", c/o Treasurer Robert B. Griffith, P.O. Box 1322, Hedgesville, WV 25427.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Hoosier Homage

While I live in Indiana, I would like to be a West Virginian when Larry D. Kump rises to his full potential as a member of the Legislature.

He will use his common sense, wisdom, and integrity (which he polished in Indiana) to "shake 'em up!".

If you want to change the atmosphere of politics and provide good government, Larry D. Kump can do what many promise.

I worked closely with him while he was a fellow Hoosier, and have followed him on the Internet ever since he left a big hole in Indiana (in 1989)

If West Virginia voters do not realize what a gem they have with Larry D. Kump, he will be brought back to Indiana where his practicality and deep thinking will be appreciated.

We miss him and envy West Virginia's good fortune.

Noel Duerden
Indianapolis, Indiana

(The above appeared as a letter to the editor in the August 18, 2010 edition of the Martinsburg Journal.)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

"Woodsy" Feedback

Larry:

Now that we read more about you, I fear you are too well qualified for office -- but my wife & I will support you anyway.

We're right there in the middle of the old "Woods" section (of your legislative district)...

Keep up your good work!

If you need a testimonial or such, let me know...

Cheers,

Dave Woods

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Kump Chosen in West Virginia Primary Election

Larry D. Kump was elected in the West Virginia Primary Election to be the Republican November General Election candidate for the West Virginia House of Delegates District #52.

Kump agreed that his opponent and the organizations that support him have "deep pockets", but pledged "to pursue clear and consistent mainstream reforms to increase West Virginia jobs and prosperity, enhance personal liberty and family values, and help return West Virginia's government back to the people.".

West Virginia House of Delegates District #52 includes NorthWest Berkeley County and SouthEast Morgan County.

No matter where you and your family live, you can make a difference that affects all of us by sending your contributions to:

Friends of Larry D. Kump
c/o Robert B. Griffith, Treasurer
P. O. Box 1322
Hedgesville, WV 25427

Please share this message with others and also encourage their support, so that we all may continue "working together to stay independent"!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

To Roy Gilleo, with Gratitude

Roy,

The long enduring and steadfast friendship of you and Nancy, as well as your family's enthusiastic advocacy of my candidacy to serve in the West Virginia Legislature, means more to me than tongue can tell.

It was a particular and unexpected pleasure for me when you and Nancy traveled to West Virginia to personally support me at the recent Berkeley County Farm Bureau Candidates' Forum.

Rest assured that I have deeply pondered every word of both your spoken and written suggestions in regard to my efforts to help my fellow West Virginians pursue a better path by "Working Together to Stay Independent"...

Your Pal,
Larry

Postscript: Keep visiting www.LarryKump.us for election updates, and encourage others to do the same.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Carliss & Tara Want Me to Move

Larry,
It's a (deleted) shame you don't live in Maryland to help us out, because God knows we need all the help we can get.
Go get 'em Larry.
Good luck in November.
Tara and I will be praying for you!
Carliss Eby

Monday, April 5, 2010

Just Doing His Duty

Larry D. Kump of Falling Waters, a candidate for election to the West Virginia House of Delegates District #52, will participate in an all day "Institute", hosted by the Association of Parliamentarians in Severn, Maryland, on Saturday, April 10th, 2010.

This good governance advocate explained that, "Folks might view this as a tedious wonk-fest about public meeting protocol, but the proper knowledge and application of parliamentary procedures is an essential element of effective governance. I'm really looking forward to this additional opportunity to further learn and grow, so I may better serve my friends and neighbors in West Virginia."

A life-long student of the Constitution, Kump always carries a pocket size edition of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution with him.

Friday, March 26, 2010

A Tip of the Hat from Tim

Thanks for the email, Larry.
I wish you success in your campaign.

Many hundreds of people throughout our country are running for office because they feel compelled to protect freedom.

This is good news!
Tim

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Dr. Pinkowski on the Issues

Larry
I like it...keep it up and get it out there as much as possible...the time is right...
(Our political leaders) are bringing the disgust of the people down upon their heads.
Let's hope that the 'silent' majority recognizes genuine honesty for what it is.

Charlene

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Well Wishes from Dr. Sobel

Larry,
I appreciate the kind words.
I'm sorry I wasn't able to do the talk this time.
Best of luck in the elections and keep in touch.

Best,

Russ

Russell S. Sobel, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics
James Clark Coffman Distinguished Chair
College of Business & Economics
West Virginia University


Sans peur et sans reproche.
Nemo me impune lacesuit.
And goodnight, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are - do not go gentle into that good night.
Wopila Tanka!


Larry D. Kump

How you can make a difference.

Dear Friend & Advocate of Better Governance,

This personal plea is coming to you, because your help is needed in a major opportunity to make a difference.

Simply put: I have agreed to be a candidate for election as the Delegate for District #52 of the West Virginia Legislature.

My decision to do this is not from any quest for personal aggrandizement.

Neither do I have any desire to become just another actor in the "Dog & Pony Show" of West Virginia government's ongoing poor performance.

I'm a candidate because of my rock solid belief in government financial discipline, my passion to protect our personal rights and liberties, and my conviction that common sense and the common consent of voters should be our government's gold standard of conduct.

The key to our individual prosperity on both the State and National levels is a reduction in senseless spending, improvident programs, and counterproductive taxes.

Read the "Larry D. Kump & the Issues" entry and other entries at this blog for more of this about that.

Meanwhile, to help get this message out and for all of us to stand up and be counted, the folks in the political know tell me that campaign donations need to be made by folks just like you, who also strongly believe in the same principles of better governance.

This is a difficult request for me to make, especially in these hard times, but I'm told that's what it will take to win this election.

Simply put (again): It's just going to take money to reach out to and educate voters on how I stand on the principles of better governance in this serpentine legislative district.

Will you help?

That's why your personal donation of $100 or more is so necessary to help all of us.

Your donation will help provide a firm foundation for the rest of this grass-roots campaign, and also demonstrate to other donors that this is a serious and sincere crusade on behalf of issues of importance to all of us.

So and yet again, can I count on your help?

Please send your personal check with your contribution of $100 or more (or anything you can afford) to:

Friends of Larry D. Kump
c/o Robert B. Griffith, Treasurer
PO Box 1322
Hedgesville, WV 25427

Working Together to Stay Independent,
Larry D. Kump

P.S.: Regardless of your financial situation or contribution, please help our cause even further by sharing this letter with all of your family, friends, coworkers, and other associates (both inside and outside of West Virginia). Add your personal endorsement to this plea and ask them to also make a contribution of $100 or more, AND also ask them to further pass along this call to action to all of their own family, friends, coworkers, and associates.

(Please note that cash contributions, as well as contributions from corporations, will not be accepted. Also, if you are a West Virginia public employee, please disregard this as a request for a contribution.West Virginia law requires that all contributions over $250 must include your address, occupation, and where you work. No individual contributions of amounts over $1,000 may be accepted. Although no contribution is tax deductible, your contribution of $100 or more will go a long way toward promoting better citizen governance.)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Common Sense

Published in the Morgan Messenger, March 3, 2010, Letters to the Editor:

Dear Editor:

Your recent editorial about The West Virginia Legislature and the need for more stringent ethics laws, improved traffic safety standards, more state police, and a caution about the proposed new toll road was dead center on the common sense and better governance bulls-eye.

As a minimum standard, HB 4279’s proposed expansion of the West Virginia Turnpike Authority should include a mechanism for local referendums in creating more toll roads. Anything else would be taxation without representation.

However, creating more toll roads is a slippery slope that could create unfair and geographically biased taxation.

Our West Virginia highway system is one area of government that should be fully funded from the statewide budget.

Larry D. Kump
Falling Waters

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Another Concerned Citizen Chimes In

Hi Larry,
I do enjoy reading your messges.

I keep you in my prayers, that you might be not just successful in your effort in West Virginia, but HIGHLY successful in bringing common sense and Constitional reform...

Bev

Friday, February 19, 2010

Further Friend Feedback

Larry

I pray you have success in this endeavor.

Marian Meyers, Legislative Aide
Maryland Delegate Ted Sophocleus

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Kump seeking seat in the House of Delegates

From the Morgan Messenger newspaper, February 17, 2010:

Larry D. Kump says Republican leaders persuaded him to be a candidate for the West Virginia House of Delegates, District #52 of Northwest Berkeley County and a small section of Eastern Morgan County.

A Falling Waters resident, Kump gave up his early retirement to run for office. He said he wants to represent West Virginia taxpayers, especially working families, the financially encumbered elderly and struggling single parents.

“All of these folks bust a gut every day to make their diminishing financial ends meet,” Kump said.

He described himself as an independent Republican who considers himself as a populist libertarian.

An advocate of fiscal restraint, with legislative drafting experience, Kump proposes a restructuring of West Virginia taxes and elimination of property taxes on family vehicles as well as the taxes on groceries and home heating fuels.

He points out that many local residents purchase cheaper gasoline in Maryland and Virginia, depriving West Virginia of tax revenue, and demonstrating the need for a reduction and restricting of West Virginia gasoline taxes.

A proponent of “common sense” health insurance reform, Kump is a former public sector labor leader who proposes that a good first step would be to mend West Virginia’s own exorbitant Medical Malpractice rates via tort reform. High medical malpractice rates have contributed to an exodus of qualified doctors and other health care professionals from West Virginia and higher medical expenses for all, he said.

Kump’s experience also includes service as a professional arbitrator, certified mediator, expert witness, training facilitator, cognitive behavior mentor, sex offender therapist, prison case manager, university guest lecturer and critical incident stress manager.

He said he looks forward to working with other legislators to enhance family preservation incentives and protect individual rights.

Kump is a descendent of founding father Patrick Henry and former West Virginia Governor Herman Guy Kump.

He is a graduate of Hagerstown Community College, Frostburg State University and the Maryland Correctional Professional Staff Academy.

Kump has two children and is a member of the Hedgesville congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

Monday, February 15, 2010

"Granfalloon", "Leap of Faith" & "Hallelujah"

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., in "Cat's Cradle", described a meaningless event as a "Granfalloon", and, sadly, some view their own lives in that way.

As indicated below, we all stumble, but it is our compassion for others and our perseverence in faith that lifts us up to be more than we otherwise ever could be.

In the 1992 movie, "Leap of Faith", starring Steve Martin and Deborah Winger, there is a musical number which tugs at heartstrings.

I don't now remember the name of the song or even most of its lyrics, but part of the chorus went something like this:

"I've been lonely.
I've been cheated.
I've been misunderstood.
I've been washed up.
I've been put down,
and told I'm no good,
but..."

The rest of the song's lyrics are intensely uplifting and go on to strike powerful and positive chords about finding joy in the purpose of life.


A better and even more accurate perspective of how we should approach life is embraced in the song "Hallelujah" by "The Canadian Tenors" (click here for a link to the musical video).


Note: The link to the Canadian Tenors does not imply any political endorsement by them.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Voice of "Reason"

"Individualist in the Oddest Place"

by John Dentinger (a free lance writer in Los Angeles)
Condensed from "Reason" magazine, "Spotlight", November 1986


When he recently took up genealogy, Larry D. Kump was thrilled to find that he is a kinsman of Patrick Henry.

The last place you'd expect to find Henry's literal or spiritual descendent is at the head of a public workers' union. But Kump, Executive Director of the Indiana State Employees Association (ISEA), is no ordinary union boss.

For one thing, he runs a voluntary group and doesn't think workers should be forced to join a union in order to work for a unionized employer. "Sometimes employees need to be protected from the caprice of their own union, and an open shop is the best way to do that", he says.

He isn't a typical public-employee advocate, either. Most unions, especially those of government workers, fiercely oppose privatization. But Kump, a fan of science-fiction writer Keith Laumer's satires of bureaucracy, supports some efforts to shrink the state. "I don't think any services ought to be provided by the government just because they always have been."

ISEA has proposed legislation that would require the state to demonstrate that a job is really necessary before replacing any employee who quits. The bill would also require cost-savings and accountability studies of any proposed privatization of government services.

But Kump wants wants government either to do a job itself or to get out of the business completely-not to hire private contractors. "The problem with contracting out is you don't want it, as with the Pentagon, to be underground political patronage, often tied to 'contributions' to politicians".

A handful of career state employees formed ISEA in 1953, Kump says, because "they were tired of scurrying to save their jobs every four years." The union has been fighting patronage ever since, but politicians still control about one third of state jobs. With the Indiana Libertarian Party, ISEA has filed suit to overturn the system. The Republicans, who dominate the state, have tried to have the suit dismissed, to no avail.

ISEA also has championed the rights of whistleblowers. "Nobody knows what's wrong with government more than government employees", says Kump. After a four year fight, the Legislature enacted ISEA legislation that protects the rights of state workers to belong to unions, to participate in political activity, and to report corruption without fear or reprisal. ISEA then got the law amended to add criminal penalties for those who harass whistleblowers.

ISEA receives whispered phone calls revealing political corruption. It cooperated with the press and FBI in investigating a scam in which state corrections department officials skimmed state funds and inmates benefits for personal use. Among other misdeeds, reports Kump, the department's commissioner (who came to Indiana from West Virginia) used state funds to restore his already lavish home, even goldplating the bathroom faucets.

Kump didn't plan on a career as a union leader.

In junior college (Hagerstown, MD), he edited the school paper and managed to offend the administration with his libertarian approach to students' rights. "They were so upset that they took away my scholarship which I was supposed to get as a perk for being editor", he recalls.

After college (Frostburg State University), he was chief aide to the Pennsylvania Republican Senate leader, then spent time working as a Labor relations Specialist for a public workers' union (Maryland Classified Employees Association - MCEA), before moving to Indiana.

In Kump's eight years as the Indiana union's Executive Director, it has grown in membership - despite a 20 percent reduction in the total number of state workers. (Indiana is the state with the fewest public employees per capita.) ISEA is now the state's largest public employee union. But Kump has paid a steep personal price for his success.

Kump says that, after encouraging him to take the job, his wife decided she couldn't put up with the long hours he was working.She left him and he was diagnosed with cancer.

"When she told me that she was moving back Easy with our two kids, that upset me more than finding out that I had 'terminal' cancer." An operation took care of the cancer, but his wife is still gone. Kump, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), lists himself on his business card as "Father of David & Sarah".

The union's success - often at the expense of the American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME/AFL-CIO) - has also drawn unwanted attention from the Teamsters. Without his knowledge, Kump says, "One of our staff cut a deal on the side with the Teamsters. A Teamster representative came into my office and said, 'We're going to get your membership anyway, so why don't you do it the easy way, and we'll give you a similar position-and save you the embarrassment of being run out of the state.'".

The man told him, says Kump: "You have trouble with anybody, you point him out to us, and we'll punch him in the nose." Kump thought he was kidding, but "then saw that he was serious. I told him to do what he could and if they could take over, I'd get a job slinging hamburgers."

In a free market, Kump is confident that this brand of union leadership sells best.


Footnote - The above condensed and edited magazine article was and is not an election endorsement of Larry D. Kump, who was a 2010 candidate for election to the West Virginia Legislature.You may contact Reason magazine at www.reason.com. Contributions also may be made to Mr. Kump's election campaign at:

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

Monday, February 1, 2010

From the Martinsburg, WV Journal-News

Kump announces bid for House

The Journal, Martinsburg, WV

Falling Waters man is vying for 52nd District seat

By Jamie West Journal Staff Writer. Posted: January 30, 2010

MARTINSBURG - When people ask how Larry D. Kump is doing, the answer isn't one they're used to hearing. "I'm goofy," he often replies.

Most times it's in reference to his personality and mood, an accurate depiction of his affable demeanor. Although, Kump said, people occasionally follow his response with, "Yeah, and I'm Donald," hinting at the two famous Disney cartoon characters.

Though Kump admittedly likes to joke, he is all business when it comes to the well-being of West Virginia.

A firm believer that anyone can make a difference, Kump announced Friday that he will run for the 52nd District seat of the West Virginia House of Delegates. Delegate Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, has represented the 52nd District since 2002, and recently announced his intentions to run for the West Virginia Senate.

Kump said he has been involved with government in one way or another throughout most of his life and has been an activist for personal freedom issues.

He said that after being approached by some county Republican leaders, they persuaded him to make a run for office.

"It was always a someday issue for me. I hadn't been thinking about doing that at this point in my life, and my daughter said to me, 'Dad, put your pom-poms down and get in the game,' so here I am," Kump said. "The amount of support I've already gotten from people has just really humbled me, and been really incredible."

Kump is running as a Republican, but considers himself more of a Libertarian/populist. His job history includes being the chief aide to the Republican leader of the Pennsylvania State Senate, executive director of the Indiana State Employees Association, the regional governor of the Maryland Classified Employees Association and most recently as a case manager specialist with Roxbury Correctional Institution in Hagerstown, Md.

Some of the issues he is passionate about include being an advocate for fiscal restraint and lowering or eliminating certain taxes. "I just think it's, for lack of a better phrase, cruel and unusual punishment to tax people on groceries and home heating fuel. Those are necessities that people need to live," Kump said.

He also has noted that people in the Eastern Panhandle often go to Maryland or Virginia to get their gasoline because of the cheaper prices. "I think the West Virginia gasoline tax should be lowered so we can compete with surrounding states," Kump said.

Though he is retired, Kump now finds himself busier than ever, but he said it's a "happier busier" and that he enjoys being active. He also has fought through two terminal cancer diagnoses and a house fire.

"I was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 1989 and given six months to live, and in 2002 I was told I had terminal cancer again in another area, and both of them went away by the grace of God.

It had to be that," Kump said. Now he wants to fight for the people and be their listening ear and representative.

"One thing the people won't get from me is political pandering," Kump said. "I'm not going to be one that glad-hands and goes to places just to get re-elected. What they can expect from me is to respond to every citizen that contacts me and to be straight-forward with what I'm for and what I'm against.

All legislative seats at all levels of government belong with people, and you need to listen to them.

"I really have a lot of sympathy with the little guys and gals out there, and not just in Berkeley County, that are trying hard to make financial ends meet, and are busting the gut.

We've got the elderly, the single parents, people that are just really hard pressed, and I think West Virginia could do a whole lot better for them than what they have," Kump said.

For more information, call Larry D. Kump at (304) 274-3104 or send him an e-mail at kumpster@mymailstation.com.

-Staff writer Jamie West can be reached at (304) 263-3381, ext. 132, or jwest@journal-news.net.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Kump Persuaded to be Legislative Candidate

Republican leaders persuaded Larry D. Kump of Falling Waters, West Virginia to be a candidate for election to the West Virginia House of Delegates District #52 (Northwest Berkeley County and a small section of Eastern Morgan County).

Mr. Kump agreed to give up his early retirement and continue his thirty-eight years of public service in order to represent West Virginia taxpayers; especially weary working families, the financially encumbered elderly, and struggling single parents. All of these folks bust a gut every day to make their diminishing financial ends meet.

Mr. Kump is an independent Republican who considers himself as a populist libertarian.

An advocate of fiscal restraint, with proven "hands-on" budgetary reform and multi-state legislative drafting expertise, Mr. Kump proposes a restructuring of West Virginia's taxes and the elimination of personal property taxes on family vehicles as well as taxes on groceries and home heating fuels.

On another tax issue, Mr. Kump further points out that many local residents purchase cheaper gasoline in Maryland and Virginia, thus depriving West Virginia of needed tax revenue and which also demonstrates the need for a reduction and restructuring of West Virginia gasoline taxes.

A fierce proponent of common sense health insurance reform, the former public sector labor leader proposes that a good first step would be to mend West Virginia's own exorbitant Medical Malpractice rates via tort reform. These high West Virginia medical malpractice rates have contributed to an exodus of qualified doctors and other health care professionals from West Virginia and higher medical expenses for all of us.

This former CEO and cancer survivor has many skills and much valuable experience.

These skills and experience also include service as a professional arbitrator, certified mediator, expert court witness, training facilitator, cognitive behavior mentor, sex offender therapist, prison case manager, university guest lecturer, and critical incident stress manager.

Mr. Kump looks forward to working with other legislators to enhance family preservation incentives and protect individual rights.

This previous assistant to the Republican Leader of the Pennsylvania State Senate has further pledged to push for American Constitutional Rights to be reserved only for American citizens, and not for expatriate terrorists.

Mr. Kump is a kinsman to both founding father Patrick Henry and former West Virginia Governor Herman Guy Kump (1932 term).

The proud father of David & Sarah, Mr. Kump is an award winning graduate of Hagerstown Community College, Frostburg State University, and the Maryland Correctional Professional Staff Academy.

Mr. Kump is a member of the Hedgesville, West Virginia Ward (congregation) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

Contact Mr. Kump at (304) 274-3104 or kumpster@mymailstation.com for more information.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

One of Many Previous & Persuasive Pleas

Larry:

As one who is quite familiar with your political views and ability to express them, I urge you to prayerfully consider the appeal of party leaders to you to run for office, providing the rigors of travel to Charleston will not be too much for you physically.

You are known in our community as one who does not cave easily to pressure, even when your views are contrary to the majority. We dearly need such representation in our West Virginia Legislature.

This is very likely a case where the call of God and the call of man are one and the same.

I urge you in the strongest possible terms to make the sacrifices called for in order for you to become an agent of positive change for the people of West Virginia and the Eastern Panhandle.

Sincerely,
Ed Wilson

Personal Sidebar Addendum from Larry: This good and devout Roman Catholic friend even has since gone so far as to petition a patron saint on my behalf. He and others like him have touched my innermost soul.