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.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Homeowners Harmonize Heft

Click on the link below to view the newspaper article:

http://www.journal-news.net/page/content.detail/id/572347/EPOHOA-meeting-draws-large-crowd.html?nav=5266#.Tu9vq4gFRic.email

Troublesome and Toxic

The recent December 18th "Christmas Memories I Can't Forget" editorial comments by Don Smith (www.journal-news.net) mirrored my thoughts, as well as my concerns, about West Virginia's unhealthy dependence on revenue from gambling clip joints.

Gambling is a troublesome and toxic combination, especially when it is part of the government revenue stream.

It bodes ill for the well-being of Mountaineer families.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Marcellus & Woody (HB 401)

The legislation to regulate drilling into huge natural gas deposits of "Marcellus Shale" in West Virginia was intensely debated and approved by a Special Session of the West Virginia Legislature.

The vote in the West Virginia House of Delegates on HB401 was 92 yeas to 5 nays, and I voted yea.

My concerns were to balance the legitimate interests and needs of the gas and oil industry, the safety of our environment, and the property rights and privileges of surface owners and residents.

Although I agree that the further development of Marcellus Shale in West Virginia will help our nation become more energy independent and perhaps also foster an economic boom for all of West Virginia, the final version of the bill still fell somewhat short, in my opinion, of giving enough protection to the rights and privileges of property owners and residents.

Even so, the adoption of Delegate Woody Ireland's proposal to have monitoring and oversight of possible disruptive effects upon residents from drilling for Marcellus gas greatly enhanced the value of this legislation.

In summary, I came to the overall conclusion that HB 401 is a step in the right direction and voted accordingly.


Footnote: Click on "WV State Legislature" under "Links" on the right hand side of this webpage, to search for more specifics about this legislation.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thornton Cooper's Legislative Proposal

Thornton,

I would be pleased and proud to support and even cosponsor your forthcoming legislative proposal to provide single member districts in the West Virginia House of Delegates.

Furthermore, we should go and do likewise with the West Virginia State Senate districts.

Delegate Larry D. Kump

Mountaineers Prefer Kump

Hi Larry,

Our PAC launches in January, and you will see significant support from us next year.

I am very happy to see you running for re-election to the West Virginia House of Delegates.

You're a model Delegate, who I hope to empower to continue achieving good for West Virginia.

West Virginia desperately needs honest folks like you, who are sincere and capable, in government.

Our taxes can be lowered, our economic climate can become employment friendly, our Judiciary can get an appellate level, and the Legislature can achieve more transparency with voters as well as be much more in harmony with our Constitution.

We can wean our government off the gambling teat, because there's even more revenue from a growing and vibrant economy.

Then our children will stay and prosper here in West Virginia, and our lives will become what they always should have been.

Few are those who can bring about this great change.

Few are those who can fight this fight.

Few are those who won't wear down, sell out, or give up.

Those few will be paid with respect, honor, and gratitude.

History will note them and We the People will revere them.

They will be the heroes of West Virginia, the greatest Mountaineers of all time.

We will do our part to help bring all of this about.

With respect and gratitude,

Greg Jessen
President: Mountaineer Tea Party LLC & PAC