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, November 20, 2012

For Hand-Wringers & Gloaters Alike

The partisan post 2012 national election combination of hand-wringing and gloating, regarding the continuance of our Presidential and Congressional status quo, gave me elegiac pause to ponder our ongoing challenges.

Simply put, let us all adopt Virgil's suggestion: "Durate et vosmet rebus servate secundus" (Carry on, and reserve yourselves for better times).

Also, let's put into both word and deed Thomas Jefferson's counsel: "Non solum nobis, sed patriae" (Not for ourselves only, but for our country).

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Voice of the People

At the urging of a 70% advisory referendum vote by the citizens of Hagerstown, Maryland, those city officials now are moving forward to amend their city charter to conduct all future elections on a non-partisan basis.

Non-partisan elections help voters more fully reap the benefits of the salvation of liberty, the heart of the nation, and the hope of our republic.

May the West Virginia Legislature go and do likewise.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Election Reflections

While our President did not earn my confidence or vote for his re-election, my personal prayers are on behalf of him and our Congress, to inspire and empower them to work together to resolve our nation's feckless financial crisis. Truly,it is well past time to end the ongoing erosion of our economic and national security. Our families' futures are at risk.

Closer to home here in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, Delegate Walter Duke will be sorely missed as one of our elected representatives in the forthcoming State Legislature.

Having served with and in various state legislatures throughout the nation since 1972, I truly can attest that Walt is one of the most diligent, knowledgeable, and trustworthy legislators whom it ever has been my privilege to know. May his successor go and do likewise.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Term Limits (Also see Postscript)

October 25, 2012
Sheriff term limits up for vote
 MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Keith Wilson Jr. is one of West Virginia's youngest sheriffs at 39, but even if he wins a second term on Election Day, his career with the Wirt County department will end in four years.
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Footnote: There was a longer version of this article published on Friday, October 26th in the Hagerstown Herald-Mail newspaper, to which reporter Matthew Umstead contributed, but it was not available on-line.

November 7th Postscript: West Virginia voters resoundingly defeated this proposed constituional amendment, which also has been defeated by our  citizens many times previously in prior elections. In point of fact, this proposal now has been voted down five times by Mountaineer citizens (1962, 1973, 1982, 1994, and 2012). Given the opportunity, it is my considered opinion that the people of West Virginia would vote for term limits for all elected officials.