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.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

New Year's Opportunities (Please share this message with others)

Dear Friends & Fellow Citizens,

 

 Dieter F. Uchtdorf recently reminded me that the best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago, but the second best time is now.

 

 Moreover, Thomas Paine previously pointed out in "The American Crisis" that, "These are the times that tries men's souls",  and this remains ever so true here and now.

 

 Centuries ago, Janus was the ancient Roman God of beginnings, and what time is better for new beginnings than here and now?  After all, the month of January is named after him, because the beginning of the year is a time for refelection and also for planning and doing.

 

 We continue that tradition today, making personal action resolutions in January for the rest of the year. 

 

  Accordingly, with the forthcoming start of the new year and the 2014 West Virginia Legislative Session, this personal plea again comes to you, asking you to also pass this message along to others, simply because everyone's involvement is needed to help us make a difference together in the pursuit of the principles of good governance.

 

 (By the way, thank you ever so much to those of you who already have made contributions to my 2014 re-election efforts.)


 And so again and simply put: After earlier being persuaded to be a candidate for re-election as a Delegate in the West Virginia Legislature in 2014, a Primary election opponent since then has pre-filed to oppose my re-election nomination.


 

 My decision to be a candidate for re-election was made because of my firm conviction and personal passion to do my best to be an independent voice on behalf of our personal liberties and responsibilities.


 

 Especially dear to my heart are those God given rights and responsibilities promised to us by the 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 10th Amendments of our Constitution, including our personal property rights.


 

 These principles, along with the necessity for personal integrity in our elected officials, are the very keys to our individual and family prosperity.


 

 To that end, we need and must continue to work together for a reduction in senseless spending, improvident programs, and counterproductive taxes and regulations.


 

 Accordingly, donations to my re-election campaign are needed now from you and other like-minded fellow citizens; who believe in these same principles of individual liberty as well as in our  own personal accountability and empowerment.


 

 Simply put once more: Will you help?


 

 Please join our Mountaineer League of Extraordinary Citizens, by sending a personal check of $250 or more (or anything else that you can afford) to :

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

Working together to stay Independent,

Larry

Postscriptum: Please remember to help by sharing this plea with all of your family and other associates. Add your personal encouragement for each of them to make their own contributions. AND ask them also to pass along this call to action to even more others.

Notice: Cash contributions will not be accepted. West Virginia law does not allow contributions from West Virginia public employees (but this prohibition does not include members of their families). This law also requires that all contributions over $250 must include your postal mailing address, occupation, and the name of your employer. No Primary election contributions over $1,000 per person may be accepted.

Monday, December 23, 2013

A Christmas Greeting & Reminder

None of us would have a fullness of liberties and blessings without the "American Excellence" we especially enjoy as citizens of the United States of America.

However, as our world changes all around us, there are fewer and fewer folks who believe in faith based justice, compassion, and respect for human dignity.

Further, the continued erosion of family and faith has prompted some lost souls even to join street gangs for the counterfeit feeling of belonging to something that will give them purpose, security, and a sense of belonging.

Far too many of us do not understand or even believe that our founding fathers knew that religion always should be a foundational principle of our beliefs and behavior.

These fathers of our liberty knew that morality does not exist without faith.

They testified that faith was and is an essential ingredient of good governance and human happiness.

George Washington, in his "Farewell Address", warned us that,

"...Reason and experience both forbids us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle...It is substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring to popular government."

Regarding our individual rights and liberty, Harold B. Lee, former President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), taught that,

"...we seek to build the individual and we must not mistake the scaffolding of the soul."

All of us should and must seek out and be true to the principles of our individual faiths.

We should and must dare to be different from those who lack faith (and hope).

During this Christmas holiday season, let us all strive to be more humbly dedicated to the testimony of our personal faith, from which stems our and our families' sacred national legacy and patrimony.

Merry Christmas!

Sudafed & Prescription Drugs

Dear Delegate Kump;
 Thank you for the email outlining current legislative thoughts toward more restrictions on pharmaceutical purchases.  Please vote against any pharmaceutical  restrictions on Sudafed or anything else.
 
 Previously, when we got sick with common wintertime  ailments (cold, flu, bronchitis, coughing, etc.) we could call the family doctor and he would do a phone interview and promptly call in an antibiotic prescription, to be coupled with over the counter recommended pharmaceuticals (i.e. Sudafed).  Then the government thought they knew better what was good for us, so they prohibited prescriptions without an office visit and made the Sudafed and other OTC drugs hard to get and limited.  This destroyed a system that allowed us to quickly eliminate the disease, stay healthy and productive

 Now the procedure is that we call the doctor for an appointment, but he can't see us because there are a limited number of doctors and everybody gets sick at the same time (cold and flu season).  The doctor says go to the emergency room but that is an $ 800 out of pocket expense, so that is not going to happen unless we are dying, or you are on welfare where you never really have to pay the hospital.  Since we can't get antibiotics, the cold goes down into the chest and sets up an infection, so we develop a terrible cough, fever, and feel lousy.  This goes on for two to three weeks, instead of the previous few days.  We also get to stand in line for 20 minutes down at the rite aid because the druggist is very busy and filling out forms to buy Sudafed is not his first priority.  Those that have poor resistance continue to decline until they have to go to the emergency room for hospitalization or they die. 

 Legislatures are doing a magnificent job of taking a wonderful private health care system and pushing it backwards 100+  years.  Now we all sit around and shove warm salt water up our nose to kill infection like the ancient Romans used to do and try to figure out what homeopathic medicine we can take that will work best.  Those that work have to take off or make everybody else in the office sick (which doesn't work well when you are self employed, like my wife is), because you can't eliminate the fever quickly and you're infectious as long as you have one. 

 The elitist legislators that come up with such moron type ideas as restricting pharmaceutical treatment have no common sense and are nothing but a burden to the working class of people.  Unfortunately, they will never come to appreciate our problems because they have enough connections to get themselves and their family medically treated promptly. 

 Anyway, please vote against these Legislative "good idea fairies" and their stupid proposals.

Thanks.

Jim Slough
Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Telephone Town Hall Survey Results

Here are the results of last Saturday's telephone issues survey of most likely 2014 Primary election voters in West Virginia House of Delegates District #59 (Berkeley & Morgan Counties):

*90% were for protecting our Constitutional (2nd Amendment) rights.

*85% were for requiring a court warrant before forcing anyone (when stopped by a law enforcement officer) to have their blood tested.

*95% were for protecting the property rights of current residential septic system owners and not forcing hook ups with the public sewer districts.

*85% were against requiring a doctor's prescription in order to purchase "Sudafed" cold medication.

*93% were against "Common Core" and for more local control of our schools.

*93% were for stopping the "Unaffordable Health Care Act" (Obamacare).

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Still Sudafed Up?

 When  over-the-counter Sudafed is outlawed, will only outlaws have head colds?

 

 The evidence now is in- drug Kingpins prefer Mexico as their source of Sudafed. Click on the link below to read more about the legislative folly on Sudafed, in a recent Forbes magazine article:


http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidwhelan/2012/05/23/losing-the-war-on-meth-and-sudafed-at-the-same-time/

 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Pay Raises for Politicians?

While I serve on the West Virginia Legislature's Government Organization Interim Study Committee and this committee currently is reviewing a proposal to increase the salaries of county elected officials (see Martinsburg Journal newspaper article below), my previous position has not changed.
I adamantly oppose and will vote against any legislative committee recommendation to increase the salaries of elected officials.
The West Virginia Constitution requires the State Legislature to determine the salaries of county elected officials, but my preference is for "Home Rule" on these local issues.
Accordingly I will introduce Home Rule legislation in 2014.
My proposal will seek to amend the West Virginia Constitution, allowing county commissioners and councils to determine the salaries of elected official positions, but ONLY as long as these salary determinations are subject to a local voter referendum.
Delegate Larry D. Kump



MARTINSBURG - When asked for a group consensus, the Berkeley County Council members reiterated their consensus against supporting a pay increase for elected officials and council and commission members.

In Thursday's council meeting, members needed to provide a council representation to Vivian Parsons, executive director for the County Commissioners' Association of West Virginia, on supporting legislation for a salary increase for the 2014 legislative session.

All five council members opposed an increase in 2014.

"It's a budgetary issue for me. We're talking an increase for the council people plus the other electeds, it's a right healthy addition to our budget. Since I've been here, for the past five years, we've taken the approach to cut as much as we can; we haven't been able to give our employees raises because of that," said President Anthony Petrucci.

Most council members expressed the opinion to maintain the current pay level, $36,900, since members knew it was the salary when running for the council.

"We knew what we were getting into when we signed on. I'm perfectly content with my salary," said Jim Barnhart.

"We're still asking people to watch their budget. We're still not out of the tough economic times that we're in. When I decided to run for office, I knew what the pay was. Therefore, I feel that the pay that we get is what we committed to," Copenhaver said. "I feel everyone is entitled to more money, but at the present time, we just don't have the funds."

Both Sen. Don Cookman, D-Hampshire and Delegate Larry Kump, R-Berkeley, will be part of proposals meant to change the legislation concerning a counties' constitutional officials' salaries, although proposals do not mean it will be introduced during the 2014 legislative session.

Kump will propose a constitutional amendment to allow county commissions and councils to determine the salaries of county elected officials subject to a voter referendum approved at the next general election.

Through the Government Organization subcommittee, of which Cookman is a member, the legislation will include a 12 percent increase to elected officials' salaries and a statutory increase of three percent on July 1, 2016, and every two years afterwards.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

From My Neighbor & Friend

To my fellow voters,

I'd like to encourage you to vote. It still is one of the great freedoms we're allowed in this country.

And, I'd like to encourage you to vote for Mr. Larry D. Kump.

There is a lot of things going on this country that just doesn't make sense. Voting for someone who sells lies and then goes rogue once elected into office is one of them. If a man isn't good for his word, he ain't much good for anything.

I encouraged Mr. Kump to run the first time because I've been his neighbor and have known him for a long time. His character is spot on. I knew he could & would make a difference.

Big government is slowing sucking the life out of our once great country. We're seen as a laughing stock now amongst our creditors. This country was founded on Biblical principles, designed to make us free. Now, as they are being stripped away, we the people are becoming slaves.

We need a good man who is rooted and grounded in the principles of moral conscience and liberty.

It's time to take back this land from the thieves and robbers pillaging us taxpayers.

So as an encouragement to vote - vote Mr. Larry D. Kump for the West Virginia House of Delegates...

For Freedom! ...For Liberty!... For Good Governance!

Greg Dash,
Falling Waters, West Virginia

Friday, December 6, 2013

Beep Beep!

Although there are some Mountaineer lawmakers who are advocating the use of speed cameras in West Virginia, here are just a few of the reasons recently shared with me that points out why this is a really bad idea:
• The right to face your accuser in court and cross examine witnesses is guaranteed by the our Constitution's "Bill of Rights". Speed cameras deny you this right, because the accuser is a machine.
• Speed cameras are a form of mass surveillance over ordinary drivers. The government is forbidden from engaging in sweeping surveillance systems without warrants.Only DRIVERS, rather than career criminals, are currently considered bad enough by some lawmakers to justify such a system. It is possible that the cameras, or the data they collect, could one day be used for purposes other than speed enforcement, which may already be happening in some jurisdictions.
• The lack of human oversight means that no one person will be held accountable if there are widespread errors or misconduct by officials.
• Since tickets are received weeks later, the accused has a very limited ability to gather evidence in their defense. This is particularly true of mobile cameras, which may no longer be in the same location, or "workzone" cameras, where the location may have been substantially changed by the time the defendant becomes aware of the alleged offense.
• Tickets are issued to the owner of the vehicle, even if they are not the driver. Fully a third of speed camera tickets go to people who did not commit the offense, because someone else was driving. This is of even more concern now that courts in Maryland have declared paying a citation to be an "admission of speeding".
• Ticket Recipients who challenge citations commonly have their cases heard in an unfair court proceeding, that is commonly known as the Court's "Speed Camera Day", where dozens of defendants have their cases heard in an assembly line manner. Because the burden of proof for speed camera tickets has been lowered below that of a criminal case, and below that for even ordinary traffic violations, defendants essentially are "guilty until proven innocent". Judges have in some cases made statements to the effect that the only acceptable "not guilty" plea is that someone else was driving their car at the time the ticket was issued, and to present "that driver". At Speed Camera Day hearings, the government is free to present evidence without supporting witnesses, something which would normally be a violation of the standard court rules of evidence. In some cases, defendants have been found guilty, even when they have proven that required operating procedures were not followed. In many cases, even when a defendant requests the "operator" of the camera to appear, in the manner described on the citations, judges have instructed that those operators need not testify, something which goes against several Supreme Court rulings regarding our Constitutional right to confront our accuser. Not only does this set a horrible legal precedent and risk finding innocent people guilty, but it gives a disincentive for the government agencies, which are enforcing the law, to obey the law.
• The safety benefits of automated traffic enforcement systems have been mixed. Red light cameras have actually been proven to INCREASE accidents. One study in Great Britain has shown that other forms of speed control, such as speed bumps and speed indicator signs are much more effective at reducing accidents. Another British study demonstrated that speed cameras did not reduce accident rates in highway work zones, concluding "No significant difference was observed in the PIA [Personal Injury Accident] rate for sites with and without cameras". In one case in Maryland, a Montgomery County town was found to have made claims about reductions in accidents which were found to be false, when compared to their own monthly police reports. In another Maryland County (Baltimore County), the police reported no reduction in accidents near speed camera sites. Baltimore City saw accidents rise from 2009 to 2012 while they were adding speed cameras.
• There are other ways to reduce speeds, such as the use of radar speed signs, that are every bit as effective, if not more so, than speed cameras. Sadly, the citizen pocket emptying profit motive of speed cameras encourages the government to ignore reasonable alternatives.
• Speed cameras do not remove the worst drivers from the roads the way a police officer can. Drunk drivers or a reckless criminal in a stolen vehicle, who might pose an immediate risk to pedestrians and other motorists, could ignore a speed camera completely. Also, since the current system issues no points for citations, a wealthy but extremely bad driver can receive dozens of speed camera tickets without losing their license, if they simply pay the fines.
• Speed cameras encourage erratic driving behavior. Drivers slow down as they approach the camera sites, then accelerate after they pass them. Cameras make some already safe drivers nervous. And enforcement which is too strict could have unintended consequences such as causing drivers to spend too much time looking at their speedometers rather than at the road.
• The platitude,"If you don't speed, you won't get a ticket from a speed camera!" is manifestly UNTRUE because there have been many proven cases of speed cameras issuing tickets in error. Recent events in the City of Baltimore proved that systematic errors by that city's cameras were only the latest. There have been many other instances of proven errors elsewhere in the State of Maryland. Even if driver believes they are innocent, they need to spend days fighting one $40 ticket in court, and would probably not find it worthwhile to do so, except as a matter of principle. In some extremely sad cases, even a well prepared defendant might find themselves before the judge who has decided in advance that he will not allow any defense challenging the accuracy of the cameras: a scenario which is a total perversion of the principals of our justice system. A commercial driver could potentially be fired over an erroneous camera ticket issued to an employer-owned vehicle.
• The speed cameras are NOT operated by sworn police officers. Instead this is outsourced to a private company. For example, under Maryland's Montgomery County camera program, their contractor receives a $16.25 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.
Just sayin'.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Do You Own Your Own Blood?

Falling Waters, W.Va. -- Delegate Larry D. Kump is introducing an amendment to House Bill 2513.

Kump's proposal would require that that law enforcement officers obtain a court warrant, through due process, before they can remove a citizen from their car, drive them to a hospital and force them to undergo a blood test or immediately lose their driving privileges.

House Bill 2513, which was passed in the 2013 session of the West Virginia House of Delegates and signed into law by the Governor does just that.

Delegate Kump voted against it.

“We are a nation of laws, and the Constitution is the highest law of the land. Until a warrant is obtained, the citizens of West Virginia have Constitutional protection of their person, property and possessions, and if your blood is not your possession, I don't know what is." said Delegate Kump.

"No one wants people to drive drunk or drugged", continued Kump, “However the Constitution is clear. A very similar law in Missouri was judged unconstitutional by the Supreme Court earlier this year, as it is a clear violation of the 4th Amendment."

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

"Footloose"?

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

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

It's only right, and Mountaineers deserve better.

After all, "Footloose" should only be a movie.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Fixing the Unaffordable Care Act

The following was written by a Morgan County concerned citizen and shared with his permission:

While there are serious problems with our healthcare system, the "Affordable Care Act" (ACA) is not the solution. Republicans are correct to oppose it. I served several years on the State Board of our professional insurance association. We learned that, in working with the Legislature, you can't merely oppose legislation. You must offer a possible solution. The Romney campaign's failure to do so was costly.

Permit me to outline some ideas that could help address the issues of cost and also
help the involuntarily uninsured.

Allow individuals to deduct insurance premiums on their tax returns.

Allow a person to keep their health care policy when they move from one state to another.

Allow a person who loses group benefits to have an individual policy with the insurer covering the group. Allow alternative benefits that a person losing a job can afford, rather than just the same and temporary benefits under COBRA.

We need tort reform, not tort elimination. Limit malpractice lawsuits. Establish medical courts. The medical community needs to do much more to police their profession regarding malpractice.

Strengthen Medical Savings accounts so that the insured has a stake in the cost of their care. Consumers need to be able to shop for health care and know the costs of what different providers offer. Note the effects in the laser eye surgery market.

Have pre-existing open enrollment periods, as offered by Medicare, rather than enrollment after the event, like the ACA allows.

Withdraw mandatory free care in hospital emergency rooms for non life threatening situations. This is the biggest and costliest abuse.

Allow insurance companies to offer a variety of programs for consumers to choose, not just coverage mandated by the government (such as maternity coverage). Competition drives down prices. Provide liability protection for insurance companies and agents regarding consumers who claim ignorance after signing state approved contracts. Consumers must be responsible for their decisions.

Open subsidized clinics for the poor and those on Medicaid. Give Medicaid folks spending accounts so that they are responsible for how the money is spent.

I understand that some in Congress are working on these ideas. None of the above ideas require a massive increase in bureaucracy, regulations or the costs associated with complying. The ACA simply is a massive wage and price control project. In the 70's, Nixon tried wage and price controls and, of course, they didn't work. The Soviet Union and its former satellites were the premier laboratory
for wage and price controls. Human nature will find a way around them. Individuals need to be allowed to make their own decisions, not government planners. The free market works.

Like the system before it, the ACA is full of special deals and benefits for the politically connected. We need solutions that benefit everyone equally. If we can offer solutions and show the public how they can work, people will listen and accept. That will be a refreshing change from the snake oil that has been peddled for the last four years.

David Hansen
Berkeley Springs, West Virginia

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Term Limits?

Some sincere citizens in Morgan County have written letters to the editor and also have contacted me, asking me to sponsor legislation to allow West Virginia unilaterally to impose term limits on our federal legislators.

Although I support term limits on all elected officials and have responded in great detail to those inquirers, it probably also is prudent to point out that, among other judicial findings of fact in multiple other jurisdictions, the United States Supreme Court ruled in 1995, that, in the absence of a Constitutional amendment, neither the States nor Congress may impose term limits on elected federal officials.

This decision upheld a 1994 ruling by the Arkansas Supreme Court on the same issue.

Those who wish further information on this issue may do their own research.

Meanwhile, as a state legislator, I have introduced legislation and will continue to advocate on behalf of term limits for our elected state officials.


Footnote: Contributions for the re-election of Delegate Kump should be mailed to "Friends of Larry D. Kump". P.O. Box 1131, Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Right Thing

The following letter to the editor recently was published in a local newspaper:

Dear Editor,
Larry currently represents District #59 (Berkeley & Morgan counties) in the West Virginia House of Delegates. I know him and trust him to continue to do the right thing for West Virginia and the Eastern Panhandle. He understands the U.S. and state constitutions and believes laws must conform to them. He favors smaller, responsive and responsible government at all levels. The Panhandle needs Larry's intelligent, temperate and experienced vote in Charleston.
Charles A. Aston
Hedgesville,West Virginia


Footnote: Contributions for the re-election of Delegate Kump should be sent to "Friends of Larry D. Kump", P.O. Box 1131, Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131.

Friday, November 8, 2013

The Genesis of West Virginia

God was nowhere to be seen for six days.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Death Penalty Dilemma


Mike,

   The almost overwhelming grief and anger, directed against those who wantonly abuse and even snuff out  the lives of others, wreaks a terrible toll on all of us. It even is akin to an emotional cancer.

 

 Similar events have happened in my life, inasmuch as I also have lost both family members and others dear to me from vile acts of abuse and murder.

 

 In one case, Jeffrey Wroten was one of those victims. Jeff was a correctional officer coworker at the prison where I previously worked. He was a close friend, a loving Father, and a brother in my faith. His agonizing murder at the hands of a violent criminal in his custody continues to haunt my heart.

 

 Further, as a former prison case manager, part of my duties and responsibilities also was to endure court and open parole hearings, wherein the families of victims testified and were forced therein to re-live the memories of those awful acts.

 

 Even so, my opposition to capital punishment remains and for the reasons outlined in my original email  (see below).

 

 More simply put, supporting the death penalty is a dark place to which I refuse to go.

 

To me, this is  not just a matter of my personal faith. It also is a profound position of my political policy principles.

 

Larry

 

 

Larry
I replied to this email last month when you sent it originally but just discovered that you never received it. I'm trying again. Hope you get it.
Mike H.


Larry
Regarding your three sobering observations;
1. It's hard to restore a murder victims life.
2. We'll never have to worry about our wives/daughters being raped and murdered by Ted Bundy.
3. Looking at the government money spent on programs like planned parenthood that murder more children in a year than we'll execute in a thousand, it's money well spent.

Respectfully,
Mike 

 

 Original email from West Virginia Delegate Larry D. Kump ("More Horrendous than Halloween"):

With Halloween arriving soon, there already are too many scary and dangerous folks on the prowl (not counting a few of our elected and wannabe elected leaders).
A number of these scary and dangerous folks even commit crimes, and end up serving time in prison.
While some sincere folks favor the death penalty for those who are convicted of heinous crimes, the morality of authorizing our government to take the lives of others for criminal convictions simply is a hurdle that just is too high for me and my personal faith.
Moreover, my seventeen year servitude in the bowels of a high security lock-up, working as a prison case manager, taught me three other sobering lessons about the death penalty:
* It does not provide restorative justice.
* It is not a deterrent to the commission of crime by others.
* It costs taxpayers more to execute convicted felons than to imprison them for life. (This may seem counter-intuitive and contrary to conventional wisdom for many, but this is due to the tremendously expensive and lengthy appeal provisions guaranteed by the 8th Amendment of our United States Constitution.)
Nonetheless. it is a sad and sobering fact of life that it is necessary to imprison many convicted criminals, in order to protect public safety on behalf of us and our families.
Further, I also frankly favor the lack of parole eligibility for horrendous offenses.
However, some good people have asked me, "But, what about parole for those who are falsely imprisoned?". The answer to that concern is that: Parole consideration for convicted felons is not about their guilt or innocence. That is determined by the courts. Those who feel that they are wrongly convicted have the right to appeal their sentences in our judicial system.
And so, the bottom line for me on the question of the death penalty is that, giving our government the authority to deprive citizens of our most fundamental right (to be able to breathe in and breathe out), simply scares the screaming bejeebers out of me, much more so than innocent Halloween frighteners.

Monday, November 4, 2013

A Lesson from an Eight Year Old

Not too long ago, the eight year old daughter of Tom and Amanda Merrill asked me about government.

She wondered why government makes so many rules that interfere so much with our right to make personal choices in our own lives.

After we talked, she simply said, "That isn't fair!".

I agree.

That's why it's my personal political passion to work for individual liberty, personal accountability, and personal empowerment.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Tax Attacks

Tax his land.
Tax his bed.
Tax the table
at which he's fed.

Tax his tractor.
Tax his mule.
Teach him taxes
are the rule.

Tax his work.
Tax his pay.
He works for
peanuts anyway.

Tax his cow.
Tax his goat.
Tax his pants,
and tax his coat.

Tax his ties.
Tax his shirt.
Tax his work,
and tax his dirt.

Tax his body.
Tax his brain.
Tax his air, and
tax his rain.

Tax his water.
Tax his bath.
Take it all.
Take all he hath.

Tax his mother.
Tax his dad.
Tax his simple
homeplace pad.

Tax his tobacco.
Tax his drink.
Tax him if he
tries to think.

Tax his wine.
Tax his beers.
If he cries,
then tax his tears.

Tax his car.
Tax his fuel.
Make him feel like
such a tool.

When he screams,
tax him more.
Tax him 'till
he's good and sore.

Tax his coffin.
Tax his grave.
Tax the sod in
which he's laid.

Put these words
upon his tomb,
"Taxes drove me
to my doom!".

When he's gone,
do not relax.
Because then it's time
for inheritance tax!

A Message from Dick & Jane

Dear Mr. Kump,

As voters in your West Virginia House of Delegates legislative district, my wife and I visited your website and began reading it aloud.

We found ourselves nodding our heads after each point, something that is rare in our house regarding politicians.

These are trying times, and our Constitution is "hanging by a thread".

Best wishes in the election - our state and nation need leaders such as you.

We look forward to voting for you and encouraging all of our friends and neighbors to do the same.

Dick and Jane

P.S.: Your website's "Of Mice & Men" entry and video-link gave us a chuckle, but also made us think.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Power of Prayer

Dear Barry,
Thank you ever so much. There is tremendous power in heartfelt and persistent prayer, as you already know.

Larry


Original Message:

Dear Delegate Kump,

I just want to thank you for your service to our great State, and let you know that I prayed for you this morning.

Sincerely,

Barry Stone

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Dave's Deposition

The following excerpt of a letter to a local newspaper has been reprinted below, with the permission of the author:

"To the Editor,

...(Delegate) Kump is well-educated, highly experienced and widely respected for his wisdom, fairness and thoughtfulness.

He has over 40 years of prior legislative and public administration skills and experience. These skills and experience include management expertise in managing large budgets and payrolls. This expertise is both on the management and employees' side of the table in multiple jurisdictions throughout our nation. He has drafted and gotten legislation passed into law, often against formidable opposition. He also has experienced both adversity and success in his life. Kump brings to his position an insightful knowledgeable, mature and decisive personality.

He is a strong believer in rock-solid fiscal discipline, enhancing traditional family values, strengthening individual liberty and encouraging personal responsibilities. The citizens of Berkeley and Morgan counties are fortunate to share Kump's services, and the Legislature is especially benefited by his presence.

David Michael Myers"


Footnote: Contributions for Delegate Kump's re-election may be mailed to "Friends of Larry D. Kump", P.O. Box 1131, Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Price is Right

The following is an excerpt from a recent letter to the editor of a local newspaper, shared with the permission of the author:

"Mr. Kump made it clear from the start that he would err on the side of liberty, rule of law and the Constitutions of West Virginia and the United States. As far as I can see, he has lived up to his statements.

Thomas B.B. Price"


Footnote: Contributions for the re-election of Delegate Kump may be sent to "Friends of Larry D. Kump", P.O. Box 1131, Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Hamming It Up with Dr. Seuss

I do not like this President man.

I do not like this health care scam.

I do not like these dirty crooks,

or how they lie and cook the books.

I do not like when Congress steals.

I do not like their secret deals.

I do not like this spending spree.

I do not think this stuff is free.

I do not like their smug replies,

when I complain about their lies.

I do not like this lack of hope.

I do not like it: Nope! Nope! Nope!

I do like "Horton Hears a Who". I do! I do!

Postscriptum: One wise wag once made an observation that also applies to some of our elected leaders and wannabe elected leaders, "If we had some ham, we could have ham and eggs - if we only had some eggs!"

Do your part to make your voice heard. Send your contributions to "Friends of Larry D. Kump", P.O. Box 1131, Falling Waters, WV 25419



Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Remembering Martin

The well-intentioned firearms phobia by much of the misinformed media and even some of our elected representatives continues to alarm and worry me.

Many of these folks seem to believe that undermining our "American Excellence", by trampling upon our sacred Constitutional rights, somehow will eliminate depraved violence by the morally corrupt and mentally ill.

And so it went that I continued to pray and ponder about this instant assault upon our citizen rights and liberties, especially those provided by the 2nd and 10th amendments in our Constitution's "Bill of Rights".

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

Martin Niemoller 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.

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

He 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."

Saturday, September 28, 2013

A Life Lesson from a Little Frog

 For those of us who wax weary and worried about our struggle on behalf of  individual liberty and personal empowerment and accountability, consider this life  lesson from a little frog:

 Two  frogs were on their merry way to the big frog hoe-down. While they were traveling along a rutted road, they slipped and fell into one of those deep ruts.

After exerting all of his strength, the bigger of the two frogs was able to jump out of the rut. But, try as he might, the smaller frog just wasn't strong enough to escape.

 Finally, the little frog told his friend to go to the hoe-down without him... and he did.

However, hours later, his froggy friend was amazed to see a very tired little frog walk into the frog dance hall.

"How did you manage to get out of that rut?", he asked.

The little frog simply replied: "A truck came along. I had to!"

And so it goes for each of us........

Friday, September 27, 2013

Horton Hears Whom?

                               
 Delegate Larry D. Kump reads "Horton hears a Who" to the children at the North Berkeley Branch Library (in Spring Mills, West Virginia) on the library's 50th birthday.   
 He also wore a "special" hat in honor of Dr. Seuss (see "The Cat in the Hat") as well as the 150th birthday of the State of West Virginia.
 The "Horton Hears a Who" book is one of the all time favorites of Delegate Kump, because of the lesson it teaches about the worth of every individual.
 His favorite quote from the book is, "Don't give up! I believe in you all! A person's a person, no matter how small!...If you make yourselves heard! So come on, now, and TRY! ...We've got to make noises in greater amounts! So, open your mouth, ...! For every voice counts!"

Follow-up Request to Criminal Investigation

C. Joan Parker, West Virginia Ethics Commission:
Please advise me if the West Virginia Ethics Commission has jurisdiction over the ongoing findings of the West Virginia Legislative Audit regarding the issue of the shady communications expenditures and process, wherein the West Virginia Senate President and the Speaker of the West Virginia House of Delegates now also have authorized a report on these findings to the federal prosecutor.

If so, I herewith request that the West Virginia Ethics Commission also investigate and take appropriate action on any ethics violations.

Delegate Larry D. Kump

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Criminal Investigation Requested

Click on the "blue type" link below to read this Associated Press story about shady dealings in the Mountaineer State:
W.Va. lawmaker requests review of tower audit

Source: register-herald.com

A West Virginia lawmaker wants federal, state and local prosecutors to review an audit of a statewide microwave communications network. A legislative

 

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Wright Stuff!

I want to add my voice to what I expect to become a crescendo of support for Larry Kump's candidacy as Delegate.

I've know Larry for the better part of the last two years through the monthly meetings of the Berkeley County Republican Party, his emails about his stance on issues and comments on my earlier letters to various newspapers and his web page.  (Larry has no peer when it comes to timely communication!).

Without fail, I've know Larry to focus on issues most meaningful to me as a retired and disabled Senior, father and grandfather!  Larry always conducts himself with integrity and humility.

I know some might ask, "Sam, why are you commenting, you're not in Berkeley County anymore."  The answer is simple.  I do this out of concern for the many friends and family I've left behind.  I have two adult children and three grandchildren still living in the Eastern Panhandle.  I can think of no greater champion for friends and family than Larry Kump!

I believe so strongly in Larry's candidacy that I made a contribution to his current campaign as my final act while departing Berkeley County.  Yes, I really do think that much of Larry Kump's candidacy.  As should you!

 Sam Wright


Footnote: Campaign contributions for the re-election of Delegate Kump will be put to prudent use on behalf of good governance. Send them to

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

Saturday, September 21, 2013

From a Concerned Mountaineer Citizen

The following letter to a local newspaper has been edited and reprinted herein, with the permission of the author:

 

Dear Editor,

 

 Delegate Larry D. Kump is probably one of the most, if not most, trustworthy Delegates I have ever come across.

 

 He stands up for his constituents, stands up for our personal liberties and freedoms, stands up for our 2nd Amendment rights, and votes with a clear conscience. 

 

 He is a firm believer in  transparent governmen,t and has an "Open Door" Policy for anyone (from any district) who wishes to discuss legislation in our State House.  I have never known him to turn down any request. 

 

  His voting record is impeccable.

 

 In fact, I don't know anyone who would have a bad word to say about him. 

 

  Right now he is facing a challenger for his seat. 

 

  Delegate Kump, the independent voice of the people, is a Constitutionalist at heart,  and he refuses to bow down to the establishment of any poltical party, although he is willing to make compromising choices if  that is what is best for  good government. 

 

 There are those who fear this independent  "Voice of the People".

 

  Delegate  Kump was first elected to the West Virginia  Legislature in 2010. He currently serves on the House of Delegates'  Constitutional Revision, Government Organization, and  Pensions & Retirement  Committees. He also serves on the Legislature's Select Committee on Minority Issues. He has over forty years of prior legislative and public administration skills and experience. 

 

 He serves to benefit the people and not  his own self-interest or the status quo. 

 

 Without Delegate Kump at the helm of his district,  we all would suffer greatly , and justice would not be served.

 

  Let's continue to support  the "True and Honest" voice of the people.

 

Sincerely,

 Just another concerned Mountaineer citizen.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Multi-State Legislators Band Together

Click on the link below for this newspaper article:

Article Link:
http://www.therecordherald.com/article/20130912/NEWS/130919957/1001

Also check out my other entry here on my website on this issue ("I-81 Highway News").

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

I-81 Highway News

The Quad-State Conference of State Legislators from neighboring portions of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia met on Wednesday, September 11th for their annual brainstorming session at the Parlor House restaurant in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania.

Among multiple issues discussed of parallel problems and proposed solutions at the state legislative level, there was major discussion and an action item approved regarding the traffic bottlenecks and public safety problems on Interstate 81.

The conference unanimously endorsed a resolution for the state legislators to jointly petition federal legislators and leadership on behalf of prioritizing federal funding to make improvements in I-81.

Pennsylvania State Senator Richard Alloway was chosen to coordinate these multi-state state legislator efforts.

This Quad State meeting was not conducted at taxpayer expense.

Footnote: Unlike state and county roads, our national Interstate highways are fedrally funded and subject to federal regulation.

FREE ICE CREAM!

The Presidential election was heating up, and  some grade school children were showing an interest.

The teacher decided that having an election for a class president would be a good civics lesson.

The students would choose the nominees.

The nominees would make campaign speeches, and the class then would vote.

There were many nominations. Sam and Sadie were picked as finalists. Both were good kids.

The day arrived for them to make their speeches.

Sam went first. He had specific ideas about how to make the class a better place, and promised to do his very best. Everyone applauded.

Then Sadie spoke. He said, "If you will vote for me, I will give everybody ice cream."

The class went wild, screaming, "Yes! Yes! We want ice cream!".

Sam didn't say anything more. He didn't have to.

A discussion followed. How did she plan to pay for the ice cream? Sadie didn't know.

Would her parents buy it, or would the class pay for it? Sadie didn't know.

The class really didn't care. They just wanted ice cream.

Sam was forgotten.

Sadie won by a landslide.

Sometimes, elections are like that.

So, when we vote, let's  do so on the basis of positive principles and not on puffed-up promises and platitudes.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

What about Local Elections?

Click on the link below more of this about that:

Matching city elections with stateĆ¢€™s could save money

The changes in municipal elections proposed for consideration by the City Council of West Virginia's State Capitol make so much sense that other Mountaineer municipalities also should consider going and doing likewise.

In point of fact, I previously have been asking voters about this very issue for several years now and am mulling the introduction of legislation to bring about this good effect.

Delegate Larry D. Kump

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Robinson on Rights

A Letter to the Editor:
 
The election for our delegates and representatives in 2014 is probably the most important election for American and Americans.  Check out the candidates before you vote.
 
Do we want to shut down our coal industry?   Do we want the EPA and Obama mandating such harsh regulations that small businesses have to close down and let go their valued employees? 
 
Do we want government surveillance of and intrusion into our lives? 
 
Do we accept the inexorable and exorbitant taxes (i.e. the new 19.5% water/sewer tax hike)?  
 
Do we want to lose our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms?   
 
This is why I highly recommend Larry D. Kump for Delegate.  I will be voting for him.  He is a man of his word, a man of honor.  Our issues are his issues.  He submits bills that support us, supports lowering taxes, supports small businesses, and he works to protect our Constitutional rights and liberties.
 
 
Stephanie Robinson


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Stark News on Tax Hikes

Click on the link below for this news, and also visit the "Folk Wisdom" and other entries at this website for more of this about that:

http://www.herald-mail.com/opinion/hm-letters-to-the-editor-aug-13-20130812,0,4451817.story

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Another Opportunity to Pursue Liberty

West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Timothy R. Miley has made a surprise appointment of Delegate Larry D. Kump to the Select Committee on Minority Issues.

In accepting this unexpected appointment to the Select Committee on Minority Issues, The Eastern Panhandle Delegate promised Speaker Miley that, "I swear to strive to shield and secure the Constitutional and God given rights and responsibilities of all Mountaineers, without regard to special interest or circumstance."

Kump went on to point out that, "In doing so, I will seek equal opportunity, not equal outcome, for all of us through the passionate pursuit of individual liberty and personal accountability and empowerment."

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Cell Phone Cacaphony

I previously voted and spoke against West Virginia's cell phone regulations, and , in addition to other concerns, pointed out that the legislation would not solve the serious problem of distracted drivers. The following report shines even more light on this dimly understood issue:

It's not the device, it's the distraction

New study confirms that hands-free is not risk-free 

Wayne Northey
President, AAA West Virginia

 

Driver distraction is not a recent phenomenon. It's been around since 1903 when an inventor named Mary Anderson created the windshield wiper. Critics feared the rhythmic motion would lull drivers into a trance but by 1913, windshield wipers were standard equipment on most cars.

 

Ten years ago, smart phones were rare; today about 234 million Americans use mobile devices. Now a brave, new world of integrated voice-driven communications is transforming your vehicle into a rolling portal for voice, data and social media. The challenge facing motorists, regulators and automakers, is thinking more intelligently about their benefits and risks.

 

Educating motorists about responsible use will be crucial. Hands-free technologies have been shown to cause dangerous levels of cognitive distraction — even when drivers keep both hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.

 

A new study commissioned by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that driver reaction time slows as the mental workload and distractions increase. Brain function is compromised and less time is spent scanning the road ahead. As a result, visual cues are missed and drivers may not see objects directly in front of them.

 

University of Utah researcher David Strayer, a nationally recognized expert in cognitive distraction, used cameras, a "detection-response-task" device and an electroencephalographic-configured skull cap to measure brainwaves, and eye movement to examine the mental workload on drivers attempting to multitask. Using established aviation psychology and performance metrics research protocols, drivers engaged in common behind-the-wheel tasks ranging from listening to an audio book or talking on the phone, to listening and responding to voice-activated emails. Voice-to-text devices for example, were found to be a greater driver distraction than talking on a hand held cell phone.

 

His findings support a growing body of evidence that hands-free is not risk free. Increased mental workload and cognitive distractions can lead to a type of tunnel vision or "inattention blindness" where motorists don't see potential hazards directly in their path.

 

Based on this research, which constitutes the most in-depth analysis to date of mental distractions behind the wheel, AAA wants to limit the use of voice-activated technology to core driving-related tasks until their effects are more clearly understood.

 

In April, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), released distraction guidelines encouraging automobile manufacturers to limit the distraction risk connected to integrated, hands-free and voice-driven communications systems.

 

The guidelines establish specific criteria for devices requiring drivers to take their hands off the wheel or eyes off the road. Among their recommendations are limiting the time a driver must take his or her eyes off the road to perform any task to two seconds at a time and twelve seconds total. Functions like text messaging and Internet browsing would be disabled unless the vehicle is stopped and in park.

 

These guidelines are strictly voluntary, but carmakers almost always comply with them because they tend to signal the government's intentions for future rule making.

 

AAA wants lawmakers and industry to strike the right balance between high-tech innovation and public safety. Without a sophisticated understanding of seemingly helpful technological advances, we may find ourselves facing significant public safety issues down the road.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Folk Wisdom

In addition to viewing my other website entries on this issue ("Flim-flam & Phoney", "Tax Tussle", "Short Takes...", "All Lit Up", "Further Feedback on Highway Taxes","Voters Resist Road Taxes", Avoid Rush for Highway Tax Hikes", and "WV Leaders Ponder Tax Hikes"), please click on the link below to read this news column:

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Tax Credits for Emergency Power

 The West Virginia Legislative Interim Committee on Government Organization is reviewing the possibility of proposing tax credits for emergency power generation. Click on the link below for a news article about the first committee hearing on this issue: 
Subcommittee looks at availability of emergency power