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, 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").

Friday, September 13, 2013

How You Can Help

Dear Friends & Fellow Citizens!

This personal plea comes to you and yours, simply because your involvement is needed to help us make a difference together in the pursuit of our individual liberty, as well as on behalf of our personal accountability and personal empowerment.

Simply put: Facing a declared Primary election opponent, I nevertheless have been persuaded to be a candidate for re-election as a Delegate in the West Virginia Legislature in 2014.

This decision was made because of my firm conviction and personal passion to continue 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, and 10th Amendments to our Constitution, including our personal property rights.

Those principles, along with the necessity for personal integrity by our elected officials, are the keys to our individual liberty and family prosperity.

To that end, we 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 from you and other like-minded fellow citizens; who believe in these same principles of our individual liberty, personal accountability, and personal empowerment.

Simply put again: Will you help?

Please join the League of Extraordinary Citizens, and send your personal check with your contribution of $250 or more (or anything else you can afford) to:

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

Working together to remain independent,

Larry

Postscriptum: Please help even more by sharing this plea with all of your family and friends. Add your personal encouragement for them to make their own contributions. AND, ask them to also pass along this call to action to even more others. (Visit the other entries at this website, http://www.larrykump.us, for my legislative news and views.)

Notice: Cash contributions will not be accepted. West Virginia law does not allow campaign contributions from West Virginia public employees (but this prohibition does not include members of their families). The 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.

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.