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