Electric rates could rise


I am a citizen of West Virginia that receives my electric bill from Potomac Edison. First Energy, which is the parent company of Potomac Edison, has requested the West Virginia Public Service Commission to approve its purchase of the Harrison coal-fired power plant from its Ohio subsidiary. The cost of this one billion dollar fiasco will have to come out of the pockets of Potomac Edison customers. The majority of the people that I talk with complain about the high electric rate they are paying now. The proposed rate increase will be felt by all Potomac Edison customers; however, the middle class, minorities and poor will feel the burden of it as they use electric for heating purposes.

Now it is time for Potomac Edison to look into promoting energy-efficiency programs and methods which would lower our utility bills and protect our health by polluting less. Potomac Edison customers should not be locked into paying for dirty, uncompetitive energy when other options are available.

I urge all West Virginians, especially First Energy and Potomac Edison customers to contact the West Virginia Public Service Commission and request that First Energy’s request be denied. You can do this by visiting their website or writing a letter of protest on case #12-1571-E-PC. The mailing address is WV PSC, 201 Brooks St. Charleston 25301.


George Rutherford




Gun control is about control


After reading the op-ed on gun control on Wednesday, I thought I might remind some folks of their rights.

The Second Amendment states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

In todays world there seems to be a debate about what “regulated Militia” means. We can find what the intent of the framers was in the Federalist papers and other writings.

Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist papers No. 28 and No. 29 of the people having weapons to resist tyranny. James Madison did the same in Federalist paper No. 46.

Tench Coxe wrote in a 1788 “Pennsylvania Gazette:” “The power of the sword, say the minority of Pennsylvania, is in the hands of Congress.

My friends and countrymen, it is not so, for the power of the sword are in the hands of the yeomanry of America. The Militia of these free commonwealths entitled and accustomed to their arms, when compared with any possible [standing army], must be tremendous and irresistible. Who are the Militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom? Congress have no right to disarm the Militia. Their swords and every other terrible implements of the soldier are the birthright of America.”

It seems he wanted everyone armed and trained like a soldier. And, as he said, the people are the Militia.

George Mason wrote, “I ask sir, what is the Militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials.”

Richard Henry Lee wrote in 1788, “To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike especially when young, how to use them.”

Patrick Henry wrote, “The great object is that every man armed and everyone that is able may have a gun.”

Noah Webster in a pamphlet from 1787, “Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any bands of regular troops that can be, on any pretense raised in the United States.”

I could go on with dozens of other examples, but as you can see they wanted the whole people, who are the (Militia) to “keep and bear arms” if they could afford them.

Now lets look at the definition of the word “infringed.” It means to violate, to transgress, to encroach, to trespass.

That pretty much says every gun law on the books is unconstitutional. Having to get a permit or a background check is an infringement on one’s right to keep and bear arms. Telling us where and when we can exercise our rights to keep and bear arms is an infringement.

Gun control is not about guns; it is about control.


Semper Fi,

Malcolm Kildale




Caregivers say ‘thank you’


It is with a sense of humility and gratitude that we at Good Shepherd Caregivers reflect on our 13th annual Potter’s Bowl fundraiser held March 2 at the Shepherdstown Firehouse.

As we enjoyed hearty, sumptuous soups and breads in beautifully crafted bowls, I marveled at all the individuals and businesses that brought us together as family on a cold winter evening. To caregivers and care receivers, board and staff members and volunteers, artisans and restaurateurs, donors of auction items and bidders — this is our opportunity to thank you all for playing a part in this successful community event.  Our hearts were warmed by your response.

Please understand that you are part of Good Shepherd Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers Inc. in the quest to make Jefferson County an attractive community where neighbors care about each other.


Angela Cline,

Resource Development Specialist

Good Shepherd Caregivers




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