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Message from WV State Senator: Teachers, Be Afraid

Senate Education Chair Patricia Rucker (R-Jefferson) recently stated that she thinks “there needs to be fear for teachers in public schools. She thinks that, in addition to working long hours for low pay, in addition to serving communities in addiction crisis, in addition to using their own money to buy supplies their schools cannot afford, teachers should live in constant fear that their jobs could be stripped and handed to someone without a high school education. This is coming from someone with no experience as a teacher or parent in WV public schools.

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The Governor’s “Road to Bankruptcy”

Politicians lie. That’s not news. But one big reason some of them lie is because they think we can’t handle the truth. Especially if the truth might affect our pocketbooks or their chances of getting elected or re-elected.

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Will they listen or is this just for show?

The WV Department of Education has started a series of forums on education “betterment.” With a special session on education on the horizon, these forums should be a valuable opportunity for our state’s parents, teachers and community members to advocate for their local schools, and provide input onto what types of reform would actually help the majority of our states’ kids.

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Raising the Minimum Wage in WV Would Help Women and Families!

How would you feel if you were paid a fourth less than everyone else? If you’re a woman in WV, you likely know. Nationwide, women earn 80% of what men earn, but in WV, it’s only 74%, the fifth worst income gap in the nation, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families.

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West Virginia Teachers Care about their Students and Schools

Carol Amos and Linda Morgan could have done a lot of things during their retirement to celebrate their many years of service; instead, they decided to honor the history of Fairmont Senior High School by writing a book about it for future generations. This serves as more evidence of West Virginia teachers doing more than asked for the kids of West Virginia.

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Budget Cuts Will Hurt WV Economy!

West Virginia is independent and free, but it has never been easy to survive in our mountains, which present challenges as well as opportunities to those who live here. Thankfully, the federal government provides help to our aging population with programs like Medicare and Social Security. And with high unemployment, low wages , and widespread poverty widespread, many West Virginians are eligible for Medicaid and other forms of assistance like SNAP (food stamps).

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With People Power We Can Solve the Addiction Crisis

In the midst of the addiction crisis, it’s going to take people power to heal our people and our communities. We need politicians willing to explore many different solutions, politicians who listen to us and care more about West Virginians than wealthy interests or drug companies. And we need residents who are willing to keep pushing.

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Roads, Another Victim of Neglect and Privatization

Our last three governors, including our current one, have paved the way for West Virginia’s road repair crisis. They did this by neglecting their duties to our state’s citizens who need safe and secure roads to get to work. This crisis wasn’t created overnight. Mismanagement and neglect over several administrations got us here.

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Huntington Chamber of Commerce Head to West Virginians: Maybe You Should Leave

West Virginians faced with economic and environmental devastation have been forced to leave their beloved hills and hollows for too long. But if you ask Bill Bissett, the head of the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce, people who seek to hold coal and gas companies accountable for cleaning up their messes should just leave. In Mr. Bissett’s Letter to the Editor in the Huntington Herald Dispatch, he stated, “We need to change ‘The Struggle to Stay’ to ‘Maybe You Should Leave’: ...if you only see negativity here and have soiled to the possibility that the state can be improved and succeed, maybe you should leave.”

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SB 622 is not Campaign Finance Reform! Demand a VETO!

West Virginians are proud Americans who love democracy and believe that every citizen should have an equal say in how our government is run and our laws are made. The Founding Fathers, however, weren’t sure a pure democracy in which everyone had an equal voice and vote would work. They were all wealthy landowners and reserved the vote for land owning white men for the most part. Senators and the President were not elected directly, but by state legislatures or electors—all essentially wealthy, land owning men.

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