Letters to the editor April 17

MUB’s self-help policy

is a white collar scheme

City Council member Rachel Fetty stood up and voted yes to approve a two-week delay on a recent  vote to accept the River Road Public Service District rate ordinance, in order to have time to get legal opinions on whether it is illegal to discriminate against PSD customers; can profits from a revenue state loan bond at one PSD be given and used in the general fund of another — MUB.

By speaking up Fetty showed she was doing her job to ensure transparency, integrity,  uphold the Constitution, the rule of law and displayed a moral awareness to treat all Monongalia County citizens equal. She asked, “Can’t we help these people get this rate down”?

Tim Ball (MUB’s general manager) said my formal complaint was dismissed by the state Public Service Commission. It just dodged the issue and said since MUB is now in charge; all past issues — violations of PSC rules — are dismissed and moot. Ball said he agreed with that assessment.

He also  said, you do not need to take two weeks to decide if the PSC will give my complaint full consideration. Ball had just said PSC dodged my complaint and he agreed with them.

If I understood correctly, MUB does not care if its self-help program is discriminatory, illegal, unconstitutional and lacks integrity and moral awareness to treat all  citizens equal.

This self-help policy is a white-collar scheme to defraud profits from “county customers” to fund  MUB’s general fund. Like other PSDs, River Road PSD has no choice but to accept this policy. I will leave it up to the courts to decide if this policy is legal or illegal, and whether or not this policy was a willful, conscious effort to obtain private gain for MUB’s general fund.

Jerry L. Cochran


Our representative took

an anti-women position

Recently our West Virginia congressional representatives David McKinley, Alex Mooney and Ann Miller each had the opportunity  to make a positive impact on the lives of women in West Virginia and across the nation by voting for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

This act was signed into law in 1994 and created a coordinated system to prevent and respond to domestic abuse and prosecute abusers across the United States. Throughout the years VAWA has been adjusted and reauthorized many times by bipartisan congressional efforts.

Some funded programs include community violence prevention programs, legal aid for survivors of domestic violence and housing assistance for women seeking shelter from domestic violence.

Unfortunately our representatives and many other Republicans voted against all of these initiatives, instead choosing to appease the NRA, which campaigned against this bill. The point of contention involved in this  vote appears to be an expansion to protect women from boyfriends or stalkers who have been convicted of domestic violence.

At what point did our congressional delegation’s  allegiances shift from every day West Virginians to the big money of the NRA? How can we expect our country and our state to improve if these are the kinds of decisions our representatives are making?

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence one in six women have been victims of  violence by an intimate partner. These women are our friends, our sisters, our neighbors and they deserve to feel safe in their own homes.

Clearly our representatives missed the opportunity to do the right thing, instead we now call on them to explain their votes and do better in the future.

In addition, we urge Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin to vote in favor of constituents over party line and lobby money when this bill appears before the Senate.

Rebekah Aranda

Morgantown NOW


Thanks to honest person

who turned in purse

We would like to thank the honest person who turned my wife’s purse into the customer service desk at Sam’s Club in Morgantown on April 4. We are truly grateful to this person for his or her honest deed. We hope the person responsible for this honest act gets to read this.

James and Dora Everly


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