Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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September 16, 2012

Wade Center worthy of support

After hearing about the problems surrounding the Wade Center I had written them off my list of worthy causes. However sometimes the right person can deliver a message of hope and has the power to change your mind. We have all been given a second chance in some way or another. No we don’t have to support every cause that comes knocking and asking for a handout. Most of us probably can’t afford that. I doubt that Donald Trump gives to every organization that beats on his door. Obviously Joe Biden doesn’t.

Yes, the Wade Center has a lot to do and they know that. What they are doing is laying the foundation to rebuild their reputation and return to fill a void in our community. No one organization here in town has all the answers or can solve everyone’s problems.

Consider the fact that many children here in Bluefield are not fortunate enough to have three meals a day. For some the only meals they have are those served at school. Some children have nothing to eat over the weekends. Meals are not the only thing these children are missing and it is through no fault of their own. The Wade Center can provide those meals and nurture our less fortunate children. Yes, they are our children. Their primary focus at this point is keeping the doors open and satisfying the demands of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. That takes both money and commitment.

After hearing Wade Center Director Jessica McDaniel give a short talk about the Wade Center I began to realize what the organization was left to deal with. McDaniel did not pull any punches.

McDaniel also talked about hope and rebuilding. Again, we are all about second chances but without community help there may not be a second chance. What was your second chance? Right now they are seeking donations. “An investment in the next generation always pays the best dividends.”

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Local politicians are out beating the brush for votes. Delegate Marty Gearheart, R-Mercer, was seen on Maryland Avenue straightening his campaign signs. Apparently one of his signs was leaning to the left.

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Raise taxes? You can bet that isn’t going to be a plank in any candidate’s platform. Somebody is going to eventually pay the bill.

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Remember the slogan “Change we can believe in?” Once upon a time there was change we could believe in. It was made of silver.

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King Coal Highway Authority members will be traveling to Washingtonnext week seeking continued support for the completion of the much needed highway. On another note a coal company located in McDowell County recently expressed interest in constructing a portion of the Coalfields Expressway. It seems that everyone in state government had indicated support for the proposal. However officials pointed out that the new stumbling block is not the state or the federal highway administration. The EPA could not be satisfied. This is simply another case where the present administration seems to be shutting out West Virginia any way they can.

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The Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce held the grand re-opening and ribbon cutting for the Casablanca at 1607 Bland Street here in Bluefield last week. The shop’s new owner is Pat McCormick.

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On Sept. 23 at 1:30 p.m. a ceremony will be held at the Chuck Mathena Center to dedicate the Rod Thorn Interchange, U.S. Route 460 and Interstate 77. Organizers are hopeful that U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., will be present for the occasion.

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Cole Chevrolet Cadillac is donating a courtesy car for visiting pilots to use at the Mercer County Airport.

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There you have it, a few comments on items of interest to the area. I hope you are enjoying these September blue skies. Election Day is getting closer.

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