Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Letters to the Editor

June 6, 2014

Board should abide by agreement

— — I see by today’s Bluefield Daily Telegraph that the Bluefield College School of Dental Medicine ain’t quite dead, according to a quote from supervisor chairman (Charlie) Stacy.  “We hope that a July meeting will tell if we can receive any funds from the tobacco commission’s new budget set on July 1.”

But the thing ought to be dead if the tobacco commission ain’t gonna meet ‘til after June 1, 2014. It’s just a matter of waiting to June 1 to go to the wake, and then to July 1 for the funeral and burial.

That’s on account of an agreement in which is paragraph 4A it says: “If by June 1, 2014, the tobacco commission has not awarded a grant or combination of grants to the college equal to $10 million or more, excluding the $250,000  planning grant previously awarded, the memorandum of understanding shall terminate without further action by any party, as of July 1, 2014.”

The college, county and county IDA are parties to that agreement. If the tobacco commission is aiming to meet in July, it sure is keeping it secret. The September meetings are announced, but nothing about a July meeting, and even if it did and granted the $10 million, it’d still be after June 1.

Some fancy wigglin’ would have to be done to get around some right plain writing signed by the chairmen of the county board of supervisors and IDA and the president of the college.

 But marvelous turns of events sometimes happens, and I reckon that’s the essence of the hope. That something which can’t be done before July can also be made to happen by June 1. It’s sorta like Josh Billings said:  “Never work before breakfast, but if you do, eat breakfast first.”

  Jack P. Chambers

Tazewell, Va.

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