Monday, 29 February 2016 00:00

Our Conference of Counties Keynote Speaker, Professor Forrest “Jack” Bowman, made history come alive in his remarks on why “History Matters.” He described the U. S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence as unique documents that are “simple, beautiful, and miraculous.” He noted four incredible things about the Declaration of Independence:

There had never been anything quite like it in history. The signers were considered traitors who were to be hunted down and arrested. The declaration refers to universal principles using the phrases “any people” and “any time.” The entire document is a product of incredible bravery.

Before the Declaration of Independence, no colony had broken away from its mother country. The document of rebellion was signed even though we had no army, no bank, our roads were trails, and we had only one bridge between New York & Boston.

Bowman made the point that our students today are not learning history and civics. Quoting Santiani, Bowman said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” He suggested that we should be taking our children and grandchildren to historic sites.

Bowman described the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution as “the only political philosophy which permits the individual to say NO to the government and get away with it.”

Champions by Design
Monday, 29 February 2016 00:00

Our 2016 Conference of Counties theme was Champions By Design and West Virginia has its share. Here’s our list; let us know who or what you would add to it!


Jerry West, Mary Lou Retton, Sam Huff, Jimbo Fisher, Randy Moss, Phil Pfister


Landau Murphy, Brad Paisley, Little Jimmy Dickens, Bil Whithers, Kathy Mattea


Pearl S. Buck, Homer Hickam.


Don Knotts, Steve Harvey, Peter Marshall, Jennifer Garner, Soupy Sales, John Corbett


John Nash, Booker T. Washington, Chuck Yeager


New River Gorge Bridge, Green Bank Observatory, Blenko Glass, Whitewater Rafting, Fiesta Ware, Fenton Glass, Cass Scenic Railroad, Spruce Knob, Seneca Caverns, Smoke Hole Caverns, Blackwater Falls, Harpers Ferry, State Capitol Building, Blennerhassett Island.

The President's View
Friday, 26 February 2016 00:00

We, as a State, have the opportunity to change the habits of WV

- To Combat the problems, we need to address them and try to prevent and treat these problems;

- The Courts are addressing issues of drug and mental health courts. How do we help individuals prior to criminal offenses?

- Hospitals across the State are developing programs that address the issues of addiction, helping newborn babies born addicted, counseling individuals and getting programs and healthcare to rural communities through technology.

Or, Do we put everyone in jail? Forget treatment? There goes the jail bill!

Red, White and Blue are known as the colors of Freedom ... except when they are flashing behind you.

We need to correct these issues with Leadership and Teamwork . . .

- Work towards a common goal to help the people that live in our State.

Henry Ford said “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

We have been elected to serve the people of West Virginia through our actions by maintaining the operations of our individual offices in a smooth, consistent, professional, open and honest manner.

- We represent the feelings and wishes of the public;

- Never allow our personal feelings and agendas to stand before our professional responsibilities and practices.

Since this was the Super Bowl weekend . . .

Our job is to take the ball, protect it and run with it, not to miss a handoff, go to the wrong huddle or run the wrong way.

- This year, let’s assure the public that our Team is going to move the ball, and also assure them it will be forward, in the right direction.

In Closing:

Let’s be the best we can be; Let’s become Leaders at solving the problems of our State as a Team, Counties and State together.

- WV needs leadership to fight for our families, communities and the future of our State.

- Let’s use our gifts and talents to move our State forward . . . Together.

It has been my sincere pleasure and honor to serve as your President. Thank you.

Respectfully Submitted,

Brenda L. Miller,

WVACO President

Direct To You (December 2015)
Thursday, 31 December 2015 00:00

From home to home,

From heart to heart,

From county to county…..

Wishing you every happiness

this holiday season and

throughout the coming year.

~ Patti, Kathy, Crystal, Jack

A Guide to Legislative Jargon – Session Begins January 13th, 2016!
Thursday, 31 December 2015 00:00

Some of the Terms Used in the Language of Legislation

Chambers: the two areas set aside for meetings of the entire member-ship of the House and Senate (also referred to as “the floor”). “The bill is on the floor” means that it is out of committee and before the entire body of the House or Senate

Christmas Tree: a bill that has had several amendments added to it. “We had to kill the bill because it got Christmas treed.” (Also called “loving a bill to death”).

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