WELCOME, Friends and Neighbors!
Although this page is primarily focused on folks from the beautiful and bountiful WV counties of Brooke, Ohio and Hancock (also known as Senate District 1), everyone is encouraged to participate. However, please note that your own senate district will soon be represented with its own Front Porch page.
West Virginia has long been recognized as the 4th richest state in natural resources in the U.S. Yet we’re ranked dead last when it comes to the socio-economic well being of her citizens. When these two facts are considered together it becomes abundantly clear that our state government has failed us so miserably that West Virginians are beyond all doubt the most exploited people in the nation.
It’s the media’s fault.
It is beyond outrageous that in every article citing how bad our socioeconomic situation is, our media somehow always fails to neglect how abundantly resource-rich we are. West Virginia’s major media never dares report that shameful dichotomy because obscuring it is in their own best interest. Doing so effectively shields enough of their political pals to continue to allow enough overreaching corporate greed to bolster the media’s collective economy through outrageous campaign advertising expenditures. This hand-in-glove alliance between corporate-sponsored politicians and corporate-owned media has kept the constituents of both major West Virgina parties at the bottom of most every socio-economic scale for over a hundred years.
Only with the help of you and your neighbors will we ever be able to counter the awesome political power of the extraction industries who, for far too long, have been not-so-subtly buying off our local news editors.
It’s no secret that modern day robber barons in the form of “corporate citizens” have spent, and will continue to spend, unbelievable sums to get their cronies in our newsrooms and our statehouse to help them run all of us surface squatters off their mineral rights even as they poison entire communities.
The comments section below is the front porch of our virtual Town Hall, provided to reflect your valued input, and relay it to other folks who live in the communities of WV Senate District 1 and beyond.
Taking part in any online comments section is obviously far less formal than speaking out at a politically charged town hall meeting. The most exciting aspect is that recent studies have shown that thoughtful comments posted on the internet are widely read, and really do have the ability to inspire not only your neighbors, but influence major editors and journalists.
Because of the dedication of those running this website towards getting people aware of the problems and coming up with solutions, this forum may well be your easiest and most efficient ways for your personal views to inspire folks all across the state.
But to get everyone to join with you in defining problems and then solving them, you must actually participate. So if you really want to make a difference about how your neck of the woods and our state is being run, please take a moment to ranting about what ‘s wrong, or bragging about what’s right where you live.
If you know something in your area that the media either flubbed or ignored altogether, or if you just want to let more folks know about what really bugs you about the way our bountiful state seems to never be able to pull itself out of the dismal economic ditch, then by all means scroll to the end of this page to post your unique perspective.
Your participation can be far more empowering than spending the same amount of time on Facebook or Twitter, because our primary focus is to inform, encourage, and empower citizens all across Appalachia.
HOWEVER if you feel that simply exchanging ideas across the internet is too passive and you’d prefer to do more, you’re invited to head on around to The Toolshed, where like-minded folks from your own district have already begun to share the powerful tools and link more directly with dedicated and seasoned professionals from the only truly people-powered party in the state.
“The Constitution guarantees protections to property, and we must make that promise good. But it does not give the right of suffrage to any corporation. The true friend of property, the true conservative, is he who insists that property shall be the servant and not the master of the commonwealth; who insists that the creature of man’s making shall be the servant and not the master of the man who made it. The citizens of the United States must effectively control the mighty commercial forces which they have themselves called into being.”
DID YOU KNOW…
progressive Republican President Theodore Roosevelt appointed him associate judge of the Court of Claims, where he served from April 15, 1905, until his retirement on April 16, 1916.
Atkinson was elected governor in 1896, in an upset victory over Cornelius C. Watts of Charleston which ended 26 years of Democratic rule. As governor, Atkinson was a moderate progressive. He called for an eight-hour workday, the prohibition of the employment of children under 14 years of age, improved working conditions for women, and safety regulations in manufacturing and mining. The Democrats who controlled the legislature at that time failed to enact most of his proposals, but Atkinson continued to call for change. He championed high-quality public education, a permanent road system, and open and equal immigration, and he worked against corruption in politics and professional lobbying. He spoke against the racist Jim Crow legislation that neighboring states were succumbing to, noting that West Virginia ‘‘has never adopted a law which abridged the rights and privileges of any of its citizens.’’
The most serious issue facing Governor Atkinson was a state financial crisis arising from expanded services and low taxes. He proposed increased corporate taxes, among other measures, and in this was opposed by Republican boss Stephen B. Elkins. Senator Elkins eventually agreed to a tax increase but with concessions that split the reform wing of the party.
Read more about Gov. Atkinson’s progressive policies at this link.