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Windmills in Tazewell County: The Right Choice

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 28, 2010 by notwillienelson

I wrote this letter for the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, and it was printed on Jan. 26.

Windmills an opportunity for Tazewell

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

I would like to address the proposed windmill project in Tazewell County. I understand the concerns regarding ruining the view. Some people do not want to look at windmills. The reality is that windmills provide safe, clean energy. It is not a substitution for the coal industry, though that day will eventually come through better clean energy technology.

The people of Tazewell County have an opportunity to get in on the ground floor and generate energy in a way that will not diminish their children and grandchildren’s water and air quality in the way that coal does. It will create 15 permanent jobs, which some members of the community scoff at. The Sunday edition of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph included a column indicating the opening of a Taco Bell would create more jobs and cause less controversy. Perhaps it would create more jobs, but they would be minimum wage jobs, jobs that do not provide the economic stability needed to raise a family, buy a house, or lead a reasonably comfortable life. Do we really want to perpetuate that kind of rest stop economic mentality in the two Virginias?

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Save Blair Mountain

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 9, 2010 by notwillienelson

This letter was written to, but as yet unprinted by, the Bluefield Daily Telegraph.

Any West Virginian that knows their history will perk their ears when they hear talk of Blair Mountain. In 1921 conflict between a fledgling West Virginia coal union and coal company opposition came to a head when thousands of coal miners, many wearing red bandanas around their necks as a symbol of their beliefs and solidarity, marched to Blair Mountain in Logan County, rifles in hand, to fight for their rights. On the mountain they were met by paid company “thugs”, as they were called, private planes that served as bombers, police, and eventually federal troops and U.S. army bombers.

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Make a Statement: Skip the Tolls

Posted in Social and Political Commentary, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on July 2, 2009 by ezlnwv

Update (2018): this blog has not been updated in ten years. It was just announced that the tolls will soon double, from $2 to $4. This will pose an extreme hardship to the people of southern West Virginia. Why not put the tolls in the eastern or northern panhandles instead of the very poorest region in the state?

Back in 2009, when the tolls were last increased, we were promised that the increase was necessary so the tolls could be removed by 2019.



Despite public outcry, the WV Parkways Authority, with the support of Governor Manchin, exacted a 60% toll increase on the West Virginia turnpike: a highway that runs through some of the poorest regions in the state. Thus, the same people who are struggling the most in this recession will feel the brunt of the increase. Tax the poor because they can’t afford to fight back.

There are three toll booths on the turnpike. On this post, I will give you directions to get around all of them.  Skipping some of the booths is surprisingly easy, while avoiding others can be a little troublesome.  If you know of an easier way, please comment.

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Coal Cowards Take Name Off Dead Resolution

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on April 10, 2009 by ezlnwv

As you may have read in my post “Strange Goings-on in the WV Statehouse,”  a resolution  in support of a windfarm atop Coal River Mountain was tabled (killed) by the speaker before its sponsors could even speak on its behalf.  Amazingly, things got even stranger yesterday when four delegates stood in session and requested that their names be removed from the dead and rotting resolution.  The four dishonorable misrepresentatives were Jeff Eldridge (Lincoln), Ralph Rodighiero (Logan), John Ellem (Wood), and Tom Louisos (Fayette).

What could possibly be the reason for all this quirky behavior over an innocuous resolution?

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$4 Dollar Gas: A Good Thing?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on July 17, 2008 by willyd22

I know watching the dollar meter on the gas pump go up faster than your eye can register can be a painful experience, but has written an article on 10 Things You Can Like About $4 Gas that may help alittle.  It’s a positive look on an issue that seems to be having such an adverse effect on many Americans.  It seems to me that the less we use fossil fuels for energy the better off we are going be now and in the future.  It really is a shame that we have to base our standard of living on something as arbitrary as money and that we have to wait for something to be cost effective to make changes that would help us and the people around us.  Let us know how the higher gas prices are affecting you and your take on the Gas Prices below in the comments.

Bored on Christmas?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on December 25, 2007 by jenningsw22

Do you find yourself back on your RSS feeds after opening all your presents and eating your Christmas dinner?  Well heres some Christmas stories for you to enjoy on other blogs that I have enjoyed over this holiday season.  If you have any interesting Christmas stories please link in comments.

Well I hope those Christmas posts were entertaining and curbed your boredom a little.  I know I enjoyed them.  Now get back in there and visit with your family.

The Spark

Posted in Uncategorized on December 19, 2007 by jenningsw22

The fire has been lit. I have considered starting this blog for about a year and have finally decided to let’er rip. The question remains what could have pushed me so far as to finally take the leap in to the blogoshpere? Well it was simply sitting down and thinking about a comment I made on another blog in response to one of their posts. I found out something in the process of writing that comment and that is I enjoy writing. I’m still not sure if I have anything relevant to add to the blogoshpere but I guess we will find that out in due time. In fact that is why I have called this blog A Mountain Journey because it should be quite an experience to see what will come of this. In the meantime, to whomever is reading this blog, I hope you will join me in this journey into the great Appalachian Mountains to experience a unique culture and history.