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The Voice of the People – Letters to the Editor

By Staff | May 5, 2021

To the Editor,

A second meeting of patriots who wish to advocate for constitutional rights and greater local control is planned for Thursday, May 6 at 6 p.m. This time it will take place in the Sistersville Public Library. Concerned members of the community are welcome, and any questions can be addressed in advance by emailing alkwriter@outlook.com.

Some reasons as to why this effort was started:

To inspire MANY local candidates to run for public office in the coming years, thus increasing voting options for the people.

Competition not only works best for the consumer, but it should also be a guiding principle for elections. Sadly, choice is lacking in our political system (especially at local levels). An increase of people willing to run should lead to wider, solution-based discussions. While current public servants and candidates for office are strongly encouraged to attend our meetings, the group at large will not endorse a particular campaign. The goal is to maintain a townhall-style atmosphere where the will of the people takes priority.

To workshop and recommend policies that protect the people from government and corporate overreaches.

To make government bureaucrats at multiple levels and agencies more accountable to the people they serve.

To show the importance of independent research and investigative journalism, both of which are lacking these days. Remember that you are the news.

To plan, promote, and put on community events shedding an educational light on the importance of freedom. Entertainers and vendors who are not afraid to join us should get in touch soon.

Of utmost importance, this effort is civil.

At the core, we aim to connect the will of the people with officials who were elected and appointed to serve us. Therefore, as critical as we may be at times, we must also recognize that it is our own duty to express our desires to those who represent us. We should give them a chance to act on behalf of our voices rather than immediately admonishing them for not representing an overall opinion that was too silent for them to even hear.

When the silent majority is too silent, it risks losing its voice altogether. We do not need to be loud. Just more vocal.

Also, thank you to Khara Wren and Rich Ebert, who are also key organizers behind this freedom campaign.

Sincerely, A.L. King

213 Charles Street, Sistersville, WV

Dear Editor,

While the frequent roadwork in Sistersville is an eyesore for now, the amount of litter and debris on the ground in this town does not have to be. For that reason, I am encouraging others to join me for a community clean-up day on Sunday, May 16. We will meet in the IGA parking lot at 5:30 p.m. If poor weather should cancel that date, the backup date will be Sunday, May 23, same meeting time and place.

Please email me at alainacrawford27@gmail.com if you are interested in joining this effort. It would help to connect and organize ahead of time so that we can effectively split up and cover different sectors of town.

Initial garbage bags, disposable gloves, and hand sanitizers will be supplied through a donation from King’s Corner. However, I also ask that you bring additional bags, gloves, and hand sanitizers in case the extra is needed. If not, you can always take the items you bought home for personal use.

I would also like to state that those who join this effort are doing so of their own volition and take full responsibility for themselves.

Before picking up a piece of litter, everyone should exercise health-and-safety precaution and discernment. Please bring flashlights and wear bright colors to increase visibility, especially in the event of an overcast evening.

It is my hope that the people of this area will see the need for this event and decide to take part. It is beyond time to start picking up after ourselves.

Personally, I think it would be fantastic if city council purchased more trashcans and placed them throughout the town. If they receive more state funding or grants, perhaps they should do just that. While those who intentionally drop their trash throughout the town will likely still ignore trashcans no matter how many line the streets, there will at least be a few extra depositories for others walking along to pick up and discard the litter. Anyway, I hope to hear from people and see them there!

Sincerely, Alaina Crawford

135 East Street, Sistersville, WV 26175