What government type do we need?

In the Constitution of West Virginia, under Article III titled Bill of Rights Reserved to People, it states, “Government is instituted for the common benefit, protection and security of the people, nation or community. Of all its various forms that is the best, which is capable of producing the greatest degree of happiness and safety and is most effectually secured against the danger of maladministration, and when any government shall be found inadequate or contrary to the purposes, a majority of the community has an indubitable, inalienable and indefensible right to reform, alter or abolish it in such manner as shall be judged most conductive to the pubic weal.”

While we may need some form of county government, we do not need the form we have now. The form that is only sensitive to their own agenda and the wishes of special interest groups.

This small paragraph in the Constitution insures the people of this county the power to demand change, the power to demand accountability. If the county government refuses to abide, we have the power to abolish county government altogether.

These people are there to serve us, not the other way around. Fifty-five counties worth of teachers stood together and their voice was paid heed. Take a lesson from them. They are teachers, after all.

Write to our county government. Call them. Call every day. Voice your opinion: Randolph County Commission, 4 Randolph Avenue, Elkins, W.Va. 26241. 304-636-2057.

Don’t keep silent, speak out.

Len Chidester