The Gilmer Free Press


Unfortunately, this seems to be the prevailing attitude of the Gilmer County Commission and it becomes more obvious every day. Appears they’ve taken a page from Ron Blankenship’s play book.  President Kennedy admitted to meeting about the Recreation Centers future behind closed doors.  Oops!  If it were not for citizen outcry to keep that Board along with the Commissions fear of losing votes it would be gone today just like our schools! It is the feeling of some local citizen leaders they will attempt to give the Rec Center to the College next.  Time will tell all if we can still hear it.  The Gilmer Free Press gives us information we would not otherwise receive and a voice they hear loud and clear in spite of their denial and don’t forget it. Remember Bill Simmons holding up one of its articles he disagreed with in the BOE meeting? You’ve heard Ramsey and other “elected” deny they reads it but when he didn’t like what it said he showed up.  They all do.

Has there ever been a mistake?  Probably, no one is God or perfect but not too many and that’s for sure.  We have all read necessary corrections and polite apologies on the GFP. Only if a prominent name complains will you see that in the counties only printed “news source”. No minutes from any meeting are ever published by its editor though its reporters always voice record them.  It is a DISGRACE to the freedoms established under the Constitution of this United States for anyone to attempt to suppress our rights to free speech and public information!  Anyone doing that has something to hide. That is the only logical conclusion one can come to.

Using public office to influence Tax Payer choice of which business to support is unacceptable but easy to do in a small county where we all know each other. To persecute this site out of a misguided sense of self righteous, self protecting indignation even more so.  Really Commissioners, really EDA?  How many businesses are you going to drive out of our town to keep the money in your own pockets and eliminate competition for limited dollars? Seems the more we give you free reign the more we lose! Take a look around.  Oddly enough you all swear you support broadband and internet technology. Is that only if it supports you?  So it would seem.

Many, too many of us, have heard the owner of this free publication, a successful local businessman that actually serves the public (along with his beautiful family), a contributing tax payer and citizen of the U.S.A., put down, insulted, called a foreigner, a terrorist and other bad names because of the transparency and accessibility to public information provided by the Gilmer Free Press.  Such talk by elected officials on the street to divert attention from their own short comings is an affront to the dignity of public office, it shows ignorance, convinces others we ARE backwoods hillbillies and it is TIME FOR THIS UNPROFESSIONAL NONSENSE TO STOP!

Did it ever occur to one elected official to change their own bad behavior?  Do they think maybe, just maybe they should follow the laws of this state, obey open meeting laws, conduct themselves in a moral and ethical fashion and consider what the tax payers want or need?  NO it doesn’t. They don’t want to take responsibility for their own bad conduct and all they want to do about that is SHUT THE PEOPLE WHO DISAGREE WITH THEM UP. Don’t know about you but my vote just changed for the next several election cycles and it won’t be for more of the same.

~~  Author on file or:  One Ticked Off Tax Payer ~~

GFP – 02.25.2013
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  1. They are Crooked Vultures, and if you check out the body language of Blankenship in the video record of the latest board meeting, it is clear there is no sincerity and no effort being made to move forward with ANY positive result for Gilmer County Schools. Politics went way bad this time, and there just is no fixing it until we convince Mr Blankenship to leave our county and please go somewhere else to another county and ruin all of their lives over there and please don’t be comin round here anymore Mr B and take a certain Mrs. B with you. You are both a couple of B’s in my book. And for a grade you get an F. You are expelled. Now “B” off with ya!

  2. They talk down anonymity but try to ruin people that won’t talk their talk. We shouldn’t have to live in a totalitarian bubble. This is America and not the way it’s supposed to be. Those bottom feeders know if they can only find a way to shut up the people on GFP they can get back to doing their private public business in the dark. That’s the way they like it.
    By Just Anonymous on 02.25.2013

    Our plight can change when voters educate themselves to understand qualifications of candidates and they begin to vote for the best candidates, not ones with party pedigrees and family ties. We see it happen each election when voters fall to exercise their power responsibly and they succumb to manipulation by the political bosses. WV is at the bottom for too many indicators of well being including K-12 education and that history for victimization relates mostly to citizens making unwise decisions at voting booths.
    By A. W. Blackmore on 02.25.2013

    You mention the term “backwoods hillbilly”. Want to see some in action?
    Watch a video of the County Commissioners.

    By be ticked off 2 on 02.25.2013

    Are you saying the Commissioners are going to give OUR Recreation Center to Glenville State College?
    Can this happen? Can this be true?
    What the H is wrong with these Commissioners?????

    By anonymous on 02.25.2013

    The people with money have been successful in hiding their power plays for 25 years. The new medias of information have changed that.
    Everyone has known we were all being played and money has manipulated our community far too long.
    The same old bunch of narrow minded, low vision individuals are finally being exposed for what they are. It appears it make them uncomfortable?

    By anonymous on 02.25.2013

    If the commandments on the wall are too long to remember they should paint two words on the wall of the meeting room. Transparency and Honesty. Maybe they could remember that.

    By No More Business As Usual on 02.25.2013

    Now admittedly, that was “BLC”. Before Larry Chapman reappeared though.
    Did ‘Block of 150’ Kennedy say -anything- about HONESTY? LMAO
    We will wait until we are all old and gray to see those attributes from this trio!?
    So now watch them unravel the Recreation Center. Then they will have some excuse for not bringing the 911 Center back.
    Just watch them. We know them all better than they know themselves.

    By Your Fortune Teller on 02.25.2013

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