While reading the January 30, 2013 edition of the Moorefield Examiner, I was thinking about work. David’s My Unbased Opinion got me thinking about chores that I leaned to do as a child to earn my allowance, part and full time work that helped pay my way though college, and 25 years working in my career. Those chores never went away.
Reading about Reverend Garber’s recent death, brought memories of his stories over the years through his Hardy Heritage column. I shall miss this. He spoke about his work as an educator: as a teacher, principal, and minister. While he may have retired from this employment, he continued to employ himself in learning about our history and relating this knowledge to us.
The article about County Commissioner Teets focused my thought about work on the ambition that some have to progress from one level of activity to another. Mr. Teets obviously has ambitions to advance his public service from the local to the state level. I complement him on his appointment to be the Executive Director of Eastern Operations for the WV Department of Agriculture. I imagine that this work will take him on the road through out this region, as well as to Charleston.
I agree with the Examiner’s editorial and Nile Gillies Letter to the Editor, that if Mr. Teets has chosen to take this job, he should relinquish his local responsibilities on the Hardy County Commission. There are others who are ready to invest themselves in these duties.
For instance, Hunter Williams recently ran for a County Commissioner seat. He won about 49.99999999% of the vote in that race, suggesting that about half the voters would give him the job. A. J. Wade endorsed him for the position, suggesting that he might be welcome to fill the seat. He is also a Republican, which would replace Mr. Teets as the Republican on the Commission, suggesting that we would keep a political balance on the Commission. I’m willing to nominate Mr. Williams to complete Mr. Teets’ term, assuming that this is consistent with the regulations guiding how we replace a vacant position. David mused about when he will “quit working”. Maybe the question is better considered as “When did I have the wisdom to pass on one set of duties to take on another?”.
Moorefield Examiner, February 6, 2013
This was another letter to the editor to which I received a phone reply. One of the County Commissioners called to fill me in on the procedure for filling a seat vacated mid-term. When was the last time you received a phone call from a government official who was live an not a robo-call?