Lester said funding for the project will have to be secured once the architectural design is completed.
Hey, if West Virginia has to get the follow-up series to "Jersey Shore" on MTV, shouldn't we at least have a state-of-the-art EOC like our compatriots in the Garden State?
Speaking of, did anyone have any doubt that Sen. Joe Manchin would channel his Uncle Jimmy in calling out MTV executives for scheduling the "Buckwild" reality series?
Were he still with us, there's no doubt that A. James Manchin would have been on the first flight to New York to unleash his vitriol over their intentions to depict West Virginia in what we presume will be a less-than-favorable light.
Finally, Gerald Ratliff notes that Tomblin was not the first Logan Countian to cause a controversy by pitching a tent on the Capitol grounds.
Ratliff forwarded Gazette clippings about three Logan County men who set up a tent on the Capitol grounds, across from the Governor's Mansion, in the spring of 1968 to protest cuts in welfare benefits.
(One protestor indicated his benefits were being cut from $268 to $165 a month, not enough to cover his monthly expenses, including a $40 car payment.)
According to the accounts, the men set up camp May 22 and remained until June 3, after getting assurances from then-Gov. Hulett Smith that he would look into the matter.
While many things have changed (the reports indicate the men pitched their tent next to the now-nonexistent Duffy Street), after 44 years, much is still the same.
An article by the legendary Don Marsh states, "Theoretically, the men are protesting cuts in the Aid to Families with Dependent Children of the Unemployed (AFDCU). But in talking to them it is easy to get the impression that what they are really concerned about is some sort of ill-defined system -- presumably manipulated by large corporations -- that leaves some people very rich, and others very poor."
It's not clear what actions Gov. Smith took on the men's behalf -- but we do know that in 1969, the Legislature passed a bill making it illegal to camp on the Capitol grounds without written permission.
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.