Referencing the litigation re: the Department of Health and Human Resource's advertising and marketing contract. The company that lost the contract (rightfully or maybe not) has done well in landing other contracts promoting healthy lifestyles in other states.
Since November, the Arnold Agency has landed contracts for anti-smoking advertising and promotions from state Tobacco Use Prevention Programs in the states of Montana and Hawaii. (Wonder who gets to be the agency rep on the latter contract?)
For all the grief I get for pointing out all the state holidays, it's duly noted that many state employees have to work through holidays, as Division of Highways worker David Luzader, of Sutton, eloquently pointed out:
"In 2010, I went to work on Dec. 24 at 11:00 p.m. to drive my snow route. I got off at 7 Christmas morning and had to be back at 7 that evening, which turned out to be near white out conditions all night and very treacherous driving conditions in my huge, overloaded dump truck with sub-par headlights. This can go on for weeks if need be, seven days a week. During last summer's storms, many of us worked July 4, and after the Oct. 30 snowstorm, many worked 12 or more hours a day, seven days a week ... After deductions, I clear about $8.00 per hour."
I think we all appreciate the sacrifices state employees like Luzader make as part of their daily job requirements.
Meanwhile, over in the state Office of Insurance Commissioner, associate general counsel Greg Elam played Grinch by instituting a mandatory attendance report Friday, Dec. 21, that required employees to submit an email at their normal quitting time that evening.
Finally, normally I would have been grumbling about getting assigned the West Virginian of the Year article, but considering that the honoree was Sen. Dan Foster, D-Kanawha, I was more than happy to write the story.
I couldn't help but think of Doc Foster last Saturday, standing in line for a beer at Yankee Stadium. I saw the number 383 and thought, wow, concession prices are much cheaper at the new stadium than they were at the old ballpark.
However, I quickly ascertained that the price for a cup of beer was $11, and 383 was the calorie count, as mandated by New York City ordinance. (The NYC calorie posting law was one of the inspirations for Foster's failed calorie count legislation.)
I deferred having a second beer, although it's hard to say whether cost, calories, or the fact that my fingers were numb was the ultimate determining factor ...
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.