Public's wishes being circumvented
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- When Wheeling Coin LLC attempted to open a Hot Spot club in the Cheat Lake area of Morgantown two years ago, residents in that area voiced their opinions loudly and clearly. "No." They learned the process to oppose a Hot Spot and addressed the issue through appropriate channels.
Now there's a reapplication for that Hot Spot license, along with a shell game. The application, for the same address, has been made by Lakeview Café LLC, which oddly has a Wheeling postal address. Hot Spot establishments require that operators obtain a license from the West Virginia Lottery Commission, but not before they also obtain a license from the Alcohol Beverage Control Administration. Since the ABCA denied the license application, the applicant made an "end run" through Ohio County Circuit Court, which ordered that the license be granted for the location several counties and approximately 90 miles away.
People in the Wheeling and Morgantown areas, and statewide for that matter, should be furious. How can an applicant continue to abuse the system after license denial? ABCA indicated that the proposed location -- close to several neighborhoods, a number of churches and, yes, within a few miles of two other Hot Spot locations -- was not suitable for a private club. Homes are located within 100 feet of the proposed location.
Hot Spots have slinked their way into West Virginia neighborhoods for long enough, many times when it was too late for nearby residents to have a fair say. That is not the case this time. Residents did their homework, went through proper channels and are still somehow in for a fight.
By the way, statistical data shows dramatic increases in crime, alcohol-related offenses and attention by police forces that could be tending to real law enforcement. Should people circumventing the system for monetary gain have an advantage over people invested in areas where they live?
NRA hat insults all Americans
Some time before the election, I made a contribution to the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), to help support candidates with my attitude. I opted to receive an NRA-inscribed ball cap as a "reward," to show my affiliation and belief.