How exactly does one "repair" an illegally logged county park? This is what the parks board proposes. David R. Bowen, the logger who cut 350 trees illegally in Coonskin Park is being given the chance to "repair" the damage rather than face legal action.
I have several questions for the board.
1. Is he going to put the trees back?
2. Why is the park superintendent not being held responsible for the months-long operation that he claims he didn't know was going on right under his nose?
3. Where is the public outrage? This is a crime against nature and against our publicly-owned resources. If a young man on drugs steals from a convenience store, he gets jail time, not the chance to put the goods back.
We are talking about thousands of dollars worth of trees stolen and acres of land damaged. Let the punishment fit the crime for both Bowen and Hutchinson. Do your job, parks board and protect our parks from criminals!
Problems galor to renew driver's license
West Virginia has an inane method to renew drivers' licenses. My daughter had problems. My wife had problems. Now, the problems I face seem insurmountable. I wrote to DMV protesting this idiocy. I sent a copy of my letter to three elected politicians, who have not replied yet.
I had a birth certificate that was not acceptable as well as my expiring West Virginia license, my Social Security card, my original Selective Service (draft) registration (issued a few days after my 18th birthday), my DD 214 honorable release from active service in the U.S. military, my re-registration as a veteran with selective service, my honorable discharge from service in the U.S. military, an expired U.S. passport with my name and photo in it, my West Virginia voter registration, a West Virginia tax receipt with my name and address, utility bills with my name and West Virginia address on them, an old driver's license from long ago with my name, photo and vitals on it, my West Virginia EMT license with photo, and other valid documents from several federal, state and local agencies relating to me. The staff in the local DMV office knows me personally. This was not sufficient to renew my West Virginia license.
I was told that West Virginia was merely complying with federal legislation from 2005 or thereabouts that required this exhaustive documentation. Now, the media has reported that Connecticut has passed legislation that will give drivers' licenses to illegal immigrants who have lived in that state for more than 90 days and who have some type of document to identify them. Is Connecticut in the same country as West Virginia? I am not an illegal immigrant. Why am I having this problem? Why won't the elected politicians respond?
A local magistrate was not able to find the code section(s), if any, that control this unacceptable method.