RALEIGH County Sheriff Steve Tanner has joined a growing group of law enforcement
officials across the country who vow not to
enforce any new restrictions on guns that Congress may pass.
"It's not the pencil's fault we misspell words," Tanner told Mannix Porterfield of the Register-Herald.
"It's not the spoon's fault we have fat people. It's not the gun's fault people are shooting each other. Blaming the gun is ridiculous. I don't hear anybody blaming cars for drunken drivers."
Passage of such a law is about as likely as discovering life on the moon, but the open resistance to the proposal by law enforcement officials is telling and also not unprecedented.
For decades, some cities along the Pacific coastline and elsewhere in the country have refused to enforce federal border control laws, labeling themselves as "sanctuary cities."
The federal government under both liberal and conservative administrations has not pressed the
issue. However, when Arizona tried to enforce federal immigration law, the federal government sued.
Having laws that are unenforced is useless. Congress should bear this in mind when it comes to gun control and other issues.
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THE Kanawha County school excess levy that will go into effect in 2014 is capped at $44.2 million in revenue per year.
School board member Becky Jordon said members of the state School Building Authority scolded county officials for doing so.
"We're the largest school system, and we're the only school system to have a capped levy," Kanawha board member Becky Jordon said. "They don't understand why they're giving us tax money."
With all due respect, state officials are not "giving us tax money." They merely are returning our tax money to be spent at the local level.
As the most populous county in the state, Kanawha County residents and businesses generate the most personal income taxes, corporate net income taxes and sales taxes in the state.
Its schools deserve education funding that reflects that contribution and is proportionate to its needs.
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UNITED Bankshares Inc. announced this week its acquisition of Virginia Commerce Bancorp. Inc. of Arlington, Va., for $490.6 million in an all-stock transaction.
This comes a decade after Richard Adams, the company's chairman and chief executive officer,
announced in 2002 that the No. 1 priority of "West Virginia's bank" is expansion in the nation's capital and its suburbs in Maryland and Virginia.
The acquisition also comes more than two years after a panel discussion at the 2010 Business
Summit, when Adams said:
"What separates the environment in West Virginia and Virginia? The answer is clear to me: It's all about policy: tax policy, judicial reform policy, education policy.