October 15, 2017

West Virginia State Government Gives Middle Finger To Its Citizens!

Mostly White skilled painters were forced to protest in front of the Department of Highways in Charleston, West Virginia,  recently because DOH refuses to enforce the state laws about local hiring.

The Division of Highways hired Seminole Equipment, of Tarpon Springs, Florida, to perform bridge painting work in Kanawha County that local unemployed White painters can perform. Seminole is importing workers in direct violation of the West Virginia Jobs Act. The Jobs Act requires contractors to hire 75 percent of their workers from the local area. That means anywhere in West Virginia or our surrounding counties.

Trained and qualified local workers were denied work because Seminole said they must have a special certification. However, we have reason to believe Seminole has imported workers who don’t have the same certification they said local workers must have.

How is that not a violation of the law?

West Virginia unemployed White workers and White taxpayers should be furious about this situation.

But the story gets worse.

In addition to the local hiring issue, according to payroll records, it appears Seminole is not withholding state income taxes. The law requires the payment of a state income tax that local contractors and workers routinely pay. Is DOH allowing Seminole to cheat the state out of this revenue?

Seminole Equipment was awarded the Kanawha Turnpike Bridge in Charleston for $1.249 million and a project in Raleigh County for $8.368 million. That’s a lot of payroll going to out-of-state workers — and that’s a lot of lost tax revenue. These contracts could create jobs White West Virginians need and are qualified for. Unemployed White workers are tired of being denied work in their own state and then having to foot the bill.

West Virginia leaders need to do more to help the state’s unemployed White workers. It’s time to stand up for all unemployed White workers and for White taxpayers.

September 16, 2017

WHITE HISTORY: There Is An Ancient Sea Below West Virginia's Mountains!

More than 300 feet below the Appalachian Mountains flows the Iapetus Sea, the source of the salt deposits that led to the founding and development of Charleston, West Virginia.

From a shallow well near what came to be known as Malden, the first commercial salt producer, Elisha Brooks, scooped the brine and would boil it to evaporate the water, leaving behind bushels of white savory crystals. His method was labor-intensive.

“This brine had a low concentration of salt, so it took a lot of water to make a large quantity,” said Billy Joe Peyton, professor of history at West Virginia State University and author of “Historic Charleston: The First 225 Years.”

“Salt was used to pack pork, and a major packing center was in Cincinnati,” historian John E. Stealey III said. “You’re talking about millions of bushels of salt being consumed in that. Pork furnished basic diet in the West because you could preserve it; beef wasn’t as easy to preserve.”

At the outset of the 18th century, the Ruffner brothers, Daniel and Joseph, sought ways to extract more copious amounts of the salt to meet a growing demand. They dug deeper in the marshy land, and this yielded stronger brine.

Eventually, they hit rock and chose to drill. They drove through 40 feet of rock and, in 1808, struck a brine two and a half times as strong as the brine in the shallower wells, according to Rice. For every 200 gallons of brine, the brothers were able to produce a bushel of salt.