Thursday, October 23, 2008

Point VFD alleges Ohio contractor failed to complete insulation job

An Ohio contractor is named as a defendant in a breach of contract suit filed by a Mason County volunteer fire department for failing to insulate one of its buildings.

On Sept. 12, the Point Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department filed a lawsuit against Ohio Valley Plastering in Mason Circuit Court. In their complaint and suit, filed with the assistance of Matt Clark, with the Point Pleasant law firm of Kayser, Clark and Layne, PPFVD alleges OVP left incomplete an insulation job for which it was hired.

According to court records, PPVFD alleges it entered into a written contract with OVP, which is located in Patriot, Ohio, and owned by Paul R. McCormick, on June 16 "to furnish all labor and materials in application of an Exterior Insulation and Finish System" to the its building on Jackson Avenue. The contract held OVP responsible for exterior of the building except caulking.

For more on this story, go to The West Virginia Record

Monday, October 20, 2008

Ohio woman sues Point doctor for ineffective sterilization

An Ohio woman alleges that a Mason County physician's failure to properly sterilize her resulted in not only an unwanted, but also life-threatening pregnancy.

On Aug. 20, Majory Wise of Gallipolis, Ohio, filed suit against Dr. Mark Nolan in Mason Circuit Court. In her complaint and suit, filed with the assistance of Robert W. Bright, with the Story Law Office in Pomeroy, Ohio, failed to sterilize her against a second, unwanted pregnancy.

For more on this story, go to The West Virginia Record

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

What Andrew Jackson might say about the bailout

by James P. Pinkerton

“You are a den of vipers and thieves. I intend to rout you out, and by the eternal God, I will rout you out.”

Today I turn over my space to Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, who said these fiery words to a delegation of bankers in 1832:

“Gentlemen, I have had men watching you for a long time, and I am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I take the deposits from the
bank and annul its charter, I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin! Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my sin! You are a den of vipers and thieves. I intend to rout you out, and by the eternal God, I will rout you out.”

The issue back then was the Bank of the United States, a federally chartered institution—sort of a predecessor to the Federal Reserve—that Jackson, ever the populist, strongly opposed. Today, most people agree that a national bank is necessary, but as today’s vote demonstrates, there is no national consensus on transferring wealth from the middle to the top. Good! Let’s hope that principle holds true for a while longer.

Today, the same as back then, big bankers attempt to blackmail America: If you don’t do things our way, exactly as we tell you, then the roof will cave in.

For more on this commentary, go to The Fox Forum

The 4-1-1 on a 9-1-1 rip-off in N.Y.

Syracuse, N.Y. - The cell phone bill says "9-1-1 Service Fee": $1.20. You pay it every month to New York state.

But only 6 cents end up at a 911 center.

Instead, the state spends the money on itself: overtime, fringe benefits, travel, vehicles, new boots, clip-on ties, sun block, spray paint, groceries, dry cleaning and other daily expenses for agencies ranging from the state police to the departments of corrections and parks, state records show.

The National Guard, for example, spent almost $1 million at Oswego's Best Western Captain's Quarters hotel and steak and seafood restaurant and the Econo Lodge Riverfront Inn. That housed and fed up to 21 soldiers who patrolled the nuclear power plants for three years after Sept. 11, 2001.

The state imposed the fee to raise enough money to upgrade 911 technology so dispatchers can find you when you call from your cell phone and can't talk.

For more on this story, go to The (Syracuse) Post-Standard