Dominion Power should hire more local workers
I represent electrical workers in the Shenandoah Valley. Approximately 400 qualified, unemployed electricians live within a 50-mile radius of the Dominion natural gas plant project site. They are taxpaying Virginia citizens willing to work locally in their community.
This letter is in response to the Northern Virginia Daily article of April 21, 2012 titled, "Applicants outside Va. land jobs in valley". The article states prime contractor Zachry Industrial Inc. of San Antonio, Texas, has confirmed most jobs at the Dominion Power project in Front Royal have been filled by residents from outside of the Northern Shenandoah Valley. The article says representatives of Zachry Industrial Inc. confirmed that local people are looking for work.
A company spokesman confirmed that Zachry Industrial Inc. has completed another large utility project in Virginia and the project employed about 30 percent local workers in the Buckingham County area. That is an extremely low standard for local hiring, particularly in Virginia where the work force is qualified and looking for work. A hiring rate of 70 percent non-local residents should be unacceptable.
A more reasonable goal for local employment is a minimum of 50 percent available, qualified, local residents. Dominion, a Virginia business, will most certainly benefit from such hiring practices. Hiring locally eliminates unemployment payments from the Commonwealth's treasury, puts tax revenues back into state and local coffers, and stimulates local economies.
Dominion Power is a powerful business in the Commonwealth. It should press Zachry to adopt more local-friendly hiring practices. It is too late for Dominion Power to contractually require Zachry Industrial Inc. to hire a minimum of 50 percent of local workers in Front Royal. However, there are other Dominion Power projects planned in the future, including a similar project in Loudoun County. I hope, for the sake of our local workers, the local economy and the economy here in the Commonwealth of Virginia, our politicians and local residents will insist on at least 50 percent local resident contractual requirements on future projects by Dominion Power.
President, International Brotherhood
of Electrical Workers, Local Union 26
Scouts have right to speak at meeting
Well, well, well...
If Boy Scout Jacob French was out of order and Stuart Williams of the Boy Scouts of America's Shenandoah Area Council needed to apologize to Conrad Helsley (Board of Supervisors Chairman), then what does the board need to say to the taxpayers of Shenandoah County?
If any Boy Scout can't wear his uniform to show his pride, and then speak his mind in an open meeting, then Conrad has his priorities mixed up.
What's this all about Conrad? Seldom does the truth from a 12 year old hurt this much? Three hundred and fifty people attended the meeting and only nine were for the supervisor's jail. What does that tell the six of you? Are all of you really doing what the people want?
As a (former) Scoutmaster for nearly 10 years, I required all Scouts to wear their uniforms while attending public meetings while working on requirements for merit badges. I would think one of you four men were a Boy Scout once upon a time --although maybe not by the way you've been acting here of late. You were elected by the people to represent the people of this county! Can all six of you honestly say that you are representing the majority of your given district? I'd say not!
From what the Daily quoted Stuart Williams as saying to the public was not the Scouts lacking manners ... and surely not disrespectful to anyone. The calls complaining to the council office in Winchester instead of the local Scoutmaster seems odd, don't you think? Why would anyone call the council president for such a trivial personal opinion? Each troop has a Scoutmaster, call them!
How would you have handled it if a member of our Armed Forces came to the meeting in his or her class A uniform? Do you also think because of the uniform he would be speaking for the entire branch? I guess you would have called President Obama. Oh that's right. You couldn't. He's a Democrat!
I "think" Conrad made the comment "the boys " sort of" made a "derogatory comment" about us, (so has about 90 percent of the taxpayers of Shenandoah County). Conrad, so what's your point?
That's a great statement to raise all this over the Boy Scouts. Conrad, you are not as powerful as you think you are. The next election will show you and the others!
Natural evolution affecting solar system
My last letter spoke of chaotic nodes, coming from the center of the Milky Way. NASA is now verifying this information. This cosmic event is what The Mayan calendar indicates regarding 2012, along with planetary positioning. This natural evolution affects the solar system in ways that are understood only by spiritual means, because of the divine nature of the universe. Science helps us understand to some degree, but is influenced by corporate interests. Due to organized religion's tampering of sacred texts, much spiritual knowledge has been suppressed through the ages: few Christians know anything significant about King James, and his bible alterations. Yet religion presents this contaminated information as truth.
2012 represents the beginning of a new shift in consciousness. The earth's changes will become severe as the magnetic poles respond to the universal commands emanating from the center of this Creation. NASA will verify that all planets in our solar system are heating up, responding to the instructions of divine influence, which cannot be understood by superstitious mainstream religion, nor explained away by inadequate scientific understanding of nature. The energy wave approaching earth will indeed conduct a form of "judgment day," but its meaning cannot be explained by science or religion, both of which are minus key insights, and heavily influenced by corporate interests of control. 2012 is understood by spiritual alignment to the universe and its laws on the universe's terms.
That the earth's crust is increasingly shifting independent of its core is a known fact. Evidence that the poles are seriously shifting is verifiable. Phenomena around the globe are being conspicuously withheld from the mainstream media which is owned by the same corporate interests controlling science and religion. They dare not speak of dimensional shifts, and understanding such shifts requires focus, not spoon-fed propaganda.
I invite your readers to visit my website for information regarding 2012. We try to present the facts without sensationalism or drama: two emotions to be avoided in understanding this cosmic upheaval. Search for halfpast oceanfalls online to view "2012 Survival Kit," which was created to present reliable information. I ask that you read it with an open mind.