Storch Comment To Teachers Criticized

Editor, News-Register:

According to the front page of the Sunday News-Register last weekend, Delegate Erica Storch, R-Ohio, told area teachers assembled at John Marshall High School: “I want to get more money to you …. Unfortunately, I don’t know where this money is coming from.” I have spent nearly 50 years in and around West Virginia politics and these are either the most naive or most disingenuous words that I have heard from emitting from mouth of an office holder.

(Full disclosure: I am currently a candidate for the Wetzel County Board of Education and I told Ed Parsons of the Wetzel Chronicle that my candidacy should be considered as a referendum on whether there will be prayer in local schools.)

Since King John met with the English barons at Runnymede in 1215, the historic question of politics is not what we want but how we pay for them. Therefore, I interpret your statement as the political equivalent of “crocodile tears.” You give lip service to the teachers (I wasn’t there but I assume that you received light applause for your vacuity) while you support the agenda of the Chamber of Commerce. That’s perfectly all right but if teachers were important to you, you would be using your noodle to suggest revenue sources to give the teachers a pay raise. Of course, the chamber and you are opposed to any new taxes because it’s bad for business.

You shouldn’t be permitted to have it both ways, Delegate Storch, shedding crocodile tears for the poor, underpaid teachers and then hewing the Chamber of Commerce line with regard to taxes. Some people might call this hypocrisy, but I would never use this word against a lady. Sen. Ferns, maybe, but not you. And I would never point out that you ended a sentence with a preposition. Never.

H. John Rogers

New Martinsville