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Human Rights Commission Supporters Flood Meeting

March 6, 2013

WHEELING — One by one, several residents marched to the podium during Tuesday’s Wheeling City Council meeting to voice opposition to a proposed 89-percent funding cut for the city’s Human Rights......

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Mar-08-13 11:47 AM

Let them propose a Wheeling city ordinance to protect gays in housing, public accomodation and employment like the West Virginia cities of Charleston and Morgantown.

If they won't agree, FEED THEM TO THE FISH1

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Mar-07-13 1:24 PM

HercX007- Yes, everyone should have the things you mentioned. I just wish tther was a foolproof way to verify these people REALLY NEED help. As of now, about all they have to do is stand in line with their hand out.

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Mar-07-13 10:26 AM

Human rights should be about the right to have access to healthcare, food, shelter, job assistance and help with their children's needs that they can't get because they live with a low income or no income. Some of these situations are not of their own making. We have a need for Health Right, The Homeless Coalition, The Seeing Hand Association, YSS and the Soup Kitchen provide much needed services in the community. Most of the people on the commission already have jobs. Why are they being paid to do this one? Could they not volunteer? If they really are in this to serve their community then cut their wages and see how willing they are to stick around and help their community. The commission should be about helping these other organizations reach who they need to reach instead of renaming streets and providing designated parking spaces to select individuals. Human rights goes WAY beyond that.

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Mar-06-13 5:59 PM

Been reading about the HRC situation and cannot go any longer without a comment. Close it down. Believe me, it is a waste of time. If you file a complaint against anyone in the city, it turns into politics with the HRC. They have written rules that they don't even follow. I called the State HRC after I had filed with the Local HRC and they were very helpful. However, they couldn't help me since I had already filed with the local HRC. Check it out, the State HRC has much more power in all the situations they handle. Locally it is a joke..go down to the HRC and ask to read some of the files..can't do..even if you are one of the complaintants, they won't even show you the files. Just let the Wheeling HRC disappear, and you won't miss them. If politics allow them to continue, please call the State first and get a fair shake.

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Mar-06-13 5:39 PM

Yet ANOTHER complete waste of MY money!!!

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Mar-06-13 3:06 PM

@justmytake: Mr. Valentine, who took his lunch hour to speak to Council, was just one example of the HRC's scope of services. Remember he only had 3 minutes to speak! @other comments: It is apparent you have had no dealings with the HRC,otherwise I am sure your comments would not be so negative. It's easy to form an opinion when you have not been discriminated against.

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Mar-06-13 1:47 PM

What! Cut 89-90%. Why not make it 100%. The office is no longer needed.

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Mar-06-13 9:21 AM

Local governments can no longer afford to spend taxpayer money on duplicative services. There is a state HRC and the federal EEOC. The cited example is a joke. Really, just couldn't get that space without the HRC? I'll bet the volunteer board or pro bono attorney, or legal aid, or one of a million other "services," the rehab guy, or the "client" could have done it. The client? Hey there's a novel idea accomplish something yourself. The other examples are just as non-specific and sound more like complaints about his wife losing a job. While the council is at it...get rid of funding for the clinic and soup kitchen too...ever drive by around noon? Take a good look. What a waste of human capital...

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Mar-06-13 6:30 AM

"David Valentine, who works at the state Division of Rehabilitation Services office in Wheeling, recalled Garrett's assistance in helping one of his disabled clients obtain a handicapped parking space."

Really? This is the best success story they could come up with to justify this position? Kinda explains why the city wont fund it.

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