Last Words



The Thrasher Group

Williamson Shriver Architects

McKinley Architects & Engineers

February 9, 2018 - Volume 38 Issue 5

The Baltimore Sun (2/6, Barker, Cox) reports that the Maryland General Assembly is considering proposed legislation that “would prohibit football and other contact sports for elementary and middle school kids if they are played on public fields or facilities maintained with public funds.” The article says “it’s uncertain what sort of reception” the proposed legislation “will receive in the General Assembly and around the state.”

“If you don’t like change, you will like irrelevance even less.” – General Eric Shinseki (1942 - / U.S. Army Chief of Staff, 1999-2003). 


“I think the prudent thing and the smart money is to fix PEIA like we’ve done, and the smart money is to stay one, one, one, one, one…. I think we’re not being smart going two, one, one, one.” – Gov. Jim Justice on sticking with his plan to give teachers 1 percent raises in each of the next five years rather that give them 2 percent this year and 1 percent each of the next three years

“I think they’re seeing people take action, and I think that they are happy that their voices have been heard. But again, it comes down to: What’s the end result?” – Christine Campbell, president of the American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia, on teachers’ reactions to efforts by the governor and legislature to improve their pay and benefits

“We’re not that far apart from each other, and we’re going to continue to show that we believe we can sustain that. All of us are saying we only want to do what we can sustain.” – House Speaker Tim Armstead on his hopes the House will prevail with 2 percent pay raises for teachers in the next fiscal year

“Yes, it’s a lot of money, but we are in a crisis. We are truly in a crisis in education. We are losing teachers. We are losing our citizenry because we’re not competitive on the salary schedule. And I can’t think of anything that more fundamental to building up our economy and keeping people in West Virginia than to have an educated workforce.” – Delegate Brent Boggs on Democrats’ attempt to give teachers and others 3 percent raises in each of the next three years

“Whose Bible is the New Testament? Are they going to teach my Bible? I’m Roman Catholic.” – Sen. Mike Romano on Senate Bill 252, which would have provided for courses on the Bible in public schools, adding that the Catholic Bible has more books than the Protestant Bible

“To not study the Bible is to deprive our American children of an education.” – Sen. Mike Azinger, lead sponsor of Senate Bill 252

“Our founding fathers understood the danger of favoring one religion – whether it be one form of Christianity over another or Christianity versus any other religion. Western civilization is based on democracy.” – Sen. Mike Romano

“I don’t think that the senator from Wood’s purpose in this bill is to promote a particular denomination or even necessarily a particular religion. It’s more an acknowledgement that as we’ve moved further away from religion and the moral precepts that religion brings forth that we see a difference in our society, and it’s not been a good difference.” – Sen. Robert Karnes

We talk about what’s important to our state – job creation, education of our people – and yet, we’re talking about God, guns, gays and abortion. I just hate to see this type of thing that takes up so much time away from very important issues that need to be addressed.” – Sen. Ron Stollings

“Child abuse is a problem, and we got to address it… I hope this turns it around.” – Delegate Joe Statler on House Bill 4402