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Lee Hamilton By Lee Hamilton

You know these words, but how often do you stop to think about them? “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity...”

They belong, of course, to the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution. That remarkable document is not just the blueprint for our political system. Its Preamble is also a profoundly aspirational call to arms. Because when you read it, it’s hard not to ask yourself how we’re doing — at establishing justice, promoting the general welfare, securing the blessings of liberty, and, in sum, creating a more perfect union.

By Camille Howard

Another business is shutting its doors in Petersburg. Cellular X-Press, or the AT&T store, will be closing its doors in just a few days, but not because they lack business.

They are being forced to close by AT&T. After being a loyal franchise for over 25 plus years, the corporate office “says” they just aren’t doing their fair share of filling the company’s coffers by selling large volumes of product, so they are ex- pendable. Really it’s a matter of getting rid of the little guy. I guess they have a “bigger is better” attitude, which is no surprise, but they do try to cover it up.

If you want to do some research, go the AT&T website (aboutatt.com) and check out how they describe themselves as a hand up to the little guy with a global outlook.

On one page they have a list called “Our Values.” Among them are ...

“Be there. When customers and colleagues need you most. “Inspire imagination. Give people what they don’t expect. “Make a difference. Impact your world.”
I’m not sure who that list is for, but for all you AT&T customers, they won’t be here for you any more. You’ll have to travel to at least 45 mintues or more to get to a service store. And they have handed us what we didn’t expect - a closed store which has definitely impacted our community with lost revenue and lost jobs.

I’m sure someone at corporate sitting behind a desk thinks this is best for the company, but why close the store that has helped build a large customer base in this area?

Changing phones is annoying, let alone providers, but it’s something to consider. If they’re going to hit us in the wallet we’ll just have to hit them back. Unfortunately there aren’t enough of us here to even make a small difference to them.

Those with the most to lose - Debbie, Mindy and staff, who have been helpful and knowledgeable through the years of upgrades and changes. We’re truly sorry to see them go.

The Inter-Mountain

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., met Monday afternoon with federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court. In doing so, Manchin became the first Democrat senator to have a face-to-face conversation with Kavanaugh.

By Erich Reimer

The public square has been alight in recent days as controversy has brewed over The New York Times’ hiring of Harvard Law-educated Sarah Jeong and her history of questionable tweets.

Based on Twitter’s publicly available information, since joining the platform in June 2009 she has sent out over 103,000 tweets. It seems many dozens of those have disturbing, cruel, and racist messages towards various groups. The New York Times has issued a quasi-apology but apparently will retain Jeong, who has alleged much of it was satirical and also apologized.

This saga is extraordinarily complex because of both the immense amount of information and numerous norms, issues, and deeper societal questions involved.

Glenn MolletteBy Dr. Glenn Mollette

The buzz of a possible visit by Russian President, Vladimir Putin has died down.

Different reasons have been cited from safety to timing to other things going on right now for President Trump and Putin.

By Camille Howard

Newspapering is like no other business that I know of. This newspaper has been a fixture in Petersburg for over 120 years and as recorders of history and servants of the public, we’ve pretty much heard it all.

Some people look at the newspaper the way they look at the government - unlimited funding.

We try to print as much as we can at no charge or cut people a break, but last week I received an email that qualifies under the “take the cake” category.

The email was a news release from a multi-million dollar political advocacy group. Here’s the gist:

“... today announced a six-figure direct mail and digital ad campaign as part of the organization’s multimillion-dollar effort to support Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. This week, Mountaineers will receive mailers highlighting Judge Kavanaugh’s demonstrated commitment to defending the Constitution and interpreting the law as written - not legislating from the bench - asking them to contact Senator Manchin and urge him to support Judge Kava- naugh’s nomination.

“A new thirty second digital ad, and website ... was also unveiled today and will accompany the mail effort by urging Americans to tell Senator Manchin to support Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation.”

Have you caught on yet as to why it’s in the “take the cake” category?

If not, I’ll explain.

This news release is asking the Grant County Press to tell all its readers, for free, that it is spending six figures ($100,000 to $999,999.99) with the U.S. Postal Service and on digital advertising.

I was dumbfounded. Six figures going to support the post office and the internet. Cheers for them.

So in the off chance someone would read it, I sent an email reply.

“While we appreciate you keeping us informed, the fact that you want us to publish a free article on how you are spending six figures on direct mail and digital advertising and bypassing newsprint doesn’t sit well. Small newspapers like the Press are struggling to compete against the internet while dealing with the newly imposed tariffs on newsprint ...”

I got a reply back sympathizing about the tariff trouble and also how important newspapers are in getting the word out about issues that face Americans. Thanks.

In my mind, the problem with this doesn’t have anything to do with Judge Kavanaugh or anyone who backs him as the next U.S. Supreme Court Justice ... it’s their request for a news release.

In their reply to my email they asked for an advertising rate card. I sent one, but I’m not holding my breath.

Editor - Camille Howard;
News Editor - Erin Camp;
Advertising Manager - Tara Warner Pratt; 
Graphic Designer - DJ Bosley;
Print Shop Manager - Richard Knight; 
Bookkeeping - Peggy Hughes;
Circulation - Mary Simmons

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