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Panhandle Live for August 16, 2012
by Hans Fogle,posted Aug 16 2012 7:21AM
We got a chance to hit some on some of the deception in the national race for president this morning. The newest target being the new Republican VP pick, Rep. Paul Ryan. According to FactCheck.org, some Obama campaign staffers have misrepresented the Ryan budget. Some overtly and some by omission.
On the other side of the aisle, the Romney camp has hit the President hard on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but some of their figures do not add up. Again, fear tactics as bad as the ones used against Ryan.
The bottom line for me was that if we hold advertisers to make factual statements about products, why not our politicians? How can we allow a campaign or Super PAC or any group to make reaching statements, offer misleading information, or out right lie? Also, where is the media here? When a candidate makes a false statement or utters a half truth in an interview, where is the follow up? Were is the disclaimer stating the facts of a situation? I am not perfect in that myself, but I also am not blessed with a large staff of researchers and a big budget. If the pres is meant to be the gate keeper of information, then we are in big trouble.
We did get to a lighter topic later in the program Executive Director of Mainstreet Martinsburg Randy Lewis stopped in to preview Bike Night coming up this Saturday. No word yet on what the bike route will be but riders are gathering at the Berkeley Plaza at 1pm to prepare. They arrive down town at 5:00pm for all the fun.
PARKING INFO: No parking after 7 a.m. in the 100 block of East Burke Street and East Burke Street parking lot. No parking after noon in the 100 block of West Burke Street.
No parking after 1 p.m. in the 100 blocks of East and West Martin Street; 100 and 200 blocks of North Queen Street; 100, 200 and 300 blocks of South Queen Street; 100 block of East King Street; and 100 and 200 blocks of West King Street. Parking restrictions will remain in effect until 11:00 Saturday night.
Shepherdstown based comedian Mike Diesel was in to talk comedy and to promote his show. He had a lot of behind the scenes information on what it takes to be a professional comic, and seemed excited to get people out to the show this Saturday, 9:00pm at J & T's Bar and Grill. Tickets at
And exciting news from the Eastern West Virginia community Foundation. Executive Director Michael Wholton joined us to talk about three programs. The first is the Two Rivers Giving Circle. They have a grant deadline of September 17th for the next cycle of grants from this group. The second is the Arts In Educationgrants program. This is the third (and final) year of a grant from the Benedum Foundation. The focus this year is on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) with Arts added to the mix, changing the acronym to STEAM. Deadline for these grant applications is September 12th. And finally, there is a great opportunity for folks to double their contributions to two of our favorite endowments. We recently received a matching funds challenge to build the endowments of Community Networks, Inc. (Bethany House)and the Shenandoah Women's Center. The donor has pledged up to $1,000 for each endowment. So anyone wishing to support the endowments of Bethany House or the Shenandoah Women's Shelter can effectively double their contributions by taking advantage of this dollar-for-dollar match. You can send a check and simply make a note in the memo line where you would like to put your gift. Call (304) 264-0353 or check out the EWVCF online for more information.