The County Fair was this past Saturday and, as a parent, I participated for the first time in over 30 years. I was impressed with all the hard work the 4-H and FFA youngsters put forth, and the sense of community experienced by all who were there.
As impressive as it was to be a part of it all, I am writing to let everyone know that Luci Mosesso and Greg Hamons, our WVU Extension Service Agents, are truly an inspiration.
Greg and Luci do so much behind the scenes and go above and beyond what anyone could expect of them. Pocahontas County and its youth are extremely fortunate to have Luci and Greg. We are further blessed to have their spouses and children who support them and help them with all the extra work they do that few are even aware of.
A lot goes into such a big day, from the producers of the livestock, to the youth who exhibit the animals, to the folks who participate and make the sale a success.
There are numerous folks who do so much, and each one of them deserves recognition, but I am sure I would miss several if I tried to name them – and there are likely some that I am unaware of.
Many thanks to all of you who support and make the County Fair such a great experience for our youth.
And again, the hard work, dedication and compassion that Greg and Luci provide throughout the year is apparent to many, but needs to be known by all. Thanks!
Peace and Blessings,
J L Clifton
To the Editor;
I was jolted reading Ken Springer’s informative article on “Fungal Zombies” in his weekly column, “For Your Consideration.” (Pocahontas Times, Aug. 24, p. 3). In his introductory paragraphs, Springer discussed the massive asteroid impact upon Earth millions of years ago. The collision triggered a dust-filled atmosphere that blocked much sunlight for years. Temperatures plummeted. Massive extinction of plants and animals quickly followed. Fungi feasted on the dead corpses.
What jolted me was that another frozen-earth extinction danger looms darkly over the Earth. Nuclear War. The Nobel Peace Prize-awarded “International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War,” emphasizes that “…A nuclear war using as few as 100 weapons any where in the world would disrupt the global climate and agricultural production so severely that the lives of more than two billion people would be in jeopardy from mass starvation.”
Smoke from massive fires after a nuclear war would inject massive amounts of soot into the Earth’s upper atmosphere. Solar radiated heat and plant photosynthesizing energy would be abruptly reduced for a decade. Immediate human deaths from the explosions and radiation would be followed by sharply reduced food for many years. Starvation and violent civil unrest would ensue.
The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) is a legally binding international agreement, effective January 2021, on all 160 signatory nations pledging to prohibit nuclear weapons in their territories. The goal of TPMW is global nuclear weapon elimination.
Current nuclear-armed nations are the United States, Russia, France, China, the United Kingdom, Pakistan, India, Israel, and North Korea, with a cumulative total of 13,000 nuclear weapons.
“It is no longer a choice, my friends, between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence.” (Martin Luther King, Jr.)