Friday, August 24, 2007

Friday, August 17, 2007

John Edwards wins my heart

I've been going back and forth between John Edwards and Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination and I think I've finally decided to vote with my heart again. I voted for Edwards in 2004 in the primary and his addition to the Kerry ticket made it at least palatable. He is the only candidate who really understands - from what I can tell - what people from my region need. He is an incredibly intelligent guy and is truly concerned and consistently addresses the erosion of the middle class in thei country. He has identified predatory lending and the cycle of debt as major problems we have to deal with.

Until today, however, I wasn't sure how well he'd deal with foreign affairs, and he said exactly what needed to be dsaid about dealing with Iran. He's identified the key flaw with the way current administration is handling our foreign policy.

You cannot solve problems by simply NOT talking to your adversaries. It is a relatively simple concept, but sustained dialog is the most effective way to resolve differences. Here is an article from MSNBC discussing an article Edwards wrote for Foreign Affairs magazine: Edwards would open talks with Iran if elected

So, I've decided that although I really like Obama and think he is an inspirational and motivational leader - one that would, undoubtably, do a great job as president - I will be voting for John Edwards this spring.

I'm always impressed with Edwards and think he would be a wonderful president. Of all the candidates, I think he understands me and my concerns the best.



John Edwards' Plan To Build One America

Standing Up For Regular Families

In Depth
Forty-five million Americans lack insurance and families and businesses are struggling to pay skyrocketing premiums. Edwards has proposed a specific plan for truly universal health care that will take on the insurance and drug companies, cover every man, woman, and child in America, and get better care at lower cost.

Every day, 37 million Americans wake up in poverty. Personally committed to the cause of poverty, Edwards has outlined an ambitious agenda to eliminate poverty within a generation.

Middle-class wages have stagnated in recent years even as the economy has grown. Edwards will reverse Bush's tax policies and trade policies that have increased the burdens on workers and help families save and get ahead. He will also restore hope to America's forgotten rural towns and communities.

Restoring America's Leadership Role In The World

In Depth
Our standing in the world has been badly tarnished in recent years. America must once again be looked up to and respected around the world.

Edwards supports the immediate withdrawal of 40,000-50,000 troops from Iraq and the complete withdrawal of all combat troops from Iraq within about a year. We must also lead on the great challenges like ending the genocide in Darfur and the conflict in Uganda and fighting global poverty and diseases like AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis.

A strong, principled national security policy is the foundation of America's strength. We must strengthen homeland security, stand by our soldiers at every turn, while respecting the Constitution and living up to our ideals in the fight against terrorism.

Investing In Our Future And Our Communities

In Depth

Global warming is a crisis that could fundamentally change our plan, creating hundreds of millions of deaths and starvation. Edwards will restore our energy independence by asking Americans to be patriotic about something other than war and building a new energy economy based on clean renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Fifty years after Brown v. Board of Ed., America still has two school systems, separate and unequal. To give every child an opportunity to get ahead, Edwards will invest in our teachers, educate our children for the challenges of the 21st century, and make college more affordable through College for Everyone.

We must honor our lifelong commitment to those who sacrifice the most for our country. Edwards will repair our sacred contract with America's military families and veterans.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

80 acres w/ House & Barn - Great Hunting Property

Details
Price: $ 210,000.00 (Negotiable)
Listing type: For sale
Property Type: farm
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1.5
Listing status: active
Style: two story
Lot size: 80 acres
Zip Code: 26405
County: Preston
School district: Fellowsville
Year: 1875
Water: Spring water
Sewer: Septic
Property taxes: $300.00 (if used as a working farm.)

Description

For Sale By Owner: 80 acres of prime West Virginia hunting property with farmhouse. Plenty of fields for cattle or other livestock. Beautiful scenery and building locations. Excellent hunting (deer, turkey and bear), hiking or camping. Features: abundance of hardwood trees, blackberries, morels, black walnut, fresh spring water. Stream runs through property. An ideal location for a country getaway. House sold as-is, but has had numerous updates over the years. Enjoy the summer evenings watching fireflies on the wrap-around porch or star-gazing on the knoll. Wood burning stove keeps this house nice and cozy all winter.

FAQ:
Q: Where is this property?
A:This property is in Preston County in the the Fellowsville area (Reno District) near the Barbour/Preston County line. Exactly 1 hour from Morgantown, Fairmont, Clarksburg and Elkins. Half hour from Grafton and about 35 minutes from Phillipi and Kingwood.

Q: Does it have any road frontage? Tell me about the stream, how wide and deep and does it ever dry up. How fast moving? Does the stream run through it or border the property? Can a pond be dug out and fed by the stream?
A: There is road frontage and I am pretty sure you could create a strem fed pond. There are actually 2 streams in the field and - now that I think about it a third in the woods closer to the road. My husband considered damming the smaller stream for a small hydo electric system. The best place for a pond though would be in the field below the house. The stream runs pretty much through the middle and, honestly, the field gets pretty swampy if the season is particularly wet. We considered doing that when I was a kid, but never got around to it.
The stream has dried up in the past, but only during really heavy droughts. We've not had a drought over the last 10 years though. I'd say the stream flows at a fairly quick pace. Not rapids or anything, but nice and steady.

Q: Can you describe the lay of the land? Pasture, wooded, steep, valley, etc.
A: The property layout is probably best described as a valley. If you are looking at the valley from the road, you'd see the house at the end of a long driveway on the right side on the lower part of the hill. On the left are woods going up the hill (there is also a rather neglected shed). In the middle is a field with a stream running through the middle. At the end of the field are more trees. Above the house the hill is overgrown - mostly with blackberry bushes. The hill is fairly steep, but there is a road going to the top (need a 4 WD to get up it though). About midway up, there is a cleared knoll (that used to be home to a cabin). The view from the knoll is fantastic and a really nice place to camp or stargaze. My husband and I considered building a house there. On up the hill is a long field. It is also getting overgrown with blackberries, but it is also a great place to camp.

Q: Does the property include subsurface rights?
A: No. It is my understanding that most of the farmers in the area sold the subsurface rights around the beginning of the 20th century.

Q: Do you have any photos of the property?
Yes! Please see the Picasa Gallery of photos (includes a more accurate map under the Map photos feature.)

Q: When can we come see the property?
A: Just give us a call or email and we'll set up a time. Call 304-864-3612 (from 5:00-9:00 p.m. EST) or 304-265-5424 (until 9:00 p.m. EST) or email sarah@sbahns.com or cbarnes3@gmail.com.

You can also Instant Message (anytime during the day, unless I am away from the computer): sbahnsmmllc (AIM) or sbahns@gmail.com (Google Talk).

Contact
Name: Sarah Barnes
Phone: 304-864-3612