We people went through our third year of People's Law School. Again, it was a great success, and we the people were not only updated about law from great lawyers teachings, but we came away with a belly full of good food.
I want to make a few remarks I've learned about law. I heard a song called "I was raised with the Bible and the Belt." I was blessed with two great parents and teachers and people. My mother and dad took us kids to church. My mother taught us about God, and my dad worked for the Forest Service and taught us about God's creation and law with a belt. My parents didn't abuse us. They just kept us in line, and like my dad always told us, things don't just happen. There's always a cause.
I want to thank God for this because we all break the law at times, but without laws we couldn't exist. There's two ways to look at the law - obey it or break it. I am going to give two examples.
I was taught to obey all laws and always try to obey speed laws when I am in a speed zone. I always try to stay a couple miles under, but sometimes, I catch myself going over the speed limit. If a policeman sees me going over the speed limit, it's his job to pull me over and do his job to keep us safe.
Now I am going to tell you about me deciding to break the law one day and how it backfired. Some laws are hard to keep. Here's what happened.
It was a pretty day, and I decided to go fishing. I like fishing. I headed to Stuart Park and a little ways below it on a dirt road to a wide parking place. I then parked and went down a steep path to Cheat River and started fishing. The fish were really biting, and soon I had my old fish basket of eight, the limit at the time. I quit fishing and started climbing back up the steep path to the road. I still wanted to fish, and I saw a big flat rock at the edge of the road. I got an idea. I dug a hole under the rock and put my basket of fish under the rock. I headed back to the river and started fishing. Well, the fish quit biting, and I didn't catch any more fish. But while fishing, I kept hearing a motor up on the road and couldn't figure out what it was. When I reached the top of the hill, the flat rock was gone. My old fish basket was torn up and fish were laying all down the hill. Well, the crows and animals had a feast that day. I went home emptyhanded minus my old fish basket just because I decided to break the law.
There's that cause Dad always talked about. Later, I found a state road grader had been working the road and plowed the rock, fish and my old fish basket over the hill. Proving again, crime doesn't pay.
In closing, I would like to say a couple things about what made Elkins great. There are too many to list but one business ever since I can remember is The Elkins Inter-Mountain paper. This paper was first to give kids work and help them make money, learn to make change, and read and they still today are adding so much to our community. My hat's off to this paper.