The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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September 4, 2012

Political leaders praise workers

West Virginia workers took the day off for the most part Monday to relax, conduct backyard grills or head to a favorite fishing hole in what is considered the last fling of dying summer.

Political leaders from Char-leston to Washington honored state laborers.

Since becoming governor, Earl Ray Tomblin said he has met many in the working ranks and found them to be educated, talented and dedicated to improving West Virginia.

“We can all be proud of the work ethic these men and women display,” Tomblin said in a statement.

“This Labor Day, we rally behind our workforce — the men and women who provide for our families, our communities and our state. For years, they have delivered exemplary products and services, complementing West Virginia’s business-friendly environment.”

In his observation, Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., quoted Helen Keller, a prolific blind author who campaigned for women’s rights and socialism.

“Helen Keller once noted that the world is moved not just by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but by the aggregate of tiny pushes from each of its honest workers,” the 3rd District congressman said.

“This Labor Day, let us remember those honest workers, as well as the dignity and nobility of an honest day’s labor. And let us commit to ensuring that the gains of labor in America are never undone and that future generations will continue to celebrate Labor Day by recognizing the unsurpassed talents and contributions of the working men and women that have made America great.”

In his statement, Rahall’s political opponent, Republican Rick Snuffer, took notice of the dark clouds hanging over West Virginia from both a weather and economic viewpoint.

“On this overcast Labor Day, set aside to honor the blue-collar working men and women who make up the middle class, here’s hoping next year’s holiday has a sunnier outlook, in the weather and our economic forecast,” the freshman member of the state House of Delegates said.

“We’re certainly working to make sure that happens with the economy.”

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