A SLAP AT A DEDICATED PUBLIC SERVANT - Fred Armstrong Victim Of His Vision

By Bob Weaver

So "empty is the glory" that long-time public servant Fred Armstrong (left) has received at the hands of a bureaucrat.

Last week, without cause, the nearly 30-year champion and curator of the WV State Archives was fired by Culture and History Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith.

The dedicated and tireless public servant was escorted by security guard out of the building.

What a slap at this smart, work-hardy, dedicated public servant, the victim of a well-supported Manchin appointment, who has used the "slap-face" firing before to those who have disagreed.

Because Armstrong has constantly spoke for what's best for protecting the history of the Mountain State and has ruffled the feathers of the Manchin administration, he's gone, although his record is exemplary.

Manchin and Reid-Smith want to turn the archives area into a café with a Tamarack-like gift shop.

Armstrong has made many visits to Calhoun over the years, promoting preservation. Most recently he met at the local courthouse with commissioners to help the county access funds for document preservation.

Hundreds of names on petitions are being signed on behalf of Armstrong.