Dear Mr. Editor,My writing is in reaction to Professor Wilson Tarpeh’s claim that his association with an opposition political party, Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) is responsible for withholding funds that should come to the University of Liberia (UL) to reopen, something he says is leading to his resignation as vice president for Fiscal Affairs.Professor Tarpeh claims that serving as a campaign manager for George Weah in the 2014 special senatorial election is the main reason for withholding the funds, being VP for Fiscal Affairs. Let me firstly remind the professor that his role as “campaign manager” did not make any impact on the election of George Weah, but Weah has his constituents already built in Monrovia. No one has to run campaign for Weah as evidently seen here, but all the deceptive intellectuals in CDC, including the Mr. Tarpeh, are just riding on Weah’s popularity to ascend to positions they dearly desire.If Professor Tarpeh can resign with clean hands, he can call on the General Auditing Commission (GAC) to audit him to clearly establish that he did not misapply any funds. Let Professor Tarpeh state the meaning of “Other fees” stipulated on our payment slip in 2013. Where did this money go? Let Professor Tarpeh allow former vice president for Academic Affairs & Provost, Weade Elliot-Brownell, to reveal information about financial malpractices she mentioned when she was forced to resign in 2013, and when she appeared before the Senate following her appointment at the Foreign Ministry. If he can do these to erase the suspicion, we will know that the withholding of funds as claimed by him is truly politically motivated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Arguably his most controversial decision, Schwarzenegger signed a bill requiring semiautomatic handguns made and sold in the state to have technology to microstamp each bullet fired from the gun. Supporters say the micro-stamping requirement, the first in the nation, will help police track down criminals. Opponents, including the National Rifle Association, argued that the technology is unreliable and could be used to implicate innocent people if criminals leave behind stamped cartridges from other guns at crime scenes. In his signing message, Schwarzenegger said he understands the technology is not perfect but hopes it will give police a new tool in solving violent crimes. Under the gun bill, every semiautomatic handgun sold in California will have to stamp each bullet cartridge in two locations whenever it is fired. The stamp would identify the gun’s make, model and serial number. The law will take effect in 2010. LEGISLATION: Bills governor signed address teen tanning, condors, bottled water and more. By Aaron C. Davis THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Saturday signed 97 bills and vetoed another 58, creating new laws on topics such as the sale of kangaroo skin and protecting endangered condors, but also halting lawmakers’ efforts on dozens of other fronts, including giving college aid to illegal immigrants and requiring warning labels on cloned food. It does not affect revolvers, rifles or shotguns. It targets only semiautomatics, which the bill’s author, Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles, said are used in the majority of homicides committed with firearms. Schwarzenegger’s most high- profile veto blocked the so-called Dream Act, a bill that would have made illegal immigrant students who graduate from California high schools eligible for college aid. The governor had vetoed similar legislation last year, but this year Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama drew attention to it, saying Schwarzenegger would compound the immigration problem if he vetoed it. Student groups also had rallied repeatedly on the steps of the Capitol and elsewhere around the state in recent weeks. Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, wrote the bill. California already allows illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition if they’ve attended a California high school for at least three years and apply for legal status. The governor’s actions leave 153 bills remaining on his desk. He has until Sunday at midnight to sign or veto the remaining legislation. If he takes no action, the bills become law. Schwarzenegger also signed bills on the following topics: Condors: Hunters will be barred from using led-based ammunition in areas inhabited by endangered California condors, an area that encompasses most of the state’s central coast. Scientists consider lead poisoning a leading cause of death among the scavengers, which often feed on bullet-ridden carcasses. There are only about 127 condors flying freely in the southwestern United States, and about 70 are in California. More than a dozen deaths have been linked to lead poisoning. Opponents of the bill, said the alternative, copper bullets, may be no better for the birds. Kangaroo skin: California will end its unique ban on importing or selling kangaroo-skin products. Schwarzenegger favors exotic-skin cowboy boots and owns snakeskin and alligator boots, but proponents said the bill was not about fashion products. Kangaroo leather is lighter than other leathers and is most often used in law enforcement gear and high-performance soccer cleats. The measure would continue the state’s prohibition on products made from protected kangaroo species but allow the use of leather from more plentiful species. Sexual orientation: Schools will be barred from discriminating based on a student’s sexual orientation, and teachers and administrators will be required to enforce anti-bias laws to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender students. Some family values groups lobbied against the bills saying they would encourage teaching about homosexuality. Sperm cleansing: Men with HIV will be allowed to donate sperm to a willing, HIV-free spouse or other recipient if the sperm has gone through a process to minimize infectiousness. Domestic violence: Victims of domestic violence will be allowed to ask judges to grant protective orders for their pets under a bill written by Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica. Student voting: State colleges and universities will be required to try to boost voter participation by giving students the opportunity to register to vote when they sign up for classes. Teen tanning: Parents must consent in person to teens using tanning salons in an effort to reduce the number of children exposed to the potentially dangerous ultraviolet light. Gift certificates: Consumers can cash in unspent gift certificates worth less than $10. An estimated $8 billion in gift cards went unspent nationally in 2006. Bottled water: Bottled water will have to come with labels revealing the source of the water beginning in 2009. School food: Elementary and middle schools will have to remove food with artery-clogging trans fats from cafeteria menus and vending machines. The governor vetoed the following: Interrogations: The bill would have forced police investigators to record interrogations of suspects in homicides and violent felonies. Proponents said the measure would have eliminated disputes about what actually happened during interrogations. In his veto message, Schwarzenegger said that although reducing the number of false confessions was a laudable goal, recording every interrogation would put unnecessary restrictions on officers. “I cannot support a measure that would deny law enforcement the flexibility necessary to interrogate suspects in homicide and violent felony cases when the need to do so is not clear,” he wrote. Abandoned babies: The legislation would have given new mothers up to 30 days to anonymously drop off unwanted babies at places such as fire stations and hospitals. The current law allows such drop-offs within 72 hours of birth. It was the second consecutive year Schwarzenegger vetoed the measure and he said the law would put newborns in greater risk by keeping them in an unsafe environment longer. Identity theft: The bill would have required stores responsible for data breaches to repay banks for the cost of replacing compromised credit and debit cards.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!