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    Business community must raise a voice against status quo

    Friday, August 29 2014 9:00 AM EDT2014-08-29 13:00:23 GMT
    As our state's business leaders gather at The Greenbrier this week for the 2014 West Virginia Business Summit, we hope they have a sense of urgency and realize what they must do to bring this state into the 21st century.
    As our state's business leaders gather at The Greenbrier this week for the 2014 West Virginia Business Summit, we hope they have a sense of urgency and realize what they must do to bring this state into the 21st century.
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    Lesson from Ferguson: Do not lose hope

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    The images from Ferguson, Missouri, look like snapshots from a war zone. We still don't know why city police officer Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown, but we do know the fallout shines a glaring light on what happens when scores of people are disconnected from the American Dream.
    The images from Ferguson, Missouri, look like snapshots from a war zone. We still don't know why city police officer Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown, but we do know the fallout shines a glaring light on what happens when scores of people are disconnected from the American Dream.
  • Political bickering overshadows need for change

    Political bickering overshadows need for change

    Friday, August 15 2014 11:39 AM EDT2014-08-15 15:39:41 GMT
    New ideas and ways to move our state and nation forward are in short supply during this election season.
    New ideas and ways to move our state and nation forward are in short supply during this election season.

Our State Senate made the right call by not taking a bill that would nullify gun ordinances in certain cities around the state. The House of Delegates, in an unbridled display of politics, passed a piece of legislation that had no chance of going anywhere and was clear, outright pandering.

Charleston's gun ordinance has nothing to do with "a well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." It has everything to do with keeping guns out of the hands of criminals. Some two-bit thug coming into Charleston isn't worried about that glorious document that is the U.S. Constitution or defending himself and his family. This person is looking to get a gun, stick it in the face of a convenience store clerk and making off with as much money as possible. Or worse.

The dialogue concerning gun rights is a serious topic that requires forethought, intelligence and honesty. We must have this discussion and we must have it now, but our elected leaders should not cheapen the debate by endangering public safety.