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  • Can we be realistic on roads?

    Can we be realistic on roads?

    Friday, July 18 2014 7:00 AM EDT2014-07-18 11:00:54 GMT
    Building and maintaining roads should not be a political issue. In fact, it should be pretty straightforward. Potholes need filled, drainage ditches need cleaned, the highways need striped — while it might be painstaking and expensive, the overall concept is pretty simple.
    Building and maintaining roads should not be a political issue. In fact, it should be pretty straightforward. Potholes need filled, drainage ditches need cleaned, the highways need striped — while it might be painstaking and expensive, the overall concept is pretty simple.
  • Looking the other way perpetuates criminal politics

    Looking the other way perpetuates criminal politics

    Friday, July 11 2014 10:46 AM EDT2014-07-11 14:46:55 GMT
    Former Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for his role in a political scheme that has dominated headlines for nearly a year and shined a bright light on one part of the state’s tangled web of public corruption.
    Former Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for his role in a political scheme that has dominated headlines for nearly a year and shined a bright light on one part of the state’s tangled web of public corruption.
  • Energy generation economy will require evolution

    Energy generation economy will require evolution

    Friday, June 27 2014 9:38 AM EDT2014-06-27 13:38:18 GMT
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed down an interesting decision in terms of what the Environmental Protection Agency can and cannot do in terms of reducing emissions at power plants and factories.
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed down an interesting decision in terms of what the Environmental Protection Agency can and cannot do in terms of reducing emissions at power plants and factories.

The Senate Select Committee on Children and Poverty is scheduled to hold another community meeting this month. The committee, which certainly has a noble and worthwhile goal, is looking for ways to better address child poverty in West Virginia. Heartbreaking stories of young children not eating and going without are difficult to hear, and we have a moral obligation to help alleviate this problem.

There are certainly no quick fixes on this issue, and this committee should be lauded for its work. Let's hope, when these senators hear stories of poverty and deprivation, they are moved to come back to Charleston and do all they can to open this state for prosperity.

To truly help, we need to do all we can to encourage investment. That means making this state a place where private enterprise can flourish and jobs are plentiful. We need a tax code that reflects our global economy, a judicial system where justice trumps politics and schools that challenge our students and prepare them for life in the modern work force. 

A steady paycheck won't cure this state's socioeconomic ills, but doing nothing and standing by as our people continue to slide away from the American dream is not an option.