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House must choose true leader for progress

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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.

As the jockeying intensifies for the speaker's position in the House of Delegates, factions seem to be lining up behind Finance Committee Chairman Harry Keith White, D-Mingo, and Judiciary Committee Chairman Tim Miley, D-Harrison. No clear-cut favorite has emerged and there is talk of a floor vote for speaker — something political observers tell us has never happened before.

While this certainly is interesting to watch, we must not let palace intrigue and backroom maneuvers distract us from the reasons why a forward-thinking leader of the House is so important. For far too long, the special interests have held sway in that body, often killing worthwhile reform legislation. We need a speaker with the courage and charisma to step up and put the true needs of this state and its people above all else.

We languish at the bottom of so many economic indicators; yet, we have such potential. Given just a half a chance, West Virginia could flourish in truly unimaginable ways. Our vitality, creativity and ingenuity have never been in question, but we've been beset by elected leaders unwilling or unable to move us forward. That's why the House needs true leadership, not someone who will kowtow to the special interests.