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  • Business community must raise a voice against status quo

    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.
  • Lesson from Ferguson: Do not lose hope

    Lesson from Ferguson: Do not lose hope

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:00 AM EDT2014-08-22 12:00:24 GMT
    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.

On the Aug. 11 edition of the State Journal's Decision Makers, we heard from those affected by the brutal killings of four people in Clarksburg late last month. Investigators say the shooting was directly related to the city's growing drug trade. Among those caught in the crossfire were Fred and Fred Swiger — a father and son delivering newspapers for the Exponent Telegram who were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. What we learned on Sunday's show is that our state's drug trade does not just affect those who use and deal. It affects the entire community. We heard from an elderly woman who barricades herself in her home. We heard from a mother who will not allow her children to play in the front yard. We heard from police officers who are doing all they can but are still overwhelmed.

As a state, we are better than this. These are stories for Detroit and Chicago and St. Louis, not for Charleston or Wheeling or Clarksburg or Beckley. However, we cannot address this situation if we refuse to acknowledge the truth. The drug trade is here, it's taking hold and, if we're going to take back our communities, we need stand up and say with one voice "no more."