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  • Wider lens necessary for effective education

    Wider lens necessary for effective education

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-07-25 10:00:24 GMT
    We say it often, but if West Virginia is going to reach its enormous potential, we will need a dynamic, robust educational system that challenges and prepares our people for the rigors of life in the 21st century.
    We say it often, but if West Virginia is going to reach its enormous potential, we will need a dynamic, robust educational system that challenges and prepares our people for the rigors of life in the 21st century.
  • 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.

The 2014 session of the West Virginia 

Legislature is here and elected officials on both sides of the aisle are making their pitches for the best ways to move our state forward. This is an election year so we know it's unlikely we will see anything truly dynamic, nor are we going to see the kinds of bold initiatives we need to address challenges keeping this state from reaching its potential. That's unfortunate. 

Whether they want to or not, one issue lawmakers must tackle is the ever-shrinking tax revenue and a budget that must accommodate for what experts claim will be a multi-million dollar shortfall. What we've seen initially from both camps seems to grasp this concept, but, as the session moves on and the special interests start raising their voices, we hope our representatives put reality over politics. These are going to be lean times and we need to act accordingly. If history is any indication, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin understands this and will show proper leadership. Thoughtful, if not spirited, discussion and debate will be part of this process, but what we're asking is something that every family in this state has done — develop a budget and stick with it.