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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.

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.