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  • Woman suffers minor injuries after car rolls on I-77 in Raleigh County

    Woman suffers minor injuries after car rolls on I-77 in Raleigh County

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:13 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:13:55 GMT
    Car rolled multiple times on I-77 North in Raleigh County.Car rolled multiple times on I-77 North in Raleigh County.
    In Raleigh County, a woman is miraculously not seriously injured, after her car rolls over on I-77 around 6:30 Wednesday night.An eyewitness tells us the woman was driving in the left lane on the northbound side. She suddenly veered off the road, over corrected,then slammed into the side of a tractor trailer. The car rolled multiple times before coming to a stop on it's roof.The witness says two small dogs ran out of the car. Moments later, the woman crawled out and ran after one of the dogs....
    In Raleigh County, a woman is miraculously not seriously injured, after her car rolls over on I-77 around 6:30 Wednesday night.An eyewitness tells us the woman was driving in the left lane on the northbound side. She suddenly veered off the road, over corrected,then slammed into the side of a tractor trailer. The car rolled multiple times before coming to a stop on it's roof.The witness says two small dogs ran out of the car. Moments later, the woman crawled out and ran after one of the dogs....
  • Two Arrested on Burglary Charges

    Two Arrested on Burglary Charges

    Thursday, July 31 2014 1:06 AM EDT2014-07-31 05:06:28 GMT
    Yonts and McGee face several chargesYonts and McGee face several charges
    Two were arrested late Wednesday night (7/30) on several charges in Fayette County.
    Two were arrested late Wednesday night (7/30) on several charges in Fayette County.
  • Flag cut down at Raleigh County Public Library in Beckley

    Flag cut down at Raleigh County Public Library in Beckley

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:46 PM EDT2014-07-31 00:46:27 GMT
     The incident happened at midnight between Sunday, July 27 and Monday, July 28. Officials with the library said that a person stood outside the library a made sure that no one was inside at the time.
     The incident happened at midnight between Sunday, July 27 and Monday, July 28. Officials with the library said that a person stood outside the library a made sure that no one was inside at the time.
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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.

 

Agenda-driven, partisan politics never do much good. We got a nasty dose of those tired and unseemly political shenanigans during the recently concluded legislative session. 

The House of Delegates wasted precious time and resources attacking the Office of the Attorney General. Why? When questioned about the bill, those pushing for it offered up plenty of reasons as to why it was necessary, all of which were completely superfluous. To no one's surprise, when this bill hit the Senate, there was zero interest. It did not even get taken up in a committee. Members of the House tried this same stunt last year and it failed then, too. 

Think of all the good they could have done if, rather than go on futile and possibly unconstitutional witch hunts, they actually tried to tackle some of this state's most pressing problems. What if they had put the same time and effort into hammering out a compromise on legislation that would keep meth cooks from making their poison or if they worked on a bill that could position our state's economy to grow and expand. 

This session might not have done much to move West Virginia forward, but it was interesting to watch for at least one reason — the majority party is doing all it can to cling to the past. Republicans are beginning to assert their voice and voters are growing tired of watching the state they love flounder at the bottom of the good lists while maintaining its seemingly untouchable perch at the top of the bad lists. 

We are seeing firsthand what happens when elected leaders realize they must be accountable. How does the House of Delegates respond to a sea-change in this state's electoral conscious? By near-brawls during closed door meetings and attacking the only Republican on the Board of Public Works. Rather than take a long look in the mirror and try to discern the true reasons this state is trending from blue to red, they react like this? Instead of trying to develop a platform that gives voters a reason to come back, they stage stunts and call one another names. 

No matter where you stand on the political spectrum, knowing that elected leaders actually have to compete to earn your vote is a comforting thought.  Accountability, thankfully, does not know party lines or ideology. Those currently in power can either face the cold, hard light of reality, or they can try, and fail, to keep their grip on the throne.