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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.

Early voting is underway across West Virginia. The importance of raising our voices at the ballot box cannot be understated.

While the phrase “throw the bums out” offers a simplistic, cynical lens through which to view those in public office, the idea is not without merit. The Mountain State needs change in the worst way. We need men and women at every level of public office who are fed up with the status quo and who want a better West Virginia. Incumbency is too-often seen as a birthright. Thinking the job belongs to them and only them, those already in office often do little to push us forward. More problematic is a lack of accountability.

We need to make each and every person lucky enough to receive our vote fully aware that they are on notice. What they do and what they fail to do will be noted and remembered. For far too long, this state has been victimized by a sluggish political class, many of whom are a bit too cozy with the special interests. Hopefully, those days are coming to a close. Now is the time to make our voices heard and demand a West Virginia that puts the people first.