Two out of three isn't bad, but three out of three is even better.\r\nAnd four out of four? Well, it does happen, but not if you sit on your hands and play not to lose, instead of win.\r\nAbout two weeks ago, our newspaper urged the Monongalia County Commission to stop playing it safe.\r\nWe called on the commission to join Hancock, Marshall and Preston counties in declaring a state of emergency over our road conditions.\r\nIt\u2019s apparent the commission still wants to see what road projects and repairs will be completed this season before it does anything.\r\nIt is also hedging its bets on a potential June meeting with state and local officials on road conditions in Monongalia County.\r\nThough we\u2019re disappointed the commission is not willing to act on a declaration of emergency, we\u2019re not discouraged.\r\nAfter all, the results in two of those three counties \u2014 Marshall and Preston \u2014\u00a0 that have taken that step might convince them, yet.\r\nOn Wednesday, Gov. Jim Justice, along with the transportation secretary and the Division of Highways commissioner responded to Marshall County\u2019s state of emergency.\r\nThe Marshall County Commission took that step in early April, followed by an ambush of the governor April 22 while he was making a $1 million presentation on other infrastructure projects.\r\nThat\u2019s when questions started flying about Marshall\u2019s roads and the governor observed, \u201cThere is a mega-emergency here. ...\u00a0 I can see it in your faces and in the tone of your voices that it\u2019s worse than what I thought.\u201d\r\nLast week, Justice and those state officials responded in kind. In the last 30 days the DOH ditched and bladed 203 miles, across Marshall County.\r\nNot to mention 166 tons of patching and related maintenance, bank stabilization projects and laying nearly 500 feet of drainage pipe \u2014 in one month.\r\nNo one can ignore the extra road crews, equipment and money expedited to Preston County, either,\u00a0 since February, when the governor ordered a task force to improve its roads.\r\nBut looking back, more importantly Preston\u2019s state of emergency in April 2018 was the catalyst for creation of the North Central Roads Caucus later, that\u2019s fueled demands across the DOH\u2019s District 4 for better roads.\r\nThat caucus, comprised of the six counties in District 4, including Monongalia and Preston, has consistently been out in front of road efforts.\r\nObviously, Hancock County\u2019s declaration has yet to generate much response from the governor or the DOH, but it\u2019s only two weeks old.\r\nThe governor, for all his flaws, which we recount in our pages daily, is for now dialed into the secondary roads\u2019 repair, especially in our region.\r\nSo why shouldn\u2019t Monongalia County turn up the volume on our discontent with the roads?