Letters, Letters to the Editor, Opinion

Oct. 15 letters to the editor

Why meet with DOH if nothing gets done?

Why do the Monongalia County Commission meetings with the Division of Highways end in an impasse? Why even have meetings with no solutions? Stagnant minds are the greatest obstacles to progress. Just study the accomplishments of the “Greatest Generation.” Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier. Women, modeling Rosie the Riveter, worked on assembly lines and helped to build 16 B-17s in one day.

U.S. 19 from Osage to the Pennsylvania line is being milled and paved while Chaplin Hill Road/Exit 155 is being neglected. Thousands of motorists travel to this section daily. This area is not being milled, but there’s a lot of milling around, with no particular purpose and no particular direction.

With all the events at Mylan Park, I can’t fathom how this can continue to be ignored, and I think officials would be embarrassed to allow visitors to see the result of the dereliction by elected officials as well as appointed officials. Is this the new normal? It doesn’t matter. They can’t see it from their house.

A bridge just north of this exit was just repaired on I-79, where a large hole opened on one end of the bridge, but holes on the south end of the bridge were neglected and still exist. Where is the common sense? Just askin’.

The “Backyard Brawl” was attended by 60,000-plus fans who were exposed to the despicable entrances and brush along the highway. It is a disgrace to allow visitors to see the deplorable road conditions in our area.

I believe there are well educated and qualified individuals at the DOH who are dealing with red tape and bureaucracy from Charleston — where I allege cronyism and nepotism are prevalent.

Finally, a section of Bakers Ridge was repaired. I thank Delegate Debbie Warner, who worked with engineer Mike Daley, for resolving the issue.

Ron Lemley

Governor’s actions speak for themselves

I enjoyed Brad McElhinny’s Oct. 12 article that discusses Gov. Justice evading federal marshals’ efforts to reclaim a helicopter that his family’s coal business owns.

A court ordered that the whirly-bird be seized in the face of a $13 million debt the governor owes to a Russian coal mine owner. Wow! This is good to know before West Virginia voters go to the polls next year.

He hasn’t been the best governor. Our roads are a mess. Our schools are under fire. Once again, our state politics revolve around coal.

State law requires that governors reside in the official residence in the state capital (in Charleston, if he’s forgotten), not in a personal resort property in Greenbrier County.

This is flagrant scofflaw behavior that should be outed as soon as possible — before the coming election. Who does he think he is? Donald Trump?

Barbara Rasmussen