What policies should a senator representing Appalachia push for? One notorious corporate senator demands subsidies for banks, not working people.
That's what I thought I knew about Auburn, WV, from my research: there would be infrastructure issues. So I had expectations of what I'd probably hear. But sometimes your expectations are just WRONG.
Jim Justice particularly seems to think his position is equivalent to that of glorified gubernatorial prop comic: cow patties, flashing lights, hatchet, and tackle box are all on hand for the show.
Plans to help regular people? Not so much.
Tax money was used to subsidize the destruction of a WV community's clean water so coal execs could further enrich themselves. Then the people who live in that community pay water bills from now unto eternity.
Ritchie isn't the only county that sees no funds from the bond. The vast majority of rural counties will get no fixes, see no jobs, have no improvement in infrastructure. But here in Ritchie, perhaps we're just more painfully aware of it...
Those who stand to make millions of dollars by driving out future generations have millions of rationalizations.
Governor Justice's administration is jamming through the Antero Frackwaste dump, that will threaten so many families with the same sort of future that Minden, WV, is experiencing right now.
People are without water, and our representatives are blind to them.
Is a lack of potable, running water really something that citizens of the United States, folks who live right here in the richest country in the world, should be having to fight for, all alone?
How in the world can we transition to a sustainable economy if we don't invest in helping our actual people?