Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers:
Bluefield (W.Va.) Daily Telegraph on EPA rules:
We can complain all day about the controversial new carbon emission rules targeting coal-fired power plants, but if area residents and business leaders don't officially object to the new EPA rules, our voices will ultimately go unheard. That's why it is important for concerned citizens across the coalfields of southern West Virginia and Southwest Virginia to take advantage of the 45-day comment period extension.
The EPA has moved its deadline for public comment on the Clean Power Plant Proposed Rule from Oct. 16 to Dec. 1, giving citizens an additional 45 days to weigh in. Those who have not yet made an official comment on the record should take advantage of this extension.
The EPA proposed the new rules for existing power plants on June 2, announcing a 120-day public comment period and four public hearings in Denver, Atlanta, Washington and Pittsburgh. However, no hearings have been held to date in West Virginia.
The 45-day extension period was announced last week by U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., who urged area residents to speak out.
"I have pressed the EPA to keep its comment period open and to listen to the effects its rules will have on real people, on West Virginia's families, our jobs, our communities, and on the reliability of the electric grid," Rahall said. "Now is the time for West Virginians to make their voices heard and help me push back against the short-sightedness of the EPA."
Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail on West Virginia tourism:
In January of 1974, a band of young musicians gathered in Studio One in Doraville, Ga. to record a song for their second album.
Guitarist Ed King started the recording with a few licks that had come to him the night before. Singer Ronnie Van Zant spoke into the microphone to tell the recording engineer to "turn it up" because the volume on his headphones was set too low.
Chances are, none of the young members of the Jacksonville, Fla.-based band Lynyrd Skynyrd had ever been to West Virginia by that time. And surely, none of them envisioned that some 40 years later, state officials 489 miles to the north would adopt that now famous signature line as the theme for a tourism conference.
Yet, Turn it Up seems as good a theme as there could be for West Virginia tourism. And it's not just a good mantra for state tourism officials, but for West Virginians everywhere who want to better their state.
"We do have so much to offer especially in the outdoors with skiing, whitewater rafting, ATV trails -- you name it, we've got it here in West Virginia," Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin told the conference attendees.
"Tourism is a huge industry. It is over a $5 billion industry to West Virginia and employs 46,000 people in the state, so it's very big for our economy."
All state residents can get into the act of promoting state tourism.
Start at the website at www.wvtourism.com.
Turn it up. Tell your friends, your co-workers, everyone you know about the wonderful opportunities to visit in the Mountain State. And turn it up, and tell 'em again.