Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To at least the pretense of bipartisanship and cooperation that has Gov. Jim Justice and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., working together to bring oil, natural gas and petrochemical industry growth to our state. That includes Manchin’s efforts with the U.S. Department of Energy to bring an Appalachian Storage Hub to the Mountain State. “The benefits of a natural gas liquids storage hub in Appalachia are abundant,” said Manchin. “It would be an economic driver for the region, would expand energy infrastructure, and would increase our domestic production of the petrochemical resources we rely on.”

DOWN: To news that for the second time since July, collections for the state general revenue fund came in below estimates. And thumbs down to Gov. Jim Justice for an odd attempt to exaggerate and take credit for the good months to which we are becoming accustomed. “Overall, our numbers continue to be great across the board and are far better than anything we could have dreamed of back before I walked through the door,” he said.

UP: To workshops such as the one hosted at West Virginia University at Parkersburg in which there are continued attempts to understand and address the substance abuse epidemic that is crippling our region. An understanding of the generational psychology that has contributed to this plague is essential, and pediatric cardiologist Dr. Larry Rhodes was absolutely correct in remind those looking for solutions that we must understand how many families in Appalachia operate under a “what will happen will happen” mindset that warps their choices.