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On the right track

I recently attended Gov. Jim Justice’s town hall in Vienna. When I heard he was coming to town, I felt I had to go and ask what he’s doing to create opportunity for us again. I’ve lived in Vienna for 38 years, and I’ve seen many people, including neighbors, who have lost their jobs in the oil and gas industry and are still looking for work.

The governor addressed this concern outright and I was pleased to learn about all the investments being made: coal plants like Pleasants that have been saved and manufacturing plants like Hino Motors that are actually expanding.

I feel like Gov. Justice is actually getting things moving in the right direction. People have underestimated our state and walked all over us in the past. Politicians failed us in lack of progress. I appreciate the governor’s efforts by taking the time to come to Vienna. It shows he cares.

As an educator, I am again worried about the upcoming legislative sessions. There is a widening gap between some of the legislators and the education community. We need Governor Justice to bridge that gap and get education in West Virginia running in the right direction.

Don Stansberry

Vienna

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