Oh, but we're pro-environment and pro-tourism, neither of which is going to prevent jobs from fleeing the area and accelerating our economic ruin.
Here's another in a long line of stories about jobs destroyed and opportunity wasted:
Spectacle Lens employees face uncertain futureHaving read the details of this disturbing news in the Times, I quickly turned to its editorial page, knowing that I would read a scathing denunciation of the fiscal and economic circumstances that have been brought about by our incompetent and misguided political leadership; a perverse set of hacks and party hangers-on who have caused gloom to descend upon Roanoke, as well as the entire region. I knew the editorial staff was good at denunciation, and this was yet another in a growing pile of examples where our elected functionaries have, through diligent efforts at discouraging business growth, wrecked another company and its workforce.
By Duncan Adams, The Roanoke Times
The company that bought Spectacle Lens Group says it will not continue to make the Definity lens at the Roanoke facility.
A bright star in the Roanoke Valley's technology community dimmed Tuesday, leaving about 180 employees of the Spectacle Lens Group either facing the specter of unemployment or with decidedly uncertain futures. (link)
I knew the Roanoke Times would cry out for change. Proclaim the need for a new approach to growing the local economy. Demand the opportunity for our citizens to thrive. And now. While we still have a chance at turning Roanoke and Southwest Virginia around.
I was mistaken.
Here's the pressing issue of the day on the editorial page:
Briefly put ...We're doomed.
The Roanoke Times
Calling it "the right thing to do," the UPN TV network ordered an exploitative Arab-American character off its World Wrestling Entertainment "Smackdown!" program.
WWE, which produces the show, defends "Muhammad Hassan" as a voice against anti-Arab prejudice. But when his terrorist-like henchmen bludgeoned a rival on a program broadcast just after the bombings in London, sparking a public outcry, even UPN wouldn't buy that argument anymore. A fake sport's real profits were at stake. (link)