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Monday, January 23, 2006

Making It Tougher On The Citizenry

My neighbors to the north have a big problem with the dramatic increase in taxes at the toll booths on the southern West Virginia segment of I-77:
A plague on southern West Virginians — Stronger subsidy for turnpike is unacceptable
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

The whirlwind of anger grows as the black hole of questions deepens. Mercer County hasn’t often stood shoulder to shoulder on local issues, but this time, it’s different. This time, we’re all looking at the same attackers, the same insults, the same long-term threat, the same inequality from greedy schemers to the north.This time, we want — no, demand — fair play, nothing more, nothing less.We demand the suspension of elevated turnpike tolls until an acceptable resolution is reached. The toll increase is nothing more than a blatant tax designed to burden Mercer County and southern West
Virginians. (
The sad fact is, there is only one way to get from Bluefield to Charleston unless you sprout wings or take a circuitous route that takes days off your life. And a number of people from southern West Virginia work in Charleston and have to drive the West Virginia Turnpike (I-77) every day. With three toll booths awaiting them. $2.00 per booth. Up and back. Every day.

The toll, by the way, increased 60% on January 1.

My biggest complaint with the system - besides the aggravating delays and long lines on a Friday afternoon - is that the West Virginia Turnpike is the poorest maintained highway in the region. I drive 'em all. I know. It's bad enough if you're driving a modern-day passenger car with a quality suspension; you'll only spill your coffee. But don't even think about driving your pick-up pulling a horse trailer. It will loosen your fillings.

In any case, the people over in Bluefield and Princeton are upset. And have good reason to be.

Lost In The Din

In former Governor Mark Warner's transparent attempt recently to dredge up an old capital murder case in order to capture a few headlines and to become the darling of the ACLU-left in his party, something was forgotten. Make that someone:
They barely mentioned Wanda McCoy
By Matthew Lakin, Bristol Herald Courier

Wanda Faye McCoy never had children.

She never got to raise a family.

She never even got to beg for her life.

She bled to death at age 19, raped and killed by a man she trusted - her sister's husband.

That man, Roger Keith Coleman, appeared on the cover of Time magazine 10 years later, hailed by anti-death penalty groups around the world as innocent.

Supporters argued his case on television and radio talk shows, in newspapers and before the U.S. Supreme Court. They tried to block his execution in 1992, then demanded the state use new technology to test semen samples that might prove his innocence.

They questioned the evidence and criticized the courts. They called Coleman a victim of rural injustice, condemned for failing to fit in.

They barely mentioned Wanda McCoy. (link)