As West Virginia turns 150 years old, there is much to celebrate about our rich culture and heritage: the rugged, beautiful hills, wild rivers and serene surroundings that help make the lifestyle slow and relaxing amid the 21st-century rush of the outside world; the unfailingly kind and gentle people whose hardworking nature has fueled the nation for generations; and the sometimes quirky but warm feeling of family.
Still, the Mountain State faces many challenges in household income, social well-being, premature death, childhood poverty, educational attainment and fatal drug overdoses. Long-important industries have faded and continue to shrink. Young people still leave in search of opportunity, and our elderly sometimes struggle to live out their later years in dignity.
So, amid the celebrations of our first 150 years, let's spend some time planning for the future. What are your best ideas for West Virginia's next 150 years?
Be bold. Be creative. Be succinct. Send your suggestions of 50 words or fewer by June 14. We'll publish the best in honor of the 150th West Virginia Day.
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