Regarding last week's item about deteriorating conditions at the Charleston Amtrak station, I had forgotten that Mayor Danny Jones is a rail fan. In fact, last week, he was en route on the Southwest Chief and the Cardinal after taking his youngest son to Disneyland.
Jones said he's well aware of the issue, but said the problem is that both the station (owned by the Haddad family) and the platform (apparently owned by CSX) are private property.
The mayor did say he will have city engineers see if there's a way to correct the water runoff from the Ferry Street ramp, which is causing the damage to the platform.
Finally, who says a journalism degree isn't worth the paper it's printed on? Of the eight statewide elected officials who took oaths of office last Monday, two are graduates of the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism: Secretary of State Natalie Tennant and Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry.
No other school or college can make that claim -- not even the WVU College of Law.
Counting Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick's alma mater of West Virginia Tech, which is now a branch campus of WVU, all but two of the eight officials sworn in Monday are West Virginia University graduates. The odd men out are: Auditor Glen Gainer (University of Charleston), and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (Rutgers).
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.