State needs to look past coal
In reference to your editorial addressing the typhoon in the Philippines, you close stating that coal mining won't be helped by this weather event and acknowledging that coal is the foremost contributor of greenhouse gas emissions.
I appreciate that the Gazette is at least discussing these events in the context of the reality of climate change, but what is really needed here is a little more than pointing out that this looks bad for West Virginia's coal industry.
West Virginia is sadly lacking in any kind of forward thinking, dynamic, or even aware leadership. Somehow, West Virginia leaders think that they are looking out for their constituents by complaining loudly about the big bad EPA. The reality is that climate change is real and we are going to have to find new and creative ways of meeting our energy needs. Coal use is in decline and we need to find ways to continue to phase it out.
Instead of beating the dead horse of how picked on we are here in West Virginia we need to find leadership that can see the opportunities that are out there and help lead us in pursuing those opportunities. Clinging desperately to an economy whose time is passing will not allow this state to move forward.