It is my sincere hope that the state-of-emergency water ban in eight counties will cause citizens and elected representatives to wake up and recognize that water is a precious resource and requires serious protection.
Let us urge our elected officials to cease demonizing the EPA, cease their shortsighted support of polluting industries, and instead create a viable economy for West Virginia in which citizens are not forced to forsake health for employment.
It is time for CEOs and politicians to realize that their decisions regarding the protection of our water sources will lead to the demise of health for their own children and grandchildren. Is that really worth the money?
Citizens can no longer rely on industry to "educate" them about hydrofracking. We must educate ourselves.
Unions made middle class, can help keep it
Because of unions, workers have fair living wages, safe working conditions, vacations, holidays, sick days, the 40-hour workweek and overtime pay. There is maternity leave for women, health benefits, retirement benefits and so much more.
I have been a union member and I have been a manager, foreman, director and a business owner. I know that we all owe it to the Union for the good working conditions we have today. The workers pay taxes and buy goods, which keeps America functioning. Unions are what made the middle class.
Congress should raise the minimum wage. Because of corporate greed, wages could be even lower today for workers if they don't walk out and say enough is enough. Work on infrastructure, highways, bridges, water and sewage projects is needed now. Congress should pass the jobs bill. We must unionize to give our workers a living wage. America needs to rebuild its status in the world as a country that cares about its people. The union is the one to do it.