WEST Virginia has a citizen legislature, which means the job is only part-time.
People bring to Charleston their experiences in real life in a way that should temper legislation with common sense.
Sen. Erik Wells, D-Kanawha, brings to the Statehouse experience from halfway around the world. As a lieutenant commander in the Navy Reserve, Wells just completed a tour in Afghanistan.
It led him to call for making it easier for West Virginians who have been overseas to vote by extending the deadline for registration - it has to be in person - to the day before the election. His proposal would apply not only to military personnel but to Merchant Marines and military spouses and dependents.
"You're in a combat zone," Wells told Mannix Porterfield of the Register-Herald in Beckley. "The last thing you're thinking about is sending in a voter registration form."
Wells' wife, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, is the state's chief elections officer. She supports the measure.
Just one question:
Wouldn't everyone then want to be able to register the day before an election?
WEST Virginia Northern Community College has teamed up with Dominion Energy and Chicago Bridge & Iron to offer free training to people who want to work as pipefitters at Dominion's half-billion-dollar gas processing plant at Natrium.
The offer is open to people in the state's Northern Panhandle as well as those in nearby counties of Ohio and Pennsylvania.
"We're very excited to be part of this partnership to prepare individuals not only for job opportunities that will be available soon, but also for future opportunities that are sure to come with the Marcellus and Utica shale resources," college president Martin J. Olshinsky told the Wheeling Intelligencer.
Dominion spokesman Charles Penn said it is also "a testament to our willingness to 'build here, hire here,' as our Affiliated Construction Trades Foundation friends have encouraged us to do."
West Virginia needs more such joint efforts from industry and academia.