WEST Virginia businesses can compete with anyone anywhere, as last year's record exports of $11.3 billion show. But unfair competition costs jobs and the threats come everywhere.
Consider Felman Production, which operates a ferrosilicomanganese plant, which makes steel more pure, in New Haven, Mason County.
Felman faces illegal dumping from India, Kazakhstan and Venezuela. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., testified on behalf of the company before the International Trade Commission.
"It is imperative that American businesses are allowed to compete on a fair playing field against international competitors," Capito said.
Fair trade helps everyone, but unfair trade is harmful. Felman had to idle its plant for three months. If anti-dumping duties are not renewed, 524 jobs connected to the plant are in peril.
All West Virginia congressmen and senators should back her cry for economic justice.
THE birth of Prince George to Prince William and his wife, Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge marked the first time a sitting British monarch has lived to see a great-grandchild.
The new mother and father were happy as they took their baby home on a sunny day in London. The child is now third in line to the British throne.
But more importantly, he is a gift to his parents. All children are. The world's fascination with his birth recognizes this very human miracle, which makes a prince the equal to the pauper.