Every two years, the state of West Virginia holds primary elections in May and a general election in November.
The question has been why municipalities in the state continue to hold city and town elections in off years. By doing so, cities and towns have to foot the expense themselves.
Charleston Mayor Danny Jones is leading the effort to have municipalities save money by piggybacking local elections onto state elections.
Charleston City Council unanimously approved moving to the state elections beginning in 2018.
Dave Rucker recently asked St. Albans City Council to do the same thing. That makes sense.
The driver of a car that struck and injured a pedestrian Monday on Pennsylvania Avenue in Charleston will not be charged.
Robert Calloway of Marmet had a green light as he was driving near Women's and Children's Hospital about 7 a.m. Tracy Harper of Sissonville was crossing with a group, but was struck as she pushed her friends out of the way.
Why wasn't Harper and her group crossing with the light at the crosswalk? Uhm, maybe because, despite heavy pedestrian traffic at that area, there is no crosswalk and no light for pedestrians.
Many intersections in downtown Charleston are well marked for pedestrian traffic. Outside of downtown, not so much. With at least five pedestrian deaths in urban areas in West Virginia since August, how about those in charge of city streets do a safety assessment of every intersection with the goal of better pedestrian traffic safety?
Itty Bitty Farms sits on 170-rolling acres in Putnam County. Owners and operators Melissa and Larry Lewis and their extended family sell some of their farm-grown products, but are restricted from selling more.
"West Virginia would not be an obesity state if farmers were allowed to share directly with the public things such as raw milk, cheese and food products in general," Melissa Lewis said.
She said regulations are stringent and the money required to follow the rules makes it difficult for the small farmer to make a living, creating the need for her husband to maintain his full-time job outside of the farm.
Health regulations keep the masses healthy, but as more small farmers crop up around West Virginia and more people seek all natural foods, it makes sense to revisit those regulations and determine whether some rules might be doing more economic harm than public health good.