Investment needed in mobile networks
Wireless devices and applications provide more than just the ability to play Angry Birds or to Instagram a photo at dinner. One-third of U.S. homes are mobile-only, including mine. After the derecho, people relied on mobile devices to find up-to-date weather information as well as to contact loved ones and assure others they were safe.
As more and more people move away from traditional landline phones to wireless only, increasing demand is placed on our wireless networks. But U.S. wireless networks are running out of room and more airwaves need to be freed up for commercial use to accommodate the growing demand for all things mobile.
Policy-makers should encourage investment and innovation in next-generation networks so West Virginians can continue to rely on their mobile devices. New technologies deliver countless benefits to citizens, but only if we have the appropriate policies in place to encourage investment in our networks and continued mobile innovation.
Dignity called for in local elections
I was disappointed to read about the smear campaign undertaken against Joshua Martin, a candidate for state Senate. It seems that, on a national level, Republicans often accuse their Democratic opponents of shortcomings in the very areas they, the Republicans, are weakest. This was the "swiftboating" tactic used when George Bush, who dodged service in Vietnam, ran against war hero John Kerry.
Republicans this year were shown to be insensitive to women's issues, so Martin was attacked as insensitive to women's issues and concerns. Shame on the Republicans.
I know Martin. I have worked closely with him. He is a man whose devotion to his family, both the family that raised him and his wife and child, is fierce and a source of justifiable pride. He understands women's issues.
In a local election, we ought to conduct ourselves with some dignity and respect for opposing sides. We, after all, are neighbors.
Charles S. Dunn