West Virginia Tech waiting for answers
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia University Institute of Technology Revitalization Committee was formed to review and implement the WVU Tech Revitalization Study mandated by Senate Bill 486. During the early part of 2012, I was appointed as a community representative to serve on that committee. With pride and every good intention for the Institution, I invested my time and efforts in serving on that committee from March 15, 2012, through Dec. 5, 2012.
During those meetings, I was led to believe that West Virginia University was going to share in the responsibility of restoring Tech to the prominence that it once held. Certain members of that Committee -- and certain members of our Legislature -- indicated that, through their assistance, money would be forthcoming for the revitalization of the Montgomery campus.
However, as of today, I have no knowledge of any money provided for the revitalization process and no knowledge of any progress made in pursuing the facilities upgrades for which the committee approved a request for $7.8 million. The people who served on the committee, who dedicated their time and effort toward helping the revitalization process -- these people deserve answers. And those answers need to be relayed to the community.
I am truly wondering if the committee's formation and its actions were nothing other than a farce, just another gimmick to facilitate WVU's ignoring the Montgomery campus.
West Virginia University, through the Legislature, should be held financially accountable for restoring Tech to the prominence that it once held.
George "Matt" Edwards
Foster Care Month honors great families
May is National Foster Care Month, a time to honor America's foster families. Foster parents play a critical role in treatment and development of disadvantaged youth through their nurturing and mentoring.
There are over 4,000 youths in out-of-home care in West Virginia. Nationally, there are more than half a million children in the U.S. foster-care system. Foster families provide a primary source of love, identity, self-esteem and support, which is the very foundation of our communities and families.
The National Youth Advocate Program -- West Virginia acknowledges and extends thanks and appreciation to all foster parents for the love, care, generosity and commitment they provide to the foster youth of West Virginia. Foster parents connect youth to communities, safely reunite children with their families, provide permanency for youth through adoption, all of which impact young lives forever. Foster parents offer youth hope for successful futures.