Capito likely to be come next U.S. sentator
I believe Jim Lee's thoughts ("Here's an idea," Sep. 8) concerning Shelly Capito becoming the next senator from West Virginia are likely correct. His most important question was "... whether West Virginia is better off with a U.S. Senate controlled by Democrats or Republicans?" My perception of Capito includes that she basically has her "head on straight" on many issues facing West Virginia.
However, I am disappointed with her lock-step with the Republican Party on numerous issues that will significantly impact West Virginia. Those issues include Obamacare, federal spending, and apparently most ideas originating from a Democrat. Our future requires thoughtful, informed discussion and consideration of all views with the best ideas implemented in the most cost effective manner possible. Two years ago I would have said whether our new Senator was Republican or Democrat was not that significant. The past couple years have presented a Republican Party that is intransient ideologically on numerous issues facing our country. That is the main reason we need our next senator to be a Democrat.
As Lee proposed the question, "Who out there has the name recognition, the likeability, the cash, and the social positions that would enable them to compete against... Capito?" Unfortunately, I don't have the answer either.
W.Va. should look at renewable energy
Syd Peng argued that coal can make a comeback in West Virginia ("Talk of coal's demise ignores huge world market," Sept. 8).
That may be true to a limited extent in the northern part of the state, but every credible assessment shows that southern West Virginia coal production and employment will continue to decline.
Make no mistake: Coal will be a part of our economic future. Natural gas will be, too. But those two resources alone can't revive the state's economy or solve our unemployment problem.
That's why we shouldn't dismiss the growing renewable energy market, as Mr. Peng does. Wind and solar electricity production nearly quadrupled between 2007 and 2012, and solar power costs roughly the same as other sources of electricity in 10 states. Many West Virginians would be just as happy manufacturing solar panels as they would be mining coal or fracking natural gas. Saying yes to one opportunity doesn't mean saying no to another.