West Virginians are hard workers, but no amount of elbow grease can turn back the clock. We should absolutely celebrate our past, but we also need to embrace the future. That's the only way we can get the state's economy back on track.
L. Jeremy Richardson
Kendall Science Fellow in Clean Energy Innovation
Union of Concerned Scientists
Verbal encouragement not enough
The Sunday Gazette-Mail of Sept. 15 included an editorial comment critical of U.S. foreign policy originally published in The Australian. The editorial suggested that the current administration in Washington is not strong enough on the issue of global leadership.
With all due respect to our friends in Australia, World War II and the Cold War ended a very long time ago. Must America continue to spend our youth and our resources on behalf of others in perpetuity? Is it not possible that others might join a true global partnership that shares responsibility for mutual sacrifice on a more equitable basis?
Quite frankly, I grow weary of foreign nations crying out for American leadership. Leadership costs. What is Australia willing to contribute? Verbal encouragement is no longer sufficient. It is time to put up or shut up.