W.Va. has value in areas other than coal
I just saw the article about Theatre West Virginia announcing its closure. This is an outrage, as much as letting the "West Virginia Belle" go, allowing the rail tracks through New River Gorge to be torn up rather than having an excursion train, letting Danny Jones destroy the Sternwheel Regatta or silly Randall Reid-Smith "randalizing" the Vandalia festival. Why does the Legislature not recognize the commercial value of these events to the state, both in terms of tourist dollars and in advertising that West Virginia is not just a bunch of inbred, oxycontin and meth-popping degenerates? I think of other states with equivalent venues -- Missouri with their "Shepherd of the Hills" play, Texas with the "Alamo," Ohio, North Carolina. Why is it that West Virginia cannot see the value of anything other than coal mining?
Coping with shutdown and everything else
As if there weren't enough going on in the world, i.e., Syria, chemical weapons, Iran, Israel and its borders, and U.S. citizens experiencing shutdown of our government. Veterans coming to Washington, D.C., had to remove barriers to get access to the World War II Memorial. Even goats had to be run out of a national park so they wouldn't be shut out of their normal habitat when the gates were closed.