Now, today, it seems the Corps of Engineers and our city officials do not value river access for the average citizen.
It's a shame to isolate the river from us. Sure it would take extra time and money, but all the stairways do not have to be fixed. Just restoring a few of the several old stairways down to the river would have been worth the effort. Too bad, all of them will be gone soon.
Ariz. student may not come to W.Va. now
Thanksgiving Day in Charleston, I had my brother's grandson visiting me. He is a high school student in Tucson, Ariz., and will be graduating in June. He was looking for a good university in West Virginia. I graduated from the University of Charleston in 1972, and invited him to look at the school because I believed the city and the university were excellent places to live and go to school.
Prior to Thanksgiving dinner, we drove to the UC campus. I proudly showed him the various buildings, etc. We left the campus and proceeded toward Kanawha City. I showed him CAMC, the new cancer building being constructed, then crossed the bridge and proceeded to UC stadium on Elizabeth Street. I then showed him the State Capital Complex. We then went down Kanawha Boulevard to Beauregard Street and turned right. We were going to turn left on Washington Street to the Clay Center and then proceed to downtown Charleston.
Just before Washington Street, I was pulled over by three Charleston Police cruisers, which had three police officers and a K9. Then the grilling began. What are you doing? Where have you been? Where are you going? I was not given a ticket and was released after about 15 minutes.
The real question is, do you think the high school student from out-of-state will want to attend the University of Charleston? Do you think this young man will ever want to be a resident of West Virginia? I tried.