Finally, it took the threat of an MIC leak with the capability of spreading its toxic gases 25 miles (north, south, east and west) for the town of Institute to find a concerned voice from our state's leadership. In the end, a court case was brought before federal authorities by concerned citizens which led to Bayer ridding our state of one of many deadly substances used in the makeup of manufactured products by numerous companies.
Even with regulatory rules in place, permissible levels of toxic fumes are constantly combining with yesterday's toxic governmentally sanctioned limits, assuring a high probability of chemical-caused health problems among our country's citizens.
Instead of addressing the unknown or scientifically tested affects on humans, America has chosen to place blame for ailments such as cancer, respiratory problems and many others at the feet of the tobacco industry.
We, the citizens, like many others living under the same kind of tyranny, find ourselves, in many cases, supporters of the chemical industry because of the jobs they provide to unskilled labor forces.
Unfortunately, such support has rendered the rest of us nothing more than lab rats. Rats whose pain and suffering has a high probability of being directly associated to the production and manufacturing of toxic chemicals. However, because our leaders seek revenue over facts, few chemicals come under scrutiny.
The public as a whole cannot even excuse themselves as part of this problem. Sitting idly by while our elected officials openly welcome foreign investors, who at the first sign of public accountability sell to the next foreign highest bidder.
In the end, when such emergencies arise, like that which has plastered the face of West Virginia, not only across America, but also across newspapers and television screens around the world, do our elected officials want support from us to initiate positive change?
The changes which will inevitably address protective measures regarding our water resources will do little in correcting the vast pollution problems in this state.
Until we, the people, recognize the importance of what a clean environment means in the present, and to future generations, the cages we're currently held in will be our children's deathbeds.
Gazette reports shine in water emergency
We are fortunate to have such a good-quality paper as the Gazette. We are thankful for the information the news and investigative teams provided during the water crisis caused by a chemical leak. It seems that the reports were meticulously investigated and checked in order to provide us with useful facts. There was never a tone of sensationalism or accusations, just plain, top-quality reporting.
This type of journalism brings back memories of when it was important to inform the public so that we could learn the truth. I only read about the ultimate journalist against which all journalism is measured but mainly forgotten by the younger generation, Ed Murrow. He would be proud to work with the team of the Gazette.
Thanks to all of you for the hard work and the many extra hours you must have put in.