Warming up car shouldn't be illegal
The recent arctic weather has left many residents dealing with frigid temperatures before their daily commute. It's common for people to start their vehicle and let it warm before driving to work. However, few people know that leaving a vehicle running unattended is against the law in West Virginia. State code 17-C-14-1 says "no person driving or in charge of a motor vehicle shall permit it to stand unattended without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition, removing the key, and effectively setting the brake." Failure to comply could land you a fine ranging from $100 to $500.
It doesn't matter whether your vehicle is on public or private land, you can get fined anywhere within the state (even in your own driveway). This law needs to be repealed because it doesn't take into account vulnerable populations such as children or elderly people who may have a medical need to stay out of the cold. Moreover, the law is simply too burdensome for the good people of our state. It causes a hassle that far outweighs any benefit. It's time to put the heat on our elected representatives so we can stay out of the cold! I encourage everyone to contact their state legislators and demand a repeal of this law.
Michael Jessee Adkins
Dubious results for creating jobs
A puff piece by Anne Barth in the paper recently described growing jobs in our poor state that's last in almost everything good, and first in almost everything bad.
The job creation she speaks of is as plain as the nose on your face. Look at all the organizations created to help startups and small business. I count 13 in this puff piece and just added a new one which appeared in your paper a week or so later.
Count them: TechConnect West Virginia, West Virginia Jobs Investment Trust, West Virginia Capital Access Program, State Small Business Credit Initiative, Small Business Jobs Act, INNOVA, Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council, Natural Capital Investment Fund, New River Gorge Regional Development Authority, Wyoming County Economic Development Authority, Regional Economic Development Partnership, Council for Rural Health Development, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, state Department of Commerce -- and the new one, WVSU-EDC BBASE.
In the last two years, all these groups combined have enabled the "retention of 481 jobs, and created another 361," according to the puff piece. Which amounts to 60 jobs retained or created per organization.
My guess is that most of these organizations we could live just as well without.
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