Closing high school would be regressive thinking
Is it being "progressive or regressive" for a board of education to propose the closing of its only successful high school without considering total county needs?
An established, common sense concept in operating rural public schools is to locate them within population concentrations and to take full advantage of mutually beneficial "blurring" of county lines. The establishment of Meadow Bridge High School and its continued success epitomizes this "regional" approach.
Prior to 1925, with no high school, the children of the isolated Meadow Bridge region could not receive more than an eighth grade education. This region of Fayette County encompasses the area from Prince, on the New River, north to Babcock Park, east to Rainelle, in the edge of Greenbrier County, south to Green Sulphur Springs, in the edge of Summers County, and back west to the river. Essentially no regrading of roads has occurred in that region since the 1940s. Think about the effects of 74 years of neglected infrastructure development.
Closing Meadow Bridge High School is terribly regressive thinking. Today, enthusiastic students arrive in Meadow Bridge from about one-third of the area of Fayette County. Knowing that the majority of county taxes are allocated to schools, will thinking voters ever support bond issues or 100 percent excess levies that propose closing their successful school and busing their children an extra 50 miles or more a day over dangerous roads? Is it either fair or sensible to crush the remarkable pride and success of the Meadow Bridge region? Will it increase graduation rates? Will it increase ACT scores or parent-teacher-community involvement? Will it decrease drug and disciplinary problems? Will it increase participation in school activities?
Thank, you West Virginia State Board of Education for directing your Fayette County Board of Education to take an additional year to find a sensible, pragmatic solution that affords this isolated region the justice it received when Meadow Bridge High School was first established. To close it would return the region to pre-1925 status.
Franklin D. Groves
EPA opponents are doing it for greed
Nothing will live without water, the essence of life. The world is in a crises of not having clean drinking water. 800 million people on the planet don't have access to clean drinking water. Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.
One-in-six people of the world have safe drinking water, 1.1 billion people in the world do not have access to safe drinking water, roughly one-sixth of the world's population.
2.2 million people in developing countries, most of them children, die every year from diseases associated with lack of access to safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene.
Half of the world's hospital beds are filled with people suffering from water related illnesses.
West Virginia did have safe drinking water, but with the fracking and drilling for gas and coal pollution who knows how long we will have good, safe uncontaminated drinking water in West Virginia. Please write your members of Congress, Senators and state legislators to do something about storing our good water with watersheds, dams, lakes, reservoirs. And pass laws and bills stopping the pollution of businesses to our air, water, and soil. And make all water companies have a backup water supply in case of a polluted main supply. Clean drinking water may be our future export to the world. Please support the EPA.
Anyone who does not want the EPA to protect citizens of West Virginia are doing it for greed. The coal and gas industries provide jobs, but EPA makes them do it the Right way and helps protect the health of citizens in West Virginia. I praise Sen. Jay Rockefeller for his stand.