W.Va. must solve its litter problem
It's a shame many were without water after the huge coal processing chemicals spill into the Elk River, affecting over 300,000 people in nine counties.
This is not the first time West Virginia has suffered from media-noted environmental calamities.
The state was rated a bottom-ten "worst" government in the 2008 American State Litter Scorecard, for widespread illegal littering and dumping upon miles and miles of public spaces. Also, the NHTSA then noted the Mountain State for its high death rate from vehicle crashes with un-removed litter and other debris along public roadways.
West Virginia remains one of few American states without a littering control slogan that is implemented in all counties and cities statewide.
Sadly, West Virginians allowed the noted pollution problems to take place and must now be responsible and mature enough to solve them.
We can't offset costs to our health
Perhaps if I profited from a chemical industry then I wouldn't mind my daughters, family and friends suffering its effects. Many of us -- teachers and otherwise -- work and live along the poverty line, but are working nonetheless. We climb the ladder one necessary rung at a time. We go to school, attend job trainings, accept specialist jobs, work extra hours, etc.
There is, however, no way for us to offset the costs associated with these chemicals as it relates to our families' health. It is your right to support chemical industries and their unique ethical dilemmas. Conversely though, one should keep in mind this freedom of expression when another population of citizens voices concerns regarding the effects this industry inflicts upon people's lives.
We, after all, see particular factions within the chemical industry in a very different light.