I'm tired of the heavy lifting. I want the EPA here now. I want these companies so well regulated that it costs them more to operate in our state's boarders than it costs them in contributions to our politicians.
This is the same government that helped bring you mountain top removal, lacked oversight during the Hawk's Nest Tunnel disaster, could have a done better job inspecting the Upper Big Branch mine, and produced the Battle of Blair Mountain. My discretion tells me that while the governor is no longer concerned about my water supply, the state will find someway to give Freedom Industries a tax break, and other companies incentives to build more storage units along our water ways. "Look, big companies, do what you want. Our people have suffered before. They have discretion."
This reminds me of Hurricane Katrina. When people were stuck and stranded in the storm and floods, when they were starving and without water, folks in the media and in the government said, "Well, we told them to get out of there." Not all of those people who stayed in New Orleans stayed because they lacked discretion. Some of those people stayed because they did not have the means to escape the storm. They were stuck the same way I would have been if the government had announced, "A huge meteor is headed toward the Earth. Evacuate to the nearest moon." I would not have had the means to get to the moon despite my discretion.
What needs to happen here is that the governor needs to have the discretion to use his authority to put the people of West Virginia in front of the corporations in West Virginia.
Sometimes, when my kids are doing something I have told them a thousand times not to do, something about which I have explained the repercussions and consequences a thousand times ... Instead of going through it all over again I simply look at them and say, "Don't do that. Blah, blah, blah and what I always say." It isn't very effective, but hey, it looks like I learned it from the government.
Lepp, of Charleston, is an author and professional storyteller.