I had intended to start this update by quoting several facts and figures about how poor our economy is in West Virginia – how we rank last or near last in about everything across the country, with the exception of drug overdoses and free lunches. I had intended to expound on some of my own economic thoughts as to what could be done. However, that changed after I had a conversation with a gentleman this morning.
As I introduced myself as running for the House of Delegates, he looked at me like, “Oh no, not another one.” We had a good conversation. He said he was tired of it all. He talked about how he worked here and raised his family in our community and had seen a lot. He was tired of our state being nothing but a dot on a map or a flyover state.
He went on to state that our coal is shipped out of state, our oil and gas is shipped out of state, a lot of our timber goes overseas, and our most important resource, our children, are also leaving the state. He said we need them to stay here, and I agreed with him. He then politely asked, “What can you do about it?” I told him I could promise any particular action as we sat there talking, only that I intend to represent our state to the best of my ability. I know not everyone will always agree with me, but I will do the right thing. In the end I want to make a difference. He told me good luck, shook my hand, and said, “I am sure you will.”