On last Fri. night (or early Saturday morning), James Cordan, on his Late Night Show on CBS, thrust a barb into any listening Mountaineer’s heart. He reported that a West Virginia University student, who was drunk after a college party on the previous weekend, had called on the Uber taxi service to take him home. When the driver asked where his home was, the groggy student replied to an address in his hometown in New Jersey. So, the driver, using GPS, took him there, and the charge was $10,000. (Laughter) Then, Mr. Cordan commented, “Maybe that was worth it for the student just to get out of West Virginia!” (More laughter from his Los Angeles area audience)

Now, why do people, especially in influential places, like to pick on us West Virginians?

We editors mean with all of the other problems in society, such as the drug abuse and opioid epidemics nationwide, the urban problems in L.A., among other metro areas, the stupid unfortunates making the annual Darwin Awards’ listing, local and state governments’ humorous laws, and other subjects — all are targets for jokes.

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Already, and even though the Atlantic Coast Pipeline hasn’t been completed, area business people are singing its praises. They see that this region’s business activity is picking up, due to it.

For your information, the final link of this well studied and planned 600-mile natural gas pipeline will run through parts of Lewis, Upshur, Randolph, and Pocahontas counties in West Virginia on the way to its final destination in Chesapeake, VA. In general, it is a critical infrastructure project that will strengthen the economic vitality, environmental health, and energy security of the Mid-Atlantic region.

According to Oil & Gas Industry reports, public utilities in Virginia and North Carolina need the new, lower-cost supplies of natural gas to generate cleaner electricity, heat the homes of a growing population and power new manufacturing industries. As of now in this above energy deficient two-state region, it has been reported that the existing pipelines can’t keep up with the demand. As a result, businesses are having their service interrupted on the coldest winter days (like what happens in Third World countries) and new industries are unable to get a reliable energy source.

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