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Nov. 5 letters to the editor

Colleges can’t all the time supply profession readiness

Within the letter to the editor “Colleges ought to supply higher profession readiness” (DP-10-22-23), the creator says the colleges of West Virginia ought to up their sport with extra counselors for faculties. Nonetheless, generally, being prepared for a profession solely correlates with lessons provided, not steering providers.

I keep in mind being a senior in highschool with Ronald Reagan as the brand new president and private computer systems simply changing into out there. At my non-public spiritual faculty, I might solely take math as much as, however not together with, calculus.

I went to school with an curiosity in chemistry and a love for math, however after my freshman 12 months, I switched to physics. I additionally began to wrestle in math as a sophomore, however ultimately I discovered virtually all the maths I wanted to know in my physics lessons.

After my M.S. in physics in 1990, I did largely instructing but in addition did some analysis on the Institute for Scientific Analysis close to the NASA Katherine Johnson IV&V Facility in Fairmont.

As time went alongside, I took each alternative to do analysis or study or attempt one thing new, and it appeared to snowball. I nonetheless think about my training to be the factor that distinguishes my work from after I attempt actually arduous versus when one thing is de facto “up my alley.”

I can’t consider any means my highschool might have ready me for all this different than simply instructing the fabric to me. However everybody’s expertise is totally different and a few profession paths meander much less.

So together with steering and counseling and mentoring, generally random bounces and reacting to alternatives are what outline our careers.

A broad training together with languages, social sciences, English and historical past is not going to solely improve our enjoyment of the world, however can have sensible advantages as we navigate the surprising challenges in life.

Steve Knudsen

DOH did good job on U.S. 19.  Now for subsequent undertaking

I don’t know if anyone else will say thanks to the Division of Highways for doing a great job.

I need to thank them for doing a great job of repaving U.S. 19 from the state line to the bridge by Osage. Visitors was a large number at occasions, but it surely was nicely value it. We’re not using on patches on high of patches.

Now, I don’t need to sound like bitter grapes, however the DOH wants to show its consideration to the situation of Chaplin Street. That part of one in all our essential highways has been falling aside for years and nothing is being carried out to repair it. I hope it has a plan to work on that highway quickly.

Ralph Correll

Plan now for spring cleanup occasions

For a lot of, group enchancment is a worthwhile thought, however the place to begin?

Every spring, a statewide cleanup effort by volunteer teams and organizations modifications how our roads and streets look. Bottles, cans, cups, meals containers and even bigger objects disappear from roadside areas because of the brains and muscle mass of those that care.

Many organizations plan their exercise schedules months prematurely. Including a date for a springtime cleanup would offer a studying expertise for a lot of and a chance to enhance our environment by means of a workforce effort.

Extra teams are wanted for such cleanups. There are lots of elements of Preston County that may present extra pleasure to these dwelling within the space or anybody simply driving by as soon as they’re cleaned up.

Preston County’s litter management officer, Jay Sowers, has dealt with the group of volunteer cleanups for years. He’s additionally conscious of areas that might profit from sprucing up.

Based mostly on his expertise, Sowers can present many useful options on simplifying the method. Name 304-698-5594 or e mail [email protected] to study extra.

Begin planning now for such a service alternative. Past being good train within the contemporary air, spring cleanups are useful for all of Preston County.

Annie Brode-Parenti
Bruceton Mills

Republicans retake the Home. Now what?

After three weeks of chaos, Republicans regained their tenuous maintain on the Home. The brand new speaker was pivotal in congressional efforts to overturn the 2020 election. He’s additionally a local weather change denier and cosponsor of nationwide abortion ban payments. He opposed the CHIPS and Science Act payments to fund the constructing of microchip infrastructure wanted to scale back reliance on international imports. Mike Johnson additionally voted in opposition to two appropriation payments that supplied support to Ukraine in 2022. His views place him firmly within the grip of Trump, who pulled strings to get him elected as speaker.

And what of the Joe Biden impeachment inquiry? It was getting no place quick, and the Republicans main it have loved being out of the limelight. Will they renew their inquiry with elevated fervor as election denial features an excellent firmer grip on the Home?

Recall that then-vice president Biden had warned Ukraine’s earlier president, Poroshenko, concerning the corruption problems with Ukraine’s Prosecutor Basic Shokin. The U.S. withheld $1 billion in mortgage ensures till Ukraine addressed them. Trump, nonetheless, praised Shokin in his “good” name and accused Biden of attempting to guard his son, Hunter, from an investigation into Burisma.

Trump persuaded the Republican Home to take up that concept, the place President Zelenskyy wouldn’t. Trump hoped nobody would discover that the investigation of Burisma was of actions predating Hunter’s involvement with the corporate. Problems with corruption surrounded the corporate’s founder, Zlochevsky. Nonetheless, Hunter labored for Burisma after Zlochevsky was ousted from workplace.

Trump’s penchant for mixing occasions with out contemplating trigger and impact, and with out regard for private integrity, continues to threaten the U.S. Structure by aiding international and home adversaries.

Now that Trump has, as soon as once more, secured his maintain over the Home, we should ask how that may have an effect on the longer term integrity of our elections.

Tom Wilson