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Charleston Gazette-Mail. September 18, 2022. ‘

Editorial: Thank God for Mississippi

“Thank God for Mississippi” is a phrase, heavy with sarcasm, that’s generally acknowledged amongst West Virginians.

It’s principally used when any sort of nationwide statistics or rankings are launched concerning financial growth, infrastructure, schooling, bodily and psychological well being, high quality of life and/or poverty, amongst different measures of prosperity. If West Virginia isn’t lifeless final in any class, it’s often as a result of Mississippi has managed to stay barely worse.

Each states even have a thorny historical past with regards to authorities officers or companies blatantly refusing to do what’s greatest for the folks as these in energy discover methods to line their very own pockets.

Mississippi is one-upping West Virginia but once more on the race to the underside on this enviornment, with what some have known as the most important fraud case within the state’s historical past — and a part of it entails Brett Favre, the Corridor of Fame NFL quarterback who performed faculty soccer on the College of Southern Mississippi.

Favre allegedly labored with former Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and nonprofit supervisor Nancy New, amongst others, to divert $5 million in federal Short-term Help for Needy Households (TANF) funds supposed for the poor to the development of a brand new volleyball stadium at Southern Miss (the place Favre’s daughter performs for the Golden Eagles). If the “TANF” acronym sounds acquainted, it is perhaps as a result of conservative legislators and members of Congress have pursued insurance policies to drug check recipients they consider are someway scamming the system. Hopefully, nobody will drown in that heaping bowl of irony.

Favre isn’t a part of the prison case of the misuse of greater than $77 million in grant funds in Mississippi (New has already pleaded responsible to 13 felonies). Favre is just not part of a civil case centered on the matter, both. Studies of his involvement to assist rip-off cash for the stadium have been floating round previous to this 12 months.

However the story is gaining extra consideration now as a result of textual content exchanges between Favre and New, entered into courtroom data this week, seem to display the previous quarterback was very conscious of the unethical, if not doubtlessly unlawful, implications of New’s nonprofit paying him $1.1 million for doing publicity. Based on information experiences, this deal was a sort of false entrance used to justify giving Favre the cash, which he would funnel again to Southern Miss to complete the stadium. On the time, $4 million had already been diverted to the venture, but it surely was apparently getting trickier to maintain federal cash that expressly couldn’t be used for capital tasks flowing with out suspicion.

“Should you had been to pay me, is there any means the media might learn the way a lot and the place it got here from?” Favre texted to New.

Properly, Favre has his reply. Identified throughout his taking part in profession for his reckless selections, Favre is maybe the one retired soccer participant and member of the NFL Corridor of Fame nonetheless throwing interceptions on a nationwide stage.

The story pops due to Favre’s title, standing and hypocrisy, given his current forays into conservative punditry. It additionally simply seems to be unhealthy {that a} millionaire, retired and revered athlete would go together with an elaborate scheme to defraud these in want in such a poverty-stricken state to construct a volleyball stadium for his daughter. Favre might’ve simply ponied up the money himself or pursued different, official methods to lift the funds. Favre has reportedly paid again some and even the entire $1.1 million.

Because it pertains to the lawsuit and the scandal as an entire, the texts are extra vital as a result of they point out former Gov. Bryant and appear to point he was a facilitator and willful participant within the scheme. Bryant has denied he had something to do with it, however texts present Bryant allegedly discussing the venture with Favre.

After all, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has been accused of utilizing his place for every kind of self-dealing whereas refusing to abide by authorities guidelines and norms. His course of and lack of transparency in allocating federal assist in response to COVID-19 has produced some facet glances. However, so far as we all know for the time being, he’s by no means immediately raided welfare funds for a pet venture.

So even Justice can have a look at this scandal down south and say, with each different West Virginian, “Thank God for Mississippi.”

The Intelligencer. September 21, 2022.

Editorial: West Virginia has a lot to supply

It seems roads everywhere in the nation are resulting in West Virginia, as vacationers proceed to go to the state at an rising price.

In truth, new numbers present vacationers spent greater than $4.9 billion within the Mountain State in 2021, a 3.8% enhance over 2019 — earlier than the pandemic struck.

Analysis compiled by Dean Runyan and Associates for its 2021 Journey Affect research reveals that nationally, tourism spending continues to be down roughly 27% from 2019.

“Our business didn’t simply erase the affect of COVID-19, we truly did higher final 12 months than we had been doing earlier than the pandemic,” stated West Virginia Tourism Secretary Chelsea Ruby.

“Because of the overwhelming assist from the governor, the dedication and grit of our unimaginable business and our state being completely positioned with huge open areas, we’ve been capable of thrive regardless of the challenges the previous few years have introduced.”

Projections for 2022 present we’d soar previous $5 billion in journey spending, for the primary time.

For 2021, information confirmed every of the state’s 9 journey areas confirmed development.

Think about what we might do if we didn’t have so many elected officers bending over backward to make nationwide information that tends to offer of us second ideas about visiting.

However regardless of that problem, it appears there are wild and fantastic issues forward for the journey and tourism business right here.

Ruby is true.

With as a lot as now we have to supply, the one actual query is why it has taken guests so lengthy to find us.

Parkersburg Information and Sentinel. September 16, 2022.

Editorial: Psychological Well being: Neighborhood should make distinction for college students

When Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., introduced earlier this week that greater than $5.7 million in U.S. Division of Training funding was coming to West Virginia to assist school-based psychological well being providers, it was excellent news, certainly.

Our faculties are requested to do way over lecturers and directors had been requested a number of years in the past. And as psychological well being challenges have solely elevated for college students, it will be significant faculties have the assets they should assist tackle that, too.

“Protected and wholesome studying environments are important for our youth in West Virginia as they develop and progress by way of their academic journey,” Capito stated. “I understand how necessary that is to our kids and their households, which is why I voted in favor of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act within the Senate. I’ll all the time rise up for our kids in West Virginia, and ensure assets can be found to offer the assist they must be profitable.”

Fantastic. However assets imply nothing with out enchancment on two fronts. First, we owe it to our kids to be doing every little thing we are able to to handle the financial and socio-cultural woes that proceed to contribute to their psychological well being struggles. And second, we should erase the stigma related to taking good care of our psychological well being — for all of us.

Each final one in all us should be on board in turning across the backward and damaging angle too many have towards psychological well being. A college counselor or nurse can’t be on an island attempting to assist youngsters whereas surrounded by adults who’re at greatest ignoring the issue and at worst contributing to it.

Bravo, to those that proceed to work to get faculties the assets they should assist our children’ psychological well being. Now it’s as much as the remainder of us to ensure these assets are capable of make a distinction.


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