THE best aspect of the updated Home Rule passed by the West Virginia Legislature is how little home rule seems to be emphasized.
You know how those grocery products that resemble cheese but that do not actually have any dairy products so they have to be known by synonyms such as "cheez?"
Yes. It's like that.
The Legislature passed Hom Rulz.
Rather than playing up towns' increased flexibility to determine their own taxation methods, the Hom Rulz seem particularly keen on keeping West Virginia towns from maintaining any firearms laws meant to prevent them from turning into Dodge City.
Oh, and there are prohibitions about municipalities and weddings that keep Charleston Mayor Danny Jones safely distant from anyone's matrimonial ceremony. I'm not even sure he's allowed to do the Electric Slide.
We've all heard, "That government is best which governs least."
But just to make sure, let's throw in a bunch of restrictions.
The most dramatic response for the local citizenry, of course, would be for Charleston to do what other populations — including our own nation and our own state — have done when faced with governmental oppression.
Charleston must secede.
Ha ha. Just kidding. We can't do that. State government won't let us.
Besides, it's unrealistic for the town that is the center of the government to remove itself from that government.
I do like donuts, though.
With municipal secession out the window, we need another approach.
So, if you can't beat 'em, let's one up 'em.
The next time the Legislature calls a special session, which could be any minute now, let's expand those Hom Rulz.