IN our representative government, the people have spoken and want the role of the federal government to decrease, the federal budget to shrink and services to decline.
The support of our infrastructure is one federal program being transferred to the states.
How we as West Virginians will handle this is essentially up to West Virginians and their elected representatives.
Public safety, public transit, intra- and interstate commerce depend on adequate roads, rails and air facilities. We have inland ports to maintain.
The first impulse is to deny financial aid to our infrastructure.
Who wants increased fees, registrations and taxes?
But at a certain point in road deterioration, out-of-state traffic will find it easier to bypass our roads altogether. Toll high and long enough, and traffic bypasses.
If we leave excellent highways to end at almost impassible mountain stretches of road, then how can we complain that the highway has not enough traffic to finish the four lanes?
A recurring issue is GPS monitoring and concern about government snooping in private lives.
The state of West Virginia has no interest in installing GPS monitors for mileage tracking, because they have failed in other states, and in our own state, to monitor the vehicles in the state's fleet.
For years, the annual vehicle inspections have included a report to the state of the Vehicle Identification Number and the mileage when inspected.
It would seem fair to charge someone who drives the usual mileage of 12,000 to 15,000 miles a year less for the inspection fee than the driver of 40,000 to 50,000 miles per year.