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HOUSE Republican Leader Tim Armstead,
R-Kanawha, leads the largest Republican delegation to the state Capitol in 82 years. But he sees the two parties cooperating in Charleston.
"We've already had discussions with Democratic members about working together," Armstead told Mannix Porterfield of the Register-Herald in Beckley.
"I think we will certainly reach across the aisle to try to get support for those issues that we believe are important. There are a lot of goals we think we have in common and a lot of ways we can address these things together."
House Speaker Rick Thompson, D-Wayne, made the same point.
"I don't think there's anybody who would expect us to come here and act like Washington, just fighting party all the time," Thompson said.
"I don't intend to do that. I intend to do what the people elected me to do. I intend to do the best we can to make West Virginia a better place."
West Virginia lawmakers can make as much progress as any state.
And in the end, the same voters who are driving progress at the state level are likely to insist on the same kind of performance at the federal level.
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THE federal government will spend $900,000 to remove an inscription on the Martin Luther King memorial at the National Mall.
The monument now reads: "I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness." That is a paraphrase of a passage in a speech King gave in 1968.
What King said was this:
"Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major,, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter."
The larger mistake is that in selecting a quote, officials inexplicably ignored King's "I Have A Dream" speech, which he gave in 1963 at that very mall.
The words he said that day — "I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character" — are soaring in their eloquence.
Those are the words that belong on the memorial.